Two Boeing 777s land to deliver biscuits to ease North East cookie crisis

The biscuit cargo lands at Robin Hood

The biscuit cargo lands at Robin Hood

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A northern airport has taken delivery of plane loads of biscuits to ease a national shortage.

Two Boeing 777 aircraft full of biscuits have landed to deliver biscuits in the last couple of weeks after the McVitie's factory in Carlisle was knocked out by flooding in December, hitting supplies of one of the region's favourite snacks.

Dayle Hauxwell, cargo manager for Robin Hood Airport in Yorkshire, said: “There has been a lot of press coverage about Britain’s biscuit shortage following the floods in December and we are pleased to hear that the factories hope to be up and running again this month.

"In the mean time we’ve been delighted to welcome two flights from Emirates full of the nation’s favourite biscuits.

“We’ve welcomed all sorts of different cargo over the years from a pride of lions to last year’s consignment of tea, this time we’ve quite literally taken the biscuit.'"

The flights also mark the first flights from Emirates SkyCargo, the cargo airline, based in Dubai, to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

“We were delighted to welcome Emirates to Doncaster Sheffield Airport. This new relationship shows that our cargo operations are going from strength to strength and our reputation for handling cargo flights from around the globe is growing," he said.

“Thanks to this new relationship the Great British public have been able to enjoy a biscuit with their cuppa.”

The latest cargo figures from Doncaster Sheffield Airport showed that 2015 was a record breaking year for cargo in which the airport saw the most freight handled since the airport opened.

The airport has also seen an increase in large movements including B747s, AN225 and AN124s.

Britain has been facing a national biscuit shortage after McVitie's Carlisle factory was put out of action by flooding in December.