Heathrow Airport’s cargo volumes continue to surge with 4.4 per cent growth in February to 127,000 tonnes.
It says emerging markets drove the cargo growth, with Brazil up 10 per cent, India by five per cent and China by 4.2 per cent, while North America grew seven per cent and the Middle East by eight per cent.
Cargo volumes have grown 4.4 per cent in the first two months of 2017 to 251,212 tonnes and by 3.2 per cent to 1.5 million tonnes between March 2016 and February 2017.
Chief executive officer, John Holland-Kaye says:
“Heathrow is off to a flying start in 2017 – we’re delivering the best service of any major airport in Europe to record numbers of passengers and boosting British exports with record cargo volumes.”
“Our new sustainability leadership strategy will make Heathrow a centre of excellence for sustainable aviation and planning for expansion is firmly underway with SMEs across Britain lining up to help us deliver it.”
Separately, American Airlines Cargo keeps breaking records at London Heathrow Airport, handling a record near 1.1 million pounds (489,849 kilogrammes) of freight in a single day.
It transported over 600,000 pounds of exports and almost 475,000 pounds of imports with shipments including fresh salmon, vegetables and pharmaceuticals, and heavy metal industrial forgings.
Imports from the US and other locations include lettuce and asparagus, and oil and gas equipment destined for Aberdeen and the North Sea oil fields.
This is the fourth time American Airlines Cargo has broken its daily record since August 2016.
American Airlines manager cargo operations – UK and Ireland, Paul Griffin says:
“We have more than 150 team members across two facilities who handle these volumes and provide consistently high levels of service to our customers.
“And with further enhancements now under way to both buildings, including enhancements to our ambient storage offerings, we are strongly positioned to handle even more growth in the future.”
It says the airline’s major hubs served from the UK had consistently high outbound load factors with particularly strong demand for services to Charlotte, Philadelphia, New York and Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: Air Cargo Week
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