ANA Airline Management will base its cargo fleet at Liège Airport from 29 May.
From Liège (Belgium), there will be five regular flights a week, in addition to charter flights and humanitarian flights. The new flights will increase volumes transported via the airport by 30,000 tonnes a year, representing growth of five per cent. ANA Aviation's arrival at Liège will lead to the creation of 80 direct jobs and at least 200 indirect jobs. Most of the flights will be for Central and Western Africa, strengthening Liège Airport's position on the African continent. "For many years, we have been prospecting the African market because it represents a major import-export potential. After Ethiopian Airlines, AV Cargo and Qatar Airways, the arrival of an operator such as ANA Aviation confirms our leadership in Africa for cargo", says Liège Airport's general director Luc Partoune. "The quality of the services we can offer to the cargo community and the complementary links between airline networks are increasingly attracting players in this sector to us." Imports include perishables such as flowers, fruit and vegetables, the airport says. ANA Aviation was drawn to Liège by the comparatively low fuel costs offered. Major stocking and fuelling facilities are available 24 hours a day thanks to an airport fuelling team.