covid-19: GMR Hyderabad Airport connects to African markets with cargo services

HYDERABAD: GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL) on Sunday announced that it got connected to the African markets with the touchdown of the maiden cargo flight of Ethiopian Airlines from the Ethiopian capital city Addis Ababa to Hyderabad. This takes place amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown.

In a statement, GHIAL said the Ethiopian flight landed at Hyderabad International Airport on Sunday evening and scheduled to depart by night to Ethiopia.

“This new direct connection between Hyderabad and Ethiopia throws open new opportunities to reach out to the markets in Africa and beyond leveraging the robust cargo network of the Ethiopian Airlines,” said the GMR operated airport.

The Ethiopian Airlines will operate Boeing 777-300 aircraft with a capacity of 50 metric tons per flight in a frequency of once a week.

The latest addition of Ethiopian Airlines takes the total number of freighters the GHIAL is handling to 12 a week along with some special cargo charters, connecting Hyderabad to all major international destinations in the US, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Far East, moving emergency supplies. The key scheduled freighters operating from Hyderabad International Airport include Cathay Cargo, Turkish Cargo, Qatar Cargo, Lufthansa Cargo, SpiceXpress Cargo and Blue Dart Cargo.

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