In anticipation of a new 60,000-square-foot, multi-tenant cargo facility, officials at Toronto-Hamilton Airport released numbers showing a significant increase in cargo flights last year. In 2010, the airport received 14 percent more cargo flights when compared to 2009′s numbers, with a 33.8 percent year-over-year increase in chartered flights. Airport officials say the scheduled cargo results are 3 percent higher than cargo growth in North America.
The upcoming construction of the new cargo facility, as well as an overall uptick in the airport’s cargo activity, will help turn Toronto-Hamilton into a cargo destination, the airport’s Karen Medweth said in a statement announcing the 2010 results.
“This will take our cargo offering to the next level and will support our vision for Toronto-Hamilton to be the number one inter-modal air freight gateway in Canada, with cargo volumes expected to exceed 500,000 tonnes by 2020,” she said.
Purolator, DHL and UPS all have a presence at the airport, and Cargojet provides a direct service to Poland from the airport. Medweth said Toronto-Hamilton is the largest multimodal cargo airport by volume in Canada.
“Much of the current cargo activity is focused on distributing small packages as a result of the main consolidators, Purolator, DHL and UPS, as well as Canada Post relocating to Toronto-Hamilton from Toronto-Pearson,” she said.
Toronto-Hamilton isn’t the only airport experiencing growth due to cargo. In early June, Fredericton International Airport opened a seafood trade lane between the New Brunswick city and Toronto, which lies 645 miles to the west. After being flown on Cargojet flights to Toronto, the freight makes the journey to destinations in Asia and Europe.