Priority Freight to set up Brexit ‘air bridge’


Priority Freight has teamed up with charter airline company Jota Aviation to set up an ‘air bridge’ between mainland Europe and the UK, which will open from January 2021.

The two companies have agreed a strategic partnership to keep supply chains moving through new customs challenges and the predicted congestion at ports when the UK completes its Brexit transition and leaves the European Union at the end of the year.

“There is still much uncertainty around what import and export processes will look like next year,” commented Neal Williams, group managing director at Priority Freight. Deal or no deal, the UK is leaving the European Customs Union and this will cause inevitable congestion and a tougher environment at ports. We want to offer our clients some peace of mind before the festive break, by giving them opportunity to guarantee the on time delivery of their mission critical goods in January, today – by booking space on our air bridge with Jota Aviation.”

Sarah Westley, Head of Commercial Operations at Jota Aviation added: “The purpose of this air bridge between Birmingham and Ostend is to maintain the integrity of supply chains and ensure goods get to where they need to be, on time. Hopefully our partnership with Priority Freight will prevent a few sleepless nights.”

The air bridge will offer return journeys twice daily, using a BAe146 to transport goods between Ostend and Birmingham. The service is available for Priority Freight clients to book immediately, with any remaining pallet spaces in January available on a daily spot booking basis.

Priority Freight has Authorised Economic Operator Full (AEOF) status at all of its UK locations, including the Midlands – where the air bridge will operate in the UK. The company’s Coventry office also manages custom storage facilities including its own External Temporary Storage Facilities (ETSF) and Customs Warehouse.

The ETSF allows Priority Freight to place non-EU goods into storage prior to customs procedures or re-exportation. This means the company can retain the goods required for customs inspection only, while the remainder of the shipment can be delivered without delay.

Over the last four years, Priority Freight has built an experienced team of customs specialists, working alongside the company’s global logistics operations as part of a wholly-managed, door-to-door transportation process.

Priority Freight’s highly experienced multilingual logistics specialists are committed to providing the fastest, most cost-effective and reliable solutions – with an industry-leading reaction time of under 15 minutes and an on-time delivery rate of 99.6%.