Chapman Freeborn expands Africa operations

Sharon Vaz-Arab (back row right) and Chapman Freeborn Africa Team at Air Cargo Africa 2023.

Chapman Freeborn has tripled its Africa team on the back of a 30% year-on-year increase in cargo revenues in the region from 2021 to 2023.

Sharon Vaz-Arab, regional chief executive, India, Middle East, and Africa (IMEA), Chapman Freeborn, is heading up the development of the air charter specialist’s Africa product offering, including cargo charter, live animal (AVI), and on-board courier (OBC) products, as the charter broker looks to expand its footprint beyond South Africa, towards the whole of sub-Saharan Africa in 2023.

Chapman Freeborn said it is supporting the continued demand for oil and gas, energy, and automotive imports in the region with its increased short-term and medium-term block charters and the development of its Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance (ACMI) leasing product.

“Infrastructure in Africa is developing quickly to support international trade and we see major advancements on the logistics and supply chain front,” said Vaz-Arab.

“South Africa is high on automotive trade and our OBC product serves the sector’s increasing calls for time sensitive critical hand carry movements that are faster than a charter or a courier.

“We have an extremely talented team in Africa and my estimate is that if Chapman Freeborn’s Africa operations continue at this pace, we will need a much larger office by the year end.”

Chapman Freeborn will celebrate its 50th anniversary in May.

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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]