UPS opens new air hub in East Midlands

UPS has opened its 36,000 square metre expanded air hub at East Midlands Airport (EMA). The £138 million investment in the hub will strengthen the connection between regional businesses and the UPS global logistics network.

“Our investment at East Midlands Airport shows our confidence that UK businesses of all sizes are poised to make the most of export opportunities now and in the future,” said Jim O’Gara, President, UPS UK Ireland & Nordics. “Our message to companies large and small in the region is that the world is at their fingertips, and we’re here to make doing business internationally as easy as doing business at home.’’

The new site has the latest automated parcel sorting technology that increases efficiency, reliability and speed. It has automated scanning and sortation systems that will also help reduce the company’s carbon footprint through energy efficiencies. To help with the reduction in carbon emissions, many of the HGVs feeding the unit are fuelled by liquified natural gas that they refuel on at the nearby Tamworth ground hub.

The EMA hub can process as many as 22,500 parcels per hour, more than twice that of the old facility. Six flights a day from the EMA hub connect it to major European markets and the US.

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