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March 03, 2015 | General

$30 million investment in major upgrades to cargo facilities and equipment$30 million investment in major upgrades to cargo facilities and equipment

(Edmonton, AB) – Edmonton International Airport (EIA) registered its fifth consecutive year of cargo growth in 2014, with total volume growing by 25 per cent over five years. In 2014 alone, air cargo volume grew by 3.9 per cent at EIA.

“The consistent growth we’re seeing at EIA is because of the strong return on investment that air carriers are achieving here, thanks to our growing community of freight forwarders, brokers, manufacturers and shippers,” says Norm Richard, Director of Air Service Development (Cargo) at EIA.

Factors contributing to EIA’s cargo growth in 2014 include:

  • Cargojet upgauged its existing Edmonton service from a Boeing 757-F to a wide-body Boeing 767-300, increasing both payload and volume for businesses to ship more, heavier, larger goods.
  • DHL Express launched a new commercial route to Edmonton that arrives earlier and leaves later, providing regional business with increased access to express shipping.
  • Braden-Bury Expediting (BBE) is now located in the same building as Canada Border Services Agency; with 40,000 square feet of warehouse space and convenient access to customs processing, which will help expedite the flow of goods to and from our region.
  • EIA has expanded Cargo Apron Seven to accommodate two additional code F aircraft (the largest variant). Additional operating and storage areas have been incorporated, including aircraft nose tethers.
  • EIA upgraded its ground handling equipment with a new, 2014 Commander 60 main deck loader, eight 20-foot dollies and a 20-foot drive-over scale; the airport can, and regularly does, handle the world’s largest cargo aircraft.

Private investment will add 370,000 square feet of new cargo, warehouse and office space in the Cargo Village at EIA by the end of 2015, further enhancing EIA’s ability to drive the region’s economy by enabling faster and more convenient international trade.  

“EIA’s thriving cargo business has been supported by major upgrades to its cargo facilities. EIA invested more than $30 million in new cargo areas, taxiways and land servicing in 2014. More expansion to the Cargo Village at EIA is now underway,” says Myron Keehn, EIA Vice President, Commercial Development.

About Edmonton International Airport:

EIA is Canada’s fifth-busiest airport by passenger traffic and the largest major Canadian airport by land area. EIA is Canada’s fastest-growing major airport over the last 10 years, serving eight million passengers in 2014, and offering non-stop connections to sixty destinations across Canada, the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. For more information, visit www.flyeia.com.