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Old Posted Aug 12, 2021, 2:50 AM
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That makes sense too.

Did you fly often out of Detroit pre-pandemic? Hamilton's other challenge has been availability of cheaper flights from Buffalo, and I imagine Windsor suffers from that too during a "normal" time.
To the U.S. yes...generally on Delta or Southwest. DTW is a major hub for Delta -- so the options and destinations are endless -- however Delta's relative dominance means DTW isn't a particularly low-cost airport (although Spirit has a large operation there as well). Porter has run YQG-SFB seasonally in the past, but that has been the limit of YQG's service to the U.S. (given the proximity of DTW).

That being said, Europe-bound tends to be significantly cheaper from YQG on AC (via YYZ) vs. nonstop out of DTW, often the fares are about 1/2 before even accounting for the exchange rate -- so there is (in non-covid times) significant traffic from the U.S. to YQG. I have been on one of the late afternoon/early evening AC flights out of YQG and it is (at least seemingly) 50% U.S. residents...in that sense the market here is somewhat unique. YHM will always be somewhat handicapped by proximity to BUF -- but the population is growing and some people will choose convenience over cost, especially coming out of 18 months of crossing the border being a non-starter.
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Happened to be at the Airport today. Across the road, easterly, from the new DHL building is a large open field with a LIUNA/Fengate sign on it. Not aware of a project there, can anyone update or advise.
They just closed the deal on the property. Just advertising it is available.
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Westjet Cargo

I see on google maps and if you type in "westjet cargo" in google, it shows it at Hamilton Airport. Does anyone know if they're flying their cargo converted planes out of Hamilton now?
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From another DHL article.

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He said plans are already underway within the massive building to increase the hub area. He said proposals are to expand it in 2022, because “this was one of the smoothest (relocation) transitions of any building in the DHL network.”

Bargotra said DHL can double the capacity within a year, possibly hitting 200,000 packages.
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A friend of mine works at DHL now. He likes his part, driving.

Bring on the expansion! More J-O-B-S please
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This Spec article (originally SC News) has a few other numbers and details about future expansion of the operation (with the new setup it seems... it does note the 2022 building expansion as well)

Hamilton Airport officials see nothing but yellow sunshine with DHL's $100-million expansion

- DHL had employed 225 people during its peak season, but the expansion will provide an extra 150 jobs to the area
- Currently, said Gagan Bargotra, senior manager at DHL Express, the facility ships 25,000 packages per day, with a high of 35,000 packages daily on Mondays. When the facility starts its hub operations Oct. 18, it is projected to ship 50,000 to 55,000 packages per day.
- Bargotra said in the old facility, sorting packages took about 12 hours. In the new, expanded automatic-dominated facility, the same number of packages can be sorted within five hours
- Bargotra said DHL can double the capacity within a year, possibly hitting 200,000 packages. “Every conveyor belt can be doubled up,” he said.
- Since 2019, DHL Express has grown in shipments per day within Canada by about 40 per cent. The company has seen “holiday season-like” shipping volumes throughout North and South America. Every month, 60 per cent of the total Canadian shipments are cleared at Hamilton International Airport.
- The Hamilton airport has seen accelerated growth from its cargo traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic with such shipping companies as Cargojet, UPS, Amazon, Canada Post, Purolator and DHL responding to a jump in e-commerce and the movement in medical supplies, such as vaccines and personal protective equipment. There have been about 10 per cent more landings at the airport in 2020 compared to 2019, with a 6.5-per-cent increase in cargo-related revenue as of June 30, 2020.
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I wonder if Hamilton’s airport was the major Canadian airport to best weather the pandemic.
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Hamilton was one of only two listed by Statistics Canada that had higher cargo tonnage in 2020 than 2019, an increase of more than 24% (Winnipeg was the other, with 2.7% more total cargo). Cargo flights were up 20% at YHM as well.

Cargo shipped in the holds of passenger planes must have really dipped at most other airports, due to the drop in passenger flights... 60-70% fewer of those flights at major airports.

Cargo data: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1...pid=2310025401
Passenger flight data: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1...pid=2310025301
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YHM Will most likly the only airport in Canada that has made money.

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This Spec article (originally SC News) has a few other numbers and details about future expansion of the operation (with the new setup it seems... it does note the 2022 building expansion as well)

Hamilton Airport officials see nothing but yellow sunshine with DHL's $100-million expansion

- DHL had employed 225 people during its peak season, but the expansion will provide an extra 150 jobs to the area
- Currently, said Gagan Bargotra, senior manager at DHL Express, the facility ships 25,000 packages per day, with a high of 35,000 packages daily on Mondays. When the facility starts its hub operations Oct. 18, it is projected to ship 50,000 to 55,000 packages per day.
- Bargotra said in the old facility, sorting packages took about 12 hours. In the new, expanded automatic-dominated facility, the same number of packages can be sorted within five hours
- Bargotra said DHL can double the capacity within a year, possibly hitting 200,000 packages. “Every conveyor belt can be doubled up,” he said.
- Since 2019, DHL Express has grown in shipments per day within Canada by about 40 per cent. The company has seen “holiday season-like” shipping volumes throughout North and South America. Every month, 60 per cent of the total Canadian shipments are cleared at Hamilton International Airport.
- The Hamilton airport has seen accelerated growth from its cargo traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic with such shipping companies as Cargojet, UPS, Amazon, Canada Post, Purolator and DHL responding to a jump in e-commerce and the movement in medical supplies, such as vaccines and personal protective equipment. There have been about 10 per cent more landings at the airport in 2020 compared to 2019, with a 6.5-per-cent increase in cargo-related revenue as of June 30, 2020.
Surprising that being the world leader in small packages that DHL is that they would build a facility so large that can only handle that small amount of pieces in a day. The new Purolator hub in Toronto that opens this fall is modelled on European DHL facilities and will run 65,000 pieces an hour through it. Even the new UPS building up on Dixie Rd can do 35k an hour and it's not a primary sort hub.
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Surprising that being the world leader in small packages that DHL is that they would build a facility so large that can only handle that small amount of pieces in a day. The new Purolator hub in Toronto that opens this fall is modelled on European DHL facilities and will run 65,000 pieces an hour through it. Even the new UPS building up on Dixie Rd can do 35k an hour and it's not a primary sort hub.
Sounds like they've just right-sized the processing capability for now. It will be able to process 28,000 per hour, so if they do double up the conveyors as noted it will be in the same ballpark as that Toronto facility.

