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Ethiopian Airlines Executes a Turnkey Contract Agreement for the Construction of its Second Cargo Terminal

Ethiopian Airlines Executes a Turnkey Contract Agreement for the Construction of its Second Cargo Terminal

Source: Ethiopian Airlines 10/02/2014

Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce the completion of a Turnkey contract Agreement for construction of its cargo terminal 2 and apron ,with Unitechnik Systems GmbH of Germany, and Varnero Construction on January 10, 2014. The total cost of the Cargo Terminal project is 107 million EURO.
The construction of Cargo Terminal 2 is expected to be completed within the next two years will have the capacity to accommodate, 600,000 tons of cargo per annum, with cargo apron parking capacity for five B747-800 aircraft at a time. It will also have cold storage capacity to accommodate about 300,000 tons of temperature controlled perishable cargo per annum. Completion of Cargo Terminal 2 will be immediately followed with the construction of Cargo Terminal 3 which will also have an annual capacity to accommodate 600,000 tons. The entire construction of the two terminals planned to be constructed in two phases will have a capacity to accommodate 1.2 million tons of cargo per annum with capacity of eight B747-800 aircraft that places the cargo terminal to be one of the largest in the world.
Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO, Ethiopian Airlines Group said, “In line with our vision 2025, this massive investment in construction of the two cargo terminals shows our unwavering commitment to support the Ethiopian fast growing export of agricultural products and high value imports to the continent, which are critically important for Economic development of many African countries. Including the existing cargo terminal 1, the combined annual capacity of the three terminals will be around 1.5 million tons of cargo which will make Ethiopian one of the largest air cargo operators in the world.”
Ethiopian Cargo is the largest Cargo service provider in the continent. Currently, Ethiopian cargo has dedicated services to 26 cargo destinations in Africa, the Gulf, Middle East, Asia and Europe by using six dedicated cargo freighters. Ethiopian has recently inaugurated a second new state-of-the art perishable cargo Cold Storage Facility.
Ethiopian Cargo has presently transformed into an independent profit center of the Ethiopian Airlines Group. By 2025, Ethiopian Cargo plans to uplift 820,000 tons of cargo using 15 dedicated freighters.
Ethiopian cargo is an award winning Cargo service provider and has been ranked 43rd by revenue out of the top 50 global operators, in 2013.

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  • Most of it will be Flowers, Vegetable and Fresh Cut Herbs. Air Freight wise there are not that many other items out of Ethiopian flown by air. Some of the express companies use Addis Abeba as a hub into Africa and Asia. But mostly will be Flowers for sure.

    I was two weeks ago in the temporary perishable cargo terminal, that was also a turn key project which was built very fast by a European company. It was packed with Valentines day production, but I was surprised that it still looked quite organized and there was a good flow with pallets being built and planes being loaded ready to take off. To give you an impression, the first two Boeing 777 CARGO that left that day just all came from one farm. In total they had about 6 cargo planes leaving to Liege that day. So there is indeed demand for air freight, in particular flowers.

    To the USA we are flying the Ethiopian flowers on flying 777-ER Passenger Aircrafts into Washington Dulles. That is not yet coming close to what is going to Europe. But with 2 to 3 flights a week ranging 500 to 3000 kgs per shipment. We are certainly bringing more and more Ethiopian flowers into the US.

  • “The entire construction of the two terminals planned to be constructed in two phases will have a capacity to accommodate 1.2 million tons of cargo per annum with capacity of eight B747-800 aircraft that places the cargo terminal to be one of the largest in the world.”

    That’s one huge project! I am curious how much of their cargo is flowers?

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