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Parcel booster for airport

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 30, 2014

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PARCEL giant DHL is to plough tens of millions of pounds into its East Midlands Airport depot.

The German-owned firm is to invest £90 million into its operations at the Castle Donington airport due to increased demand for British goods from overseas markets.

It is part of a £156 million investment in UK sites, which also include Heathrow, Manchester and Sheffield.

DHL said the investment at East Midlands would allow the firm to increase capacity for express shipments.

The firm said it hoped to complete the work by 2016.

East Midlands Airport is DHL’s main hub for the UK and Ireland, with a fleet of 23 aircraft currently based there.

Phil Couchman, chief executive of DHL Express in the UK and Ireland, said: “As we celebrate DHL’s 40th year in the UK, this investment demonstrates our confidence and commitment to enterprise and British export.”

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