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Ethiopian Airlines' Gatwick route: A gateway to Africa's fresh produce bounty

Ethiopian Airlines is set to bolster the transport of fresh produce to the UK, introducing three weekly flights to Gatwick from 21 November.

These new services, operated by the modern Airbus A350-900, complement existing routes to Heathrow and Manchester, amplifying the carrier’s presence in the UK.

Fortifying the Fresh Produce Supply Chain

The strategic inclusion of Gatwick aims to mitigate congestion at Heathrow, optimising the swift and efficient delivery of fresh produce from Africa. Henock Woubishet, Ethiopian Airlines’ area manager for the UK and Ireland, emphasises the expedited turnaround times and streamlined connections, ensuring produce reaches the British market in peak condition.

Prioritising Perishables

The primary cargo comprises perishables, vegetables, and fresh produce from Africa. Early morning arrivals in the UK facilitate same-day onward connections, enhancing supply chain efficiency and guaranteeing the produce’s freshness upon arrival.

Looking Ahead

Given the UK’s robust market for fresh produce, Ethiopian Airlines is contemplating the introduction of dedicated freighter flights to augment capacity and service efficiency.

The airline’s sustained investment in its operational hub and modern fleet underscores a steadfast commitment to catering to the escalating demand for fresh produce in the UK, assuring a consistent supply of diverse, quality perishables.

The airline’s extension to Gatwick signifies a key development in augmenting fresh produce transport to the UK.

By increasing capacity and honing connections, Ethiopian Airlines is positioned to play an instrumental role in reinforcing the fresh produce supply chain. This ensures British consumers maintain access to a varied and quality assortment of fresh produce from Africa.


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