Africa’s largest cargo operator, Ethiopian Airlines, announces the inauguration of its state of the art Cargo Terminal-II during the Second ICAO Global Air Cargo Development Forum which Ethiopian is hosting from 27th to 29th June, 2017. Covering a total area of 150,000 m² area of land, the new Cargo Terminal includes facilities such as Dry Cargo Terminal warehouse, Perishable Cargo Terminal with Cool Chain Storage, fully automated with latest technology ETV (Elevating Transport Vehicle), apron area which accommodates 5 additional big freighter aircraft, sufficient truck parking apron as well as employees canteen and wash rooms. The new Cargo Terminal is also fitted with different climate chambers for storage and handling of temperature sensitive products such as fresh agricultural products, pharmaceuticals or life science products.
Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarks: “Infrastructure development being one of the four pillars of our fast, profitable and sustainable growth strategic roadmap, Vision 2025, we have been making massive investments in infrastructure projects to modernize and expand our cargo facilities at a total cost of USD 150 million. The new Cargo Terminal-II combined with our existing Terminal-I will give us a total capacity of around 1 million tonnes per annum which is the largest in the continent of Africa.”
Moreover, upon completion of the second phase, which adds 600,000 tonnes annual uplift capacity, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services will have one of the world’s largest cargo terminals; a capability equivalent to cargo terminals in Amsterdam Schiphol, Singapore Changi, or Hong Kong. This investment and the resulting massive cargo facilities along with the fleet of 6 modern B-777F and 2 B-757F will create adequate air cargo transporting capacity for the fast growing export and import demand of the continent which is critically essential in the socio economic development of the African countries.
Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services operates 8 dedicated freighters to 39 global freighter destinations in Africa, the Gulf, the Middle East, Asia and Europe with an average daily uplift of 650 tonnes on top of the belly hold capacity, 150 tonnes, to over 95 destinations globally.
Ethiopian Airlines is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. It is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa. The company commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network by operating an ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft fleet such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years, and calls more than 95 international destinations across five continents.