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East Midland sees record-breaking 43pc air cargo gain pre-Xmas

BRITAIN's East Midlands Airport recorded its heaviest ever peak season for air cargo with a 43 per cent increase at 46,320 tonnes of goods, reports Leeds' Business Desk

27 January 2021 - 19:00
BRITAIN's East Midlands Airport recorded its heaviest ever peak season for air cargo with a 43 per cent increase at 46,320 tonnes of goods, reports Leeds' Business Desk.

The previous record was set in November, while December of 2019 saw 32,281 tonnes of goods.



A lot of the demand was driven by consumers turning to online shopping during the Covid crisis after restrictions prevented them from going out.



Passenger operation has been reduced to 10 per cent of normal levels due to the Covid crisis.



'This year has demonstrated the critical importance of the EMA air cargo operation, not just for the movement of consumer items, but for businesses that need to get parts or finished products to market quickly and for the rapid movement of critical medical supplies and equipment throughout the pandemic,' said East Midlands Airport's managing director Clare James.



'While our passengers are temporarily unable to leave home to catch holiday flights, the contribution of the airport to the UK and the region during the last year has been more important than ever,' said Ms James.


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