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Fast freight firm becomes Coventry handler

[ July 21, 2015   //   ]

Coventry Airport has appointed resident time critical logistics specialist BDA (Bespoke Distribution Aviation) as its official handling agent to process all inbound and outbound cargo. The company, which is licensed to process all air cargo at the airport to meet all aviation security regulations, including explosives and dangerous goods, will make the airport more accessible to businesses moving freight and has undergone extensive training and development in order to become a handling agent.

Following its acquisition of German company NightExpress in 2013, BDA has already gained the ability to screen its own outbound freight to Ireland, as well as scanning inbound and outbound freight to its hubs in Frankfurt and Maastricht from its Coventry hub. Now it can process all freight coming in and out of Coventry Airport on behalf of other distributors too. The company serves brands such as Suzuki, Toshiba, CLAAS, Jungheinrich, and GE Healthcare.

The agreement comes as a £106 million redevelopment project on the site’s surrounding road infrastructure nears completion. BDA managing director, Kevin Turner, said that improved access to the nationwide network has enabled BDA to move into new markets and extend its services from an air bridge logistics specialist to a company that provides a complete and end-to-end logistics solution collecting, flying and delivering freight throughout Europe, with its central hub at Coventry Airport.

Turner said: “The Midlands has always been seen as central to the country’s road network but Coventry Airport is now even more ideally placed to service the regional powerhouses developing all over the country, and indeed, across Europe. “It provides an ideal location from which we can transport and handle freight quickly to anywhere in the UK. And it’s no surprise that it is home to some of the leading distribution companies and a host of other corporate businesses that operate key delivery networks.”