MAG Records Strong Cargo Growth

Stansted is amongst the MAG-owned airports experiencing cargo growth. (MAG)

Stansted is amongst the MAG-owned airports experiencing cargo growth. (MAG)
Stansted is amongst the MAG-owned airports experiencing cargo growth. (MAG)
Figures released by MAG Cargo show a strong growth in cargo tonnage.
MAG says spare capacity and favourable economic conditions led freight operators to increase their volumes. Collectively, its airports handled an additional 27,720 tonnes in 2015 compared with 2014.
At East Midlands Airport, the UK’s largest airport for dedicated cargo, volumes have increased by 4.5% compared with 2014 – with particular growth seen in the express market, driven by the ever expanding ecommerce operations.
New routes by China Southern and Turkish Airlines have helped Stansted Airport to a 2.4% year-on-year increase in tonnage. The airport’s cargo operation, alongside that of East Midlands, also saw a significant uplift as operators used air cargo services to avoid disruption at the Channel Tunnel over the summer.
At Manchester Airport, MAG says growth in long haul bellyhold cargo, alongside the expanding Airport City development adjacent to the airport, took the airport past the 100,000 tonnes mark as traffic increased 9.6% year-on-year.
Growth at the Group’s airports was bolstered by what it describes as “exceptionally busy” festive periods in December. At East Midlands, cargo volumes in one month exceeded 30,000 tonnes for the first time, hitting 30,331 – a 12.8% growth year on year. London Stansted grew 7.7% to handle 21,368 tonnes, while Manchester grew 10.5%, handling 8,607 tonnes over the month. Overall, MAG airports handled 9% more cargo this December compared with last.
Conan Busby, Business Development Manager – Cargo at MAG, said: “We’re seeing strong growth in cargo volumes at MAG airports, driven by a variety of factors. While the growth in express cargo was driven by the increasing popularity of internet shopping and ecommerce among consumers, we have also seen operators join us for the first time and also won mode share from ground transport as freight got diverted to us because of the Channel Tunnel disruption over the summer.”