Sharjah Airport welcomes Kenya Airways Cargo

Airport and airline personnel stand with Kenya Airways Cargo aircraft at Sharjah Airport
Photo Credit: Sharjah Airport Authority
Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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Sharjah Airport Authority (SAA) has welcomed Kenya Airways Cargo to its growing roster of operating cargo companies.

This strategic partnership aligns with SAA’s commitment to providing exceptional cargo services and fostering strong relationships with key industry players.

The new additional further reinforces the UAE airport’s position as a leading international cargo hub.

Official Welcoming Ceremony

The official ceremony marking this significant collaboration was attended by esteemed dignitaries, including HE Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of SAA, HE Sheikh Faisal Bin Saoud Al Qassimi, Director of SAA, Honorable Cosmas Kimutai Sigei, Chargé d’Affaires of the Kenyan Embassy in Abu Dhabi, and Allan Kilavuka, Group Managing Director & CEO of Kenya Airways Cargo.

The event also welcomed directors and representatives from both organizations, alongside distinguished guests from Kenya and the United Arab Emirates.

Boosting Cargo Connectivity

Kenya Airways Cargo will operate four direct weekly flights from Nairobi, Kenya, to Sharjah Airport using B737F cargo aircraft.

This increased frequency and dedicated freighter service will significantly enhance cargo connectivity between East Africa and the Middle East, offering businesses efficient and reliable airfreight solutions.

HE Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of SAA, spoke on the new arrival, stating, “Sharjah Airport Authority is committed to developing the logistical aspects of our airport and enhancing cargo services for our clients.”

“We are proud of our extensive partnerships with international shipping companies, and this collaboration with Kenya Airways Cargo further strengthens our network and expands the destinations available to our customers.”

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Unlocking Growth Potential

Allan Kilavuka, Group Managing Director & CEO of Kenya Airways Cargo, highlighted the strategic importance of this partnership, particularly for facilitating trade between Africa and the UAE. He stated,

“The United Arab Emirates is a key trading partner for Kenya and other African countries, accounting for roughly 10% of the UAE’s total trade.”

“Launching cargo flights from Sharjah to African cities will unlock significant growth potential for businesses in both regions.”

“Our new Boeing 737-800 Freighters offer increased capacity, extended range, and charter availability, making them ideal for connecting businesses across Africa and the Middle East.”

Sharjah Airport Hub

Sharjah Airport Authority remains dedicated to providing world-class infrastructure and support services for both passenger and cargo airlines.

Their continued focus is on ensuring seamless operations, expanding global reach, and offering an extensive network of destinations to meet diverse customer needs.

Additionally, SAA prioritizes enhancing efficiency and providing specialized solutions for handling, shipping, and storing sensitive cargo.

Sharjah International Airport is an international airport located in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

It is the third largest Middle Eastern airfreight hub in cargo tonnage and the only airport in Sharjah that handles international flights.

The airport is spread over an area of 15,200,000 square meters and has one passenger terminal. It is a hub for Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first low-cost carrier. Also operating there are Lufthansa Cargo, Singapore Airlines Cargo, and TransAVIAexport Airlines.

Here are some of the key facts about Sharjah Airport:

  • Location: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • Code: SHJ (IATA), OMSJ (ICAO)
  • Runways: 1
  • Terminals: 1
  • Airlines: Air Arabia, Air India Express, flydubai, Jazeera Airways, Pakistan International Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Saudia, and more
  • Destinations: Over 60 destinations in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East

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Sharjah Airport has welcomed Kenya Airways Cargo, who will now operate four weekly cargo flights into the UAE airport from Nairobi.
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