Saudia Cargo appoints ACP Worldwide as South Africa GSA
ACP Worldwide, one of the world's leading international airline management companies, has been appointed cargo general sales agenet (GSA) across South Africa for Saudia Cargo, effective August 1, 2015.
Saudia Cargo currently operates three times weekly B747 freighter flights from Johannesburg to Jeddah and Amsterdam, being shared frequencies with Nairobi.
In addition to this freighter capacity, ACP will also be able to sell belly space on the carrier’s three times weekly B777-200 wide-body flights between Johannesburg and Jeddah offering total 50 tonnes of lower deck cargo capacity per week.
“Following a competitive tender process where we were able to demonstrate our depth of knowledge and professionalism, we were delighted to win the Saudia Cargo business,” commented Dawn Bailey, ACP Worldwide country manager, South Africa.
She adds: “With a flourishing requirement for fresh produce in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, commodities which are likely to prove popular ex-South Africa include fruit, vegetables, meat, flowers.”
Main business from South Africa is destined for the three principal hubs in Saudi Arabia – Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam; with onward traffic to beyond network points such as Amsterdam, London, Brussels and Khartoum are also likely to feature.
In response to this appointment, ACP’s Johannesburg based-team has deployed additional reservations and operations staff who will be dedicated to the Saudia Cargo portfolio.
Commenting on ACP Worldwide's appointment Ken Mbogo, regional director Africa of Saudia Cargo, said: “With their considerable experience of our market and long-established reputation, we believe ACP is the right partner to help drive our business forward and deliver on our ambitious growth targets in the South African airfreight market.”