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Heathrow has today announced it has appointed Nick Platts as Head of Cargo for Heathrow. He will commence his new role later this month.

Previously Head of Ground Handling since 2012, Mr Platts will use the newly created role to build a strong strategy for the airport, drive new efficiencies within the cargo environment and become Heathrow’s voice on the industry.

Heathrow is the UK’s biggest port for exports, handling over a quarter of British exports by value – from pharmaceuticals sent to third world countries, high tech components for Formula 1 cars or high quality fresh salmon to China. This cargo is vitally important to airlines, business partners and UK trade. Currently Heathrow is at capacity and so ensuring current processes are as efficient as possible is crucial to trade to and from the UK.

Export growth is slowly moving to the UK’s European competitors with businesses choosing to send their freight through Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Mr Platts will work with the cargo community to develop innovative cargo solutions that allow Heathrow to close the gap versus European comparators as much as possible within the current environment.

If given the green light for expansion, Heathrow can double our freight capacity from 1.5 million to 3million tonnes. This will have huge benefits for UK business and enable a stronger cargo environment that everyone can benefit from. A recommendation on airport capacity is expected by the airports commission shortly after the election.

Mr Platts said; “I am delighted to have been given this opportunity. This is a huge challenge with the restraints Heathrow is currently operating under and I am really looking forward to beginning the new role and developing a new and improved cargo service that everyone can benefit from.”

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  • Gary Kendall

    May 06, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I believe HAL should be congratulated on taking this step in supporting Cargo at Heathrow, an area that has been overlooked for many years. By moving Nick to this role it shows the airport’s commitment to the development of cargo as a contributor both to the airline industry and the airport but also GB PLC.

  • Des Vertannes

    May 06, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Delighted to finally see this appointment, better late than never. I hope Nick is given the appropriate authority and that he works closely with leaders of the cargo community to make LHR an efficient ‘European’ cargo hub!

    • Gary Kendall

      May 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm


      Good to see you support for Nick and this new role,Nick has board support and has been (in his previous position been cargo’s champion) Must catch up now yu have retired ☺ and back in the UK.

      Not sure if yu have met Nick but happy to host a meet, and give you a chance to look around CFL the Heathrow Express Centre.

      All best Gary

      • Des Vertannes

        May 16, 2015 at 7:37 am

        Hi Gary,

        Many thanks, believe this is a truly critical post for LHR and UK. May take you up on your kind offer sometime later this year. Very best, Des

  • Gina Woods

    May 06, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Congratulations Nick on the new job.As a Campus Security officer at HAL it is good to know that whole area of ‘cargo’ is now being addressed and this is long overdue …
    Once again all the very best
    Gina Woods
    Campus Security Officer HAL