Stansted cheers 5x weekly Qatar freighter

London Stansted welcomed the arrival of Qatar Airways Cargo on 2 May, marking the launch of the airport’s first scheduled cargo link to the Middle East and the carrier’s first scheduled freighter service into the UK.


Stansted cheers 5x weekly Qatar freighter


London Stansted welcomed the arrival of Qatar Airways Cargo on 2 May, marking the launch of the airport’s first scheduled cargo link to the Middle East and the carrier’s first scheduled freighter service into the UK. The airline will operate five weekly flights to Britain’s third busiest cargo airport, from Hong Kong via the Qatari capital, Doha, using a B777-200 freighter.

Graeme Ferguson, Manchester Airports Group’s (MAG) commercial director for cargo, said the service will open up new markets for customers from the Middle East and beyond, as well as for businesses and exporters from across London and the eastern region. “As the only major London gateway with capacity to support growth and economic activity, we see this service as a key milestone in our strategy for developing Stansted’s cargo operation. We are committed to ensuring that Stansted remains a cargo centre of excellence for the UK and this first service for Qatar Airways is another key step in Stansted’s service offering.

We provide unrivalled operational resilience and standards of excellence, key requirements for Qatar Airways’ own service delivery model and five star airline service.”

Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways chief cargo officer, added: “Stansted Airport is a key freight airport and with this launch, we are delighted to begin our first dedicated freighter service in the United Kingdom. We are sure that this new addition will benefit the freight industry. We take this opportunity to thank the authorities at Stansted Airport for their support in enabling the commencement of our first freighter route in the UK.”