|IATA: YQL – ICAO: CYQL
– WMO: 71267
|Operator||County of Lethbridge|
|Location||County of Lethbridge, near Lethbridge, Alberta|
|Time zone||MST (UTC−07:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC−06:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||3,048 ft / 929 m|
|Sources: Canada Flight Supplement
Movements from Statistics Canada
Lethbridge Airport (IATA: YQL, ICAO: CYQL) is located 4 nautical miles (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) south southeast of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. It is 10-15 driving minutes from the downtown area and has scheduled service to the Alberta cities of Calgary and Edmonton. Previously called Lethbridge County Airport, 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 only, with no more than 15 passengers. The airport hosts the annual Alberta International Airshow.
Originally known as Kenyon Field, this aerodrome began passenger services in October 1938, but officially opened in June 1939. Previous to this, the city operated aviation activities in areas currently occupied by Exhibition Park and Lethbridge Collegiate Institute.
From 1939–1948, Lethbridge operated as Western Canada's primary airline hub. At the outbreak of World War II, Kenyon Field became a training facility under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP). The station was operated and administered by the Royal Canadian Air Force and called RCAF Station Lethbridge. Beginning in July 1940, the aerodrome hosted No. 5 Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS). Instruction was provided by members of the local flying club. Since the airport often experienced significant wind, the flying school moved to less windy High River in June 1941.
Late in 1941, the No. 8 Bombing and Gunnery School, also a BCATP training facility, opened at the station. Since land was required for gunnery and bombing practice, about 100 square miles (260 km2) was leased from the Blood Indian Reserve located nearby. Aircraft used by this school included Fairey Battles, Lysanders, Ansons, and Bolingbrokes.
The RCAF left Lethbridge in 1944.
The County of Lethbridge assumed ownership of the airport on 1 January 1997, and it was subsequently named the Lethbridge County Airport.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Canada Express operated by Air Georgian||Calgary|
The airport is a Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) Designated Aerodrome, thus providing full passenger screening. It also serves as a regional airport, offering a number of on-site charter, maintenance, flight training and speciality aviation services. There are roughly 40 aircraft based at the airport, including commercial, corporate, recreational, flight training, aerial spray and rotary-wing.
Between 50 and 60 percent of typical annual aircraft movements are flight training and scheduled air carrier services. In 2003, aircraft movements for the year were roughly 30,000 and passenger movements were roughly 55,000.
Aircraft services are available through Airwest Flight Support and Southern Aero Aviation/Lethbridge Esso. Both offer Avgas 100LL, Jet A1 FSII, GPU, de-icing, a pilot lounge, hangarage, and tie downs. Airwest also provides inspections, repairs, and aircraft sales, and Southern Aero also provides courtesy vehicles, and sleeping quarters. Respectively, frequencies are 130.75 and 123.4, and they are found at aprons 2 and 3.
On 7 February 2009, a general aviation Cessna 150 crash-landed in a field at the airport. The pilot was landing when a gust of wind apparently overtook the aircraft. The pilot escaped uninjured, however the plane sustained major damage. The crash is currently being investigated by Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board.
On 23 July 2010, a Canadian Air Force McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet crashed during a practice run for the upcoming Alberta International Airshow. The pilot ejected from the aircraft and was taken to hospital with undetermined, non-life-threatening injuries.
- Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 6 February 2014 to 0901Z 3 April 2014
- Synoptic/Metstat Station Information
- Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA flight service stations
- MacLachlan, Ian; Bruce MacKay (2000). "Lethbridge and the Trans-Canada Airway". Alberta History 48 (3).
- "The rainmaker". Lethbridge Herald. 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2009-12-07.[dead link]
- "County renames the airport". Lethbridge Herald. 1 August 2013.
- A Socio-economic Impact Assessment of Select Alberta Airports, Aviation Alberta. 2005. Prepared by RP Erickson & Associates. p 8. (PDF)
- "CF-18 crashes, burns at Lethbridge airport". Calgary Herald. 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2010-07-23.
- Integra Air
- Page about this airport on COPA's Places to Fly airport directory
- Past three hours METARs, SPECI and current TAFs for Lethbridge County Airport from Nav Canada as available.
- Southern Aero Aviation (Lethbridge Esso)