Doncaster Sheffield Airport wins perishable cargo deal

Doncaster Sheffield Airport has won a major new cargo contract that will involve flowers and vegetables being delivered to the UK for some of the country’s major retailers.

Network Airline Management has done the deal with Doncaster Sheffield Airport to begin a weekly MD11 service from Nairobi to Yorkshire. This will be the airport’s first scheduled flight that handles perishable foods and opens up a major new market for them.

Dayle Hauxwell, cargo manager for Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We are delighted to be announcing this news so soon after seeing record cargo figures for last year.

“We’ll be working with Network Airline Management to handle a weekly scheduled flight from Nairobi with flowers and vegetables for the UK market. This deal will see some 3,500 tonnes of cargo transported a year. This new scheduled operation also opens up the opportunity for UK export freight.

“Our entrance into this new market is further evidence that the cargo operation has established an international reputation as the UK’s most freighter friendly airport. And we believe this is just the beginning, as the industry recognises the benefits offered by Doncaster Sheffield Airport.”

The airport was certified as a dedicated port of entry for perishable commodities last year allowing it to access a significant global market.

Andy Walters, commercial director of Network Airline Management, said: “We are really looking forward to starting this new relationship with Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

“We selected to fly to Doncaster Sheffield Airport for a number of reasons. It offers a 24 hour operation without being slot restricted, is very freighter friendly and considerably less congested than other locations. It also has a very proactive team. Doncaster Sheffield Airport with their partners Anglo World Cargo work hard to deliver a tailor-made service, and this really shone through in their approach.”
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