May 28, 2015 - 8:29 AM
KELOWNA – The company formerly known as Kelowna Flightcraft is expanding its cargo routes overseas.
Now called KF Aerospace, the Kelowna-headquartered aviation services company will have routes four times a week between Toronto and Europe via Brussels and daily service between Toronto and Atlantic Canada. Within two months the network will expand to include all of Asia via Anchorage, Alaska.
Head of Cargo at Brussels Airport Steven Polmans says 75 per cent of the European market and most of Africa are within eight hours trucking from Brussels.
“Our central location, efficient services and dedicated handling for perishables and pharmaceuticals will help KF Cargo in realizing their ambitions,” Polmans says. “We are proud and pleased we were chosen as their European gateway and we will support them and their customers wherever we can.”
The air cargo services will be based out of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, giving the Kelowna company access to most of the world.
The focal point of the Toronto hub will be the ultra-modern and highly specialized GTA World Cargo facility, according to a press release sent May 27.
GTA Vice President Gary Ogden calls the cargo facility 'a game-changing shift in the Canadian cargo market.'
“As a hub airport, Toronto Pearson creates connectivity, attracting business from around the world, accommodating the growing needs of local communities, and driving trade and foreign direct investment,” Howard Eng, President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, said. “The introduction of KF Cargo complements our international cargo capacity to offer more opportunities for businesses in North America.”
The expansion has already initiated relationships with new companies, like Kales Group, the Brussels Airport Authority, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, Midland Transport Limited, the Greater Moncton International Airport, and GTA World Cargo, KF Aerospace president Tracy Medve says.
“These organizations will help any business in Canada, Europe, Asia, or the USA to move live items, perishables, pharmaceuticals, and other high value goods seamlessly across North America and into Europe or Asia. In fact, Brussels is already a natural launching point for cargo reaching in or out of the African continent,” she says.
The air cargo services will begin May 30, 2015.
KF Aerospace was founded by Barry Lapointe and Jim Rogers in 1970 and began providing maintenance services to aircraft in western Canada. It now provides a wide range of aviation services to corporate, commercial and military customers worldwide.
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