It has been announce that Halifax Stanfield International Airport is getting ready for construction projects to be able to handle the rising tide of seafood shipments. The airport is prepping for the construction of an Air Cargo Logistics Park which is going to cost around C$36m (US$27m), with help from federal and provincial governments’ funding. This construction will add warehousing space.

“The airport authority will invest C$13m, having secured commitments from the federal and provincial authorities for C$18m and C$5m respectively.”

The first phase of construction will include a cargo building plus a cargo apron, which will add five parking spaces for large and bulky freighters. This will also include two spaces for B747 or B777-size aircraft.

The director of cargo & real estate development, Glen Boone, claimed that the capacity of growth in recent years has been strained, particularly concerning multiple widebody freighters.

Boone expects for the expansion to be completed by the end of 2020. The first cargo building, estimated to be over 47,000sq ft, is aimed for completion by early 2021.

As a result of the these construction plans, freight traffic at Stanfield has rapidly increased, including the likes of Cargojet, Korean Air, Atlas Air, Qatar Airways and FedEx.