Hamilton’s John C. Munro International Airport has solidified its role as a major cargo hub with the announcement that German logistics giant DHL will spend $100 million on a major expansion of its facilities there. “Hamilton International Airport offers us the benefits that we need to meet our growing demands in handling capacity,” said Andrew Williams, CEO of DHL Express Canada. The existing facilities will be replaced with a new 800,000 square foot depot that can process 15,000 packages per hour.
The airport has often tried to market itself as an alternative to Pearson and while there is significant passenger service it seems cargo operations are the facility’s major business future. “With 24-hour landing capability, dedicated onsite Canada Border Services Agency representation and the ability to grow in the future with a partner positioned to become the cargo hub of Ontario, we know this is the best decision to continue leading the market,” Williams said. Hamilton facility will be the largest of eight DHL depots in Canada.