Huge rise in air cargo deliveries

AN-225 Mryia (Dream), the world's largest aircraft at Doncaster's Robin Hood Airport.
AN-225 Mryia (Dream), the world's largest aircraft at Doncaster's Robin Hood Airport.

An airport popular with Isle holidaymakers has seen a huge increase in the amount of cargo it transports.

Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport has transported more cargo in the period from January to June 2015 than it did in throughout the whole of 2014.

Through operator Anglo World Cargo, the airport has managed consignments across the globe during the six-month period, including to Nepal, Kenya, Venezuela, USA and key European destinations such as Greece and France.

The figures in terms of tonnage have not been released by the airport.

But bosses said the results show “growth in this area is going from strength to strength.”

These latest figures continue an upward trend in cargo transportation in recent years.

The airport saw an increase of 112 per cent in the amount of cargo it transports year-on-year from 2013 to 2014.

Dayle Hauxwell, cargo manager at the airport, said: “We are all delighted to have surpassed the amount of cargo transported in 2014 in just half a year.

“The growth of the business in recent months has been excellent and is continued evidence that the airport and its cargo terminal is enhancing its reputation around the world for hassle free cargo operations.

“The amount of freight being transported has and continues to increase significantly and this can only be positive news for the airport and the regional economy.”

Gary Winterman, managing director of Anglo World Cargo, added: “It is clear that more and more companies and cargo operators are looking at Doncaster Sheffield Airport to distribute their products around the world.

“It’s great to see the work being put in by the Airport coming to fruition with these latest figures.

“We are all celebrating this fantastic news, but very focussed on delivering further growth in the months ahead.”

The airport’s Cargo Terminal consists of 12, 000 sq ft of operational space and has a full range of equipment and facilities capable of handling any aircraft.

This, coupled with the airport’s 2,893m runway, means it has the ability to handle all aspects of airfreight from the smallest parcel to bespoke charters of large cargo aircraft, such as the AN-225 Mryia (Dream), which is the world’s largest aircraft.

The plane - 275 feet in length and with a wingspan of 290 feet - flew into Doncaster in November last year to collect 150 tonnes of engineering equipment for a transatlantic flight. The aircraft has a maximum take off weight of 640 tonnes and is operated by Ukranian company Antonov Airlines.