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Acunis hands over logistics facility to Ethiopian Airlines

Posted 7 July 2017 · Add Comment

Ethiopian Airlines has celebrated the opening of its new air cargo terminal at the Addis Ababa airport in Ethiopia on June 29, 2017.

The facility was realised by Acunis, a joint venture of AMOVA and Unitechnik specialising in air cargo intralogistics. The new facility is the largest of its kind on the entire African continent. Ethiopian Airlines will trans-ship around 600,000 t of goods per year from this terminal in future.

In their speeches, Hailemariam Desalegn and Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, emphasised the importance of the investment for the country and the airline. Around $ 125m went into the construction of the cargo terminal. It is the largest and most state-of-the-art facility on the African continent and pioneering both in regard to the level of automation as well as safety standards. With a throughput capacity of 600,000 t in its first construction phase, the terminal lays an important foundation on which to establish the Addis Ababa airport as an international hub for freight handling. In addition to imports and exports for the local markets, the airport is going to serve as a hub for global flow of commodities. Consequently, an expansion of the cargo terminal to a capacity of up to 1.2m t per year in the near future is already planned, according to the operator, Ethiopian Airlines. 

Successful delivery

As general contractor, Unitechnik was responsible for planning the entire terminal and implementing the technical equipment, specifically the logistics systems. AMOVA contributed the mechanics for the cargo handling system. The heart of this installation are two automatic warehouses for air cargo containers (unit load devices, ULDs) with space for 1,000 10-ft containers with a total of 4 elevating transfer vehicles (ETV). Half of the 38,000 m² hall complex is devoted to the handling of fresh goods and chilled to a temperature of 2 to 10°C.

"Planning and realizing a project of this complexity is always an exciting task. It was not least of all the good cooperation with the local construction company Vanero that allowed us to master the challenges associated with its realisation successfully,” said Torsten Ley, managing director of Unitechnik Systems.

“We are now happy to celebrate the opening of the facility which will provide an important stimulus for Ethiopia's economy and infrastructure.”

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