Ethiopian Airlines opens second cargo hub in Africa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Airlines, which operates the largest cargo services in Africa, is to open its second cargo hub in Africa, in partnership with the Lome-based ASKY Airlines, the Ethiopian flag carrier has announced on its website.

PANA reports Saturday that the new cargo hub will commence operations in September 2013 using a B737-400F aircraft.

For the past three years, Ethiopian and ASKY have partnered to serve the needs of passengers travelling within, to and from West and Central Africa through the Lomé hub.

Now, Ethiopian and ASKY are partnering in the establishment of a new cargo hub in the Togolese capital for the transportation of goods between West Africa and the rest of the world.

"This partnership will enable easy and convenient air transport of high value and perishable goods to and from West and Central Africa, thereby playing a critically essential role in the growth of trade and the economic development of the region," Ethiopian Airlines said.

“As Africa continues with its fast economic growth, we are expanding our cargo network to serve the continent better and make air cargo accessible to more countries and more people," it added.

Ethiopian Cargo, the cargo operations of the Airlines, serves 25 cargo destinations globally using six dedicated freighter aircraft.

Ethiopian Airlines, which has been in operation close to seven decades, is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. It is 100% owned by the Ethiopian government

ASKY, a passenger airline operating out of the Togolese capital, was founded in 2008 as a hub carrier for West and Central Africa, and it is 40% owned by Ethiopian Airlines.
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24 august 2013 11:06:14

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