Kenya Airways Cargo (KQ Cargo) has announced the expansion of its route network to include direct cargo flights between Sharjah, UAE, and Mogadishu, Somalia. This partnership with GSA Global Cargo LLC aims to enhance cargo logistics services between the two regions.

Starting from February 9, the new route will operate weekly, with plans to increase to two weekly frequencies by April 2024. Sharjah, known as the third most populous city in the UAE, serves as a strategic hub for this expansion.

With the recent addition of a Boeing 737-800F freighter to its fleet, KQ Cargo has boosted its freight capacities, enabling extended range operations and connectivity between vital cargo hubs. This development aligns with the airline’s mission to strengthen its position as Africa’s preferred cargo carrier.

Dick Murianki, Director of KQ Cargo, emphasized the significant demand for air freight transportation between the UAE and Somalia, particularly for high-tech consumer goods, automotive parts, project cargo, and clothing. He expressed confidence in the airline’s expertise in the region and the suitability of the Boeing 737-800F to meet evolving market demands.

Kannan Nachiappan, CEO of GSA Global Cargo, highlighted the benefits of the direct connection between UAE and Somalia, including increased capacity, reduced transit times, and cost efficiency. This service aims to address the challenges posed by narrow body belly-only options, long transit times, and expensive rates in the region.

In addition to the cargo expansion, Kenya Airways will resume direct passenger flights between Nairobi and Mogadishu starting February 15. The air freight business has proven critical, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, providing essential revenue streams for airlines amidst restricted travel and reduced passenger numbers.

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