Manchester Airport records record freight
The UK’s Manchester Airport recorded its best financial year for freight since 2011, with 103,437 tonnes of cargo shipped to destinations across the globe last year, including more than 50,000 tonnes being shipped to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar.
The operator reports that freight was up 7% on the previous 12 months with US $8.8-billion in trade delivered to/from the airport in the last year.
Cathay Pacific's direct service to Hong Kong - launched in December 2014 - has also proved to be an important trade route for the region, with nearly 6,000 tonnes of cargo shipped to the Chinese destination last year.
Ken O’Toole, CEO of Manchester Airport, said: "Manchester Airport plays an important role in connecting the North of England to key markets around the world.
"Many of our long haul routes are not available from any airport outside of London and these figures demonstrate how these services do not just offer more choice for leisure passengers, they deliver direct trade benefits to the region.”
Conan Busby, Business Development Manager - Cargo and General Aviation from Manchester Airport said: “It is incredibly pleasing to see such strong cargo growth at Manchester Airport in the last financial year and is testament to increased confidence in the industry.
“With our World Freight Terminal, which is 30 years old this year, and our expanding Airport City global logistics hub, we are well placed to serve any type of cargo need for a whole range of products or customers.
“As this year progresses we predict this increase will continue and the main trends will be further growth in the e-commerce industry with China and the Middle East being huge growth markets.”
The increase is being attributed to the growth in belly-hold freight with particular growth coming from Manchester Airport’s Middle Eastern carriers, with Etihad Airways, Saudia and Qatar all expanding their available capacity.
The top three performing freight routes in the last year were Dubai [21,661 tonnes], Abu Dhabi [16,901 tonnes], and Doha [13,318 tonnes].