New cargo airline set to be launched from South African port

Dube TradePort CEO Saxen van Coller and Khuphuka Kings Airways Chairman Musa MdluliKhuphuka Kings Airways will be launched in February 2014 to begin regular cargo and passenger flights from South Africa’s Durban port into other African nations

The launch of this new route from Dube TradePort is aimed at increasing connectivity between Durban and Central Africa, assisting economic growth in Durban’s business community.

Saxen van Coller, CEO of Dube TradePort, said, “Our cargo strategy is to target routes in East, Central and West Africa before expanding globally, inclusive of the Far East, North America and Europe."

According to the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) airline industry forecast for 2013-2017, Africa is the fastest growing region in the world in terms of airfreight volumes.

Owned by Khuphuka Investments Holdings, the new airline has already secured scheduled flights between Durban and Lubumbashi in DR Congo, with stopovers at Ndola, Zambia.

The airline said that it will initially commence operations in the cargo field with three aircraft, and is likely to introduce passenger aircraft to the route into parts of Africa.

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