Air Cargo Management

Cargo capacity to be increased at Vancouver International Airport

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has welcomed the Government of Canada's announcement of new federal funding for cargo development at the airport.
photo_camera YVR hosted Minister Pablo Rodriguez to announce investment for cargo development at the airport. Credit: Vancouver Airport Authority/LinkedIn

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has welcomed the Government of Canada’s announcement of new federal funding for cargo development at the airport.

The $75 million investment, through Transport Canada’s National Trade Corridor Fund (NTCF), will be matched by YVR, to enable the airport to increase overall cargo handling capacity by more than 50 per cent, or 160,000 tonnes, by 2027.

The additional movement of critical high-value cargo shipments through YVR will contribute to building a stronger and more resilient supply chain between Canada and global markets, benefitting local businesses and consumers and enhancing the airport’s competitiveness.

Tamara Vrooman, president and chief executive at Vancouver Airport Authority, said: “Over the past few years, the importance of air cargo to provincial, national, and global supply chains has become undeniable.

“This critical funding expands our role as a gateway to the new economy by supporting air cargo capacity growth, and sets a course for strengthening the local economy and providing B.C. and Canadian businesses with ready access to global markets for years to come.

“Cargo and our focus on growth and optimisation is in direct service of our community and the economy that supports it.

“With a focus on improved sustainability and innovation throughout the supply chain, we will continue to strengthen our cargo operations to create more opportunities to connect B.C. products to the world while also bringing global products to local consumers.”

The federal funding is in support of a $150 million project to expand air cargo facilities at YVR. Work on the project began in May 2023 and is progressing on schedule under a phased plan with substantial completion set for 2028.

Facilities include a taxiway extension, cargo apron expansion, and roadway improvements.

The apron expansion will create four additional aircraft stands that will accommodate Boeing 777 freighter aircraft, which are among the most fuel-efficient freighters in use and will contribute to the improved sustainability of cargo movement.

The project also includes site preparation for future construction of a new 270,000 sq. ft. warehouse facility and will enable future dike-raising work.

Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez, said: “By helping increase the capacity and efficiency of air cargo at the Vancouver International Airport, today’s investment will strengthen our supply chain while reducing emissions.

“Investing in Canada’s supply chain is essential to making life more affordable for people, communities, and businesses across the country.”


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