Saudi Airlines Cargo expands in West Africa with weekly flights to Ghana

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GHANA's air freight industry has received a boost with the addition of a Saudi Airlines Cargo weekly flight with airline vice president Peter Scholten expressing confidence of a positive operations to come during an inauguration ceremony in Accra, reported GhanaWeb.com.

"We see growth opportunities here. We will start with one flight a week and increase the number of flights depending on the business growth," Mr Scholten said.

"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," he said.

In attendance was the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Ghana Hesham Meshal Swailem al-Sowalem, who said Ghana's cargo industry will experience enhancement in its level of operation with the introduction of Saudi cargo with its high international quality aircraft.

"The role of Saudi cargo is to bridge the world to the Africa especially Ghana, West Africa and the Middle East," said Mr al-Sowalem.

Air Ghana managing director of Air Ghana Michael Maguire said his company is looking forward to developing products in Ghana and finding markets for Saudi Cargo in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

"We have been talking to them for a long time, explaining the potential, showing them the infrastructure being put in place by the civil aviation and Ghana Airport Company to improve the airport," Mr Maguire said.

He said the introduction of another cargo airline will provide Ghanaian exporters with more choices in bringing goods into the country.

Also in attendance was Ghana Civil Aviation Authority managing director Air Commodore Kwame Mamphey. Others included the ambassadors from Pakistan, Algeria, Sudan and Egypt.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News
 

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