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Amidst cargo developments, Alberta airport sees another quarter of growth

By Staff Reports on January 14, 2014

Edmonton International Airport in Alberta, Canada, saw its 14th consecutive quarter of cargo volume growth.

Developments to EIA’s cargo service abounded in 2013.

In March, AOG International Freight Logistics, a freight forwarding company, relocated to EIA’s Cargo Village, which Air Cargo World reported on in its September issue. Cargo Village includes places for Customs, freight forwarders, air carriers, logistics and warehousing.

“It is very exciting to join the growing EIA Cargo Village community. This excellent location is next to the cargo carriers we work with daily. We like EIA’s vision and want to be part of the great things happening here,” Christina Forth-Matthews, president and CEO of AOG, said.

DHL, Purolator and the Canada Border Services Agency also moved to larger facilities in Cargo Village.

Freight forwarder Lynden International opened a new service center at EIA.

“Lynden has served Canada for many years through Lynden Transport in Edmonton, Calgary and Whitehorse, and we are pleased to now introduce Lynden's international services to our customers in the Alberta market," said Rob Clarke, Lynden International's Canadian business development director. "We are expanding our long-established truck transportation offerings to include import and export services, freight forwarding, customs brokerage and logistics and warehousing to support oil patch customers who are taking advantage of the booming oil sands development.”

During the holidays, DHL replaced its B737 on EIA routes with a wide-body B767. Meanwhile, Cargojet increased its daily B727 EIA flight to twice-daily during the holiday season.

During 2013, EIA and the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association co-hosted CIFFA’s first national conference ever held in Western Canada. It was announced at the conference that EIA and Panattoni Development had formed a partnership for light industrial development at Cargo Village.

It was also announced that Runway Developments, Inc. would construct a custom-built 30,000-sq.-foot (2,787-sq.-meter) freight forwarding building.