Lufthansa Cargo strengthens its presence in West Africa

LUFTHANSA CARGO is integrating Lagos, Nigeria, into its network by launching twice-weekly MD-11 freighter flights from September, writes Thelma Etim, deputy editor.
The new services, which will take off from Frankfurt for the Nigerian city every Monday and Thursday, will also fly on to Johannesburg, South Africa. 
The return leg will include a stopover in Nairobi, Kenya. 
“Another two weekly flights from Frankfurt to Johannesburg will also stop in Nairobi on the southbound leg,” says a company statement. 
A total of 170 tonnes of capacity will be available to Africa customers. 
Lagos is an important destination for the oil and gas industry in particular. Urgently required spare parts and equipment for oil production facilities can now be transported even faster to Nigeria, and with greater flexibility, it adds.
“Adding Lagos to our freighter network considerably strengthens our involvement in West Africa”, emphasises Carsten Wirths, vice-president Europe and Africa at Lufthansa Cargo. 
In Nigeria, the carrier also offers additional cargo capacity on board its A330 passenger flights to Port Harcourt and Abuja.
Lufthansa Cargo’s African network also serves Accra (Ghana), Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) and Luanda (Angola).
Read about Africa’s great expectations in Air Cargo News 25 August 2014 – Issue No.784
 
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