ACI lands Hamilton cargo centre handling contract

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OCT 7, 2015: ACI Air Cargo (ACI) has been named as the operator of Hamilton International Airport’s C$12m common-user air cargo centre.

ACI will be in charge for all cargo handling services within the cargo centre’s common-user section at the Canadian hub, including bonded, e-commerce and temperature controlled air cargo handling, cross docking and end of runway cargo services which allow companies to move critical items in time-sensitive situations.

ACI operates dual bonded facilities at the Canadian hubs of Toronto Pearson International Airport and Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

In March 2014, Cargojet Airways was announced as anchor tenant for the Hamilton cargo centre, occupying approximately half of the 77,000 sq ft facility.

ACI will operate the other half of the facility under a common-use model. Hamilton handled over 75,000 tonnes of cargo in full year 2014, with a customer profile that included Cargojet, Purolator, Canada Post, DHL and UPS.

The new centre was funded through a joint partnership between the federal and Ontario governments, and TradePort International Corporation, with support from Hamilton’s municipal government.

Frank Scremin, president and chief executive of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport said, “We believe this strategic partnership with ACI will further enhance Hamilton International’s dominant position in the Canadian air cargo market. We look forward to working together to grow air cargo activity and services at Hamilton.”

Robert Thorndyke, president of ACI, said, “We are pleased to be selected as operator for the common-use Cargo Centre and eager to utilize this first-class facility and ideal location to offer unique logistics solutions to the express air cargo industry.

“We believe the combined strengths of Hamilton International Airport and ACI will result in enhanced and increased air cargo options for the marketplace.”

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