Astral Aviation has entered an interline agreement with South Africa’s Airlink Cargo which expands its cargo network by a further eighteen destinations.
The arrangement enables the movement of cargo to boost airfreight and logistics in Africa, as well as providing better access to the Sub-Saharan market through their hubs in Johannesburg and Nairobi.
Through the partnership, Astral Aviation will also have access to Airlink Cargo’s services to: Beira, Tete, Pemba and Maputo (Mozambique); Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban (South Africa); Lubumbashi (Congo DRC); Gaborone (Botswana); Victoria Falls and Harare (Zimbabwe); Ndola and Livingstone (Zambia); Maseru (Lesotho); Antananarivo and Nosy Be (Madagascar); Walvis Bay and Windhoek (Namibia).
Sanjeev Gadhia, Chief Executive of Astral Aviation said, “The interline agreement will offer new opportunities and connectivity into Airlink’s network, which comprises various points in South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Madagascar and Namibia.”
The move comes as part of Astral’s move to expand its network as it earlier announced a further interline deal with Azerbaijan’s Silk Way West.
The deal allows the two freighter operators to use Dubai World Central as a transit point for cargo being transferred between the two airlines.
This also allows Astral Aviation to connect Dubai with Nairobi where cargo can then be transferred to/from other locations on the continent.
By Victor Shalton Odhiambo