Starting Sept.15, the Luxembourg-based all-cargo airline will offer flights to Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and on Oct. 3, the Cameroon city of Douala will also become a Cargolux destination.
Including the cities of Douala and Lubumbashi, Cargolux will now have 35 destinations on the African continent.
Luxembourg-based cargo-only airline Cargolux is adding two cities in Africa to its list of destinations.
Starting Sept.15, the airline will offer flights to Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and on Oct. 3, the Cameroon city of Douala also becomes a Cargolux destination.
Flights to Lubumbashi are scheduled to leave Luxembourg each Friday evening and arrive in the Congo at 5:25 am local time Saturday mornings. The return flight is routed via Johannesburg, Nairobi and also serves London Stansted Airport in the UK. It’s scheduled to arrive in Luxembourg at 1:25 pm local time on Sundays.
Lubumbashi is the Congo’s second largest city after the capital Kinshasa, and acts as a hub for the DRC’s mining industry. The city produces textiles, food and beverages and copper smelting. It’s estimated that Lubumbashi produces over three percent of the world’s copper and half of its cobalt. The city is also home to one of the country’s largest financial institutions, Trust Merchant Bank.
Douala services are scheduled to depart from Luxembourg at 4:15 pm each Wednesday, and will be routed via Bamako International Airport in Mali. Flights are scheduled to arrive in Cameroon at 1:55 am Thursdays, with return flights arriving back in Luxembourg at 10.55 am Thursdays.
Douala, which is Cameroon’s largest city, is the country’s economic and commercial capital, handling most exports, including oil, cocoa, coffee, fruits, metal and timber. The city is also home to Central Africa’s biggest seaport, the Port of Douala.
Cargolux said it sees promising potential for growth in the region; including Douala and Lubumbashi, Cargolux will now have 35 destinations on the African continent.
“Africa has always been and will always be an important market for Cargolux and we are happy to be able to support the continent’s trade lanes to Europe, the United States and Asia as well as across the Cargolux network worldwide,” Cargolux Regional Director Africa Jonathan Clark said in a statement.