Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has strengthened its operations on the growing Africa trade route.
Its weekly cargo capacity into and out of the continent will now be over 6,000 tonnes after the launch of flights to Lusaka, Zambia, and Harare, Zimbabwe, on February 1.
The extra flights to these capital cities come less than three months after the launch of a dedicated weekly freighter to Accra and Lome, meaning that Emirates SkyCargo now has a total annual capacity of more than 300,000 tonnes.
The addition of the two latest gateways means that the carrier can connect businesses in 22 countries across Africa to its network of more than 100 destinations, while also providing increased opportunities for key trading partners such as China and Japan.
Ram Menen, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President of Cargo, said: “While many regions are experiencing challenging economic conditions, Africa – with a population in excess of one billion and rich in natural resources – is one of the few areas to record growth, and the long-term outlook is very positive. We expect demand to be strong for a variety of commodities going into and out of Lusaka and Harare and have no doubt the two destinations will be a strong addition to our African network.”
The Dubai-Lasake-Harare service will operate five times a week with an A330-200, providing a total weekly cargo capacity of up to 160 tonnes.