The Moncton airport has landed its first non-stop cargo flight to Europe.

Cargojet will fly once a week between Moncton and Cologne, Germany starting April 18.

"Today represents a watershed in the history of the Greater Moncton International Airport," said president and CEO Rob Robichaud.

The airport has been trying to negotiate a deal for years, he said.

Cargojet’s giant 767 will now take lobster and other seafood from the Maritimes to Cologne and the Cologne-based shipper Skyline will fill the return flights with general European cargo destined for eastern Canada, Toronto, New York and Detroit.

"Filling up one flight a week shouldn't be a problem," said Skyline spokesman Hassan Aglan.

Cars will be among the cargo, he said.

"These are cars that are going from Cologne, which is the location of Ford Germany," said Aglan. "We transport the Ford Mondeo, the European Ford Mondeo, into Detroit via Moncton. Currently per month about 80 cars."

Airlines and shippers can save up to 15 per cent by landing in Moncton and then shipping goods by truck, said Aglan.

His company plans to eventually add a second and third cargo flight every week.

If the flight proves successful, airport officials expect it will be easier to attract more airlines.