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Logistics Update Africa

Logistics Update Africa (LUA) is a bi monthly trade magazine that brings the most credible news, views and stories of and from Africa about the continent’s vibrant and evolving transport and logistics industries.

IATA urges governments to take immediate action to keep cargo moving

Singapore Airlines cuts 96 percent of capacity amid Covid-19. Covid-19 forces Emirates to suspend most of its passenger services. Saudia Cargo to fly humanitarian shipments amid Covid-19. Covid 19: Kenya Airways to cease operation from March 25. Covid-19: Ethiopian Airlines to carry medical shipments from Guangzhou to Addis Ababa using B777F. Covid-19 pandemic hits Kenyan flower industry as demand dips in Europe. Goodrich Logistics handles EPC transportation project from India to Africa. Covid-19: AFRAA calls for support measures for African airlines. Turkish Cargo to fly its entire fleet of 25 freighters to keep trade moving.

Lufthansa to use pax aircraft as pure cargo flights amid Covid-19. Jack Ma Foundation, Alibaba Foundation fly medical supplies to Africa, other countries in fight against Covid-19. Jambojet cancels Kigali, Entebbe flights as passenger numbers fall over coronavirus. Nigerian government stalls National Aviation Conference over Covid-19. SA Express suspends operation due to coronavirus pandemic. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol changes ad hoc slot allocation in the wake of COVID-19. FedEx explores cargo opportunities amid COVID-19. Etihad Cargo boosts freighter summer schedule; Johannesburg, Nairobi services up. IATA urges governments to exclude air cargo operations from COVID-19-related restrictions for delivering urgent shipments. Saldanha Bay industrial zone inks $18.3 million deal with three investors. Air Tanzania suspends Mumbai services till April 15 amid COVID-19. Mitsuru Fukushima to take charge as MOL's chief country representative for Mozambique, South Africa.

Carol Tome to assume charge as UPS CEO from June 1. SITA, ULD Care to develop blockchain for ULD tracking; industry to save $400 mn a year. FlySafair expresses interest in buying SAA’s Mango Airlines. AFRAA urges stakeholders to push more for sustainability in aviation. DP World becomes global logistics partner for Renault F1 Team. DHL Global Forwarding forms Arabian Cluster; appoints country managers. Lufthansa Cargo boards IBS Software’s SaaS hosting platform for five years. Bolloré Transport & Logistics opens new subsidiary in Ethiopia. Imperial Logistics, Newtown Partners invest $20 mn to launch VC fund for startups. TIACA sign MoU with CLIVE Data Services for air cargo market, route analyses. Kuehne + Nagel sells major part of its UK contract logistics operations to XPO Logistics. COVID-19 swallows $400 million revenue of African airlines.

Gertjan Roelands takes charge as SVP sales & distribution at Air France KLM Martinair Cargo. IATA updates financial impacts due to COVID-19. Emirates SkyCargo, Accuity enter deal to set new standards in global trade compliance. Turkish Cargo adds Quito to its network. Ethiopian aviation sector set to grow 226% by 2037: IATA. World’s first cargo cover TLX WEB15 introduced to combat Covid-19. Africa records 6.8% increase in freight demand in January: IATA. EurAfrican Forum to focus on free trade agreements, climate change. Coronavirus fear stalls 14th IATA World Air Cargo Symposium. South African Airways delays submission of business rescue plan.

IATA urges aviation regulators to suspend slot rules due to coronavirus. Kenyan government lends $49.5 million to cash-strapped Kenya Airways. Equatorial Guinea’s LNG liquefaction terminal handles 700th cargo. A case of digital airfreight corridor. Lise-Marie Turpin receives The STAT Trade Times Lifetime Achievement Award. Zero Trust security model needs to be followed to combat data breach: Unisys' Niranjan.

Allan Kilavuka becomes permanent CEO of Kenya Airways. Turkish Cargo posts tonnage growth of 7.1% in 2019. Air Austral, Air Madagascar partnership heading towards a breakdown. DHL to receive 6 B777F this year, remaining four to join its fleet in 2021. South African Airways conceals financial information in the fear of liquidation. Cargolux donates medical supplies to Zhengzhou; to add flights in the coming weeks. Swissport facility in Nairobi airport obtains IATA CEIV Pharma certification. Coronavirus may erase $29 bn from airlines’ revenue, says IATA.

Belarus, Egypt ink $1 million deal to make drones. A.P. Moller - Maersk posts 14% EBITDA increase in 2019. GTKL Europe leases 3 A220-300s to Nigeria’s Green Africa Airways. Bollore Logistics handles 102 TEUs from Djibouti to Ethiopia through rail. DHL Express on expansion spree in Egypt; to open 6 new branches. IATA, International Post Corporation ink MoU for cross-border airmail network.

Shi.E.L.D. Services wins transshipper contract in Guinea. Egyptian delivery startup Bosta raises Series A funding from DPDgroup. VC firm TLcom Capital closes $71 mn funding; plans investment in 12 startups. South African Post Office to launch e-commerce platform in March. British Airways adds flights to Cape Town; introduces codeshare with Royal Air Maroc.

Bollore Logistics joins industry partners to launch MRO Blockchain Alliance. TIACA launches 4Cargo event series; Airports4Cargo to be held on June 24 at Brussels. Nigeria’s Green Africa Airways orders 50 A220-300s, largest-ever deal from Africa. Emirates SkyCargo launches two bonded trucking corridors in Saudi Arabia. Standard Chartered Tanzania funds $1.46 bn for standard gauge railway project. ICD, A-eTrade ink deal at AU Summit to strengthen intra-African trade. Into 6 months of service, Uganda Airlines announces Kinshasa as its 10th destination. Ethiopian Airlines to fly daily from Avinor Oslo Airport to Addis Ababa from June. Virgin Atlantic Cargo to start daily flights from Heathrow to Cape Town from October 25. Nuwa Capital fund targets MENA, East African, Pakistan, Turkey startups.

Saudi Arabian Logistics expands cargo facility at Dammam’s King Fahad airport. South Africa introduces poultry sector masterplan to boost exports. DP World to finalise construction of new port in Senegal. South Africa’s Airlink to continue operations on abandoned SAA routes after Feb 29. Nigerian government to reactivate two dilapidated fishing terminals in Akwa Ibom. Saudi Arabian interest in African aviation sector continues; UAE to invest in Nigeria's Ibom Air. 76 countries agree to digitalise cross border customs under United Nations TIR Convention. 2019 IATA data posts 7.4% surge in African freight demand. Logupdateafrica. After SAA, SA Express slips into business rescue process. Ethiopian Airlines, Sanad Aerotech sign deal to develop MRO business in Africa. Africa Aviation News. Cellulant Corporation taps technology to avoid agri wastages in supply chain in Africa.

Erlendur Svavarsson takes charge as CEO of Cabo Verde Airlines. Air Seychelles posts 5% increase in passenger handling in 2019. Swissport’s subsidiary opens executive terminal at Marrakech airport. Disasters piling on SAA: Now South Africa’s Airlink to sue for $47 million. Cyril Ramaphosa hands over SAA allegations to special investigators. EU’s $7.5 mn funding helps WFP provide logistics services in South Sudan. FROM MAGAZINE: Bridging the infrastructural gaps in African logistics.