Air freighters lose to Road haulier
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• Inability of air freight services to cope with the traffic, and their frequent unreliability, are given by Sayer and -Co (Transport) Ltd, of Ashford, Middx, as principal reasons for the success of a daily road service between London and Belfast which the company is now operating.
The service started as a weekly run just over a year ago; now it runs daily, and shipments collected before 2.30 pm from the vicinity of London (Heathrow) Airport will be in the Belfast depot of Sayer and Co (Transport NI) Ltd, at Aldergrove airport, by about 8 am next day.
Telex contact between London and Belfast provides advance documentation for the consignments, which are transhipped for same-day delivery in Northern Ireland.
Sayers is currently carrying about 50 tons a week of urgent freight outwards on this run and the business is growing fast. Consolidation of consignments is undertaken in a 5000 sq ft warehouse at Staines; freight for Belfast is accepted between 8 am and 9 pm, or later by special arrangement.
The company reports that revenue on the Irish service is now at a level of £4000 to £5000 a week.
This experience has convinced Sayer and Co that many shippers would welcome a similar service to some of the nearer cities in Europe.