Air Cargo Africa 2015
Africa’s economy has been on an upward growth. China and India continue to be Africa’s major trade partners. Meanwhile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates have also upped their trade interests in Africa. Facilitating this development further, carriers from these regions are adding more cargo capacity into Africa be it through belly or freighters.
Air cargo plays a significant role in the global economy yet the African continent still remains an untapped market. The challenges that prevent air cargo from being a recognisable industry in the continent and across the globe include supply-chain efficiency, infrastructure development, security enhancement, technology advancement and simplification of operations. The continent needs solutions and what better way to begin than a medium like Air Cargo Africa.
Air Cargo Africa is an international biennial event conceptualised to showcase Africa’s air cargo potential on a global scale. In its past two editions held in Nairobi and Johannesburg, the show has seen major participation from airlines and airports, particularly from Africa.
The second edition of Air Cargo Africa, held in South Africa, gathered a record number of 413 global industry decision makers as registered delegates and lured an impressive number of 2865 visitors from 27 countries across Africa and 24 countries from other continents to explore business prospects. The event garnered great support from the City of Ekurhuleni, which is home to the busiest airport in Africa, OR Tambo International Airport. Over the next five years the City has planned to optimise the existence of the airport in its space together with other key development nodes and build it into an aerotroplolis that will define the future of aviation for Africa. Member of Mayoral Committee for Public Transport, Planning and Provision, Clr Thumbu Mahlangu of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality inaugurated the event.
In 2015, for its third edition, the show returns to South Africa and will once again see wider participation from logistics and transport players in Africa and world over. It will take place from February 25 to 27 at Emperors Palace Johannesburg’s East Rand.
February 25, 2015
Johannesburg, South Africa