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Cargolux increases market presence in Africa

Posted 29 August 2017 · Add Comment

Cargolux Airlines has introduced two new destinations in Africa, Douala in Cameroon and Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The first Cargolux cargo plane to Lubumbashi will take off on 15 September, while Douala will be served from 3 October.

Flights to Lubumbashi leaving Luxembourg every Friday night and come in the DRC on Saturday morning at 05:25 at. The return flight via Johannesburg, Nairobi and Stansted in the UK. Arrival in Luxembourg on Sunday at 13:25 (both local time).

The Douala flights lift every Wednesday at 16:15 of Luxembourg and passed over Bamako. You arrive at 01:55 in Cameroon on Thursday. The return flight lands on Friday at 10.55 am in Luxembourg.

Lubumbashi is, after the capital Kinshasa, the second largest city of the DRC and acts as a hub for the mining industry of the country. The city is an important commercial and industrial center known for the production of textiles, food and beverages as well as copper processing. It is also home to one of the largest banks in the country. In Lubumbashi estimated that more than 3 percent of the world's copper and cobalt half its inventory is produced.

Douala is the largest city in Cameroon and the home to the largest port in Central Africa. The town is economically and commercially seen the capital of the country, because that's where most of the country's exports are handled, including oil, cocoa, coffee, fruit, metal and wood. The European countries are the main export and import partner for Cameroon, followed by Asia.

Cargolux looks promising growth potential in the region. With its own feeder services, the company is also capable of fast and efficient connections to Yaounde, the Cameroonian capital and the second largest city to offer. To Cargolux imports are high-tech products, agricultural products and machinery, while especially perishable goods such as fruit and vegetables for European consumers, are exported.

Douala and Lubumbashi be added to the existing 33 destinations Cargolux on the African continent. This extensive network has a long history and Cargolux enjoys the continued loyalty and support of carriers and shippers in this market. The carrier is a proven expert in a number of different shipments of perishable goods such as fruit and flowers to heavy equipment for the oil and gas industry on the continent.

"Africa has been and will always be an important market for Cargolux, and we are pleased to be supporting the trade routes of the continent to Europe, the US and Asia as well as the global Cargolux network," said Jonathan Clark, Regional Director Africa at Cargolux.

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