Qatar Airways Cargo has appointed ECS Group company Wexco as its general sales agent in Australia.

    The new agreement extends the strategic partnership between Qatar Airways and ECS Group, which covers 20 countries.

    Qatar Airways serves five Australian cities – Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide – and operates 30 passenger and freighters flights per week.

    “We have a solid foundation for further growth [in Australia] with our partner Wexco, whose excellent reputation in the Australian market was also a major factor in our decision, together with its deep knowledge of Qatar Airways’ processes,” said Qatar Airways’ vice president cargo Asia Daniel Parker.

    The airline said its main market in Australia is perishable exports to the Middle East, with outbound pharmaceuticals traffic to Europe and the Americas also growing.

    Wexco Australia managing director Cédric Millet said: “The Australian air exports registered a 24 per cent decrease compared to last year, but we are seeing an injection of services in the lead up to the peak season, particularly for the exports of produce. A lot of flights are being operated under the government funded International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) programme in order to boost Australia’s perishables export trade.”