Heathrow Cargo

Heathrow is Britain’s largest port by value. Every year we carry 30% of British exports valued at over £109 billion. In fact, Heathrow carries more freight than the UK’s two biggest shipping ports – Felixstowe and Southampton – combined.

Anything high value, with a short shelf life or that’s needed urgently, is carried by air. 95% of Heathrow cargo flies in the belly-hold of passenger aircraft. Pooling cargo with luggage from passengers in this way make routes and flights viable for airlines. It also makes Heathrow’s cargo operation inherently sustainable, as the bulk of cargo travels in aircraft that would be flying anyway.

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