John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport has been recognized by Airports Council International as being North America’s Fastest Growing Airport after achieving an 80% growth in passenger traffic in 2017. Hamilton International also remains Canada’s largest overnight express cargo airport with a 14% year-over-year increase in cargo activity. This represents exceptional growth in both the passenger and cargo segments of Hamilton International’s business.
To help quantify the Airport’s economic impact on the City of Hamilton and the province of Ontario, ICF (a global consulting services company), was commissioned to update the Airport’s Economic Impact Study. The report summarizes that in 2017, Hamilton International generated $1.2 Billion in economic output, $386 Million in GDP and has created 3,500 direct, indirect and induced jobs.
“The results of the study show how important Hamilton International is as an economic engine for the City of Hamilton and the surrounding region,” said Cathie Puckering, President and CEO of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. “The Airport is well positioned for the future and will continue to facilitate the efficient movement of people and goods throughout Canada and across the globe.”
Hamilton International has successfully carved out a niche for itself in passenger service by attracting low-cost carriers such as Swoop and Norwegian Air which will launch transatlantic service next spring. Swoop flights to US destinations have now been inaugurated following a delay in obtaining clearances. WestJet and Air Canada continue to offer scheduled service. AirTransat and Sunwing offer charter service to sun destinations.
Cargo traffic continues to grow in Hamilton. A significant amount of air cargo activity arriving at the Airport originates at or is destined for the Hamilton and Southern Ontario region. Hamilton International is also a critical waypoint facilitating the movement of goods across the country and into remote northern communities. The growth of e-commerce will continue to add to Hamilton’s cargo volumes.