Zimbabwe: Emirates Skycargo Spreads Its Wings to Harare
From The Herald
By Fortunate Jaravaza, 27 January 2012
Emirates Airlines seals the deal with government. (Photo Courtesy The Herald)
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has bolstered its operations on the booming Africa trade route by adding five weekly flights from Dubai to the capitals of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The flights are expected to start early next month. Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing international airlines, is expected to start flying to Harare via Lusaka, Zambia, next month.
The freight division of Emirates Airlines said the A330-200 freighter would provide a weekly capacity of 160 metric tonnes to Lusaka, Zambia, and Harare, Zimbabwe, starting February 1.
Emirates launched a weekly cargo service to West Africa with calls at Accra, Ghana and Lome less than three months ago.
The extension of Emirates services to Zimbabwe is a way of supporting the thriving trade between Africa and the rest of the world; its weekly capacity into and out of the continent will be over 6 000 tonnes.
Emirates’ divisional senior vice president cargo Mr Ram Menem said the Zimbabwe-Zambia link will generate trade between the two countries as well as increasing opportunities for key partners such as China.
“The two new gateways to Lusaka and Harare mean that Emirates SkyCargo can connect businesses in 22 countries across Africa to its network of more than 100 destinations, while also providing increased opportunities for key trading partners such as China and Japan.
“While many regions are experiencing challenging economic conditions, Africa, with a population in excess of one billion and rich in natural resources, is one of the few areas to record growth and the long-term outlook is very positive,
“We expect demand to be strong for a variety of commodities going in and out of Lusaka and Harare and have no doubt the two destinations will be a strong addition to our African network,” he said
He also indicated that their services would help sustain Africa’s continued economic development by facilitating international trade with its business partners as well as opening up to new markets.
“Zambia has been enjoying an economic boom, driven by record copper prices and continued foreign investment in its mining industry and infrastructure, while Zimbabwe’s economy is growing at a brisk pace.
“Emirates SkyCargo therefore expects to transport parts to support the mining and infrastructure sectors,” said Mr Menem.
The arrival of Emirates is expected to bolster the country’s economic recovery, capacity connectivity and choice as the country strives to consolidate its economic recovery through attracting new trade, tourism and investment.