Virgin Atlantic appoints Sifax SAHCOL in Lagos

Lauren Eldershaw
By Lauren Eldershaw April 10, 2019 11:03

Virgin Atlantic appoints Sifax SAHCOL in Lagos

Virgin Atlantic Cargo has awarded a five-year handling contract to Sifax SAHCOL in Lagos to improve its service offering for customers in Nigeria and to provide growth capacity following a 19% boost in export volumes in the last year and higher inbound demand from the pharmaceutical and courier sectors.

From April 10, 2019, Virgin Atlantic’s import and export cargo will be handled in Sifax SAHCOL’s 22,000 sqm warehouse operation at Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

Virgin Atlantic’s daily Nigeria flights – operated by Airbus A340-600 aircraft with up to 20 tonnes of cargo capacity – saw positive revenue and volume growth in 2018. Revenues ex-UK rose 9% year-on-year, helped by a 135% rise in pharmaceutical volumes and a 21% growth in courier shipments, while the 11% boost in annual revenues ex-Lagos was largely attributed to higher perishables traffic as a result of the Nigerian government’s initiative to encourage agricultural exports.

Tania Boyes, Director – Cargo Operations at Virgin Atlantic, said: “Lagos has been an important cargo market for us for more than 17 years and we are forecasting further growth in our export and import volumes in 2019. By moving to a larger and more modern facility, we can improve our product and service offerings for the growing number of companies moving goods to and from Nigeria. We also wish to thank our previous handling provider, NAHCO, for their support since we commenced operations on the route.”

VN Cargo Connect continues in its role as Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s General Sales and Service Agency in Nigeria.

Lauren Eldershaw
By Lauren Eldershaw April 10, 2019 11:03