Monday, September 13, 2010

New Kenyan Air Freight Cargo Facility On Stream

Sky's the Limit for Nairobi Airport Facility
Shipping News Feature

KENYA - Located on Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s newly-extended freight apron, with direct airside access, the new Transglobal Cargo Centre on-airport facility has signed up Emirates SkyCargo and Nairobi-based Astral Aviation as the inaugural airline customers of the first fresh produce and cargo handling facility in Africa.

The Centre incorporates a multi-storey ETV (elevating transfer vehicle)-based perishables handling system. This cool-chain ETV system will have capacity for storing 160 pallets – the equivalent of more than four 747 freighter loads. The Transglobal facility has roller bed access to the temperature-controlled ULD build-up area. The perishables handling area is divided into separate temperature zones (e.g. chilled store, freezer) to cater for the varying needs of different commodities. Shippers, agents and regulatory staff will also have access to a dedicated 1,000 sq metre perishables inspection and re-packing area.

Both Emirates SkyCargo and Astral are currently handled at the company’s existing off-airport terminal; perishables constitute a significant proportion of both carriers’ export traffic from the airport. As the new terminal incorporates full on-site pallet-building facilities for perishables, customers of both airlines will be able to deliver loose perishable cargo direct to the terminal for loading into containers or palletising and onward shipping.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has the second highest cargo throughput in Africa, at 290,500 tonnes in 2009 (up 5% on the previous year). The airport is currently served by almost 40 scheduled airlines. Transglobal Cargo Centre alone will have an estimated cargo handling capacity of 250,000 tonnes per annum in its12,351 sq m of warehousing. Negotiations are ongoing with several major global carriers as potential customers for the new facility.

Mark Carroll, Transglobal’s general Sales and marketing manager commented:

“The facilities on offer at the Transglobal Cargo Centre are so much larger and so much better than anything else at the airport. They provide carriers with a real opportunity to enhance their services and so gain a competitive edge.”

Photo: Construction proceeds at the Cargo Centre