Bondholder East Midlands Airport (EMA) has been shortlisted for a national transport award.
The Transport Times’ Annual Transport Awards celebrates the success of many national and local transport projects.
EMA’s shortlisting, as Airport of the Year, is in recognition of the growth of its cargo operation. The airport, which is the UK’s busiest for dedicated freight aircraft, is now handling over 1000 tonnes of cargo a day. Current figures show that over the last 12 months, the total weight of goods that passed through EMA was 363,228 tonnes, which is the equivalent of about 90,000 elephants. This is a far cry from 1965, the year of its opening, when the airport handled 358 tonnes of cargo.
Karen Smart, EMA’s Managing Director, said: “I’m delighted that we are recognised at a national level. It is our cargo operation that elevates us to the premier league of UK and European airports.
"The significance of our role in helping the UK trade globally should not be underestimated. It is a key driver of regional growth too and it is the foundation upon which much of the local growth has been built. For example, it’s no coincidence that the SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway is being constructed adjacent to the airport. When complete, this will enhance our offer by providing the UK’s only co-located rail, road and air freight hub creating thousands of jobs for local people.”
EMA is one of six airports shortlisted for the award which will be announced on 6 October.