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Airport hails cargo impact as first export leaves £2.5 million hub

Airport bosses say a site is primed to become “the UK’s most centrally located cargo hub” after it reached a milestone.

Teesside International Airport’s £2.5 million cargo handling base has overseen its first export shipment.

The base worked with Air Partner to help move automotive parts to Stockholm for a global car maker.

The landmark followed work on more than a dozen automotive-based import jobs in just two weeks from Hungary.

The movements have been overseen by the airport’s new experienced head of cargo Walter Jones, who arrived at Teesside following the closure of Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

Walter said: “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, this airport will grow as the UK’s most centrally located cargo hub.”

Pierre Van Der Stichele, Air Partner vice president of global cargo, added: “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.”