Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, is set to boost trade between the UK and the rest of the world by adding London Stansted and Edinburgh to its global network of over 155 destinations.
London Stansted and Edinburgh will be Emirates SkyCargo’s seventh and eighth destinations in the UK, the cargo unit said in a statement.
Emirates SkyCargo will operate a daily service to both destinations on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and will be offering a cargo capacity of up to 20 tonnes per flight. This will translate into an additional cargo capacity of over 500 tonnes per week for exports and imports for the UK market.
The carrier currently offers the UK a weekly cargo capacity of over 2000 tonnes on over 120 passenger flights and two freighter flights.
Since 2014, Emirates SkyCargo said it has transported close to 600,000 tonnes of cargo including both exports and imports through its six existing gateways in the UK.
With a combined 63 flights a week from London Heathrow and London Gatwick, these London gateways account for biggest portion of the air cargo carrier’s total UK cargo volumes.
Cargo uplifted to and from London in the last four years have accounted for slightly over 60 percent of the total cargo uplifted to and from the UK.
Emirates said the daily service to London Stansted from June 8 will provide additional choice and capacity for customers in the London region.
The airline added that it has facilitated exports and imports of over 45,000 tonnes of cargo from Glasgow in the last four years and its new service to Edinburgh will stimulate further opportunities for global trade from Scotland.
The daily flight to Edinburgh will allow businesses, including exporters of Scottish Whisky and salmon, more direct and rapid air transport connections to global destinations avoiding the need to truck their products to destinations elsewhere in the UK.
In 2017, Emirates SkyCargo carried over 66,000 tonnes of exports from the UK to various destinations across the Middle East, East and South East Asia and Australasia.
Source: Arabian Business