East Midlands Airport is recognised as a nationally important asset for freight and logistics
The airport is the UK’s most important for dedicated cargo flights. It handles 1,000 tonnes a day and facilitates approximately £40bn of trade to and from the UK and £11bn of non-EU imports and exports each year.
It has already witnessed significant growth with DHL Express and UPS investing, between them, over £200m in recent years.
The airport provides a stimulus for wider regional growth. To the north of the airfield, SEGRO is currently developing the East Midlands Gateway site which will see Amazon, Shop Direct, Nestle and Kuehne Nagel take space for their logistics operations.
Airport managing director Clare James said:
The East Midlands region has all the foundations for a bright economic future; access to critical global markets through EMA’s cargo capability; advantageously located in the heart of the country with good road and rail access plus an abundance of specialist R&D and advanced manufacturing, backed up by top universities that are pioneering world-leading research. However, what’s been missing in the past is a single vision which unites all sectors and that everyone can get behind. Hopefully initiatives such as the development corporation can deliver this much needed focus.