https://www.thespec.com/business/202...-facility.html
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Airlines plead with feds to allow international flights in Hamilton

By Sebastian Bron Spectator Reporter Wed., Oct. 6, 2021

WestJet and Swoop are pleading with the federal government to green-light commercial international flights in and out of Hamilton after months of restrictions amid COVID-19.

The major Canadian airlines called restoring Hamilton’s international airport designation — stripped in March 2020 at the onset of the pandemic — an “urgent and necessary” measure at a roundtable discussion Monday.

“We believe all Canadian communities should participate in the (air travel) recovery, and that Hamilton shouldn’t be excluded,” said Andy Gibbons, vice-president of government relations at WestJet. “We are asking for immediate and urgent notification that Hamilton will be able to accept international flights this winter.”

There are presently nine airports in Canada permitted to accept international flights — a limited list that was upped from four last August in the wake of new travel mandates.

But travel advisories across the country should evolve to reflect rising vaccination rates, Gibbons argued. He said aviation will “likely” be Canada’s first fully vaccinated industry at the end of October.

“This is also a public health and COVID management issue,” he said. “We should be expanding the airport list so we can ensure that guests are spread out across multiple airports in Canada. We don’t want over-congestion in a limited number of airports.”

The delay in restoring Hamilton’s international airport status has caused Swoop to push back a fleet of tropic-bound flights scheduled for October.

Those triweekly or weekly flights — to Cancun and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, and Montego Bay in Jamaica — are now slated for takeoff in November, said Charles Duncan, president of the low-fare carrier.

“The airport is ready to accept international travellers,” he said, adding that, just on Monday, Swoop hired 33 new, Hamilton-based flight attendants. “Our international network is ready to go.”

So, too, said Cathie Puckering, president and CEO of the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.

After a 2020 that saw airport guests drop by 66 per cent, Puckering said John C. Munro made “record-breaking investments” in construction and education to mend passengers’ reservations about flying during COVID.

“We have done everything that we can do to modify this facility to demonstrate we are safe,” said Puckering, later adding: “We are in a ready-state to serve our local community … We cannot lose anymore time.”

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Swoop targeting November return for international flights from Hamilton’s airport

By Don Mitchell Global News October 6, 2021

The president of ultra-low-cost air carrier Swoop says it’s setting its sights on a November resumption of international passenger service out of Hamilton’s John C. Munro airport.

Charles Duncan says a pair of Florida destinations — St. Pete/Clearwater and Orlando — are the targets next month with the hopes of expanding flights to Mexico and the Caribbean in December, assuming they can get clearances from Ottawa.

“We do need some help from the federal government, from Transport Canada, to make that a reality,” Duncan told 900 CHML’s Good Morning Hamilton.

“We’re just getting all of the horses aligned, if you will, to make that happen.”

Duncan says the airline is awaiting an update to the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) from the Trudeau government which restricted direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada and from a number of international destinations following advice from public health amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, parent company WestJet and Swoop hosted a 90-minute restart roundtable in Hamilton to get a vision of what travel would be like for the entities post-pandemic.

In the darkest days of COVID, staff revealed a 90 per cent decrease in demand for passenger service and in revenue — worse than what was seen amid SARS and 9-11.

The impact to Hamilton’s international passenger service was a 66 per cent decrease in visits between 2019 and 2020 contributing to Ontario’s loss of $5.2 billion in tourism overall since the start of COVID-19 restrictions.

A recent economic impact study from the airlines revealed, pre-pandemic, the two contributed $80 million in GDP for the city which included 500 full-time jobs.

The unprecedented decline in demand for flights in the industry as a whole saw WestJet lay off over 9,000 of its pre-pandemic workforce of 14,000 between March and June of 2020.

Up until the summer of 2021, Swoop only had three weekly flights from Hamilton International Airport, to Edmonton and Abbotsford, but saw a return of flights to Kelowna, Winnipeg and Halifax in June.

The international restart for Swoop largely depends on travel advisory changes from Ottawa tied to COVID-19 vaccination rates, changes to mandatory testing when reentering Canada, child travel policies and the restoration of full service to the county’s airports.

“The federal government has been mandating that all of our employees — and that’s every single employee — be fully vaccinated by the end of this month,” Duncan said.

“They’re also rolling out a requirement for full vaccination of all of the travellers who are on all modes of transportation, not only airlines but via rail and others.”

As of October, only 10 airports across Canada have approval from Ottawa to continue international service. Duncan said WestJet and Swoop are “angling” to ensure that Hamilton is the 11th.

The future is already looking a bit brighter in terms of employment for Swoop, which began training recalls and new staff in anticipation of a restart in the months ahead.

“Just this week on Monday, we have 33 new flight attendants from the Hamilton area who were training to join Swoop later next month,” Duncan said.

https://globalnews.ca/news/8247060/s..._campaign=2021
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