Thursday, August 28, 2014

German Air Cargo Carrier Extends Nigerian Freight Service

New Lagos Call en route to South Africa
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – NIGERIA – Air carrier Lufthansa Cargo is further integrating Lagos into its own network through twice-weekly freight flights. From 15 September, a Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 freighter will take off from Frankfurt for the Nigerian city every Monday and Thursday.

Lagos is an important destination for the oil and gas industry in particular. Urgently required spare parts and equipment for oil production facilities can now be transported even faster to Nigeria, and with greater flexibility. A total of 170 tonnes of capacity will be available each week to Lufthansa Cargo customers on this route from September.

Following a brief stop, the freighter will fly on to Johannesburg whilst the return leg to Frankfurt will include a stopover in Nairobi. Another two weekly flights from Frankfurt to Johannesburg will also stop in Nairobi on the southbound flight. Carsten Wirths, Vice President Europe & Africa at Lufthansa Cargo, said:

“Adding Lagos to our freighter network considerably strengthens our involvement in West Africa. In Nigeria alone, Lufthansa Cargo offers freight capacity on board Lufthansa Passenger Airlines flights to three destinations.”

Besides Lagos, Lufthansa also flies to Port Harcourt and Abuja with an Airbus A330. Accra (Ghana), Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) and Luanda (Angola) are further destinations in West Africa.