The importance of air freight to the UK economy is evidenced by the fact that it accounts for some 40% of UK imports and exports by value. High value, small volume products rely on air freight. Pharmaceuticals, technology, small batch manufacturing, and retailing – all sectors the FTA represents along with air freight operators on bodies such as the Air Freight Working Group and the Global Shippers Forum.  

Helping air freight deliver

While the FTA recognises global over-capacity too much air freight space chasing too few goods – the UK has a different problem. Much to the frustration of FTA members and the sector at large, U.K airport capacity is a limiting factor for UK importers and exporters, air freight companies and the British economy.   

FTA research report ‘Sky High Value’ revealed how expansion of Heathrow airport is the correct decision for air freight operators, their customers, and British business. FTA provides a platform for UK air freight suppliers and users to influence their policy positions through their British Shippers' Council.  FTA also administers the Global Shippers' Forum, an international organisation for national and regional shippers’ organisations from across the world.

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New Report shows Air Cargo keeps Britain Trading

A new report from Airlines UK, co-sponsored by FTA, demonstrates the vital contribution that goods moved by air add to the UK economy, and the employment opportunities arising from the complex and high-speed logistics chain that moves products from the warehouse to the runway.

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Air Freight working group

The main focus of the group is the establishment of a clear vision and strategy for air cargo, as well as promotion of the economic benefits of the sector to governments across the U.K. and the EU.



FTA and the environment

Like many human activities the transportation of goods from A to B by rail, water, road or air all of it has an impact on the environment. Some modes more damaging than others, but the FTA works with all to reduce their effect. 


Sky High Value

A case study based analysis of the restraints on trade caused by limited UK airport capacity, and how and why the Heathrow option is the best answer for UK PLC.


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