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Cargo traffic on rise at Halifax Stanfield

by Joe Bates

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March 15, 2012

Halifax Stanfield International Airport today announced that it handled 29,263 tonnes of cargo last year – up 2.8% on 2010.

It attributes the upturn to increased frequencies by FedEx and Cargojet, the return of Icelandair Cargo's weekly B757 service to Reykjavik via Liege in Belgium, and the success of the airport's new multi-tenant cargo facility.

The 40,000 square foot facility, operated by Gateway Facilities ULC, features 7,000 square feet of climate controlled space with direct airside access– ideal for shipping fresh lobster and seafood.

“Our air cargo business is a team effort,” says Jerry Staples, HIAA vice president, marketing and business development.

“We work closely with our carriers, partners and shippers to develop and grow air cargo opportunities at Halifax Stanfield.

Cargo traffic is forecast to increase seven per cent in 2012.

“We’re preparing for another year of cargo growth, with the completion of our extended runway by the first quarter of 2013, which will make Halifax Stanfield even more attractive,” says Staples.

“Our six cargo carriers (FedEx, Purolator, Cargojet, Icelandair Cargo, TNT and SkyLink Express) handled over 20,000 metric tonnes while the remaining 9,000 metric tonnes was transported on passenger flights.”

Construction to extend the airport’s main runway from 8,800 to 10,500 feet – allowing the airport to handle larger wide-bodied and heavy aircraft – began in the fall of 2011. 

The C$28 million project is being jointly funded by Halifax International Airport Authority, the federal government through Transport Canada’s Gateways and Border Crossings Fund, and the Province of Nova Scotia.