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Halifax airport go ahead with logistics park expansion with US$14m funding


Halifax Stanfield International Airport is to receive CAD18 million (US$13.68 million) from Canada's federal government to help finance the CAD36 million project to expand its cargo logistics park that will sit on a 10-hectare site within the airport perimeter, according to Shipping Gazette.
Airport Authority CEO Joyce Carter said in an interview with The Chronicle Herald, Halifax that the airport is currently operating beyond its capacity, resulting in cargo often being shipped to other jurisdictions in order to reach its final destination.
By expanding the logistics park, Ms Carter said the airport aims to become more competitive and attract the business that may be going elsewhere due to the capacity issues.
She expects construction to begin within six months and the expansion works to be completed by late 2020 or early 2021.
"Last year, I was at the airport in Seoul, South Korea and in fact I had the chance to visit a facility at the airport, which was filled with tanks and the tanks were filled with Canadian-Nova Scotian lobster," said Transport Minister Marc Garneau who announced the funding for the project.
"So, there is a very strong demand for this product in South Korea and China and potentially other locations."
He continued: "If everybody in Atlantic Canada can get their seafood to Halifax airport with the knowledge that it will move through very quickly, then I think that it will strengthen this as a cargo hub for seafood," Mr Garneau said. "We think that it is an excellent opportunity to bring product to international markets."

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