On Nov. 29, 2016, boats headed out from West Dover in the eastern province of Nova Scotia to kick off the lucrative lobster fishing season.

On Nov. 29, 2016, boats headed out from West Dover in the eastern province of Nova Scotia to kick off the lucrative lobster fishing season.
Photo Credit: Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

Airport expands to handle lobster export boom

Halifax Stanfield International Airport in eastern Canada has expanded to accommodate an increase in the export of lobster, reports Canadian Press. It’s expected $15 million worth of lobster will be shipped by the end of December to as far away as Europe, Asia and the Middle East. There is higher demand in the Christmas season.

Lobster is shipped from Halifax to Europe, Asia and the Middle East and arrives within 24 hours.
Lobster is shipped from Halifax to Europe, Asia and the Middle East and arrives within 24 hours. © Brian Snyder/Reuters

Airport authorities added 17,000 square meters of space for parking and loading at a cost of about $5 million, reports CP. They expect the upgrade will pay for itself by attracting new cargo operators.

Government statistics show Canada exported 82,700 metric tonnes of lobster in 2015 bringing in $2.03 billion.

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