Mont-Joli Airport

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Mont-Joli Airport
Mont-Joli Airport1.jpg
IATA: YYYICAO: CYYY
WMO: 71718
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Régie Intermunicipale
Location Mont-Joli, Quebec
Time zone EST (UTC−05:00)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL 172 ft / 52 m
Coordinates 48°36′32″N 068°12′27″W / 48.60889°N 68.20750°W / 48.60889; -68.20750Coordinates: 48°36′32″N 068°12′27″W / 48.60889°N 68.20750°W / 48.60889; -68.20750
Map
CYYY is located in Quebec
CYYY
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Location in Quebec
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
15/33 3,954 1,205 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft movements 5,798
Sources: Canada Flight Supplement[1]
Environment Canada[2]
Movements from Statistics Canada[3]

Mont-Joli Airport (IATA: YYYICAO: CYYY) is located 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) north northwest of Mont-Joli, Quebec, Canada.

History[edit]

Apron, terminal, and control tower
World War 2 plane in operation at Mont-Joli Airport

In the summer of 1940 the Royal Canadian Air Force selected a flat area of farmland between Mont-Joli Station (on the Montreal-Halifax Canadian National Railway mainline) and the Saint Lawrence River for a military airfield. Construction on the aerodrome began in October 1941 and was completed by April 1942 at a cost of $200,000. Three paved runways and 50 buildings were constructed for what became known as RCAF Station Mont-Joli.

Inaugurated on April 15, 1942, RCAF Station Mont-Joli was used as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan for a bombing and gunnery school until the end of World War II. Less well-known was RCAF Station Mont-Joli's critical role during the Battle of the St. Lawrence when RCAF Eastern Air Command used it as a coastal patrol base; during 1942-1944, dozens of Canadian cargo and warships were sunk by German U-boats in an effort to close the critical Saint Lawrence Seaway off to shipping. Aircraft staging out of Mont-Joli were crucial to warding off U-boats and ensuring the safety of shipping out to the eastern tip of the Gaspé Peninsula at Cap-Gaspé.

RCAF Station Mont-Joli was decommissioned by the air force in 1945 and became the property of the Department of Transport (now Transport Canada) on December 15, 1945 for use as a civilian airport, and its ownership was transferred in 1995 to the "Régie intermunicipale de l’aéroport régional de Mont-Joli". It is the busiest airport in eastern Quebec, though still very far from the Québec/Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec City and Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal.

In 2007 a second runway (15/33) was opened and the 06/24 runway decreased in length from 6,000 ft (1,829 m) to 5,000 ft (1,524 m).

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Express Baie-Comeau, Montreal-Trudeau
Air Liaison Baie-Comeau, Havre Saint-Pierre, Quebec City, Sept-Îles, Wabush
Pascan Aviation Bonaventure, Havre Saint-Pierre, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Montréal-Saint-Hubert, Quebec City, Rouyn-Noranda, Sept-Îles, Val-d'Or, Wabush

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 24 July 2014 to 0901Z 18 September 2014
  2. ^ Synoptic/Metstat Station Information
  3. ^ Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA flight service stations

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