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Swissport to build cold storage facility at JNIA

16th March 2012

Airport ground handling and cargo services firm Swissport Tanzania plans to build a reliable cold-storage facility at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) for preserving perishable goods in order to save them from being rotten.

Gaudence Temu, Chief Executive Officer of Swissport Tanzania Limited said the current storage facility is overloaded as there is much cargo waiting to be transported.

“We have taken steps to introduce a new cold storage facility that will be constructed nearby the old one mainly for export cargo including the perishable ones like meat and fish,” he noted.

Temu made the remarks in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday when briefing journalists shortly after the firm’s board of directors meeting that apart from unveiling the company’s performance also revealed its audited financial results for the year 2011.

According to Temu, the company’s profit grew by 62 percent, showing an impressive performance largely driven by 24 percent increase of handled flights, 17 percent increase in cargo volumes when compared to 2011 and financial discipline which is part of their corporate culture.

He added that about 11,106 flights were handled during the year compared to 8,623 flights in 2010 and passengers increased from 509,000 in 2010 to 592,000 with cargo rising to 27,605 tonnes from 23,582 in 2010.

He said apart from constructing the cold storage facility, the firm will expand the existing leased cargo terminal to accommodate increased imports.

However, plans are underway to construct a modern cargo terminal to carter for the increasing demand and to further improve services, he said.

Temu said there is no doubt that the increasing traffic and cargo volume has compounded the infrastructure inadequacy problem especially at JNIA.

“We have therefore continued to impress on the government on the need to have this challenge addressed as a matter of urgency short of which further growth in the aviation sector might be curtailed,” Temu added.

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