Halifax, NS—Tonnes of Nova Scotia seafood will be shipped overseas again this holiday season. And today, Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) announced that a new carrier, CAL Cargo Airlines, will operate at Halifax Stanfield International Airport this December.
CAL Cargo airlines is part of the CAL Group, specializing in unique, complex, time and temperature sensitive cargo. Headquartered at Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel, its main hub is located in Liege, Belgium and provides immediate accessibility to all of Europe.
“We welcome CAL Cargo Airlines to our airport community,” says Joyce Carter, HIAA president and CEO. “Not only does this new service support our seafood industry, it provides positive impact on our provincial economy and signals continued growth of air cargo at Halifax Stanfield as we play our role in working toward Nova Scotia’s goal of achieving 50 percent export growth over the next decade.”
CAL Cargo Airlines will offer cargo flights to Liege, Belgium (using their B747-400 freighter), with connecting service to Hong Kong and Shanghai, China.
“We’re thrilled to open the flights from Halifax,” said Eyal Zagagi, CEO of the CAL Group. “It was only three months ago that we announced round-trip service from Atlanta, Georgia (USA), and now with Halifax we have significantly strengthened our foothold and expanded our network in North America. We look forward to continuing this momentum and further increasing our presence throughout the new year.”
During December, lobster will be sent to all parts of the world through the connections provided by Halifax Stanfield. In addition to CAL Cargo Airlines, several carriers will be transporting seafood this season including: Air Canada, CargoJet, FedEx, UPS and Korean Air Cargo.
Korean Air Cargo and CAL Cargo Airlines will offer the largest shipments of lobster. The 777s carry between 80-90 tonnes of lobster and the 747s carry upwards of 110 tonnes.