Cape Town - The international logistics company DHL has announced an investment in both a facility and air infrastructure in West Africa, to meet the demand for express and freight services in the region.
The investment includes the launch of a new airside facility in Dakar, Senegal, and the addition of three aircraft – a Boeing 757 and two ATR72s.
“Over the last few years, we’ve increasingly seen the importance of up scaling our facilities in the various regions within the continent,” said Oliver Facey, vice-president - operations for DHL Express in sub-Saharan Africa.
“As multinationals turn to Africa and as smaller African enterprises look to trade cross-border, regions like West Africa need increased infrastructure and capacity to cope with the rising demand for the transportation of goods across these markets.”
The express operator, which already has a large hub in Lagos, Nigeria, opened the facility in early November, to handle transit volumes.
The facility will enable the handling of material destined for Senegal and transit material through Dakar to help with the improvement of the service quality delivered to a market with ever increasing activity, consistently under time pressure.