An increasing appetite for Atlantic lobster led to a record-setting shipment to Belgium out of Moncton Airport. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Officials with the Greater Moncton International Airport are celebrating a record-setting cargo flight.

This week a 747 cargo jet left Moncton for Belgium with a load of 65,000 kilograms of lobster, the biggest single shipment of lobster ever out of the airport.

The airport has been trying to increase the amount of cargo it ships internationally and said this weekly flight to Belgium, which started in April, is a step in the right direction.

“The province needs to diversify its export markets for seafood,” economic development consultant David Campbell told CBC News.

“The vast majority of our exports go to the U.S., and so building up the European and Asian markets and even the Middle East is a good thing in terms of diversifying the market and generating more value for the economy.”

The airport extended its runway in 2013 to make way for larger cargo flights, in the hopes of increasing exports by airplane, which had been flat for several years.