Halifax Stanfield International Airport approved for international air cargo transshipment program

    OTTAWA, July 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the approval of
the Halifax Stanfield International Airport to participate in the
international air cargo transshipment program. The program allows air cargo to
be moved through the airport for shipment to third countries, allowing it to
seek new market opportunities and further develop its air cargo activity.
    "Our government is pleased to have the international air cargo
transshipment program in place," said Minister Cannon. "The Halifax Stanfield
International Airport now has an additional tool to help develop its air cargo
business, which will benefit the local economy."
    The international air cargo transshipment program allows air cargo to be
moved through Canada for shipment to third countries. For example, cargo could
be flown from the United States into Halifax, stored temporarily, and then
flown to a European destination. Similarly, international air cargo could also
arrive from overseas and then be shipped by rail or road from Halifax to the
United States.
    "Our economy and standard of living depend heavily on exports and
imports," said the Honourable Peter Mackay, Minister of Defence and Minister
responsible for Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. "This is another signal
by our government to our trading partners that Canada is open for business.
This program will improve the flow of goods and provide major economic
benefits to the Greater Halifax area and the rest of the country."
    "We are pleased to be part of the air cargo transshipment program," said
Tom Ruth, President and CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority.
"Participation in this program will greatly enhance Halifax Stanfield
International Airport's air cargo program and development of the region's
Atlantic Gateway strategy."
    The program enables the Canadian Transportation Agency to authorize any
foreign air carrier to use Halifax Stanfield International Airport to
transship international air cargo, even if these rights are not provided in
Canada's bilateral air transport agreements. In addition, air carriers will be
able to combine such cargo transshipments with other services for which they
may be licensed.
    Cargo security is addressed during the application process, and on an
ongoing basis, in the context of broader security monitoring by Transport
Canada and the operational activities of the Canada Border Services Agency.
    The international air cargo transshipment program was introduced in 1982
at Mirabel Airport as part of a larger effort to improve the use of Montreal
area airports. It has since been expanded to other airports, including
Hamilton (1987), Windsor (1993), Gander (2000), Winnipeg (2004), Edmonton
(2006), Calgary (2007), and Abbotsford, Vancouver, and Moncton (2008). The
program is also being introduced at Toronto Pearson International Airport and
at Prince George Airport. During the course of its international air policy
review, Transport Canada determined that Canadian airports should be given the
freedom to attract cargo transshipment activity where there are market
opportunities, in line with its market-oriented Blue Sky international air

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