Hamilton Airport has seen astonishing growth in past three years


Hamilton's airport has seen 187 per cent growth in the number of passengers travelling through the airport since 2016, a recent press release announced.

The release, sent late last month, offered a look at passenger and cargo traffic through the airport for 2019. It also listed the significant investments in the airport.

There were 955,373 passengers who travelled through John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (HI) in 2019, which represents a 32 per cent growth over 2018, 60 per cent over 2017 and 187 per cent over 2016 — almost triple the passenger activity from three years ago.

That growth is expected to continue in 2020 as Swoop begins offering new routes from June through October between Hamilton and St. John's, Moncton, and Charlottetown.

Along with continued growth in the number of passengers, HI is Canada's largest overnight express cargo airport and in 2019, cargo activity steadily grew to represent an increase of 21 per cent over the same three-year period since 2016.

In response to this growth, international courier, DHL Canada, broke ground on its new 200,000-sq.-ft. facility that will be four times the size of their current operations at the airport and will feature a fully automated sort system with a capacity of processing 15,000 packages per hour.

This will be DHL's largest facility in Canada and represents a $100-million investment in Hamilton.

Also in 2019, KF Aerospace started construction on a $30-million expansion of its aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at HI.

"Within the last three years Hamilton International Airport has been one of the fastest-growing airports in North America," said Cathie Puckering, president and CEO of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.

In 2019, Hamilton International also began an Airfield Rehabilitation and Modernization Project to fully restore its two main runways, supporting taxiways and lighting systems over the next four years.

The total project cost is $38.89 million and gained support from Transport Canada and its National Trade Corridor Fund that will contribute $18.54 million, with the balance funded by airport operator TradePort International Corporation, as part of its capital investment plan.

Photo courtesy Hamilton International Airport Facebook page.

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