The 2nd Africa Aviation summit, hosted by long term partners NAM, Astral Aviation and Liege Airport, was succesfully concluded by handing over the rains. Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO of Astral Aviation, thanked the organizers, sponsors and all delegates for 2 days of interesting discussions, presentations and networking in Nairobi.
As the next event, in 2020, will be held in Addis, Ethiopia, the spotlights were on future hosts Ethiopian Airlines Cargo and Logistics and Liege Airport. The ceremony was about much more than bringing the Summit back to Addis. Liege Airport and ET Cargo and logistics treated everyone present on a cake to celebrate 10 years of cooperation. The cake was cut by Mr. Fitsum Abady, who was at the helm of ET Cargo in Liege for many years, and Eric Gysen, Cargo Manager Liege Airport and Account Manager for ET Cargo from day 1 untill now and all the years to come.
Mr. Fitsum Abady, General Manager Ethiopian Airlines Cargo and Logistics, was very happy to acknowledge :
The choice for Liege in 2008 proved to be the best choice for everyone. ET Cargo has been growing quickly, with a freighter fleet that evolved from 2 leased MD11 to an impressive fleet of 8 brand new B777 freighters with more to come. Liege Airport managed
to accomodate the growth and supported ET Cargo all the way
Mr. Abady for his part, is also an ambassador for Liege Airport. He said he is convinced there will be many more happy landings, and challenged the airport to keep managing the growth of long term partners. More cake to be cut over new destinations via Liege and many year of happiness.
Mr. Steven Verhasselt, VP Commercial of Liege Airport, was happy to accept the challenge. The growth of the airport, thanks to it many partners, has called for investments in additional capacity. By investing in additional warehouse space, in new systems and in Cloud based cargo community systems, the airport remains on the quality and speed of the services, for precious flowers and perishables as for all other commodities. ET Cargo, who was at the forefront of launching Liege Airport Cargo North as the gateway for flowers and perishables, is guaranteed quality services and room for growth.