Abbotsford International Airport
|Abbotsford International Airport|
|IATA: YXX – ICAO: CYXX
– WMO: 71108
|Owner/Operator||City of Abbotsford|
|Location||Abbotsford, British Columbia|
|Time zone||PST (UTC−08:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC−07:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||194 ft / 59 m|
The airport is classified as an airport of entry by NAV CANADA and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency. CBSA officers at this airport can handle general aviation aircraft with no more than 15 passengers
The airport is the second largest airport in the Lower Mainland after Vancouver International Airport (YVR), and is the only other airport to host major airlines and functions as a reliever for YVR. Otherwise, Abbotsford airport caters mostly to the general aviation community.
Constructed as a British Commonwealth Air Training Plan airport. No. 24 Elementary Flying Training School operated from this location. No 5 Operational Conversion Unit was split between Abbotsford and Boundary Bay Airport.
Following World War II, the airport was largely used for general aviation and as a secondary field to Vancouver International Airport. Prior to the use of instrument landing systems, fog could make Vancouver unusable and flights had to land at Abbotsford.
Abbotsford became a jet passenger airport in June 1997 with the start of scheduled service to Alberta by WestJet. Prior, Airspeed Aviation had been the exclusive operator offering regional service to Victoria, B.C. since 1986. Canada 3000 was the first airline to offer transcontinental service from Abbotsford to Toronto in June 2000. Abbotsford's first international charter flight was to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in December 2003 by tour operator Transat Holidays.
Since 2000 many airlines and tour operators have come and gone from Abbotsford, including Air Canada, Air Canada Tango, Air Canada Jazz, Air North, Canada 3000, Central Mountain Air, Helijet, Jetsgo, Signature Vacations, Zoom Airlines, Harmony Airways, Peace Air and ZIP Air.
In 2010, a new parallel taxiway as added alongside runway 07/25, and the main airport apron was extended. An additional large aircraft parking area was added near the Cascade Aerospace hangar. The addition of the new taxiway required the removal of farmland nearby.
Since 1962, the airport has hosted the annual Abbotsford International Airshow held in August. As one of North America's largest airshows, it draws airplane enthusiasts from all over Western Canada and the Northwestern United States. The static displays allow people to get up close to many of the exhibits while numerous performances decorate the skies above.
Airlines and destinations
|Island Express Air||Nanaimo, Boundary Bay, Vancouver, Victoria|
Seasonal: Puerto Vallarta
|WestJet Encore||Edmonton (begins June 16, 2015)|
The airport is serviced by Central Fraser Valley Route 21, which connect Aldergrove and Abbotsford with Bourquin Exchange in Abbotsford. Airport bus services on these routes are limited on peak hours.
- Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 24 July 2014 to 0901Z 18 September 2014
- Airport Divestiture Status Report
- Synoptic/Metstat Station Information
- Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers
- Abbotsford International Airshow
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Abbotsford International Airport.|
- Official website
- Page about this airport on COPA's Places to Fly airport directory
- Past three hours METARs, SPECI and current TAFs for Abbotsford International Airport from Nav Canada as available.