EDMONTON, Alta.–DHL, the world’s leading international express services provider, has launched a new commercial route to Calgary and Edmonton, offering Canadian customers faster shipping to Alberta and Western Canada overall. Launching with a first inbound flight on Sunday, September 7, 2014, this milestone represents a €1.46 million ($2 million CAD) investment and is one of several new investments DHL Express Canada is making to support the important Alberta-based economic hub, the company announced.
The new route will operate between the DHL Americas hub in Cincinnati and the Alberta metropolitan areas of Calgary and Edmonton, aiming to improve delivery times to customers in the area.
“Providing world-class service through capacity and capability improvements is a key part of our aviation strategy globally. Having experienced 15 percent year-over-year growth of inbound shipping volume in both Calgary and Edmonton for more than three consecutive years, we know this investment is the right step for us and our customers,” said Darryl Wettlaufer, Vice President of Operations, DHL Express Canada.
“Considering the economic strength of the Alberta market and the continuing importance of Western Canada’s economy, optimizing delivery times through this new route will allow us to support the growth of our business in key sectors such as e-commerce.”
The focus on the Alberta market is in part driven by the unique logistics needs of Canada’s energy sector-an industry of critical importance to DHL Express in Canada and around the world.
“Whether it is the exploration of oil sands, oceanic petroleum, or gas exploration, we know that Canada’s energy sector companies face unique logistics and shipping challenges, ones that DHL Express is ideally positioned to meet,” said Wettlaufer. “With a significant focus on providing solutions to the global energy sector, DHL Express has the expertise and resources to help these customers optimize logistics and reduce costs, while increasing productivity,” he said.