London International Airport

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This article is about the airport in London, Ontario, Canada. For other uses, see London Airport.
London international Airport
London Metropolitan Area Airport
YXU control tower.jpg
London International Airport control tower
WMO: 71623
Airport type Public
Owner Transport Canada[1]
Operator Greater London International Airport Authority
Serves London, Ontario
Location London, Ontario
Time zone EST (UTC−05:00)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL 912 ft / 278 m
Coordinates 43°01′59″N 081°09′04″W / 43.03306°N 81.15111°W / 43.03306; -81.15111Coordinates: 43°01′59″N 081°09′04″W / 43.03306°N 81.15111°W / 43.03306; -81.15111
CYXU is located in Ontario
Location in Ontario
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 8,800 2,682 Asphalt
09/27 6,300 1,920 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft movements 77,464
Number of Passengers 465,746
Sources: Canada Flight Supplement[2]
Environment Canada[3]
Movements from Statistics Canada[4]
Passenger statistics from Statistics Canada.[5]

London International Airport or London Metropolitan Area Airport (IATA: YXUICAO: CYXU) is located 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) northeast of the city of London, Ontario, Canada.

In 2009, the airport handled 501,835 passengers,[5] and, in 2011, was the 20th busiest in Canada in terms of aircraft movements, with 94,747.[4] Air Canada Express, United Express (operated by SkyWest Airlines), and WestJet all serve London International Airport. It also provides services for cargo airlines.

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 aircraft with no more than 180 passengers; however, they can handle up to 450 if the aircraft is unloaded in stages.[2]


The Canadair T-33 aircraft mounted in front of the main terminal building

The airport was constructed in 1939 near Crumlin, on a location that was then outside the city limits of London but has since been annexed into the city. It was originally an air base under the command of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan,[6][7] where pilots from the British Commonwealth and former colonies were trained; as a tribute to this period, a Canadair T-33 aircraft in former Royal Canadian Air Force livery is mounted in front of the main terminal building.

London International Airport has experienced tremendous growth of late. With WestJet entering the market during the early 2000s, an increase in terminal size was needed. As a result, London International Airport's terminal was completely renovated and expanded to meet passenger needs finishing in 2003.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Express Ottawa, Toronto–Pearson
Air Transat Seasonal: Cancún (begins December 25, 2014), Punta Cana (begins December 24, 2014)
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Varadero
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Newark
WestJet Calgary
Seasonal: Cancún, Orlando, Varadero, Winnipeg

Other tenants[edit]

  • CHC HelicopterOrnge (Ontario Air Ambulance)
  • Jet Aircraft Museum - The Jet Aircraft Museum currently operates 6 Canadair T-33 Silver Stars - otherwise known as the T-bird
  • Flightexec — Executive aircraft charter and air ambulance
  • Executive Aviation — Esso-affiliated fixed base operator
  • Trek Aviation - Aircraft Maintenance and Consulting Services [8]
  • B&W Aviation — Shell-affiliated fixed base operator
  • Diamond Aircraft — Light aircraft manufacturer
  • Discovery Air — Niche flight services
  • Diamond Flight Centre - Flight training school
  • Forest City Flight Centre — Flight training school [9]
  • AFS Aerial Photography — Aerial photography services
  • Aero Academy (Recently closed)
  • 427 (London) Wing - Air Force Association of Canada [10]

Ground transportation[edit]

Shuttle service is available for passengers wishing to connect to flights at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport Divestiture Status Report
  2. ^ a b Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 24 July 2014 to 0901Z 18 September 2014
  3. ^ Synoptic/Metstat Station Information
  4. ^ a b Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers
  5. ^ a b Passengers enplaned and deplaned on selected services — Top 50 airports
  6. ^ Hatch, F. J. (1983).The Aerodrome of Democracy: Canada and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, 1939-1945. Ottawa: Directorate of History, Department of National Defence. ISBN 0660114437>
  7. ^ Military Bruce Historical Writings by Bruce Forsyth
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