WestJet Cargo and Flexport partner on Canadian airfreight exports

Source: WestJet. Kirsten de Bruijn

Canadian airline WestJet Cargo has partnered with supply chain logistics platform Flexport to widen the reach of Canadian airfreight exports into Asia.

Under the agreement, Flexport will ship Westjet Cargo’s export cargo to key Asia hubs via its existing dedicated freighter network.

WestJet Cargo will deliver Canadian cargo to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), where Flexport operates dedicated freighters from the US to key airfreight hubs in Asia, including Incheon International Airport (ICN), Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Hong Kong International Airport (HKG).

“Given the surge in demand for Canadian products in key Asian markets, particularly perishables like seafood, WestJet Cargo and Flexport’s comprehensive solution meets the needs of customers in Halifax and the surrounding regions at a pivotal time,” said the companies in a press release.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with WestJet Cargo to provide a creative, dependable airfreight solution for Canadian exporters looking for greater access to Asian markets,” said Neel Jones Shah, Flexport executive vice president of global key accounts and chief customer officer.

“Our collaboration with WestJet Cargo is the latest example in Flexport’s mission to make global commerce so easy there’ll be more of it; by creating a fast lane for Canadian exporters to move their goods, we can break down global trade barriers and boost export volumes for these producers.”

“This partnership with Flexport opens new doors for WestJet Cargo, and reinforces our commitment to our customers and Canadian economic growth,” said Kirsten De Bruijn, executive vice-president, cargo at WestJet Cargo.

“Together, we offer cutting-edge logistics solutions to meet the growing demand from Canadian exporters to Asia, particularly with regards to our valuable perishable cargo.

“Using ORD as a connection point, we are seamlessly able to transfer cargo within a matter of hours, further ensuring the freshness and integrity of key Canadian perishable exports.”

WestJet Cargo began freighter operations in April this year.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]