Bolloré Logistics is extending its special weekly cargo service – the WARA Air Service – between Europe and West Africa, until 31 July 2020.
To respond to air transport demand and continue ensuring supply chain continuity to the African continent, Bolloré Logistics has been providing regular weekly links between Europe and the countries of West Africa for the past three months.
Each week, freight is transported via two or three all-cargo flights from Bolloré Logistics’ airport hubs in Liège, Belgium, and at Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle, France. They serve the destinations of Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Bamako (Mali), Accra (Ghana), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Conakry (Guinea), Niamey (Niger), Monrovia (Liberia) and Nouakchott (Mauritania).
Bolloré highlights that the WARA Air Service between Europe and Africa is fully connected to its global network and fed by similar charter programmes from Asia and North America, providing integrated, end-to-end solutions.
Since the introduction of transport restrictions, Bolloré has operated some 30 flights on the WARA service, carrying 1,800 tonnes of goods intended for humanitarian aid, health materials and equipment, medical and food products, spare parts, telecoms equipment and other daily consumer goods. This includes for example, over 100 tonnes of mangos exported from Africa to Europe.
The WARA Air Service may be extended further if air freight capacity restrictions remain in place, Bolloré says, adding it is closely monitoring the pandemic situation worldwide, and notably in Africa.
The company has implemented an organisation system enabling the pursuit of logistics operations with a view to ensuring supply-chain continuity. It has set up a crisis unit staffed by experts tasked with overseeing an emergency plan and devising scalable solutions taking into account changing regulations.
“In the 48 African countries in which we operate, Bolloré Logistics proposes alternative transport plans adapted to the needs of our customers,” says Jérôme Petit, CEO Africa, Bolloré Logistics. “We are harnessing our unique integrated logistics network to ensure the end-to-end shipments of all types of goods to the most remote areas.”