Exports by the region’s businesses grew by 3% to £29.2bn in the year ending June 2015, according to the latest figures released by HM Revenue & Customs, and SkyCargo has played a major part in making this happen.
Over the last 15 years the freight division of Emirates has expanded its Birmingham Airport operations significantly, with volumes up 15% year-on-year in 2014–15, accounting for 60% of the entire air cargo market in the Midlands.
Emirates first launched its air route to Birmingham Airport in 2000 as a daily service to Dubai and has since continued to invest in the region after its bosses were impressed by the potential of the West Midlands as a place to do business.
Phil Rawlings, cargo manager for the UK at Emirates SkyCargo, told BQ: “In December we celebrated 15 years flying out of Birmingham Airport and during this time our SkyCargo operation has seen tremendous growth.
“In our 2014 – 2015 financial year, we saw volumes increase 15% year-on-year, which means we now account for 60% of the air cargo market in the Midlands.
“As part of our ongoing commitment to Birmingham, we added a third daily service to Dubai in August last year, as well as announcing that, as of March this year, our iconic and much loved A380 will be serving the airport on a daily basis.”
Paul Kehoe, chief executive of Birmingham Airport, added: “Emirates is a great success story at Birmingham Airport and the brand has firmly established itself amongst the Midlands communities.
“We would like thank Emirates for its commitment to our region and congratulate the team on serving Birmingham to Dubai and beyond for 15 very fruitful years.
“We are certain that the new services and products that Emirates bring will continue to be a success here at Birmingham Airport and we are excited to see what the future brings for the airline.”
Over the last 15 years, Emirates has carried over five million passengers between Dubai and Birmingham alone, with over 500,000 travelling in 2015.