Canadian minister of transport Marc Garneau has announced an investment of $50 million to improve air freight and logistics at the International Aerocity of Mirabel.
The move has been made to help local businesses compete by moving Canadian goods to international markets.
The work includes refurbishing and extending the main apron to a cargo apron; improving the road network in the area for easier access to the new cargo apron and to increase aircraft parking capacity; and building 20,000 square metres of warehouse space dedicated to air freight and logistics.
This project will support the increase of Canadian goods exported overseas markets by providing Montreal-Mirabel International Airport with the necessary facilities in Mirabel to accommodate growth in export and import volumes of goods.
Garneau said: “Our government is proud to invest in this infrastructure that plays a key role for Canada’s economy. By investing in our transportation and trade corridors we are stimulating economic growth and creating quality middle-class jobs.”
In 2018, Mirabel handled 88,000 tonnes of air cargo. Operators include FedEx, DHL, UPS and Cargojet.
Passenger traffic stopped in 2004 in Mirabel, but it is now the heart of Canada’s aerospace industry with the likes of Airbus and Bombardier located there.
(Picture credit: Aeroports of Montreal)