AFRICA: Nairobi facility gets first two customers

Emirates SkyCargo and Astral Aviation will be the first cargo carriers to make use of the new Transglobal Cargo Centre onairport facility at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), at Nairobi. Transglobal said that Dubai-based Emirates and Nairobi-based Astral were currently handled at the company’s existing off-airport terminal, with perishables constituting a significant proportion of […]


Emirates SkyCargo and Astral Aviation will be the first cargo carriers to make use of the new Transglobal Cargo Centre onairport facility at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), at Nairobi. Transglobal said that Dubai-based Emirates and Nairobi-based Astral were currently handled at the company’s existing off-airport terminal, with perishables constituting a significant proportion of both carriers’ export traffic from the airport. According to Transglobal, the centre is the largest cargo handling facility at the Kenyan airport and will be the first fresh produce and cargo handling facility in Africa to incorporate a multi-storey ETV (elevating transfer vehicle)-based perishables handling system. “This cool chain ETV system will have capacity for storing 160 pallets ¨C the equivalent of more than four B747 freighter loads,” it added. “As the new terminal incorporates full on-site pallet-building facilities for perishables, agent and shipper customers of both airlines will be able to deliver loose perishable cargo direct to the terminal for containerisation or palletisation; this work is currently performed by agents and shippers off airport,” stated Transglobal. Located on JKIA’s newly-extended freight apron, with direct air side access, the Transglobal facility has roller bed access to the temperature-controlled ULD build-up area. The perishables handling area is divided into separate temperature zones (e.g. chilled store, freezer) to cater for the varying needs of different commodities. Shippers, agents and regulatory staff will also have access to a dedicated 1,000 sq m perishables inspection and re-packing area.