Information campaign from 13 airports geared to raise awareness of Canada
as an overseas gateway for cargo to North America
OTTAWA, Nov. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Airports Council and 13 cargo
airport members this week will formally unveil "Cargo Canada," an
informational campaign designed to raise awareness of Canada as a fast,
reliable and cost-effective conduit for air cargo between North America and
the rest of the world. The campaign is being launched at the Air Cargo
Americas trade show in Miami Nov. 7-9.
"For several years, Canada's cargo airports have been raising awareness
of Canada as a gateway for air cargo between North America and the rest of the
world," said CAC President and CEO Jim Facette. "Cargo Canada is a logical
next step, and a fresh new face for our work over the months and years to
"Canada's airports provide fast and reliable access to major metropolitan
markets in both Canada and the U.S.; good examples of this are the new
scheduled international all-cargo services that Canadian airports have
obtained in recent months from Air Canada, Asiana, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific,
Icelandair, Martinair and other cargo operators." said Cargo Canada campaign
steering committee chair Mark Ruel. "While many other nations are experiencing
airport congestion, Canada has invested billions in airport and air traffic
control infrastructure to ensure that we are well positioned for cargo
With a relatively small economy, Canada is a big trading nation and
trades extensively with the EU, Japan, China, NAFTA partner Mexico and other
parts of the Far East and Latin America. Meanwhile Canada's airports are
within a day's drive of more than two-thirds of North America's population.
Air cargo tonnage in Canada has grown 54 per cent over the last decade,
including a 55 per cent increase in overseas cargo tonnage. Overseas markets
are a primary preoccupation for Canada's cargo airports when it comes to
future cargo growth and make up 40 per cent of Canada's air cargo volume.
Air Cargo Americas is being held at the Sheraton Miami Mart Hotel near
Miami International Airport Nov. 7-9.
About Cargo Canada
Cargo Canada is an informational campaign from 13 cargo airports of the
Canadian Airports Council. Cargo Canada's mandate is to increase awareness of
Canada as a fast, reliable and cost-effective conduit for air cargo between
North America and the rest of the world. Cargo Canada members include the
international airports in Calgary, Edmonton, Gander, Halifax, Hamilton,
Montréal, Ottawa, Prince George, Regina, St. John's, Toronto, Vancouver and
Winnipeg. Two additional members are expected to join the campaign in 2008.
For more information about Cargo Canada, please visit www.cargocanada.ca.
About the Canadian Airports Council
The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) is the voice for Canada's airports.
Its 47 members encompass more than 150 airports, including all of the National
Airports System (NAS) airports and most significant municipal airports in
every province and territory. Together, CAC members handle virtually all of
the nation's air cargo and international passenger traffic and 95% of domestic
passenger traffic. They create well in excess of $30 billion in economic
activity in the communities they serve. And more than 150,000 jobs are
directly associated with CAC member airports, generating a payroll of more
than $8 billion annually.
For further information:
For further information: Daniel-Robert Gooch, Director of
Communications, Canadian Airports Council, (613) 560-9302 ext 16,