Africa’s largest cargo operator Ethiopian Airlines launched two new freighter routes to Europe – in the shape of Milan in Italy on 2 April and Zaragoza in Spain on 28 March.
At the moment the carrier services the European continent to Liege in Belgium using Boeing 777 Freighters with a minimum weekly tonnage of 2,200 tonnes, and also runs 10 weekly freighter flights to Brussels Airport.
These new routes add to the freighter route launched last month to Ahmedabad in India as the rapidly expanding African airline continues its expansion. Ethiopian has the largest freighter fleet and cargo network in Africa.
Ethiopian Airlines Group chief executive, Tewolde GebreMariam says the carrier is contributing its own share in the fast and sustainable economic development of Africa.
He adds: “Airfreight plays critical role in international trade and especially in the carriage of high value goods, temperature controlled cargo like flower, fruits and vegetables, pharmaceuticals, life science etc.
GebreMariam also explains “While we are on the eve of the inauguration of the first phase of our state of the art cargo terminal, addition of these cargo routes, makes our global air cargo service even more stretched to the world with adequate ground facilities and quality services.
“This move will further strengthen trade and commercial ties between Africa and Europe.”