Liverpool and Leipzig airports form alliance for automotives in case of no deal Brexit

The air cargo business development departments at Wynne Aviation – located at the UK’s Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) and Germany’s Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) along with Airport Park Leipzig Halle have formed an alliance to establish formal contingency planning measures in case of a no deal Brexit.

The UK is yet to strike a deal to leave the European Union (EU) and will leave the bloc on 29 March and as it stands without a deal as MPs have failed to agree on PM Theresa May’s deal struck with the EU known as the Withdrawal Agreement.

The contingency measures sees the establishment of a consortia comprising; air cargo aircraft operators, warehousing operators, air cargo handling, customs clearance and trucking companies who form the alliance.

They have come together to present a seamless air cargo service level offering to support the logistics requirements of the UK’s North West, North Midlands and North Wales automotive cluster and Germany’s eastern automotive cluster.

JOTA BAE 146-300 Freighter is part of the alliance, while Volga-Dnepr Group is ready to provide support with its fleet of 737-400 SF and AN 124-100 and IL-76.

The agreement will provide 39,000 square metres of warehousing available off airport site adjacent Leipzig/Halle Airport and both airports have 24-hour operations, UK & EU Customs Clearance, air side door to door delivery and air cargo transit warehouse at LEJ.

Wynne Aviation Services Ltd business development director, Tom Hughes said: “The announcement today brings together key players in the air cargo logistics business who are partnering to provide the automotive sector with a clear picture of the service level offering available to support their logistics needs should a no deal Brexit happen.

“Both LPL and LEJ airports are located at the heart of two major automotive clusters and so the strengthening and marketing of our collective logistics facilities at this crucial time is an entirely sensible measure.”

LEJ head of business development for cargo and logistics, Mario Patyk said: “The just in time automotive supply chain could face some unforeseen consequences should a no deal Brexit happen and so the establishment of a strong counterparty relationship on air cargo logistics with the UK and in particular the automotive cluster within the Liverpool catchment area, where Liverpool Airport is a key air cargo gateway is a prudent measure to take both today but also beyond Brexit.”

(Picture above is Leipzig/Halle Airport)