“We want to establish our capital not only as a freight hub for the African continent but also as an international cargo hub. This puts us in direct competition with hubs like Dubai.” Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines.
For years, many of the African exports transported by air to European or Asian markets are transshipped in Dubai or other airports in the Middle East. The same accounts for imports in the opposite direction. This will change, hold the top managers of Ethiopian Cargo. In the medium term, Addis Ababa’s Bole International will become Africa’s prime hub for consolidations and transshipments, siphoning business away from their peers in the Middle East.
Ethiopian Cargo’s estimate is based on two factors: the steady growth of the carrier’s international network and fleet, and their state-of-the-art large freight terminal at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
Concerning the fleet, Ethiopian Airlines (ET) currently operates 110 aircraft, with a further 65 on order.
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