Ethiopian Airlines will inaugurate Africa’s largest Cargo Terminal at an international aviation forum in late June, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said Thursday.
The terminal will be unveiled at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Air Cargo Development Forum to be held from June 27-29 in the Ethiopian capital, said the CEO.
“As the largest cargo operator in Africa we play a major role in transporting agricultural products from Ethiopia to the world market and also bring in required goods in the economy,” he added.
Ethiopia, the world’s most populous landlocked nation with about 100 million people, is beefing up its land, rail and air infrastructure to keep up with the demand of its growing economy.
The cargo terminal, which can hold perishable and dry cargo, is being built jointly by Italian Firm Varnero and German firm International Consulting and Marketing Gmbh (ICM) at a total cost of 150 million dollars. The current cargo terminal has about 300,000 tons of annual capacity.
Upon completion, the cargo terminal’s uplifting capability will be equivalent to the cargo terminals at Amsterdam Schiphol, Singapore Changi and Hong Kong International Airports, the airline said.
The terminal is part of Ethiopian Airlines efforts to fly to 37 freighter destinations across five continents using 19 dedicated cargo aircraft by 2025, it said. Enditem