Saturday, July 20, 2024

Kenya Airways to resume flights to London

Kenya Airways resumes Dubai flights

Kenya Airways PLC (KQ) is resuming flights to Heathrow from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The direct flights are set to restart from the June 26 2021 following the lifting of the suspension of flights to/ from the United Kingdom by the Government of Kenya. “The resumption of flights to London, United Kingdom (UK) is […]

Siginon Aviation ramps up operations in JKIA

Siginon Aviation, a ground handler based in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi and Eldoret International Airport in Kenya, is to revamp its ramp handling services with a multi-million-dollar investment on new ramp equipment. The ramp equipment comprises of 20-tonne main deck high loaders, 7-tonne lower deck high loaders, pallet transporters, ground power units, pushback, […]

IATA makes Nairobi Airport first CEIV facility in Africa

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has awarded Swissport’s warehouse operations at Nairobi with the CEIV, IATA’s Centre for Excellence for Independent Validators, certificate for pharmaceutical logistics. The facility is the first to be CEIV certified in Africa and Swissport’s 9thto be given the status. “We are very pleased to officially open our latest CEIV […]

AFKLMP receives FlowerWatch certification

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo has received FlowerWatch accreditation for all the fresh flowers it ships from Nairobi to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. FlowerWatch has developed a fail-safe Quality Assurance system that not only identifies challenges in the cold chain, but helps to permanently fix them. The system’s central concept is ‘time temperature exposure’ measured in […]

Kenya Airways picks GSAs for Geneva and Rome flights

Kenya Airways has appointed cargo GSAs and warehousing partners for its new flights from Geneva and Rome to Nairobi. In Geneva, GACSA and been appointed the GSA with Swissport providing warehouse services, with IAS Air Cargo acting as GSA in Rome and XPH operating the warehouse. They will provide services for Kenya Airways on the […]

Panalpina doubles cold storage at Nairobi airport

Panalpina is expanding and investing in Kenya by doubling its cold storage space at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The facilities have been expanded by 1,500 square metres and features dedicated loading bays for skidded or palletised cargo, and separate cold rooms, which is unique to the airport. Panalpina started operations in Nairobi in 2015 […]

Africa’s ‘untapped’ airfreight potential

Africa is one of the world’s last untapped air cargo markets and one which is offering growth potential across the sector, the recent Clear View 3.0 conference in Bangkok was told. Currently Africa has 2.2 per cent of the global air cargo market but the opportunity is there, along with some problems, Nairobi-based Siginon Aviation, […]

Siginon scores top spot in inaugural Kenyan Airport Business Excellence Awards

Siginon Aviation, an air cargo terminal, based at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, has emerged the overall winner of the inaugural Airport Business Excellence Awards (ABEA). The ABEA Awards are an initiative by the Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) to recognise excellence in the aviation business. Siginon Aviation further scooped awards in the categories of Best […]

West Atlantic to sell two BAE ATP Freighters to EnComm

West Atlantic will sell two BAE ATP Freighter aircraft to Nairobi, Kenya-based EnComm in a deal that also commits to spares, engineering and training support. The airline decided in 2017 to start marketing the aircraft for dry-leasing and sale, and as part of the transaction, West Atlantic also brokered an additional two BAE ATP passenger […]

AFKLMP adds new routes to its summer schedule

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP) will operate new routes for the summer providing connections to locations including Taipei, Fortaleza and Seattle. It will provide capacity from both hubs at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, where the airline offers 1,115 weekly services to 116 unique destinations around the world. From Paris […]

Turkish Cargo flower traffic blooms on wide body cargo aircraft

Turkish Cargo scheduled additional 12 flights between January 26 and February 12 in order to satisfy demand of Valentine’s Day. The airline carried 906 tonnes of cut roses to the Netherlands from Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Turkish Cargo became the air cargo carrier that had carried the most flowers from Nairobi between those dates with its […]

Roses are red, violets are blue, air cargo flies flowers for you

The air cargo industry made sure that lovers around the world had the perfect flower for Valentine’s Day, transporting thousands of tonnes of produce in time for the big day. Cargolux Airlines International added close to 1,200 tonnes of extra capacity to meet the peak demand, adding to the 20 weekly flights out of Nairobi, […]

New service will bloom for Kenya

Kenya Airways resumes Dubai flights

The Kenyan horticultural industry, especially its rose growers, look set to benefit from the launch of a Kenya Airways non-stop flight from Nairobi to New York in late October this year. It becomes the first airline to offer a non-stop flight between East Africa and the USA. “We are honoured to contribute to the economic […]

Astral Aviation delivers humanitarian aid to stricken Yemen

Astral Aviation operated a humanitarian flight on Saturday (25 November) from Nairobi to war-torn Sanaa in Yemen with 15 tonnes of vaccines for over 600,000 children against diphtheria, tetanus and other diseases. The African carrier ran the Boeing 727-200 flight on behalf of Chapman Freeborn and UNICEF into Sanaa Airport, which had been closed from 6 November. […]

Network Airline Services extends contract with AFS Kenya

Network Airline Services (NAS) has signed a two-year extension to its contract with Africa Flight Services Kenya (AFS Kenya) to provide cargo handling for its four flights a week into Nairobi. AFS Kenya will handle 11,500 tonnes of cargo a year for NAS’ MD-11 and Boeing 747 Freighter operations, which arrive in Nairobi from Liege […]

