Moncton airport expanding cargo opportunities

by Canadian Shipper

A new project at New Brunswick’s busiest airport will aim to service domestic and international commercial cargo needs to and from major destinations worldwide.

The Greater Moncton Airport Cargo Village will be a multi-tenant complex designed to accommodate a diversified array of aviation-related users: ground handling companies, courier services, cargo handlers, air carrier operations, freight forwarders, etc.

Located adjacent to the new passenger terminal, the 50,000-square-foot (4,645-square-meter) first phase will consist of 10 bays of 5,000 square feet (464.5 square metres) each, plus an optional mezzanine area of 11,600 square feet (1,078 square metres)

“We’re very excited to be part of the Greater Moncton Airport’s major expansion. The business case definitely existed to build this sort of complex. We will compete for business with congested and expensive American airports because of our location, facilities and affordable fees. The Greater Moncton Airport’s future is very bright. We want to be part of it now and for years to come,” said Valdo Grandmaison, President of Groupe Frdric, the commercial real estate development firm which will develop and manage the complex.

M.A. Commercial Centre Inc., the parent company of Imperial Manufacturing Group of Richibucto, will own the facility and has entered into a long-term agreement to lease up to 11 acres of land reserved by the Greater Moncton Airport Authority for airside cargo.

“This private-sector commitment to our airport is excellent positioning for our future success and clear evidence that partnerships between the Greater Moncton Airport and the private sector will create a synergy that will be hard to beat in Atlantic Canada. This facility will fill a large void in Atlantic Canada’s cargo capacity and is the next logical step up from the federal and provincial governments’ infrastructure funding that helped get us to where we are today. Combined with our new terminal, this cargo complex will attract even more investment as we continue to successfully position ourselves as a cost-effective, strategic location in northeastern North America’s transportation grid,” said Pierre Michaud, Chairman of the Greater Moncton Airport Authority.

The facility’s landside elevation will feature a curtain wall glazing in the office and mezzanine areas. The concrete tilt-up building will feature solid masonry structural perimeter walls, in-floor radiant heat. The land reserved will accommodate up to 125,000 square feet (11,512.5 square metres) feet of airside space plus 60,000 square feet (5,574 square metres) for landside warehouse pads.

Construction of the Greater Moncton Airport Cargo Village will begin in the spring for completion by September, in conjunction with completion of the new airport terminal.

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