Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Nova Scotia, Canada, has built a new 17,000m² cargo pad to be used by freighters to ship cargo overseas.
Nova Scotia seafood, worth millions of dollars, will be shipped overseas this month through the new cargo pad developed at the airport.
Halifax Stanfield International Airport Business Development vice-president and chief commercial officer Bert van der Stege said: “This time of the year is the busiest for our cargo business.
“Each cargo flight that leaves Halifax Stanfield generates approximately $1m in new exports for the province.
“The cargo freighters have already started their holiday schedules and once the month of December is complete we estimate more than $15m in lobster will have been sent from Halifax Stanfield.”
Last year, the Canadian Airport exported cargo worth $447m, which was up by $75m over the cargo shipment in 2014.
Majority of the freight growth last year came from the live lobster and seafood category with exports totalling to $149m, thereby recording an increase of $57m over that of 2014.
The new cargo pad will be able to accommodate parking these large cargo freighters while lobster is loaded on to the flight.
Stege added: “The addition of our new cargo pad makes Halifax Stanfield more attractive to cargo operators who are interested in doing business in Nova Scotia.
“This new parking and loading area not only supports our seafood industry, it will provide a positive impact to our provincial economy.”
During this month, Halifax Stanfield International Airport will export lobster to all parts across the world through its connections.
The airlines that would deliver seafood from the airport to across the globe this season include Air Canada, Qatar Airways Cargo, FedEx, Korean Air Cargo, Cargojet and CAL Cargo Airlines.
The airport will use a wide range of cargo aircraft, including the Boeing 777 and Boeing 747 freighters, to make the shipment.