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Boom in air cargo at Stansted Airport fuelled by online shopping growth

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The growth of online shopping and fewer passenger flights has helped create a sharp rise in volumes of air cargo at Stansted Airport. In July, the volumes of air cargo handled by Stansted rose by 44 per cent compared to the month last year and by 25 per cent in August. The upturn reflects the accelerating shift to online shopping, which rose to almost a third of UK shopping in April as the lockdown took hold. Demand for air cargo has also grown as fewer goods have been transported  in the baggage hold of aircraft as the number of passenger flights has fallen, particularly to the US.

Extra weekly air cargo flights between London Stansted and the US have been laid on. Meanwhile at East Midlands Airport- which like Stansted is owned by MAG Group - there has been an average of 60 additional cargo flights to and from the US over the summer months and the volume of goods between East Midlands and JFK airport in New York more than doubled.

Aboudy Nasser, group aviation director of MAG, said: “While much has been made of the changes to the way people travel, behind the scenes our airports have been leading the charge in helping the logistics sector adapt to rising demand for dedicated air cargo and changes in the way goods are transported.”

Dr Ann Limb, chair of the UK Innovation Corridor, said: “…Airports like Stansted are playing a huge role in the economic fight against Covid 19 and during these difficult times this news is a major boost for the London - Cambridge Innovation Corridor.”

Last Updated ( Monday, 19 October 2020 09:38 )