Air freight services are a key ingredient of the UK economy. Air freight is responsible for a quarter of the value of all goods moved into and out of the UK, but it is still a somewhat forgotten part of the freight network. Without air freight we simply would not be competitive or viable as an international centre of business and there would be no chance of seeing fresh produce, such as green beans from Kenya, on our shelves all year round - and without the business it brings them, developing countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia would lose a major source of revenue.
Sadly, market access using air freight is threatened by the possible policies of the next Government, and misguided pressure to adopt 'no air freight' sourcing policies.
According to The Times, a recent Africa Research Institute report praises Kenya's fruit, veg and flower industry for its environmentally-friendly carbon footprint. "The vast majority of Kenyan produce exported to Europe is carried in the hold of passenger aircraft carrying Western tourists home from the safari parks and beaches of East Africa," the Institute says. Any move to reduce European markets for produce from developing countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia would deal a heavy blow to their economies.
POLITICAL 'HOT POTATO'
ir transport only accounts for 0.5 percent of the UK's international goods movements by weight, but where it really matters is when one measures goods moved in terms of their value