Halifax Stanfield and Incheon expand sister airport agreement

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From left to right: Canadian ambassador to Korea, Eric Walsh, Nova Scotia premier, Stephen McNeil, HIAA president and CEO, Joyce Carter, Incheon International Airport president and CEO, Il-Young Chung and Incheon International Airport vice president, Byung Kee Lim

Halifax Stanfield International Airport has celebrated six years of a ‘sister airport’ agreement with Incheon International Airport by further expanding the deal.

Since initially starting the agreement in 2010, cargo exports have been a major focus area, with live lobster exports to Asia doubling between 2010 and 2015. Halifax says the value of live lobster exports has grown from $33 million in 2010 to $76 million in 2015.

Officials from Halifax travelled to Incheon in South Korea the sign the expanded partnership, with Halifax International Airport Authority president and chief executive officer (CEO), Joyce Carter and Incheon International Airport Authority Corporation president and CEO, Il-Young Chung signing the deal. Dignitaries including the Canadian ambassador to Korea, Eric Walsh and Nova Scotia premier, Stephen McNeil were also in attendance.

Carter says: “For the last six years we have worked closely with Incheon, examining growth in international air transport. We look forward to continuing our partnership and developing mutually beneficially opportunities that will in turn have a positive impact on our airports and our communities.”

Korean Air Cargo and Qatar Airways Cargo carrying seafood to multiple Asian destinations on weekly freighter services, while Air Canada, Cargojet, Condor, FedEx and WestJet also providing cargo services to Asia.