Air Canada, Air Canada Cargo launch freighter service into Halifax
To offer high frequency, direct freighter capacity from Nova Scotia to Air Canada Cargo’s global network
Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo operated the first dedicated freighter flight into Halifax Stanfield International Airport using the second Boeing 767-300ER to enter service. The flight from Toronto arrived in Halifax with freight coming from around Air Canada's global network and destined for Atlantic Canada. It will be loaded up with fresh lobster, fish, aerospace parts, and pharmaceuticals for its journey back to Toronto from where those goods will be shipped to their final destinations around the globe.
The addition of this aircraft will allow Air Canada Cargo to start high frequency, direct freighter capacity from Halifax to Air Canada Cargo's global network including service to Frankfurt, Cologne, Istanbul, and Madrid, starting in May, an official statement said.
"We have always enjoyed a long-standing and strong bond with Atlantic Canada and the Nova Scotia community, and we are thrilled to introduce direct freighter capacity to the market," says Jason Berry, Vice President, Cargo at Air Canada. "Atlantic Canada's economy has experienced important growth in the last few years with increased demand from North America, Europe, and beyond. Nova Scotia is a key element of our growth strategy and Halifax being one of our first Canadian markets with the freighters further emphasises the importance we place on our partnerships in the community. We are pleased to increase our support to the robust and growing trade sector in the region.
Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority, added: "This exciting Air Canada Cargo expansion will increase capacity at Halifax Stanfield, providing Nova Scotia businesses and industries with more opportunities to ship their products efficiently by air. We are thrilled with Air Canada's continued investment in Halifax and look forward to their future growth to meet the needs of communities across the region."
Air Canada Cargo's European schedule from Toronto starting in May: To Madrid (three flights per week), to Frankfurt (two flights per week), and to Cologne and Istanbul (One flight per week)