UPS Looks at Tunisian Express Hub

UPS Airlines is said to be looking closely at setting up a new hub in Tunisia’s Enfidha-Hammamet Airport. This will be accomplished in partnership with a local carrier.

Boeing 767-300F of UPS  -- credit UPS
Boeing 767-300F of UPS -- credit UPS

The Louisville (USA) based carrier is considering going into partnership with Tunisia’s Express Logistic in order to set up an airline which is to be named Express Air Cargo, based at Enfidha Airport and starting operations as early as January of next year.

Ambitious plans
The new carrier has plans along with UPS to build up and operate flights to more than fifty cities within Africa with onward connections from Enfidha to UPS’s European hub in Cologne-Bonn, Germany.
UPS and Express Logistic started reciprocal cargo flights from Enfidha Airport to Cologne and Malta earlier this year by leasing in British Aerospace BAe-ATP freighters belonging to Sweden’s West Air, a regional cargo carrier based in Gothenburg.

If the above mentioned expansion within Africa goes ahead, then this will put Enfidha-Hammamet Airport in place as a North African cargo hub.
The airport which was founded in 2007 and started international cargo services in 2010, is situated between Hammamet and Sousse and is run by the Turkish TAV Airports Holding.

John Mc Donagh

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