The UK’s two most important airports for freighter aircraft, East Midlands and London Stansted, have seen record volumes of cargo in November.
The increased volumes were driven by the nation tackling its Christmas shopping early, as Black Friday and Cyber Monday spending shifted increasingly online from the high street. Electronics, clothes and beauty products have all been popular imports in November.
MAG’s airports at Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands also all grew their passenger numbers, with East Midlands growing 20%, compared to November 2016 when the airport underwent a programme of weekend runway closures. MAG as a whole served 3.8m passengers in November (+4.1%).
The UK’s leading airport group last week announced a 12.9% increase in interim revenues and also announced the sale of Bournemouth Airport to Rigby Group plc, effective from 5th December.
Andy Cliffe, Managing Director, East Midlands Airport said:
“The health of air cargo up and down the country is something the Government should be looking to promote in its aviation strategy”
East Midland’s cargo tonnage grew by 29.8% as new global cargo routes to the Middle East and America, combined with new capacity for express parcels, allowed the two airports to play key roles in delivering the nation’s Christmas shopping.
In the past year new cargo routes at London Stansted have launched with CargologicAir, Saudia and Silk Way West to Mexico and North America, the Middle East and Azerbaijan respectively. New cargo routes at East Midlands include Milan and Madrid.
This, combined with expansion of DHL’s hub facility at East Midlands, means that MAG is projecting a record year for cargo at the UK’s biggest pure cargo airport.
On the passenger side, London Stansted grew 4.8% and East Midlands grew by 20.0% compared with November last year.