Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates Airline, has announced a weekly freighter service to Abidjan, boosting its weekly carrying capacity to more than 300 tonnes on a route that links to the Ivory Coast capital through Accra before returning to Dubai via Tunis.

The new freighter route will be conducted A Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft, capable of carrying 103 tonnes of cargo, according to Emirates’ cargo unit, supplementing the existing belly-hold cargo capacity provided on Emirates’ daily passenger services to the two cities.

Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior VP for cargo, said: “Africa is a key growth region for Emirates SkyCargo and the additional capacity and frequency of a scheduled freighter service will create new opportunities for businesses working in Cote D’Ivoire and Tunisia.”

Imports into Abidjan include electronics and electrical equipment, automotive spare parts, construction equipment and pharmaceuticals, while its exports are mainly perishables such as fresh and frozen fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood, as well plants, machinery and tools.

Tunis receives similar imports and exports perishables, electronics, plant and textiles.

Emirates SkyCargo has a fleet of 12 Boeing freighters, 10 777Fs and two 747-400ERFs and currently operates freighters to 46 destinations around the world, 13 of which are in Africa. From 1st May it will operate from Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central.