Second cargo-only service to operate out of Heathrow
The service will offer 100 tonnes of additional cargo capacity a week to Heathrow, already the country’s biggest port by value.
The news will be welcomed by British exporters, which currently face a shortage of space in aircraft holds going to long-haul destinations. The squeeze is most pronounced on routes to Asia, a region where consumer spend is expected to reach $32 trillion by 2030.
Having received Government backing for its expansion, Heathrow will be able to open up 40 destinations and almost double cargo capacity.
Heathrow is also investing £180 million over 15 years to improve its cargo infrastructure and processes.
These investments will fund a specialist pharmaceutical storage area, as well as better infrastructure to reduce congestion and halve process time from today’s 8-9 hours to four hours.
The new ABC service will operate an ad-hoc weekly service, and utilises slots not popular with passenger airlines. ■
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