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Air cargo industry to meet in Johannesburg for Air Cargo Africa 2013

We’re now less than a week away from the start of Air Cargo Africa 2013 in Johannesburg and the event looks set to attract senior managers from across the global air cargo industry.

The show was previously held in Nairobi in 2011 and according to the organisers (STAT Trade Times) it continues to go from strength to strength – not least because the past two to three years has witnessed a significant increase in air cargo traffic between Asia and Africa due to significant investment in African infrastructure.

Growth of exports from Asia towards Africa has been a reality for the past few years and carriers remain confident that air cargo traffic from Asia to Africa will continue to offer good prospects in the long-term.

Chinese investment in parts of Africa has also generated more project-type air cargo requirements such as telecoms and energy equipment (regularly moved with heavy-lift cargo charter aircraft like the Antonov AN-124 an Ilyushin IL-76).

The organisers also highlight that demand for air cargo capacity between China and Africa has also provided opportunities for some carriers in the Middle East to use their geographical location and win trans-shipment traffic in the market. A number of major European carriers have also secured a share of the Asia-Africa air cargo market.

As we blogged recently, Chapman Freeborn has also seen promising growth in Africa for specialist aircraft charter and on board courier services and we’ll be exhibiting at Air Cargo Africa 2013 alongside leading airlines, airports and general sales agents.

The conference schedule includes discussions on connecting Africa to the rest of the world and building endurance in global air cargo (with an expert panel featuring Chapman Freeborn).

If you’re attending the event and would like to find out more about Chapman Freeborn’s award-winning air cargo charter and on board courier (OBC) services contact

Air Cargo Africa 2013 is held at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg from February 20-22. For more information please visit the official website.