Work on new terminal slated to begin this fall
By Mark Newman, News Staff
Work is slated to begin this fall on a new $12 million cargo facility off East Cargo Road at the John C. Munro-Hamilton International Airport.
The major infrastructure development was announced at the airport on Thursday.
“It’s great news for the airport and great news for the city as well,” said Frank Scremin, president and CEO of the Tradeport International Corporation, which manages the airport. “We’ll start the planning work right away.”
Tradeport, along with the federal and provincial governments, will contribute $4 million each to the project that should be completed by the middle of next year.
About 50 new jobs will be created through the initial development phase and more than 400 additional new jobs are forecast through direct and indirect business at the new cargo terminal.
Scremin said the one-storey, 60,000 square-foot terminal with a 24-foot ceiling, will house new or existing cargo companies at the airport.
Currently, UPS, Purolator, Cargojet, Loomis Express and DHL have cargo operations at the airport.
Scremin said UPS and Purolator have their own buildings and are not expected to move.
The new cargo terminal and adjoining apron will be built to the south of the UPS operation and to the north-east of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.
It will feature cross-docking facilities for aircraft and trucks for the movement of goods between air and ground services.
The new facility will also feature temperature-controlled areas for the movement of perishable and pharmaceutical products.