AIR Partner, a UK-headquartered charter and freight specialist, has established its first physical presence in South Africa, with a Johannesburg sales office that will provide localised support to freight clients.

The expansion follows record growth of the freight division over the last three years and will be overseen by newly appointed cargo sales manager Fred Du Plessis. 

Working alongside local freight forwarders, Air Partner will be looking to expand on Air Partner Charter and On Board Courier business in the region, aided by Mr Du Plessis’ extensive experience of developing clientele in Africa.

“Africa is fast becoming a growth market for air freight, and the industry has seen an increasing demand for services in the region, with the International Air Transport Association reporting a 7.4% increase in freight volumes last year,” Mr Du Plessis said.

“By establishing Air Partner in Johannesburg, we will be ideally placed to support new and existing clients plan and execute their freight operations seamlessly, whether domestic or international.”

Mike Hill, group director of freight said, “Having served the African market only remotely up until now, this is an important milestone for Air Partner.

“We’re excited to expand with a physical presence in the African region, and I am delighted that we have found exactly the right person to lead the way for us in the local market.”