FedEx Express boosts e-commerce capacity with new UK-USA flight

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FedEx Express has launched a new flight from the UK to the USA, boosting capacity for UK exporters wanting next-day delivery to the world’s largest economy.

The Boeing 777 flight offers customers more transatlantic parcel and e-commerce capacity, adding approximately 284,000kg per week to the FedEx Express transatlantic network, with 72,500kg dedicated to the UK alone. It operates four times per week, departing from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France, connecting to hubs at East Midlands Airport (EMA) in the UK, and Indianapolis in the USA.

Edward Clarke, vice president of operations UK at FedEx Express, said, ‘‘The UK is the fourth largest e-commerce market in the world, and the pandemic has driven even higher demand for online goods, including into the US. We’re excited to add this new flight into our network, which provides businesses with additional capacity and enables them to expand and compete with domestic e-commerce businesses in the US. It also gives a boost to our operations in the Midlands, which is a major logistics center with outstanding connectivity across the UK.”

Clare James, managing director of East Midlands Airport, commented, “FedEx’s decision to route its new transatlantic service through EMA is a ringing endorsement of this airport’s important role as a vital hub for facilitating global trade between the UK and its key partners. We’re delighted to welcome FedEx’s additional business, which will help sustain jobs and investment at the airport. We look forward to working with FedEx to build on this latest development and identify further opportunities to grow their operation here in the future.”

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