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DHL invests in West African infrastructure

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International logistics company DHL announced that it has invested in both facility and air infrastructure in West Africa to meet the demand for express and freight services in that region.

According to a company statement the investment includes the launch of a new airside facility in Dakar, Senegal, and the addition of 3 aircraft – a Boeing 757 and two ATR72s.

“Over the last few years, we’ve increasingly seen the importance of up scaling our facilities in the various regions within the continent,” said Oliver Facey, vice-president of operations for DHL Express sub-Saharan Africa.

Facey added, “As multinationals turn to Africa, and as smaller African enterprises look to trade cross-border, regions like West Africa need increased infrastructure and capacity to cope with the rising demand for the transportation of goods across these markets.”

The express mail operator said it opened the airside facility in Lagos, Nigeria early November to handle transit volumes.

The facility is planned to enable the handling of material destined for Senegal and transit material through Dakar to help with the improvement of the service quality.

“We have expanded our operation at Dakar as a natural location for feeding in traffic to West Africa,” said Facey.

“The Dakar facility receives a new return flight from Brussels and it will be serviced once a week by a Boeing 757 200 SF with a capacity of over 25 tons.”

The two ATR 72’s, each with a capacity of 7 tonnes, would connect countries including Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Mauritania.

Facey concluded, "These investments mean that we can offer increased dedicated capacity in West Africa and generally have less dependency on limited commercial airlines uplift for volumes along the west coast of Africa. This increased capacity supports both DHL’s express and freight products, especially perishable goods, which has always been one of the easier ways for African businesses to gain access to European markets and now DHL can better support players in this market.”

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