Canefield Airport

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Canefield Airport
CanefieldTDCF.jpg
View of the Canefield Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Dominica
OperatorDominica Air & Sea Ports Authority
ServesRoseau, Dominica
Elevation AMSL13 ft / 4 m
Coordinates15°20′12″N 61°23′32″W / 15.33667°N 61.39222°W / 15.33667; -61.39222Coordinates: 15°20′12″N 61°23′32″W / 15.33667°N 61.39222°W / 15.33667; -61.39222
Map
DCF is located in Dominica
DCF
DCF
Location in Dominica
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 954 3,130 Asphalt
Source: GCM[1] SkyVector[2] Bing Maps[3]

Canefield Airport (IATA: DCF, ICAO: TDCF) is an airport on the west coast of the island nation of Dominica. It is 3 miles (5 km) north of Roseau, the capital. Construction began in early 1979 with British funding, shortly after Dominica's independence.[4] It is about one hour away from the second largest city Portsmouth. It is one of only two airports in the island nation of Dominica, the other being Douglas-Charles Airport.

Hurricane Maria damaged the tower & terminal of the airport. Construction has already begun to fix the damages
Works being done on the airport.

Runway[edit]

The Canefield Airport has one runway 01/19, which measures 3130 feet (954 metres). Runway 01 has a 500-foot displaced threshold. There is mountainous terrain to the east, and rising terrain north and south, with the Caribbean sea to the west. This is without a doubt one of the more challenging airfields to land at in the Caribbean with strong crosswinds often present off the mountains and limited stopping distance available. Commercial operations required a specific pilot check to be able to fly in and out with often only the more experienced pilots at the controls for take off and landing.

Traffic[edit]

Most of these flights operate with turboprop and piston aircraft such as the De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, Beechcraft King Air and the Aero Commander 500, Cessna aircraft, Freighters, and private aircraft.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

The following airlines operate passenger flights to the Canefield Airport:

AirlinesDestinations
Air Antilles Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre[5]
Airawak Fort-de-France
Anguilla Air Services[6] Seasonal: Anguilla, Antigua, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts, St. Maarten
Coastal Air Saint Croix, St. Maarten
Seasonal: Anguilla, Nevis, St. Eustatius
Express Carrier LLC Anguilla, Saint Croix, St. Thomas
Seasonal: Antigua, Nevis, Saint Kitts, Tortola
Fly Montserrat Seasonal: Montserrat
Winair Seasonal: St. Maarten, Antigua

Charter[edit]

The following airlines operate chartered flights into the Canefield Airport

AirlinesDestinations
Fly BVI Ltd Beef Island
Caribbean Helicopters Antigua
Island Birds San Juan, Antigua
St Barth Commuter Saint Barthélemy, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint Martin
SXM Airways St. Maarten
Trans Anguilla Airways Anguilla

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Coastal Air St. Croix
Express Carrier LLC St. Thomas
DHL Antigua

Statistics[edit]

The busiest routes year round to the Canefield Airport.

Rank City Top Carriers
1 Christiansted, St. Croix Coastal Air, Express Carrier LLC
2 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas Express Carrier LLC
3 Phillipsburg, St. Maarten Anguilla Air Services, Coastal Air

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On Tuesday, March 1, 2011 a Rockwell Shrike Commander aircraft right main gear blew and the aircraft veered off the runway to the right. There were no injuries and this mishap is still unexplained.[7]
  • On Thursday, February 16, 2012 a Cessna 402 made an emergency landing. It landed without further incident.[8]
  • On Thursday, February 27, 2014 a Cessna 404 aircraft ran off the runway, suffered damage to the left wing.[9]
  • On Sunday, February 8, 2015 a private Cessna 404 aircraft coming from Venezuela ran off the runway, suffered extensive damage...[10]
  • On Wednesday, February 7, 2018 a Rockwell Shrike Commander aircraft upon landing suffered nose gear failure.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for Canefield Airport at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ "Canfield Airport". SkyVector. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Canefield Airport". Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  4. ^ United Press International (UPI) (January 3, 1979). "New Dominica airport". The Hour. Norwalk, Connecticut. p. 18. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
  5. ^ Liu, Jim. "Air Antilles schedules new sectors in W19". Routesonline. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  6. ^ http://www.anguillaairservices.com
  7. ^ http://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/accidents-tragedy/breaking-news-plane-crash-at-canefield-airport-2/
  8. ^ http://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/accidents-tragedy/plane-mishap-at-canefield-airport/
  9. ^ https://www.dominicavibes.dm/news-122909/
  10. ^ http://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/accidents-tragedy/update-plane-mishap-at-canefield/
  11. ^ http://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/general/update-eccaa-to-investigate-canefield-airport-plane-accident/

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