Canada is getting the world's first drone delivery hub
We may not have flying pizza delivery robots in Canada yet, but the commercial drone industry is no joke — and we're at the forefront of it.
Drone Delivery Canada Corp., which in June signed a partnership agreement with Air Canada, announced today that it is officially moving forward with the establishment of "the world's first airport drone delivery hub" at Edmonton International Airport.
The Vaughan, ON-based tech company intends to use its "proprietary drone delivery platform" to move products to and from the airport using specific takeoff and landing zones designated for drones.
Commercial customers would be able to send and receive shipments from the airport via drone once the system is in place. DDC offers both "depot to depot" and "depot to consumer" delivery services, according to its website, though it is not yet clear if it plans to use the hub in Edmonton for one or both of these purposes.
What the company does make clear is that it will be establishing its own flight routes from the airport in conjunction with Edmonton Regional Airports Authority, Air Canada, and Transport Canada.
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Approval from the latter agency is crucial for DDC's plans, as all operations must be conducted in accordance with Canadian aviation regulations.
"With ERAA, we will develop a drone logistics network centered at this world-class airport as a hub for numerous drone routes for our customers," said DDC President Michael Zahra in a release issued Tuesday.
"We will continue to work with ERAA and Transport Canada to define particular routes, and with ERAA and Air Canada to negotiate revenue metrics and other commercial terms, to be announced in future press releases."
The company has already been working with various commercial goods distributors to plan cargo drone delivery routes that are set to take off as early as the first quarter of 2020.
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