SkyCargo taps west Africa

EMIRATES SkyCargo is boosting volumes to west Africa with a new weekly 747-400F service to Ghana.

The aircraft will route through Lome (Togo) on the outbound flight and return to Dubai International Airport (UAE) after stopping at Frankfurt Airport (Germany).
Goods from Ghana will then be shipped from Dubai to Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US.

“Ghana is booming at the moment, exporting items such as oil and gas equipment, pineapples, mangoes, a variety of vegetables, fresh fish and lobsters, so strengthening our commitment to west Africa great business sense,” Hiran Perera, Emirates’ senior vice-president of cargo planning and freighters, said.

Frankfurt is a strategic stop, as the freighter will fill up on machinery, car parts and general merchandise. Freight coming into Ghana includes pharmaceuticals from Europe, electrical equipment and clothing and mobile phones manufactured in Asia.

“West Asia/Asia-Pacific accounts for more than half of the cargo we carry, but we anticipate sustained growth throughout Africa and expect Lusaka and Harare to contribute [when services commence next year],” Kumar said.

Other routes include Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Buenos Aires (Argentina), Ireland’s Dublin, and Dallas and Seattle in the US.

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