NAM and Astral sign wet lease deal for B747F with Air Atlanta

Network Airline Management (NAM) and Kenya-based Astral Aviation have signed a long-term wet lease with Air Atlanta Icelandic adding a factory-built, nose-loader B747-400 Freighter to their existing managed fleet of three MD11Fs. The B747-400F made its inaugural flight from London Stansted Airport to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport yesterday, expanding NAM’s capacity to East Africa. […]

Freight at Nairobi grows 75.5% as Africa tops regional growth

Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport saw the most significant growth of global gateways in August, according to figures released by the Airports Council International (ACI). The airport recorded a 75.5 per cent year-over-year (YOY) increase in freight volumes, but having been in negative territory for several months in the last year, it was able to recover […]

Panalpina completes acquisition of Kenyan forwarder Air Connection

Panalpina has completed the acquisition of Air Connection, a specialised forwarder of flowers and vegetables following approval by the Competition Authority of Kenya. Air Connection was founded in 1993 and has operations close to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and in Mombasa, specialising in the export of flowers and vegetables from Kenya to destinations […]

Extensive opportunities for Siginon, but imports slow this year

Kenyan cargo handler Siginon Aviation believes there are plenty of future opportunities for it as Kenya and Nairobi ‘s airfreight market continues to grow. Siginon handles for Qatar Airways Cargo, Cargolux, Singapore Airlines Cargo, CargoLogicAir and others at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Imports manager, Jared Oswago (pictured below) says Kenya is the regional […]

Digital innovations and flowers high priorities for AFKLMP

Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP) is focussing much of its energy on digitisation and innovation. The launch of myCargo is contributing to its ambition to innovate customer service by offering relevant and improved digital services. A personalised toolkit for customers, namely employees working at freight forwarders, myCargo is a portal where customers can make bookings, quote […]

Kuehne + Nagel acquires two forwarders specialising in perishables

Kuehne + Nagel has expanded its global perishables network with the acquisition of CFI (Commodity Forwarders Inc) an airfreight forwarder of perishables products in the US, and Trillvane Ltd, one of the largest perishables specialists in Kenya. These it says will add more than 150,000 tonnes of perishables to the forwarder’s perishables network and further “strengthens […]

Solar-powered cargo facility for Swissport at JKIA

Swissport Kenya has opened Kenya’s first solar-powered cargo facility at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi and is aiming for it to cover 30 per cent of the facility’s energy demand. The move will also reduce energy costs and the solar panels will power cold rooms at the cargo facility. The 104KWp solar PV […]

NAM and Astral Aviation fly urgent relief goods to Somaliland

Network Airline Management (NAM) and Astral Aviation transported over 57 tonnes of urgent humanitarian relief goods on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross to a field hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland earlier this month. The cargo, which was mainly IV fluid, was flown from Liege to Nairobi on Astral’s and NAM’s wet leased B747-400F. From Nairobi, […]

MD11 freighter service to start at Doncaster Sheffield

Doncaster Sheffield Airport has won a new cargo contract bringing flowers and vegetables to the UK. The airport has secured a deal with Network Airline Management who begin a weekly MD11 service from Nairobi in Kenya to Yorkshire this week. It will be the airport’s first scheduled flight handling perishable goods opening up a major […]

Cargolux looking to open up new African markets by the end of the year

Cargolux Airlines International is looking at opening up two new markets in Africa by the end of the year, regional director for Africa Jonathan Clark (pictured below) tells Air Cargo Week. They will probably be perishable markets and though Clark cannot say where they are, Cargolux has its eyes on two potential ones in East […]

Astral remains committed to three-hub strategy

Atlas Air and Flexport expand partnership

Astral Aviation remains committed to its three-hub strategy for Africa even though it is reconsidering the planned Western base in Lagos, chief executive officer Sanjeev Gadhia (pictured below) tells Air Cargo Week (ACW) staff writer, James Muir. Astral is planning a West Africa hub for the middle of this year and was looking at Lagos […]

Ambitious Siginon Aviation looking to grow its presence in Nairobi

Kenyan cargo handler Siginon Aviation is targeting a contract win with a European carrier in Nairobi in the near future as it looks to further expand its presence at one of Africa’s main airfreight hubs. Earlier this month it secure a cargo handling deal with Qatar Airways Cargo, adding to others it has with Cargolux, […]

Love is in the air as airlines fly roses for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just round the corner, carriers all over the world are filling their aircraft with roses for romantics around the globe. Lufthansa Cargo is filling entire freighters with flowers, connecting flower-growing countries with its Frankfurt hub several times a week, with charter flights from cities including Quito and Nairobi. It transports 1,000 tonnes […]

Siginon Aviation named as official Qatar Airways Cargo handler in Kenya

Siginon Aviation has been appointed as the official ground and ramp handler for Qatar Airways Cargo at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi. Siginon Aviation’s $10 million state-of-the-art air cargo terminal at JKIA was commissioned in 2014 has been custom designed and includes a 3,000 square metre Perishables Centre, a 5,000 square metre General […]

Emirates to start third daily flight to Nairobi

Emirates Airline is to increase capacity in Africa with a third daily flight to Nairobi from 1 June. Flight EK717 will leave Dubai at 01.40h and arrive in the Kenyan capital at 05.40h, with the return flight, EK718 departing Nairobi and landing back in Dubai at 13.15h. The Boeing 777-300ER flight will provide 16 tonnes […]