Air Partner teams up with Teesside Airport to handle cargo flights

Teeside International Airport

Aviation services group Air Partner has handled key cargo flights into Teesside International Airport as the latter aims to become a key cargo hub.

Over the past two weeks, the Air Partner cargo team has arranged for three Cessna aircraft to fly automotive cargo into Teesside for a global manufacturer based in the north of England, with more flights taking place in the next few days.

Earlier this month, CharterSync said it managed the first ad hoc flights into the new cargo facility at Teeside.

Pierre Van Der Stichele, vice president of global cargo at Air Partner, a Wheels Up company, said: “Air Partner offers 24-hour operational support for arranging aircraft handling, acting as the first point of contact for aircraft operators globally.

“The successful, swift mobilisation of three turbo prop cargo aircraft in recent weeks is the tip of the iceberg as we intend to handle wide-body aircraft at Teesside International Airports in due course to support the growth of such a crucial cargo hub in the UK.”

Walter Jones, head of cargo at Teesside International Airport, added: “Teesside International Airport has the capacity and the network to fulfil the current need to fly in 10,000 tonnes of cargo and more.

“Through working with businesses like Air Partner we know cargo will be taken care of.  In two years, Teesside International Airport could be handling 20,000 tonnes of cargo per annum.”

Teeside Airport’s move into cargo follows the closure of Doncaster Sheffield Airport earlier this year.

The closure means 10,000 tonnes of cargo must be flown elsewhere each year.

CharterSync manages first cargo flights at Teesside

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]