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BidAir Cargo Acquires Imperial Air Cargo

25 November 2014

BidAir Cargo has acquired the business of Imperial Air Cargo (IAC) in a deal approved by the Competition Commission.

The IAC network uses three contracted Boeing 737-200F freighters on overnight services linking Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban. Road feeder services connect Bloemfontein, George and East London to the four main airports. This operation complements BidAir Cargo's business model whereby the company manages the daytime cargo operations of domestic passenger services.

Established in 1996, BidAir Cargo is a company in the Bidvest Travel & Aviation Division, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bidvest Group. BidAir Cargo provides cargo administration and operations for British Airways/Comair, kulula.com and Mango Airlines in South Africa and more than a dozen regional and global airlines in neighbouring countries. Its network embraces South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

“As two separate companies we collaborated closely in serving the express logistics industry for many years,” says Garry Marshall, BidAir Cargo Managing Director. “Couriers kept pressing us for the extra convenience of a one-stop-shop so combining these operations makes good business sense. We now have a comprehensive range of daytime and overnight express services to satisfy the total needs of the courier industry via one point of access.”


The consolidated network has the resources to accommodate continued growth in courier usage fuelled by industrial and manufacturing just-in-time reliance on same-day or overnight express freight. There is also a fast-growing market in home deliveries derived from online purchasing.

“The acquisition further strengthens our position as South Africa's leading independent provider of express airport-to-airport line-haul solutions,” added Marshall. Since the two operations dovetail there was no duplication of human resources and IAC personnel were comfortably accommodated on BidAir Cargo premises.