Monday, September 10, 2012

► NIGERIA: Saudia Cargo launches 9 new West African destinations via its Lagos hub.

Saudia CargoUsing its various interline partners in West Africa, Saudi Airlines Cargo (SV) is to launch cargo services from Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire), Accra (Ghana), Cotonou (Benin), Douala (Cameroon), Libreville (Gabon), Lomé (Togo), Malabo (Equatorial Guinea), Niamey (Niger) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) via its new Lagos, Nigeria hub, which it presently serves with a daily Boeing 747F.

No date however, has been given as to when the new services are effective.

Saudia Cargo's New Lagos Hub Network
Saudia Cargo's New Lagos Hub Network (Saudia)

In a press statement today, Peter Scholten, Commercial Vice President  at Saudia Cargo said:
“We are extremely excited to be introducing this new service to West Africa. By entering into cooperation with our interline partners, we will be able to offer greater connections to our customers as well as further expand our activities in this region, which has seen steady economic expansion over the last decade."
Source [Saudia Cargo]

Saudia Cargo Interline Partners Services to Lagos, Nigeria
- Country: City - Equipment | Days of Operation

  • Benin: Cotonou - ATR42 | 12346
  • Burkina Faso: Ouagadougou - ATR42 | 247
  • Cameroon: Douala - B727F | 136
  • Côte d'Ivoire: - Abidjan - B727F | 12346
  • Equatorial Guinea: Malabo - B727 | 7
  • Gabon: Libreville - B727 | 2346
  • Ghana: Accra - B727F | 12346
  • Niger: Niamey - ATR42 | 247
  • Togo: Lome - ATR42 | 12346
Source [Saudia]

Saudia's massive expansion into West Africa comes as no surprise as in early August the carrier announced very strong growth in its African network (Addis Ababa, Johannesburg, Ndjamena, Khartoum, Lagos, Accra and Nairobi) with Nairobi and Addis Ababa's market shares growing by a whooping 65% whilst its Lagos, Nigeria and Ndjamena, Chad all saw added capacity increases.