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© Patrick Rowney

Heathrow is back. It’s always been big – more than £100bn-worth of goods travelled through Heathrow in 2014, more than at the UK’s two largest container ports combined. It is the world’s 13th largest airport by international air freight, last year processing 1.54m tonnes. However, until a few years ago, freight was barely on its radar.

While cargo departments at Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt – and other airports the world over – appeared to be bustling, Heathrow only acknowledged its passenger business, in which it is the third busiest in the world.

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