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NEWS 22nd March 2017

Direct flights to Beijing stepping up to five times a week

Hainan Airlines is to increase its Manchester to Beijing flight frequency from four to five flights per week from June 1. Hainan says its new Dreamliners could be operating depending on aircraft availability. Loic Gao, Hainan Airlines UK General Manager said: “This added frequency shows Hainan Airlines commitment to the UK market and it responds…

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“Manchester has a real pull for businesses to come and set up here.”
David Emery
IBM Vice President for General Business North

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Cargills transport

Manchester isn’t just ‘centrally located’, it’s ‘perfectly located’. Ten motorways, 50 motorway junctions, rail and air freight terminals. Millions of customers on your doorstep and most of the UK in a four-hour drive. Add the right supply-chain skills, our lower operating costs and dozens of big sheds and sites – you’ll find that we’re perfect for your logistics project.

Manchester is the preferred distribution hub for global companies like Adidas; Argos; JD Sports; Kellogg’s; L’Oréal; Next; Office Depot; Procter and Gamble; and major logistics firms like Kuehne & Nagel and Wincanton. We have more motorways than any other UK city and more motorway junctions, many with development opportunities close by. Every major population centre, from London to Edinburgh, can be reached within a four-hour drive; and 60 million people and 60% of UK companies are within two hours.

Manchester Airport is home to the World Freight Terminal, the largest in the UK outside London. The terminal handles more than 170,000 tonnes of cargo each year and provides dedicated freight services to North American and Asian markets. The terminal includes 60,000 square metres of warehouse and office space; 100 freight forwarders and agents on site; and an EU-approved Border Inspection Post.

The Manchester Ship Canal and Port of Liverpool are two dynamic international trading centres forming a single 44 mile seaway to the heart of the UK and Britain’s richest cargo creating and consuming region outside London.

For rail freight, there is Trafford Park Euroterminal which is part of plans to develop a multi‐modal freight terminal which will double the capacity to enable container ships and 200,000 pallets of cargo to be handled at any one time.

We understand that logistics is more than fork-lifts and sheds, that’s why we have some of the brightest people in the industry studying supply chain management to masters level at our universities. And with competitive operating costs and a wide choice of distribution parks, Manchester is the logical choice for logistics.

To find out more about the logistics industry in Manchester City Region, please contact:

Allison Brierley, Business Development Manager Allison.Brierley@Midas.org.uk

Allison Brierley

Business Development Manager

Specialist in the logistics sector.

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