Lobsters will make up the payload of Chinese carrier Yangtze River Express Airlines’ charter freighter services to Halifax Stanfield International Airport starting from 7 January.
The Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) says the carrier will use a Boeing 747-400 Freighter for five additional cargo flights operating on a charter basis between Canada and China in the month of January.
HIAA vice president for business development and chief commercial officer, Bert van der Stege says: “We are excited to welcome Yangtze River Express to Halifax Stanfield, in time for them to export fresh Nova Scotia lobster for the upcoming busy Chinese festive season.
“Our investment in a new 17,000 square metre cargo pad is providing us with additional capacity, making Halifax Stanfield an even more attractive airport for cargo exports.”
Over $15 million worth of Nova Scotia seafood has already been shipped overseas this holiday season, a number that will increase to around $25 million by the end of January 2017 when Chinese New Year is being celebrated.
Yangtze River Express Airlines president, Jevey Zhang adds: “Nova Scotia lobsters are in high demand in China. We’re happy to provide additional capacity between Halifax and China, ensuring fresh lobsters arrive here in the shortest possible time.”
During December, lobster has been sent to all parts of the world through the connections provided by Halifax Stanfield. Several carriers are transporting seafood this season including Air Canada, CargoJet, Korean Air Cargo, Qatar Airways Cargo, CAL Cargo Airlines and FedEx. These cargo aircraft are loaded on the new cargo pad.