East Midlands experiences cargo boost

Cargo Matters
The latest figures show that East Midlands airport, which is home to the UK’s largest air cargo operation, has increased its flight activity during the coronavirus pandemic.

Overall, it has been handling over 1,000 tonnes of cargo a day as logistics giants DHL, UPS, FedEx and Royal Mail continue to operate.

In the week immediately following the government’s announcement about stricter social distancing measures on March 16, the number of cargo aircraft movements increased by 10% at the station. Across the two weeks to March 29, cargo aircraft movements increased by an average of 7.4% a day.

Karen Smart, East Midlands airport’s Managing Director, says: “East Midlands airport is providing around the clock support to the fight back against COVID-19. It is at times like these when East Midlands really demonstrates its national value and shows how important airfreight is to keeping Britain moving."

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