Halifax Stanfield Airport breaks ground on new logistics centre

Work has started on a new logistics centre at Halifax Stanfield Airport (HIAA) in Canada.

The new centre is due to open in early 2021 and aims to cater for a range of Canadian goods – from Nova Scotia lobster to aeronautical components.

The Air Cargo Logistics Park has been made possible thanks to investments of $18m from the federal government, $5m from the provincial government, and a contribution of $13m from HIAA.

It will be built on 25 acres of vacant land at Halifax Stanfield and will include a new cargo apron area, buildings for cargo handling, an aircraft de-icing facility and associated operational areas both airside and groundside.

Cargo exports out of Halifax Stanfield have seen five consecutive years of record growth.

Overall, air cargo exports created a total economic output of $514.1m for the provincial economy, the airport claimed.

In 2018, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island’s economy also benefited from Halifax Stanfield’s cargo services, with $65.7m worth of goods exported through Halifax, creating a total economic output of $100.1m for those provinces.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said the new cargo facility will play a key role in helping Nova Scotia businesses bring more of their world-class products, including live lobster, to international markets.

“The new cargo processing and logistics facility – the largest in Atlantic Canada – will be an important addition to our transportation network,” said McNeil. “I’m pleased to see more opportunities for businesses in Nova Scotia and the region to get their high-quality products to market. Growing our exports will help create jobs at home and strengthen our economy.”

 

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]