Local companies providing cargo handling services at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA) have been asked by GMR to cease operations on January 1, 2012.
The request will force Bonito Group and Freight Forwarding Services, two of the companies involved, to lay off several employees, Haveeru reports. Fifty individuals are currently employed to handle cargo, 30 of whom are Maldivian.
GMR allegedly plans to provide all cargo handling services in the new year.
A Bonito official told Haveeru that GMR had discussed plans for contract termination with the cargo handling companies six months ago.