Canada’s YXS builds cargo infrastructure

The developer and owner of a planned C$2 million (US$2.03 million) multitenant cargo facility at northern Canada’s Prince George Airport (YXS) says he expects the project will be the start of “exponential growth” at YXS. Western Star Ventures Limited started building the cross-dock facility in the fourth quarter of 2010, adjacent to the north-end fueling […]


The developer and owner of a planned C$2 million (US$2.03 million) multitenant cargo facility at northern Canada’s Prince George Airport (YXS) says he expects the project will be the start of “exponential growth” at YXS. Western Star Ventures Limited started building the cross-dock facility in the fourth quarter of 2010, adjacent to the north-end fueling apron and the recently announced fuel farm. The facility is expected to be operational in the third quarter this year. The 2,323 sq metre building will be designed for cargo storage, inspection, and transhipment. Company president, Gary Jardine, says he already has two tenants lined up – leaving him actively seeking interested parties for the remaining 1,394 sq metre space.

“This facility is a critical piece of infrastructure which should be a catalyst for future growth and development,” said Prince George Airport Authority CEO, John Gibson. Jardine says Western Star Ventures and its subsidiaries have been in airport development since 1992 and have completed two hangars at Springbank Airport in Calgary, which is the relief airport for Calgary International. Earlier the YXS announced a multiphased Common Source Fuel Storage project which also began in the third quarter last year. Local company Sands Bulk Transport has taken the first steps in developing a fuel farm adjacent the north-end fueling apron of the Prince George Airport. Increased fuel storage, more fuel options and competitive fuel pricing is the desired effect this new project is expected to have on the Prince George Airport product. The first phase of the project will comprise expanded fuel storage onsite, as well as an off-airport rail terminal facility recently completed and already in place. This first phase will service the Prince George airport’s cargo programme and as well become a distribution point for aviation fuel in western Canada. Speaking of the strategic significance of the project, Gibson said: “First and foremost we need fuel volume; we need to be able to have available fuel and storage – at a competitive price. “The announcement and commitment from Sands Bulk Transport will allow carriers flying into Prince George – passenger and cargo – to have their own fuel onsite – at their own pricing.” It also allows for more fuel storage and dedicated fuel volumes for ad hoc, diversion or charter flights calling on Prince George. Strategically located on the North Pacific Corridor and on Great Circle air routing – the Prince George Airport Authority is an integral piece in the Asia Pacific Gateway linking the economies of Asia and North America. The airport, with Canada’s third longest commercial runway offers carriers flying trans pacific routings a Canadian alternative to traditional airport or gateway options.