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Rise in cargo movements at Doncaster’s airport

Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian

Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

The UK Border Agency has been criticised for safety failings which could have caused an explosion at Robin Hood Airport.

UKBA staff unsafely unloaded and examined explosives at the airport despite being warned not to, the Health and Safety Executive said.

The HSE said if the ammunition had been dropped it may have detonated.

UKBA has accepted a Crown Censure, the equivalent of a prosecution of a government body, from the HSE.

The HSE said 10 people were present and other aircraft nearby when the incident happened at the airport near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in November 2009.

Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. The UK Border Agency has been criticised for safety failings which could have caused an explosion at Robin Hood Airport. UKBA staff unsafely unloaded and examined explosives at the airport despite being warned not to, the Health and Safety Executive said. The HSE said if the ammunition had been dropped it may have detonated. UKBA has accepted a Crown Censure, the equivalent of a prosecution of a government body, from the HSE. The HSE said 10 people were present and other aircraft nearby when the incident happened at the airport near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in November 2009.

 

Robin Hood Airport has seen a 23 per cent increase in the amount of cargo it transports.

The figures, which represent the number of consignments in and out of the Finningley-based airport, shows a second successive year of growth between April 2013 and March 2014.

Through operator Anglo World Cargo, the airport managed consignments involving more than 25 countries during the 12-month period, including Australia, Mali, USA and key European destinations such as France, Spain and Greece.

Dayle Hauxwell, cargo manager, said: “The growth is excellent and continued evidence that the airport’s cargo terminal is enhancing its reputation around the world.

“The amount of freight being transported has increased significantly compared with two years ago and this can only be positive news for the airport and the regional economy.

“Having recently joined the team, I look forward to continuing this impressive growth throughout 2014 and beyond.”

Gary Winterman, managing director of Anglo World Cargo, added: “More and more companies are looking at the airport to distribute their products around the world. We have the means and capabilities to help them achieve that successfully.

“It’s great to see the work being put in by the airport coming to fruition with these latest figures and we look forward to continuing this into the year ahead.”

Robin Hood’s cargo terminal consists of 55,000 sq ft of operational space and has a full range of equipment and facilities capable of handling any aircraft.

This, coupled with the airport’s 2,893m runway, means through Anglo World Cargo, it has the ability to handle all aspects of airfreight from the smallest parcel to bespoke charters of large cargo aircraft, such as the Antonov-225.

The figures have been announced as part of Export Week which runs this week.

 

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