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UPS gains permission to build new UK air hub


Express parcels and logistics operator United Parcel Service (UPS) has been granted planning permission to build a new £114m hub at East Midlands Airport (EMA) in the UK.  The facility, on a 28.5 acre (11.5 ha) site on the southeast of the airfield, is expected to increase the firm’s throughput at the airport and may eventually employ as many as 1,000 staff.  EMA is UPS’ biggest aviation centre in the country, and the company already employs around 500 people on the site.

The new facility will include a 468,000sq ft (43,494m2) automated sortation and delivery building, inbound and outbound vehicle loading docks, a 27,700sq ft (2,577m2) two-storey office complex, and space for up to 500 cars.  It will be connected to the airport’s existing Cargo East apron.

East Midlands is the UK’s busiest airport for pure-cargo flights, with UPS, DHL, FedEx Express and Royal Mail all having a major presence.  DHL completed a £90m extension to its hub on the western side of the airfield last year.

Picture: UPS has been granted permission to build a new hub and office complex at East Midlands Airport.  (AECOM)

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