Swissport expands Heathrow cargo capacity through SEGRO deal
17 / 09 / 2018
Ground handler Swissport has expanded its cargo presence at Heathrow Airport by taking a 36,000 sq ft facility from SEGRO.
Swissport has signed a 10-year lease at Unit 1, SEGRO Park Portal Heathrow, a Grade A warehouse facility that also includes office space.
The move comes as cargo volumes continue to grow at the UK’s main freight hub. Following a record year for cargo at Heathrow in 2017, volumes are currently up 1.6% a year to date at 981,690 tonnes.
"Consequently, there is greater demand for space from freight handlers to ensure they can efficiently service their customers," SEGRO said.
Swissport UK has been a SEGRO customer for over 13 years and now leases a total of almost 185,000 sq ft of space across Heathrow and Stansted Airport.
SEGRO Park Portal Heathrow is positioned on-airport, with direct access to the Southern Perimeter Road and close to SEGRO’s cargo terminal.
The Portal is also "well connected" with Junction 14 of the M25 within three miles giving swift access to the UK’s motorway network.
SEGRO business unit director for Greater London Alan Holland said: “We are pleased to provide additional space for one of our long-standing customers that will enable them to effectively grow their business in a highly competitive industry.
“Levels of cargo at Heathrow will continue to increase in the near-term future, and following the parliamentary vote for an additional runway, freight capacity is expected to double, so it’s vital for our customers to have the space to respond to current and future demand.”
Swissport UK will join Rolls Royce and DB Schenker at SEGRO Park Portal Heathrow, which is now fully let.
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