Ethiopian Airlines will officially open its new air cargo terminal at home hub Addis Ababa later this month.
Africa’s largest carrier said that it would open the terminal, which covers a total area of 150,000 sq m, during the three-day ICAO Global Air Cargo Development Forum, which starts on June 27.
The $150m facility includes a dry cargo terminal warehouse and a perishable cargo terminal with cool chain storage. It is fully automated with elevating transport vehicles and an apron area which accommodates five additional large freighter aircraft.
The new terminal is also fitted with different climate chambers for storage and handling of temperature sensitive cargo such as fresh agricultural products, pharmaceuticals and life science products.
The new Cargo Terminal-II, combined with the existing Terminal-I, will give the airline a total capacity of around 1m tonnes per annum, which is the largest in Africa.
A second phase will add an additional 600,000 tonnes of annual capacity.
Ethiopian Cargo operates eight dedicated freighters to 39 global freighter destinations in Africa, the Gulf, the Middle East, Asia and Europe with an average daily uplift of 650 tons, on top of the bellyhold capacity, 150 tons, to over 95 destinations globally.