Freighters still dominate Heathrow cargo

Over 88,000 tonnes of cargo travelled through Heathrow in July, with a gradual shift from freighters to the belly hold of passenger planes, said the airport in its latest figures. However, 60% is still travelling on cargo only flights compared to 5% before the crisis. Cargo volumes continue to be impacted by the decline of long-haul passenger traffic, which has drastically reduced bellyhold cargo capacity. Passengers in July, at 860,000, ... [+]

Heathrow given leave to appeal over runway ruling

The Supreme Court has granted Heathrow Airport permission to appeal against a block on its plans for a third runway. It follows February’s Court of Appeal ruling that the government decision to allow the scheme to go ahead was unlawful, on the grounds that climate considerations had not been taken ... [+]

Heathrow has busiest day for freighter flights

Heathrow airport had its busiest day for cargo only flights on 31 March 2020, when it handled 38 dedicated cargo movements. Normally, the gateway handles an average of 47 cargo only movements a week. Despite the rise in freight-only flights, Heathrow’s overall cargo volumes were impacted by the grounding passenger fleets. ... [+]

Heathrow sees cargo surge

Heathrow airport says its cargo movements are forecast to surge by 53%, compared to the weekly average, as the airport prioritises cargo flights with medical supplies in the fight against COVID-19. This figure is set to increase further as the airport scales up its cargo operation. Pharmaceutical products are already ... [+]

Heathrow top spot under threat, says airport boss

Heathrow Airport chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, is warning that Paris Charles de Gaulle is set to overtake the London gateway as Europe’s leading hub airport within the next two years. Despite a record breaking start to the year at Heathrow, with passengers growing by 2.9% in January,  Charles de Gaulle ... [+]

Airport site ready for take-off

Aberdeen Standard Investments’ AIPUT fund (Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust) has gained planning permission for its Black Arrow speculative-build warehouse development at Blackthorne Point industrial estate in Poyle, near Heathrow’s Terminal 5. The high-spec, 27,760sq ft warehouse will be on a vacant brownfield site.  Black Arrow will be a flexible industrial ... [+]

Heathrow cargo chief moves on

Heathrow Airport head of cargo Nicks Platts is to leave his post on 9 October saying that he would seek a fresh challenge. He said the cargo programme at Heathrow was “well advanced”.  Since taking up the post in 2015, he has overseen improvements in efficiency and a reduction in ... [+]

Ten more years for Swissport at Heathrow

Cargo handler Swissport is to extend its stay at SEGRO’s Heathrow Cargo after it signed a 10-year lease on a 104,000 sq ft warehouse unit on Shoreham Road. The agreement follows long-term commitments from Air Canada and Worldwide Flight Services which have both re-geared leases in 2019. The lease includes ... [+]

Heathrow Runway Three clears another hurdle – updated

The High Court has thrown out a challenge brought by local councils, environmental groups and the London Mayor to plans Heathrow’s third runway. Their case had hinged on the argument that the government's National Policy Statement in support for the plan had not taken into account the effect of pollution, ... [+]

New information system speeds up Heathrow cargo, says CCS UK

The CCS-UK User Group says its AIS (Advance Information System) is bringing real results at Heathrow Airport, and helping to reduce congestion at the UK’s busiest airfreight gateway. Two years ago, CCS-UK User Group – the body which represents all users of the UK’s air cargo community computer system, CCS-UK – ... [+]

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