Djibouti joins Qatar Airways' cargo network
Qatar Airways Cargo launched a new freighter service to Djibouti from August 1, making this the airline’s seventh dedicated African freighter destination.
The weekly A330F service will satisfy increasing demand from customers in the Middle East, South Asia and Europe for capacity into east Africa.
Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways chief officer cargo, said: “Djibouti is an important market for Qatar Airways Cargo and for the Middle East, which benefits as a consolidation point for the African market due to its geographical location.
“This new route will further open up the African market to our customers who are increasingly demanding capacity to Africa, keen to maximise upon the numerous possibilities the country holds.
"Qatar Airways Cargo’s dedicated services, such as QR Pharma and QR Fresh, can unlock this potential for businesses and consumers, transporting pharmaceuticals to flowers, and provide opportunities for greater choice and competition within the market.”
Africa is a key growth market for Qatar Airways Cargo, which currently serves Lagos, Accra, Johannesburg, Entebbe, Nairobi, and Khartoum with dedicated freighters.
Djibouti is promoting itself as the gateway to the horn of Africa and is building two new airports: the Hassan Gouled Aptidon International Airport and Ahmed Dini Ahmed International Airport.
Qatar Airways Cargo’s hub at Hamad International Airport has annual capacity of 1.4 million tonnes of cargo and can accommodate 11 wide-body freighters with 42 airside loading docks to facilitate cargo transfer.