East Midlands Airport grows freight operations despite Covid-19

While airports in the country have seen air traffic movements reduced by over 90%, East Midlands (EMA) has continued operating around 60% of all scheduled flights elevating it to one of Europe's top 10 busiest airports. This is because of its global express freight operation which is playing an important role in keeping trade moving and facilitating the supply of vital PPE equipment in the fight against Covid-19, as well as more people ordering goods online when shops have shut.

East Midlands Airport, home to the UK's largest dedicated air cargo operation, is now served by a weekly Hong Kong to EMA cargo flight. The route has been introduced by DHL Express in response to increasing business demand for shipments from Asia.

The new service is currently the UK's only dedicated cargo flight to the UK from China carrying goods exclusively for the UK. Operated by the Boeing 747 -8 Queen of the Skies, one of the most fuel efficient freighters currently available, with a cargo capacity of 130 tonnes, the flight departs Hong Kong on Fridays