Airfreight wholesaler Air Menzies International has reorganised its UK regional cargo receiving and trucking operations to improve processing times, enabling later close-outs and provide access to an increased number of next-day departures from London Heathrow.
In Manchester, AMI has become self-handling and will move into a dedicated 8,000 sq ft unit from mid-January.
AMI Manchester handles 40 per cent of all AMI’s UK bookings, and 80 per cent of this traffic flies direct from Manchester Airport. The new AMI-only facility will improve truck processing times.
Cargo for flights departing from London Heathrow will be trucked by nightly road feeders operated by airfreight trucking specialist Ware Transport; this will offer later close-outs, and earlier arrivals at London Heathrow.
At both Leeds Bradford Airport and East Midlands Airport, AMI is now using handler WFS for receiving, while trucking to Manchester and London Heathrow is again provided by Ware Transport.
In Birmingham, AMI is now being handled by Ware Transport at its Gateway Estate receiving centre. Ware also provides nightly trucks to AMI’s main UK consolidation centre at London Heathrow, meeting next day departures.
“Manchester is our most important centre outside London, and we continue our long-held policy of supporting the airport’s departures whenever possible,” said AMI’s regional VP Europe, Sharon Wright.
“We are very pleased to offer an increased flight schedule coupled with improved processing times for all customers’ vehicles – whether delivering cargo for our ex-Manchester services, or the 20 per cent of shipments that require transport to our London base.”