Cargo record set at East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Airport has today reported its best year ever for cargo in its 45 year history. In 2010, 306,977 tonnes of flown cargo was handled, up 19,203 tonnes on 2009, confirming the status of the airport as the UK’s pure freight hub.

The growth trend has continued into 2011. In February the airport handled 23,116 tonnes of flown cargo with over 1,200 tonnes passing through the airport on a typical weekday night.

East Midlands Airport has a UK market share of nearly 40% of pure freight which is carried in freighter aircraft, as distinct from the so called bellyhold freight that travels beneath the cabin floor of large passenger aircraft from airports such as Heathrow. It’s the main UK hub for express carriers DHL & UPS with daily connections to the USA (Cincinnati, New York and Philadelphia) and Middle/Far East (Bahrain, Shanghai and Seoul) as well as numerous destinations in the UK, Ireland and Europe. The airport is also an important 'spoke' for TNT with nightly flights to and from Belfast and their main European hub in Liege.

East Midlands Airport is also the UK's busiest airport for flown mail on dedicated aircraft, handling over 2 million 1st class items a night. It’s also the UK's busiest airport for ad-hoc charters with over 200 flights handled a year from small Cessna's to the giant Antonov AN-124 and 225.

Bill Blanchard, East Midlands Airport Cargo manager said, “East Midlands Airport is a key part of the glue that links together global industry. As the UK comes out of recession, the air freight sector will play an increasingly important role in supporting UK businesses engaged in high value sectors of the economy. Already almost 40% of UK trade with non-EU countries by value is transported by air and East Midlands Airport's prime location, its expertise and enviable reputation will continue to give it a competitive advantage.”

Published on: 29/03/2011 13:48:41

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