Cargo boost for Heathrow

Cargo boost for Heathrow

Heathrow Airport is set to welcome its second dedicated cargo-only service today as AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) flies into the South East.

The new ABC service will offer 100 tonnes of additional cargo capacity a week to Heathrow, which is the country’s biggest port by value.

The news will be welcomed by British exporters, which currently face a shortage of space in aircraft holds going to long-haul destinations.

The new ABC service will operate an ad-hoc weekly service, and utilises slots not popular with passenger airlines.

Nick Platts, head of cargo at Heathrow Airport, said: “We are pleased to welcome AirBridgeCargo Airlines to Heathrow.

“Cargo is a little-known but huge part of our operations -  in fact, Heathrow is responsible for 29% of all UK non- EU exports, virtually all of which goes in the belly-hold of passenger aircraft, making us Britain’s largest port.

“New cargo partners like ABC, along with our plans for expansion at Heathrow, will allow us to increase our cargo capacity and keep the UK open to business around the world.”

ABC’s Heathrow service is the 14th European service destination for AirBridgeCargo and its customers, and will leverage growing market demand for British goods with mainland Europe and South East Asia.

Heathrow cargo value has been growing strongly by an average of 9.5% between 2010 and 2015.

 

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