Freight News, Air

South-east squeeze boosts Manchester freight

[ November 16, 2016   //   ]

Manchester Airport said that capacity constraints in the South East of England helped it to a huge growth in exports from over the last six months, as its half year cargo figures (1 April – 30 September) were released on 16 November.
Cargo handled increased to 58,372 tonnes, with the annual rolling total now 109,057 tonnes, an 8.7% increase year on year.
In the last six months the trade value of cargo passing through the airport topped £2.86bn
The UK’s third largest airport has seen the value of exports increase by £56m to £1.6bn vs the same period last year. The airport has also seen the number of non EU-countries it has facilitated trade with increase to 172. #
Manchester has seen growth to markets like China (+15%), UAE (+19%), Brazil (+76%) and Vietnam (+73%) when compared to 2015. Growth to China can be attributed mainly to Hainan Airlines’ new direct service to Beijing. The large increase to Brazil, served indirectly from Manchester, can be attributed to the Olympic and Paralympic games.