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Transport Canada says it’s developing a helicopter for use in transporting goods from the airport to major Canadian cities.

The Canadian Press is reporting the aircraft would have to be made entirely from composites.

Transport Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The aircraft, which could take passengers up to five kilometres on the highway, would be made of “alloys, composites, metals, and other materials,” said a Transport Canada news release.

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said the aircraft could be ready for service by the end of 2020.

“The company we are working with right now is looking forward to bringing this to fruition in the next two to three years,” she said in a statement.

The ministry has been working on the helicopter since at least last year, and has received several requests for proposals, according to a department spokeswoman.

She declined to comment further, citing the pending federal election.

Transportation Canada is also looking at the use of the aircraft to deliver goods for the Canadian International Trade Centre.

Transporting goods from Canada’s airports to cities, including Toronto and Vancouver, would take up to a week, said Transport Canada spokeswoman Jessica Harnett.

“It would be a lot more expensive to do that with an airplane than with a helicopter,” Harnetti said.

“But we would certainly be happy to have that technology and would be able to work with other provinces and international partners to put it in place.”