Qatar adds trio of freighter routes

Qatar Airways Cargo has started A330 freighter operations to three new destinations: Lagos, Accra and Guangzhou.
The Lagos and Accra freighters commenced on December 6. The twice weekly freighter service operates from Doha to Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and then on to Accra’s Kotoka International Airport, with a scheduled stop in Europe before returning to Doha.
In addition, a direct three times a week direct freighter service to Guangzhou began on December 3.
Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways chief officer cargo said: “There is clearly huge potential in the West African states of Nigeria and Ghana as well as China. Our focus is to improve connectivity and provide a growing network of destinations and quality operations to our customers.
“With the introduction of scheduled freighter services to Lagos, Accra and Guangzhou, Qatar Airways Cargo will be able to provide air transportation services to even more industries worldwide on our growing network of more than 140 destinations.”
Lagos is Nigeria’s economic focal point and exports include petroleum and petroleum products, cocoa and rubber, while imports include textiles, manufactured goods, food, machinery and transport equipment.
The Ghana economy is based on agriculture and industry. Major exports out of Accra include agricultural produce, oil, gold, cocoa, timber, tuna, bauxite, aluminium, manganese ore, diamonds and horticultural products, while imports include capital equipment and refined petroleum.
Ghana is projected to become the largest producer of cocoa in the world and is the seventh largest producer of gold in the world.
Guangzhou is an important industrial base in China and the comprehensive industrial manufacturing centre of South China.
Guangzhou’s major exports include high-end manufacturing products, high-tech products, biotechnology, aerospace technology, software, and automobiles, while imports include garments, auto parts, fashion accessories, pharmaceuticals and perishables.
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