Effective July 1st, Togo-based Africa West has been operating under the new ownership and management of Dubai-based GSA Global Investments Limited, which assumed 51% controlling interest of the cargo airline. This acquisition seats logistics veteran Issa Baluch at the helm as chairman.
Africa West duly structured a new set of board of directors, comprised of Baluch, together with Kannan Nachiappan, Jassem Haider, Zein Baluch, Claude Sitterlin, and Yannick Erbs, who retains his position as CEO of Africa West.
“This is a very exciting time for Africa West as we welcome the new management team led by Issa Baluch. We have known each other for a long time and have collaborated in numerous projects involving air freight into Africa so this alliance feels very natural. I believe this management under GSA Global Investments Limited has doubly equipped Africa West in covering more trade lanes leading to and from the West African market,” Erbs commented.
The cargo airline has also recently added two new destinations to its network – Freetown and Monrovia, which brings the total of scheduled destinations served across West Africa to ten, with a number of additional destinations served on request. Additionally, Africa West has a dedicated 1800sqm warehouse in Lome that provides reliable, secure and efficient transfers to onward destinations.
Africa West operates freighter services from Europe, Asia and the Middle East direct to Lome; and has recently commenced new direct operations from the USA and Milan with an MD11-F aircraft, with more services and destinations in the pipeline, which the company plans to announce in the near future.
Dubai-based Air Cargo Trader will continue to act as Africa West’s GSA in the UAE, India, as well as other Asian countries.