Halifax airport adds capacity to handle holiday lobster exports

Millions of dollars worth of Nova Scotia seafood will be shipped overseas again this holiday season. And due to the success of the cargo business at Halifax Stanfield, a new 17,000 square metre cargo pad has been built for these freighter’s to utilize.

“This time of the year is the busiest for our cargo business,” says Bert van der Stege, Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) Vice President, Business Development & Chief Commercial Officer. “Each cargo flight that leaves Halifax Stanfield generates approximately $1.0 million 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 the $15 million in lobster will have been sent from Halifax Stanfield.”

In 2015, the overall value of exports from Halifax Stanfield was $447 million, up approximately $75 million over 2014. The majority of that growth came in the live lobster and seafood category, up by $57 million over 2014. Lobster and seafood exports totaled $149 million in 2015.

A new cargo pad is now complete to accommodate parking these large cargo freighters while lobster is loaded on to the aircraft.

During December, lobster will be sent to all parts of the world through the connections provided by Halifax Stanfield. Several carriers will be transporting seafood this season including: Air Canada, CAL Cargo Airlines, CargoJet, FedEx, Korean Air Cargo and Qatar Airways Cargo.

The shipments will be made using a variety of dedicated cargo aircraft, including the Boeing 777 and Boeing 747 freighters.

Source: HIAA

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