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Emirates adds freighter route to Tunisia, Cote d'Ivoire

By Staff Reports on March 11, 2014

Emirates SkyCargo is set to increase its cargo capacity to Tunis, Tunisia, and Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, with the introduction of a weekly freighter service beginning March 17. 

The new freighter flight will supplement the existing belly-hold capacity provided on Emirates’ daily passenger services to the two cities. Emirates SkyCargo offers more than 200 tonnes of capacity each week on the Tunis route, while the flights to Abidjan, which is a linked route with Accra, Ghana, offers more than 300 tonnes. 

Emirates SkyCargo will use one of its Boeing 777F aircraft on the Dubai-Abidjan-Tunis-Dubai route, which is capable of carrying 103 tonnes of cargo.

“Africa is a key growth region for Emirates SkyCargo, and the additional capacity and frequency of a scheduled freighter service will create new opportunities for businesses in Tunisia and Cote D’Ivoire wanting to tap into new markets in the Emirates network, particularly the Middle East, Asia and the Far East, as well as for customers in our network wanting to increase their trade with the two countries,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, cargo. 

Imports into Abidjan include electronics and electrical equipment, automotive spare parts, construction equipment and pharmaceuticals, while similar types of cargo are moved into Tunis. Exports from Tunis are perishables, electronics, construction equipment and textiles, while exports from Abidjan are mainly perishables, such as fresh and frozen fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood and other foodstuffs, as well as plants, machinery and tools.