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$15M cargo facility opens at airport

Tue June 8, 2010

The official opening today of Gateway Facilities ULC in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada means high value air cargo is delivered on time around the world," says Doug McRae, co-owner of Gateway Facilities ULC. "This facility is a critical component of the Atlantic Gateway as it enhances quality and reliability in the global supply chain."

Gateway Facilities ULC is the new 40,000 sq ft facility prominently located at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport airside subdivision, with 7,000 sq. ft. of temperature controlled cargo space and airside access, accommodating 747 freighters. In this new facility, the largest of its kind north of Miami, cargo is moved from the refrigerated space to the aircraft in less than two minutes.

The $15 million joint investment between Gateway Facilities ULC, and Halifax International Airport Authority, is a recent addition to the airside subdivision and has been operational since January 2010. Customers already in operation at the Gateway Facility ULC are FedEx Express, Worldwide Perishables, and WestJet Cargo.

"The new facility was created in response to Canada's growing high value import and export business and all partners in the supply chain wanting to move goods to and from Canada and the Northeastern United States," says McRae.

Halifax Stanfield is closer to Europe than any other continental airport. With the addition of Gateway Facilities ULC, Halifax is the premier integrated transportation network on the East Coast of North America.

Keynote speaker, Joe Hete, President and CEO of ATSG, which has been operating from Gateway Facilities ULC since January 2010 said, "What's key with this type of facility is the opportunity to maintain the quality of high value perishable goods while in transit and to move them quickly from production and manufacturing to global markets."

"This facility is unique on the Eastern Seaboard as it provides international carriers with refrigerated air cargo space adjacent to an apron at Halifax Stanfield International Airport," said Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Halifax International Airport Authority. "Gateway Facilities ULC has already increased Canadian international trade and air volume by reclaiming some of the traffic that originated in Atlantic Canada but was trucked to airports in the north-eastern United States."

Mr. Ruth reinforced that the market for high value goods moving over Halifax, alone is projected to double over the next 15 years from 26,910 tonnes to 65,200 tonnes and there is more opportunity within Northeastern United States.

Today Gateway Facilities ULC customers, industry leaders, and government representatives celebrated the opening and discussed opportunities for increased international air cargo moving to and from North America.

About Gateway Facilities ULC

Gateway Facilities provides customers with warehousing, ground handling, pallet build/break, fueling and de-icing services. Currently, FedEx Express, WestJet and Worldwide Perishables are tenants. Visit our website

Media Inquiries

Members of the media with inquiries about the Halifax Gateway can contact:

Nancy Phillips
Executive Director

(902) 490-6003