Canefield Airport

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Canefield Airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Dominica
Operator Dominica Air & Sea Ports Authority
Serves Roseau
Location Dominica
Elevation AMSL 13 ft / 4 m
Coordinates 15°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
Statistics (2018)
Based Aircraft 2
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 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.

Canefield airport is served by Dominica Air Taxi, which is operated by Carib Aviation using Twin Otters.

Take Air operates a Czech built Let 410 from Martinique to Canefield.

Construction began in early 1979 with British funding, shortly after Dominica's independence.[4]

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

History[edit]

the Douglas DC3 was the biggest plane to ever land at the Canefield Airport

During relief efforts in Dominica after the 2017 Hurricane Maria, the biggest plane to land there was a turbine-powered Douglas DC-3. Other planes like the Casa 212 and Beech 18 operated there.

Runway[edit]

Runway01view

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.[5][6]

Traffic[edit]

Private, Relief, Charter

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[edit]

Passenger[edit]

The following airlines operate passenger flights to the Canefield Airport:

Private Charter
AirlinesDestinations
Anguilla Air Services

Anguilla, Saint Kitts,
Charter: St. Maarten

Airawak Fort-de-France
Cape Air Seasonal: Puerto Rico
Caribbean Helicopters Antigua
Charter: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
Charter:Beef Island
SXM Airways St. Maarten
Tradewind Aviation Seasonal: Puerto Rico
VI Airlink Seasonal: Beef Island
Winair St. Maarten(route paused), Antigua(route paused)

Charter[edit]

The following airlines operate chartered flights into the Canefield Airport

Anguilla Air Services taxying at the Canefield Airport
AirlinesDestinations
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

Cargo[edit]

A cessna 208B Grand Caravan bringing in cargo supplies & materials being brought in to fix the damages at the Canefield Airport
AirlinesDestinations
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)
Executive Cargo Barbados
FedEx Express Antigua, Puerto Rico

Helicopter[edit]

Blackhawk assisting in relief
AirlinesDestinations
St. Lucia Helicopters Charter: St. Lucia-Vigie
Bristow Helicopters Port-of-Spain(emergency flights only)

Statistics[edit]

The busiest routes year round to the Canefield Airport.

Rank City Top Carriers
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[edit]

  • 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.

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. ^ "Canefield NDB". Our Airports. Retrieved 22 June 2018. 
  6. ^ "Douglas Charles VOR". SkyVector. Retrieved 22 June 2018. 

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