Aviation services group, Air Partner, a Wheels Up company, has handled Teesside International Airport’s first export cargo flight. This follows Air Partner handling some of the first inbound cargo flights into Teesside International Airport in recent weeks, as the airport is set to establish itself as the latest key cargo hub, following the closure of Doncaster Sheffield Airport earlier this year.
Air Partner’s team in Cologne arranged the charter following an urgent request from a German freight forwarder, that required automotive parts to be expeditiously flown to Stockholm for a global car manufacturer.
Pierre Van Der Stichele, Vice President of Global Cargo at Air Partner, says: “It was imperative that this time-critical cargo was delivered swiftly to prevent delays to the production line in Stockholm. Our communications and logistics processes offered the best solution with a Metroliner aircraft and a five-hour turnaround.”
In recent weeks, the team has arranged for three Cessna aircraft to fly automotive cargo into Teesside International Airport for a global manufacturer based in the north of England, with more flights taking place in the next few days.
“As a key cargo partner to Teesside International Airport, we are ready to not only support its growth as a cargo hub, but also to support global automotive manufacturers and all other industries as an enabler of seamless export and inbound operations,” adds Pierre Van Der Stichele.
As the UK’s most centrally located cargo hub in the country’s largest and first operational freeport, Teesside International Airport can cover 94.8% of England, Wales and Scotland in six hours.
Walter Jones, Head of Cargo, Teesside International Airport, says: “Teesside International Airport has the capacity and functionality to fulfil the demands of a growing cargo infrastructure. With the support of companies such as Air Partner, which has now successfully taken care of inbound and export cargo flights, Teesside International Airport will grow as the UK’s most centrally located cargo hub in the UK.”
Air Partner offers 24-hour operational support for arranging aircraft handling, acting as the first point of contact for aircraft operators globally.
Already providing airport security training through Air Partner Services’ Redline Assured Security, the new cargo charter partnership reinforces Air Partner Group’s long-established relationship with Teesside International Airport.
N.B. Photo shown is generic image of the Teesside cargo hub and not of the export operation.