Daily Echo - Darren Slade

BOURNEMOUTH Airport has taken a “major step” towards becoming a UK freight hub after a carrier won permission to turn a fleet of ex-passenger planes into freighters.

European Cargo is converting six Airbus A340s and has options on six more as demand grows.

The carrier has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for turning the wide-bodied craft into long-haul freighters. Two have been completed with a third in progress and the initial six set to be ready in early 2023.

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