Air cargo via Dublin Airport will be key in supporting Ireland’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report published by the Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI), the business organisation which represents the country’s logistics sector.
The report, The Economic Impact of Cargo Night Flying at Dublin Airport, commissioned by the FTAI, along with leading international logistics companies DHL, FedEx and UPS, outlines the importance of the sector in supporting Ireland’s highly sensitive and interconnected supply chains. Goods flown overnight are critical to supporting ‘just in time’ supply chains across the economy, enabling businesses to move high value and time-sensitive goods to markets the next working day.
Dublin Airport is Ireland’s busiest cargo airport, handling 90% of the country’s air freight and 35% of all Ireland’s trade by value, according to the report. Air freight flown at night accounts for 38% of this volume, equivalent to €19 billion in imports and exports. With the value of a tonne of air freight estimated at 53 times more valuable than a tonne travelling via another mode of transport, night flights are essential to ensure Ireland remains competitive and connected to global trade.
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