Jeddah, Aug 1st 2013
Saudi Airlines Cargo has announced the re-launch of its Nairobi hub and expansion of its network coverage in sub-Saharan Africa.
With five weekly scheduled freighter flights into Nairobi and enhanced interline partnerships, Saudia Cargo is now able to provide wider access to 23 additional destinations in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa as well as the Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean Islands. These comprise Antananarivo, Bujumbura, Brazzaville, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Douala, Entebbe, Harare, Juba, Kigali, Kinshasa, Libreville, Lilongwe, Luanda, Lusaka, Maputo, Mogadishu, Mombasa, Moroni, Mwanza, Pemba, Yaoundé and Zanzibar.
Saudia Cargo is also in a prime position to facilitate ad hoc charter flight solutions for large consignments via the NBO hub to various regional destination points.
The broad destination mix now offered by Saudia Cargo via the Nairobi gateway presents our customers with seamless connectivity for their logistical import demands into Africa,” commented Peter Scholten, Vice President Commercial at Saudia Cargo. “This marks yet another important milestone in our growth strategy and further entrenches our presence in the Africa region, following our earlier launch of the West African hub in Lagos,” he added.
Nairobi is a major export station for Saudia Cargo, being a leading carrier in this market with a total export capacity of over 400 tons per week.
Apart from Nairobi, Saudia Cargo also serves six other freighter destinations in Africa, namely: Addis Ababa, Johannesburg, Kano, Khartoum, Lagos and N’Djamena. Supplementary belly capacity is also offered from major routes such as Addis Ababa, Johannesburg, Kano, Khartoum and Nairobi as well as Alexandria, Algiers, Cairo, and Casablanca.
Saudi Airlines Cargo operates a fleet of 15 freighters and sells the belly capacity on 145 passenger aircraft for Saudi Arabia’s flag carrier Saudia, spanning a rapidly expanding global network of 225 destinations. In addition to its scheduled freighter services, the cargo airline also provides cost-effective and practical worldwide charter flight solutions from a growing fleet of dedicated charter aircraft.