The new perishable cargo terminal at the international airport of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia is now fully in use for export of flowers and vegetables. The coldroom facility is buit by Celtic Cooling.
In February of this year Celtic Cooling from New Vennep in the Netherlands commissioned a new cargo terminal in Ethiopia.
This terminal is designed specifically for airfreight export of flowers from Ethiopia. The existing terminal outgrew the growing capacity of exported flowers. For that reason, Ethiopian Airlines decided in October 2012 to quadruple the capacity of the cold stores. The new 'perishable cargo terminal’ is now fully used for the flower export, so that through the existing terminal exports of vegetables, fruits and herbs can take pl ace.
Both the flower growers and the fruit and vegetable exporting companies in Ethiopia are extremely pleased with this capacity enlargement. The cold chain, from harvesting to the end customer, is important for the country to guarantee the quality and shelf life of fresh produce. With two to four full cargo flights, Ethiopia is the second largest exporter of flowers after Kenya.