Brandon Municipal Airport

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Brandon Municipal Airport
Brandon Municipal Airport 2013.jpg
IATA: YBRICAO: CYBR
WMO: 71140
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Municipality of Brandon
Location Brandon, Manitoba
Time zone CST (UTC−06:00)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−05:00)
Elevation AMSL 1,343 ft / 409 m
Coordinates 49°54′36″N 099°57′08″W / 49.91000°N 99.95222°W / 49.91000; -99.95222Coordinates: 49°54′36″N 099°57′08″W / 49.91000°N 99.95222°W / 49.91000; -99.95222
Website http://airport.brandon.ca
Map
CYBR is located in Manitoba
CYBR
CYBR
Location in Manitoba
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 6,510 1,984 Asphalt
14/32 3,068 935 Treated Gravel/Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft movements 21,591
Sources: Canada Flight Supplement[1] and Transport Canada[2]
Environment Canada[3]
Movements from Statistics Canada[4]

Brandon Municipal Airport (also known as Brandon Airport or McGill Field) (IATA: YBRICAO: CYBR) is an airport located 1.6 km (0.99 mi) north of Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. It serves the City of Brandon and the surrounding regions of Western Manitoba and Eastern Saskatchewan. 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 currently can handle general aviation aircraft only, with no more than 15 passengers.[1]

Westjet operates daily non-stop service from Brandon Airport to Calgary, and Perimeter Aviation operates daily scheduled passenger service from Brandon Airport to Dauphin and Winnipeg.[5] Brandon airport is also frequently used for air ambulance services, pilot training, and private aircraft operation.

History[edit]

The airport was originally built in 1941 to host the No. 12 Service Flying Training School under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, to train pilots for Second World War flying service. Aircraft used regularly at the airport were the Cessna Crane and Avro Anson. In March, 1945, after the end of the Second World war, the school was closed. Now a National Historic Site of Canada, the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum is a popular attraction located at Brandon Municipal Airport. The airport was officially named Brandon Airport in June, 1948.

Several airlines have operated at Brandon Airport at various times in the past. This was mostly due to the airport's location on the flight path for aircraft flying between major cities in Eastern Canada and major cities in Western Canada, with Brandon being a midway point and a prime destination for fuel and technical stops.

Facilities[edit]

The Brandon Municipal Airport passenger terminal building is 5,800 m2 (62,000 sq ft) facility built in 1963.[6] On August 19th, 2014, an official announcement was made that the airport terminal building will undergo an 8.7 millionCAD expansion project that will see major upgrades and additions made to the existing facility.[7] Work is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2015.[8]

Permanent tenants at the Brandon airport include The Brandon Flying Club, the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, and Maple Leaf Aviation. Fire and other emergency services at the airport are provided by the City of Brandon and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Brandon Municipal Airport occupies a land area of about 736 acres (2.98 km2). The airport has two runways 08/26 and 14/32, although the infield grass can be used as a "strip" on request for smaller aircraft, such as ultralight aircraft. The area surrounding the airport, a total of 562 acres (2.27 km2), is leased out to farming operations for cereal grain and hay production.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Perimeter Aviation Dauphin, Winnipeg
WestJet Encore Calgary

Future[edit]

Although it is the second largest city the Province of Manitoba, the City of Brandon's significantly smaller population in comparison to the City of Winnipeg and the close geographical distance between the two cities (200 km (120 mi)) has historically meant that the Winnipeg International Airport is used as the province's primary airport. However, with the strong economy and recent population increase in Western Manitoba coupled with increasing oil production in the area, Brandon Airport is positioning itself to meet the growing demand for an alternative and more convenient entry point to the City of Brandon and the Western Manitoba region.[6]

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