Multi-million dollar Logistics Centre has broken ground at Halifax Stansted Airport where construction has begun.
Due to open in 2021, the new logistics park aims to accommodate for growing exports and trade from Nova Scotia, which include lobster and aeronautical components.
Funded by $18m from the federal government, $5m from the provincial government, and a contribution of $13m from HIAA, the Air Cargo Logistics Park will cover 25 acres of vacant land and will feature a cargo apron area, cargo handling buildings, as well as an aircraft de-icing facility and associated operational areas.
Airport executives and local dignitaries attended the opening ceremony on Tuesday 20 August, including Joyce Carter, president and chief executive officer of Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA)
Carter says: “HIAA is thrilled to officially break ground on our new Air Cargo Logistics Park, which will further increase cargo capacity at the airport. This facility will create jobs, enhance trade and expand international capacity to foster exports not only for Nova Scotia, but also for the entire region.”
Cargo exports out of Halifax Stanfield have seen five consecutive years of record growth. Overall, air cargo exports created a total economic output of $514.1 million for the provincial economy. In 2018, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island’s economy also benefited from Halifax Stanfield’s cargo services, with $65.7m worth of goods exported through Halifax, creating a total economic output of $100.1m for those provinces.
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says the new cargo facility will play a key role in helping Nova Scotia businesses bring more of their world-class products, including live lobster, to international markets.
“The new cargo processing and logistics facility – the largest in Atlantic Canada – will be an important addition to our transportation network,” said McNeil.
“I’m pleased to see more opportunities for businesses in Nova Scotia and the region to get their high-quality products to market. Growing our exports will help create jobs at home and strengthen our economy.”