HAMILTON, Ont. -- A 60,000-sq.-ft. cross-dock is set to be built at Hamilton International Airport to accommodate growth in the airport’s air cargo business, officials announced. The new facility will include multiple truck docks; refrigeration for perishables such as flowers, fruits and vegetables and pharmaceutical products; a live animal centre; as well as cargo and courier handling facilities.
The $12 million price tag will be split by three bodies: $8 million from governments of Canada and Ontario, and $4 million from TradePort International Corporation, the management body responsible for the airport.
The infrastructure project was announced yesterday by both government and airport officials.
Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament for Halton, noted that the airport is a "growing gateway for international trade and this new cargo facility will help the region's economy remain competitive and well-positioned for the future.”
Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation, said the provincial government is “very pleased” to be able to support the project, saying it will contribute to “long-term economic growth for the region and the province."
"The airport is a city-owned asset that has seen huge growth in cargo operations in recent years," said Bob Bratina, Mayor for the City of Hamilton. "This strategic investment will allow the airport to continue to develop Hamilton's air cargo business, providing more economic benefits to the city and region."
Frank Scremin, president and CEO of the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, said the government investment "recognizes the importance of Hamilton as a transportation gateway at both a provincial and national level. We are very proud to have one of the strongest domestic air cargo distribution networks in Canada; this facility will provide an opportunity to expand upon existing business by allowing a greater variety of goods to be moved through the airport."