Air Cargo Africa set to soar to new heights in Nairobi, Kenya

Messe Muenchen India, the organizers of air cargo Africa, are thrilled to announce Nairobi, Kenya as the new host city for the upcoming edition of this trade fair and conference which will be held from 19 to 21 February, 2025. 

The economic growth and increasing middle-income population in Africa, coupled with ongoing infrastructure and connectivity projects in Kenya, have led to a rise in international trade volumes. In 2021, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Kenya was recognized by the Airports Council International (ACI) as the busiest cargo airport in Africa, handling the majority of import-export volumes across the continent.

Kenya’s recent infrastructure projects have played a crucial role in meeting the demand for imported goods and facilitating the smooth flow of exports from various African markets to global destinations through JKIA. Projects such as high-speed rail connectivity between Mombasa and Nairobi, the proposed deep-sea Lamu Port off the coast of Mombasa, and the Nairobi Inland Container Depot (ICD) are among the facilities expected to drive import-export volumes from JKIA.

Initiatives promoting trade and commerce between African countries, such as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the East African Community (EAC), a regional economic community comprising seven East African countries, have created expanding opportunities for domestic and international logistics solution providers. Consequently, the decision to relocate air cargo Africa from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Nairobi, Kenya, has been widely welcomed across the board.

Dr Robert Schoenberger, Global Industry Lead, transport logistic exhibitions, Messe München GmbH, says, “The past few editions have proved that air cargo Africa is a force to reckon with in the continent’s highly competitive logistics industry. Across the world today, Africa is known for its exports of fresh produce like fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers. The rapid economic growth in several African countries translates to increasing demand for machinery and equipment, pharmaceuticals, etc. Through air cargo Africa 2025 we will continue serving the best interests of the domestic market, while transport logistic Africa will open opportunities for multimodal solutions encompassing air and sea freight, roads, and railways too. We are excited to host this edition in Nairobi, and we look forward to exchanging ideas with the best minds in the African transport and logistics business.”

The previous edition of air cargo Africa in 2023 in Johannesburg attracted 60+ exhibitors and 2000+ visitors from 50+ countries, and these figures are likely to be surpassed in the upcoming Nairobi edition.

Bhupinder Singh, CEO, Messe Muenchen India, says, “air cargo Africa has been growing in scale and impact at every edition, receiving exceptional response from leaders in the domestic air cargo business as well as from global logistics players. We are particularly stoked about the accelerated implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which can potentially unite the continent into a single market of 1.46 billion people in 55 countries. Combined with the infrastructure development and GDP growth of Kenya, the surging volumes of international trade will need world-class transport networks and multimodal logistics solutions to deliver value for all stakeholders. As demonstrated by the previous edition of air cargo Africa, we are looking forward to enabling meaningful handshakes; unlocking business opportunities at the upcoming edition and the co-location with transport logistic Africa 2025.”

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