Hamilton, Canada

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport | YHM

Vantage Group™, the 100% owner of YHM through a long-term lease with the City of Hamilton, has played a pivotal role in transforming the airport into Canada’s largest overnight express cargo hub with 24/7 operations.

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The tarmac at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.
The gift shop in an airport terminal.

A Community Asset with National Importance

YHM has been a member of the Vantage™ network since 1996, when it transitioned from local municipal to private operation. Today, Vantage Group™ is a 100% shareholder in TradePort International, which manages the airport through a long-term lease with the City of Hamilton.

Vantage Group™ manages all aspects of airport operations at YHM including terminal management and operations, runways, taxiways, related airfield infrastructure, aircraft emergency response, parking and ground transportation, and cargo operations.

YHM is Canada’s largest overnight express cargo airport, offering 24/7 operations, competitive fees, and a strategic location for dedicated cargo service to destinations within Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

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Key Investments in Airfield Infrastructure

To ensure long-term cargo competitiveness, YHM has built strong partnerships with an established customer base of carriers, including Amazon, Canada Post, Cargojet, DHL, Purolator, and UPS.

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Challenge

When the global pandemic halted global air travel, YHM refocused efforts on airfield and cargo infrastructure enhancements to ensure the airport remained a critical link in Canada’s supply chain as e-commerce activity surged especially for high-value, time-sensitive goods including pharmaceuticals

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Solution

YHM and the Vantage™ team tapped into federal and provincial programs to help fund and accelerate critical airfield infrastructure upgrades to remain competitive, including major taxiway rehabilitation essential for handling large transport aircraft. Vantage™ has invested $422 million CAD in YHM since 1996.

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Results

With a combination of active airport marketing, strong carrier relationships, prudent land leasing and optimization, and a robust capital plan, YHM has become Canada’s busiest overnight cargo airport, facilitating the movement of 877,000,000 kilograms or 966,000 US tons of goods in 2022. Both DHL and Amazon have invested millions of dollars in on-airport sort and fulfillment centers creating hundreds of local jobs.

A Powerful Economic Engine and Community Partner

Vantage™ has been investing in YHM’s economic and community vitality since the airport first joined the network in 1996.

$422M

Vantage™ investment in YHM since 1996

4700

Airport jobs created

$1.5B

Total economic output from airport activity

$100k

In-kind and financial contributions to community partners and programs

Affordable Travel for Southern Ontario Residents

With a focus on partnerships with low-cost carriers, YHM is also an affordable local airport alternative for the eight million-plus residents of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area seeking to fly across Canada or to sunny southern destinations.

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The John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is a key transportation hub not just for the Greater Hamilton Area, but for much of Southwestern Ontario. It connects us with family and friends, helps us discover new destinations, and is a pivotal trade corridor for many Hamilton businesses. This funding will enhance airport safety for travelers, air crews and airport workers, while supporting jobs and our regional economy.

The Honourable Filomena Tassi
Minister of Labour & Member of Parliament for Hamilton West – Ancaster – Dundas
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Outstanding Business Achievement Award

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce (2019)

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Level 1 Mapping Certification

Airports Council International: Airport Carbon Accreditation (2023)

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