The 2015/16 financial year has been Manchester Airport’s best year in freight exports since 2011.
Figures released by Manchester Airport have revealed that over 100,000 tonnes of cargo were shipped through Manchester to destinations across the globe.
Manchester Airport’s growing links in the Middle East has resulted in over 50,000 tonnes of freight being shipped to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar as Manchester is emerging as a centre for e-commerce due to the rise of Amazon Prime, Alibaba and Net-a-Porter.
Since the launch of the Cathay Pacific direct flight to Hong Kong in December 2014 the route has become important for exports from Manchester. Hong Kong and Singapore now receives nearly 12,000 tonnes of cargo from Manchester Airport.
Ken O’Toole, chief executive of Manchester Airport, said: “Manchester Airport plays an important role in connecting the North of England to key markets around the world.
“Many of our long-haul routes are not available from any airport outside of London and these figures demonstrate how these services do not just offer more choice for leisure passengers, they deliver direct trade benefits to the region.
“This underlines the airport’s role as a key enabler of growth and we expect the launch of more long-haul new services to the likes of Beijing, Los Angeles, Boston and San Francisco to drive up export volumes in the coming months and years.”