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Second cargo-only service to operate out of Heathrow

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Staff Writer | Friday November 4, 2016 8:05AM ET
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Air traffic   An ad-hoc weekly service

Heathrow opened its second dedicated cargo-only service, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC).


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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