|Owner||Government of Dominica|
|Operator||Dominica Air & Sea Ports Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||13 ft / 4 m|
Canefield Airport (IATA: DCF, ICAO: TDCF) is an airport on the west coast of the island nation of Dominica. It is three miles (5 km) north of Roseau, the capital. It is the smaller of the two airports on the island. The larger one, Douglas–Charles Airport, formerly known as Melville Hall Airport, is located on the east coast.
Construction began in early 1979 with British funding, shortly after Dominica's independence.
The Canefield Airport has one runway 01/19, which measures 3130 feet × 75 feet. Runway 01 has a 500-foot displaced threshold. On approach, pilots may experience slight wind shear. The runway is equipped with lights, but are only used in emergencies.
There is mountainous terrain to the east, and rising terrain north and south, with the Caribbean to the west.
The Canfield non-directional beacon (Ident: DCF) is located 3.5 nautical miles (6.5 km) north of the airport. The Douglas Charles VOR-DME (Ident: DOM) is located 14.0 nautical miles (25.9 km) north-northeast of the airport.
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, Cargo airlines and private aircraft.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines operate passenger flights to the Canefield Airport:
|Anguilla Air Services|
|Cape Air||Seasonal: Puerto Rico|
|Caribbean Helicopters|| Antigua|
|Coastal Air|| Saint Croix, |
Charter: Nevis, Anguilla, St. Eustatius
|Executive Air||Barbados, St. Lucia-Vigie, St. Vincent-Argyle, Anguilla, Antigua, Saint Kitts, Beef Island|
|Express Carrier LLC|| St. Thomas, Anguilla|
|SXM Airways||St. Maarten|
|Tradewind Aviation||Seasonal: Puerto Rico|
|VI Airlink||Seasonal: Beef Island|
|Winair||St. Maarten(route paused), Antigua(route paused)|
The following airlines operate chartered flights into the Canefield Airport
|Capitol Air||Anegada, Beef Island, Puerto Rico, Punta Cana, Providenciales, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas|
|Charter Flights Caribbean||Puerto Rico|
|Caribe Air Charters||Anguilla, Saint Kitts|
|Fly BVI Ltd||Beef Island, Puerto Rico|
|Island Birds||Beef Island, Puerto Rico, Antigua, Saint Kitts, St. Vincent-Argyle, Port of Spain, Nevis, St. Maarten, Providenciales|
|St Barth Commuter||Saint Barthélemy, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint Martin|
|Trans Anguilla Airways||Anguilla|
|Ameriflight||Puerto Rico (to begin)|
|Coastal Air||St. Croix|
|DHL Aviation||Antigua, Pointe-à-Pitre, Fort-de-France, Saint Barthélemy, St. Lucia-Vigie, Grenada(to all resume)|
|FedEx Express||Antigua, Puerto Rico|
|St. Lucia Helicopters||Charter: St. Lucia-Vigie|
|Bristow Helicopters||Port-of-Spain(emergency flights only)|
The busiest routes year round to the Canefield Airport.
|1||Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas||Bevin Air|
|2||Christiansted, St. Croix||Coastal Air|
|3||Phillipsburg, St. Maarten||Winair, Anguilla Air Services|
|4||The Valley, Anguilla||Air Anguilla Services, Trans Anguilla Airways, Bevin Air|
|5||St. Johns, Antigua||Winair, Caribbean Helicopters|
|6||San Juan, Puerto Rico||VI Airlink, Island Birds, Air America, Tradewind Aviation|
Incidents and accidents
- On Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Bevin Air services 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 unexplainable.
- On Thursday, February 16, 2012 an Anguilla Air Services Cessna 402 made an emergency landing due to a loose bolt. It arrived safely, was checked and departed.
- On Thursday, February 27, 2014 a Coastal Air Cessna 404 aircraft ran off the runway. Officials are still uncertain why and the plane suffered extensive damage to the left wing.
- On Sunday, February 8, 2016 a private Cessna 404 from Venezuela run off the runway. It was written off due to damages beyond repair. There were no injuries.
- On Wednesday, February 7, 2018 a Bevin Air Services a Rockwell Shrike Commander aircraft upon landing had a hose gear failure. It dragged down the runway a few feet before coming to a halt. There were no injuries. Investigations are still ongoing.
- Airport information for Canefield Airport at Great Circle Mapper.
- "Canfield Airport". SkyVector. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
- "Canefield Airport". Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
- United Press International (UPI) (January 3, 1979). "New Dominica airport". The Hour. Norwalk, Connecticut. p. 18. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
- "Canefield NDB". Our Airports. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
- "Douglas Charles VOR". SkyVector. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
- OpenStreetMap - Canefield
- Official Dominica Website - Discover Dominica
- Official Dominica Website - Seeking Adventures
- Invest in Dominica
- Ministry of Tourism
- Accident history for Canefield Airport at Aviation Safety Network
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