East Midlands Airport Welcomes One Air as New Cargo Airline

A One Air 747 cargo freighter is loaded at East Midlands Airport.
Photo Credit: East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Airport (EMA), the UK’s largest dedicated air freight hub, welcomes a new operator to its busy tarmac: One Air.

This British cargo airline connects Europe with key destinations in China and Hong Kong.

They also hold a permit for future cargo charter flights between the US and UK, demonstrating their commitment to global expansion.

One Air Arrival at EMA

One Air’s arrival comes after their successful launch in 2023. They’re already setting ambitious goals, aiming for daily flights to Hong Kong and long-term operations in China.

EMA residents may have already glimpsed One Air’s impressive Boeing 747-400 aircraft. The freighter made its inaugural flight from Hong Kong this Easter, carrying a substantial 105-tonne payload.

This exciting addition strengthens EMA’s position as the UK’s premier express air freight hub.

One Air’s services seamlessly integrate into EMA’s existing network, connecting Asia and Europe while offering ad hoc global charter flights.

Major players like DHL, UPS, and FedEx all have their UK hubs conveniently located at EMA.

They provide one-stop connections to 185 global cities, including major destinations like New York, Singapore, Dubai, and Tokyo.

East Midlands Airport Perspective

EMA’s cargo operations play a vital role in supporting regional businesses across various sectors. These include advanced manufacturing, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, and automotive.

The airport processes a staggering volume of goods, handling over one million packages nightly.

Chris Lane, EMA’s Commercial Director, expressed enthusiasm for the new arrival. “We’re thrilled to welcome One Air to East Midlands Airport. They add tremendous value to our already successful and nationally significant cargo operation.”

“Our strategic central location, fewer operational restrictions compared to other airports, and our dedicated team focused on exceptional service make EMA an ideal partner.”

“We look forward to building a long-lasting partnership with One Air,” Lane continued, “to ensure seamless trade that fuels the UK’s economic engine.”

One Air Comments

One Air’s Chief Operating Officer, Chris Hope, echoed the sentiment: “East Midlands Airport offers a compelling package for all-cargo operators. The availability of slots and relaxed night flying restrictions are significant advantages.”

“Additionally, EMA demonstrates a progressive and supportive approach towards freighter airlines. As a growing British carrier, we’re committed to establishing a strong presence at EMA. Assisting our freight forwarding, logistics, and charter clients in efficiently moving goods to and from the UK.”


One Air specializes in connecting key European markets with China and Hong Kong. The carrier has its sights set even further afield. A permit has already been secured for future cargo charter flights between the US and UK.

Established in 2023, One Air looks to be on a fast track to growth. Their goals include establishing daily flights to Hong Kong and securing long-term operational licenses in China.

Their impressive Boeing 747-400 freighter has already been spotted at EMA. The aircraft completed its inaugural flight from Hong Kong this Easter.

This behemoth of the skies arrived carrying a significant 105-tonne payload, showcasing One Air’s capacity for large-scale cargo movement.

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