Ethiopian Airlines builds capacity with cargo

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Photo: Ethiopian Airlines

Strong demand for air cargo is helping Ethiopian Airlines build capacity and profit.

Ethiopian Airlines chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam told a Dubai conference by videolink that the airline is operating close to 70% of its pre-pandemic capacity, reported Reuters.

He added the airline also managed the pandemic with its own finances and without bailouts.

“For us, Ethiopian Airlines, the cargo business is strong and I would say is a breadwinner in the group,” said Gebremariam.

“We are cash-positive. We are profitable.”

Airfreight market rates have risen due to e-commerce growth and increased demand for air cargo due to shipping container congestion and delays.

In December, Ethiopian Airlines received IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification as an airline and for ground handling.

Pharma certification for Ethiopian Airlines

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]