Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam on Thursday inaugurated the country’s newest cargo terminal, built at a cost of €110 million.Meanwhile, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde Gebremariam has said the new cargo terminal, which is the largest in Africa, will put Ethiopian among the 10 world’s best airlines in cargo and logistics services.
Speaking on the occasion of the inauguration ceremony, the Ethiopian prime minister called on other African airlines to join hands with Ethiopian airlines to address bottlenecks of the air cargo industry in the continent.
According to the premier, the new cargo terminal will have an immense role in boosting the country’s export of footwear, leather and pharmaceuticals, as well as horticultural produce.
Built on 40,000 square meters of land, the new cargo terminal has facilities such as dry cargo terminal warehouse, perishable cargo terminal with cool chain storage, office building, apron area which accommodates five additional big freighter aircraft and a large truck parking apron.
It is also fitted with different climate chambers for the storage and handling of temperature-sensitive products such as fresh agricultural products, pharmaceuticals, life science products, among others.
The new terminal will raise Ethiopian’s cargo and logistics services to an annual 1 million tonnes.
Ethiopian cargo and logistics services operate eight dedicated freighters to 39 global freighter destinations in Africa, the Gulf, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
The airliner has recently won ‘Cargo Airline Award for Network Development” at Brussels; ‘African Cargo Airline of the Year’ award.