Canada’s Transport Minister John Baird today announced the approval of the London International Airport to participate in the international air cargo transshipment program. The program allows international air cargo to be moved through the airport for shipment to third countries, enabling the airport to seek new market opportunities and further develop its air cargo activity. The international air cargo transshipment program allows air cargo to be moved through Canada for shipment to third countries. For example, cargo could be flown from the United States into London, Ontario, stored temporarily, and then flown to a European destination. Similarly, international air cargo could also arrive from overseas and then be shipped by rail or road from London to the United States. The program enables the Canadian Transportation Agency to authorize any Canadian or foreign air carrier to use London International Airport to transship international air cargo, even if these rights are not provided in Canada’s bilateral air transport agreements. In addition, air carriers will be able to combine such cargo transshipments with other services for which they may be licensed. The international air cargo transshipment program was introduced in 1982 at Mirabel Airport as part of a larger effort to improve the use of Montreal area airports. It has since been expanded to other airports, including Hamilton (1987), Windsor (1993), Gander (2000), Winnipeg (2004), Edmonton (2006), Calgary (2007), Abbotsford, Vancouver, Moncton, Toronto, Halifax and Prince George (2008).