Abbotsford International Airport

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Abbotsford International Airport
WMO: 71108
Airport type Public
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
Coordinates 49°01′31″N 122°21′36″W / 49.02528°N 122.36000°W / 49.02528; -122.36000Coordinates: 49°01′31″N 122°21′36″W / 49.02528°N 122.36000°W / 49.02528; -122.36000
CYXX is located in British Columbia
Location in British Columbia
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 9,597 2,925 Asphalt/concrete
01/19 5,328 1,624 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Aircraft movements 121,251
Passengers 476,236
Sources: Canada Flight Supplement[1] and Transport Canada[2]
Environment Canada[3]
Movements from Statistics Canada[4]
Passengers from Abbotsford Airport[5]

Abbotsford International Airport (IATA: YXXICAO: CYXX) is located in the City of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. The airport is 2.2 nautical miles (4.1 km; 2.5 mi) southwest of the Abbotsford city centre and has close proximity to Highway 1, downtown Vancouver, US border, and rail.

The airport is classified as an airport of entry by NAV CANADA and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency for all scheduled international arrivals. CBSA also provides clearance services to all general aviation aircraft with no more than 15 passengers[1]

Furthermore, the airport is the second largest airport in the Lower Mainland after Vancouver International Airport (YVR), with daily domestic scheduled services and seasonal international scheduled services. Abbotsford Airport has a longstanding general aviation community and an established aerospace community with Cascade Aerospace, Conair Group, and University of Fraser Valley Aerospace Centre to name a few. Abbotsford Airport is also home to the Abbotsford Shell Aerocentre FBO and flying schools, including Coastal Pacific Aviation and Chinook Helicopters. Likewise, there is high public visibility at the airport due to the Abbotsford Airshow, Aerospace Expo, and Tradex events.

There are 87 hectares (215 acres) of land immediately available for airside and groundside development. The airport has competitive lease rates, flexible lease terms and City tax incentives. The airport is equipped with a CAT 1 Instrument Landing System, on-site aircraft rescue and firefighting, and a fully serviced Air Terminal Building with customs and passenger screening.

503,693 passengers passed through Abbotsford International Airport in 2008.[5]


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.

The airport became the home to Skyways Air Services and Conair Aviation in the 1960s. Abbotsford is still the primary base for Conair's fleet of water bombers.

In September 1984 Pope John Paul II held an open-air mass for over 200,000 people at the airport.[6]

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 aircraft runup bay that can accommodate up to three medium weight category aircraft at the same time was added near the Cascade Aerospace hangar.


Since 1962, the airport has hosted the annual Abbotsford International Airshow usually held the second weekend in August. Designated as Canada's national airshow in the mid 1970s by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, it is Canada's largest airshow as well as one of North America's largest airshows. It has been listed as one of the ten best airshows in the world.[7] 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.[8] The International Council of Airshows awarded a Silver Pinnacle Award to the airshow in 2014[9]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

A Douglas DC-6 of Conair in 1983
Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
Island Express Air Boundary Bay, Nanaimo, Vancouver, Victoria
Orca Airways Victoria
WestJet Calgary, Edmonton, Las Vegas (begins October 29, 2015)[10]
Seasonal: Puerto Vallarta
WestJet Encore Edmonton

Public transit[edit]

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.


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