30 March 2008, Emirates SkyCargo will launch daily services to Cape Town, South
Africa. Trade between the two countries has grown steadily since services between the UAE and South Africa were inaugurated 13 years ago. In
2006 it crossed the AED2 billion (US$562 million) mark.
Peter Sedgley, Emirates Senior Vice President Cargo Commercial Operations,
said, “Emirates SkyCargo regards the South African market
as vital. Testimony to this are the two Boeing 747 freighters we operate into Johannesburg each week, as well as the belly capacity on our
21 passenger flights. We have enjoyed excellent relationships with South African shippers for more than a decade which we look forward to
growing with the introduction of non-stop services to Cape Town.”
Emirates SkyCargo has carried an average of 12 tonnes a week from Cape Town through its road feeder services to Johannesburg,
however with the new direct flights this figure is expected to increase to at least 50 tonnes per week.
With the increasing demand worldwide for fresh and organic foods, especially from the Western Cape, local producers will be able to supply
in a more direct manner, which will have an immediate positive economic impact for retailers as the shelf life of these products will now be
The primary exports from Cape Town comprise live lobsters, cut flowers and automotive parts bound mainly for Europe and East Asia; hake
(fish) to Spain; tuna to the US; abalone and oysters to East Asia and, of course, famous South African wines to customers all over the globe.
The main imports into the city include textiles from Asia; electronics from East Asia and Europe; oil drilling equipment from the US;
machinery spares from Europe; cell phones from Scandinavia and computers and computer games from East Asia and the US.
Emirates Cargo Manager South Africa Kum Naicker
said, “The market in Cape Town is tremendously excited about the introduction of the
new, non-stop services. Emirates SkyCargo has a built a strong reputation for quality service in South Africa and the Cape Town-based
traders, which previously trucked freight to Johannesburg, are looking forward to capitalising on the flights directly from their home
Cape Town marks Emirates SkyCargo’s eighteenth African destination, including freighter services to Johannesburg, Lilongwe, Nairobi,
Entebbe, Eldoret, Lagos, Djibouti and Khartoum. The service will be operated on Boeing 777-200, which will offer an 18-tonne bellyhold
cargo capacity in each direction.
Emirates flight EK 770 departs Dubai at 08:15 hours and arrives in Cape Town at 16:25 hours. The return flight, EK 771, leaves Cape Town
International Airport at 18:10 hours and touches down at Dubai International Airport at 06:00 hours the following day.
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