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Heathrow expansion will double the airport’s cargo capacity

Heathrow is the UK’s largest port by value with 40% of the UK’s non-EU and Swiss exports already travelling through Heathrow. That is more than the exports from Felixstowe and all other UK airports combined. Our ambition is to become one of Europe’s best airports for cargo, and through Heathrow expansion double cargo capacity at the Airport.

A notable feature of the UK air freight market is the importance of Heathrow and its surrounding freight facilities, with most forwarders having major consolidation centres in the vicinity of the airport. Significant volumes of air freight are trucked to such facilities near Heathrow, processed and then trucked to another airport, either in the UK or in continental Europe.

Heathrow is also uniquely placed to connect UK exporters to the world as a transatlantic and European gateway with 95% of the global economy potentially within reach of a direct flight from Heathrow.

Our cargo strategy will increase freight capacity to 3 million tonnes a year by 2040 through improved service and increased capacity from expansion. For cargo customers our aim is to become a trusted partner – timely, reliable and easy to do business with. 

Increasing the amount of cargo at the airport will not mean doubling the number of vehicles or HGVs on the road. Our freight proposals are designed to minimise cargo vehicle trips and reduce the effects of those trips on the local community whilst improving the reliability and ease of use of cargo operations at the airport.