Freight airline Cargolux is to begin a new service linking Stansted airport with Hong Kong via Luxembourg. The carrier uses jumbo jets on a range of routes linking Europe and Asia, and by the end of the year will have replaced older 747-400 models with 13 of the American manufacturer’s latest 747-8 freight planes. The new service promises to substantially cut transit times from the Essex airport, 25 miles north of London, to a range of destinations served by the Luxembourg-based carrier which span the globe.
Mark Souter, head of airline relations at Stansted, said Cargolux’s choice of the airport for its new service was a vote of confidence in the “excellent operational capacity, airfield and infrastructure reliability and easy access to the road network” which it offered. “The professionalism and reputation of the cargo partners already based here was also a major influencing factor in Cargolux’s decision,” he added.
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British road and rail haulier Eddie Stobart is hoping to persuade online retail giant Amazon to establish a new distribution hub to serve the north-west of the UK, after it won planning permission to extend its existing logistics park in Widnes, Cheshire. Amazon has been forced to take a fight to establish its own distribution centre on adjoining land to the High Court, after it was appealed against by the local Hale Bank Parish Council, with support from Halton Borough Council. However, Stobart’s logistics centre already houses a site of more than 500,000 square feet used as a distribution centre for supermarket giant Tesco.
The company and agents for Stobart Park hope the new extension might prompt Amazon to drop its original plan, and go with the Stobart site.
David Brooks of Jones Lang LaSalle, one of the letting agents, added that Halton Council’s approval for the extension of the site was “great news for the North West economy as a whole, as there is currently a dire shortage of large, readily deliverable employment sites, with rapid access to the major motorways, and more importantly, the strategic UK rail network.”