19:17 Ravenair Pilatus PC-12 G-MDSI from Farnborough 19:45 Buzz Boeing 737MAX8 SP-RZA from Krakow 20:05 Lauda Europe Airbus A320 9H-LOO from Palma de Mallorca 20:55 Wizz Air Airbus A321NEO HA-LVB from Gdansk 20:25 Wizz Air Airbus A320 HA-LWX from Bacau
Likely 'just in time' automobile components. It is surprising the distance, and places, that parts travel from manufacturers' to the assembly lines in the North West. It doesn't take much to delay the transportation of sub-assemblies (transportation strikes or winter weather disruption usually) before the assembly production urgently need supplies by a faster, more direct route. The 'ad hoc' supply of the motor industry on Merseyside by freighter aircraft is nothing new, started by Fords in the early 1970s, although the amount through the airport now is nothing like as much as it has been at times in the past.
Nowadays, when there is a transportation 'glitch', the parts are usually transported in smaller freight aircraft such as the Saab 340, Do.228 or Metros, it has been encouraging in the past week to see ATR-42/72s, An-24s and even an An-12 - although what is causing the current disruption to supply is less easy to determine than usual, so could just be a combination of post-Covid issues building up production volume, trained staff shortages, fuel cost and supply, industrial action, border delays etc.
Long may (from the aviation enthusiasts viewpoint) this series of ad-hoc freight flights continue to bring a variety of operators and aircraft types in to JLA - even if many arrive at silly o'clock times in the dark!
I’m having a bit of a reasonable informed guess here. It is known that Morocco does have a car parts industry , we have had many flights from there previously . Presume JLR or possibly Vauxhall ( although Astra production has finished as they transition to leccy vans) so more likely JLR. Ukraine had a large car components industry and they certainly made wiring looms for amongst others BMW. So at. Guess JLR having difficulty sourcing components from Ukraine, and have called for more from alternate suppliers hence rush of flights. Could be wrong of course!