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Bosses at Stansted Airport head to Far East to attract new cargo carriers

The recently opened Car Hire Stansted Airport branch is not shocked to understand that new freight business is being sought after by the airport it provides car hire from.

Bosses at Stansted Airport have been in South Korea last week holding top level talks with potential new airlines in a bid to become the UK’s leading scheduled freighter hub.

They were at the International Air Cargo Forum in Seoul, showcasing the world-class facilities on offer at the third busiest airport for cargo. MAG’s (Manchester Airports Group) cargo director, Graeme Ferguson, lead the mission along with cargo business development manager, Conan Busby, during the three-day conference.

Mr Ferguson said “Stansted is one of the largest cargo hubs in Britain with more than £9.5 billion worth of cargo transported every year. We believe there is a significant opportunity to grow the cargo business at Stansted and we are committing considerable time and effort engaging with cargo operators from around the globe to demonstrate the fantastic facilities and world-class infrastructure available at the airport.”

More than 230,000 tonnes of freight is shipped annually on more than 11,000 cargo flights to over 200 countries. The operation transports thousands of tonnes of textiles, fruit and vegetables, electronics, pharmaceuticals, mail, horses and Formula One equipment to destinations in nearly every continent. Asiana, FedEx, Martinair, Royal Mail, Panalpina, Silkway, Atlantic Airways, Titan, TNT and UPS all currently oerate from Stansted.

Mr Ferguson added, “Our visit to South Korea is an important first step in building relationships that could lead to more direct freight services operating between major international trading cities and London Stansted.”