Saudi Airlines Cargo to start weekly freight services to Ghana

The Kotoka International Airport

Saudi Airlines Cargo will launch a weekly freighter flight to the Ghanaian capital Accra March 25, 2012, a company statement has said.

According to the cargo airline, the new service, which will operate once a week using the airline’s B747 freighters, heralds the company’s further expansion into Africa.

“Ghana is an emerging market with enormous business potential for air cargo. The addition of this new destination will help us to increase our activities in Africa, where we already operate scheduled B747 freighters from Saudi Arabia to Nairobi, Lagos, Addis Ababa, N’djamena, Khartoum and Johannesburg,” said Mr Peter Scholten, VP Commercial at Saudi Airlines Cargo.

Ghana’s principal airport serves as the aviation hub of the West African sub-region, the company noted. The country’s export traffic consists mainly of perishables (fruit/vegetables), with bulk of over 2,000 tonnes per month destined for the European market, followed by the Middle Eastern market, it added.

Saudi Airlines Cargo operates scheduled freighter services with 12 freighters and sells the belly-capacity on 140 passenger aircraft for Saudi Arabian Airlines spanning a rapidly expanding global network of 225 destinations.

By Ekow Quandzie

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