Thursday, August 1, 2013

► KENYA: Saudia Cargo relaunches its Nairobi hub; adds 23 new African destinations via interline deals.

Saudia CargoSaudi Airlines cargo division, Saudia Cargo (SV), has announced the re-launch of its Nairobi, Kenya hub along with the expansion of its network coverage into sub-Saharan Africa. Saudia Cargo currently serves six other freighter destinations in Africa, namely: Addis Ababa, Johannesburg, Kano, Khartoum, Lagos and N’Djamena. Saudia also offers a Lagos, Nigeria hub focussing on West Africa.

According to the airline, with five weekly scheduled freighter flights into Nairobi and enhanced interline partnerships, Saudia Cargo will now have access to 23 additional destinations in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa as well as the Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean Islands namely: 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 will also facilitate ad hoc charter flights for large consignments via its Nairobi hub to various regional destination points.

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.
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 offers supplementary belly capacity on major routes operated by passenger carrier Saudia (SV) to Addis Ababa, Johannesburg, Kano, Khartoum and Nairobi as well as Alexandria, Algiers, Cairo, and Casablanca.