Air Partner adds its first African office

By Damian Brett

Charter broker Air Partner has opened its first office in South Africa as it looks to capitalise on “record growth” for its freight division over the last three years.

The new office is in Johannesburg and operations will be overseen by newly appointed cargo sales manager Fred Du Plessis.

The broker said that the new South African sales office marks its first presence on the African continent and is a “natural next step in the expansion strategy as the group continues to develop its reach and capabilities worldwide”.

It added: “Fred will be able to assist clients within the region by utilising his wealth of experience and specialist knowledge of the freight charter and aviation security sector.

“Working alongside local freight forwarders, Air Partner will be looking to expand on Air Partner Charter and on-board courier (OBC) business in the region, aided by Fred’s extensive experience of developing clientele in Africa.”

“Africa is fast becoming a growth market for air freight, and the industry has seen an increasing demand for services in the region, with IATA reporting a 7.4% increase in freight volumes last year,” Du Plessis said.

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