John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport

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John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport
Hamilton Airport
WMO: 71263
Airport type Public
Owner City of Hamilton
Operator Tradeport International Corp.
Serves Hamilton, Ontario
Hub for
Time zone EST (UTC−05:00)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL 780 ft / 238 m
Coordinates 43°10′25″N 079°56′06″W / 43.17361°N 79.93500°W / 43.17361; -79.93500Coordinates: 43°10′25″N 079°56′06″W / 43.17361°N 79.93500°W / 43.17361; -79.93500
CYHM is located in Ontario
Location in Ontario
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 6,010 1,832 Asphalt
12/30 10,006 3,050 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Aircraft movements 36,008
Number of Passengers 332,378

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport or Hamilton International (IATA: YHMICAO: CYHM), is an international airport in Mount Hope, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It is named for John C. Munro, a Hamilton Member of Parliament and cabinet minister. Flyglobespan, which flew to Hamilton between 2007 and 2009, referred to the airport as Toronto Hamilton International Airport.[5]

The airport is designed for use by large airplanes on overseas flights, and includes a 10,006 ft × 200 ft (3,050 m × 61 m) asphalt runway with centreline lighting for low-visibility operations, and a smaller 6,010 ft × 150 ft (1,832 m × 46 m) asphalt runway. It serves as an alternate and reliever for nearby Toronto Pearson International Airport. The airport is situated 40 mi (65 km) from downtown Toronto and 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) southwest of Hamilton.[1]

It is classified as an airport of entry by Nav Canada and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). CBSA officers at this airport handle aircraft with no more than 250 passengers; however, they can handle up to 450 if the aircraft is unloaded in stages.[1]

The airport also hosts the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Hamilton can see cargo operations with very large aircraft such as the more commonly seen Antonov An-124 or an occasional Boeing 747. Because of this Hamilton has developed a niche community of aircraft spotters.


Map of the Airport.

Hamilton's first airport was the Hamilton Municipal Airport at Reid Avenue North and Dunsmure Road (site of Roxborough Park) in 1929. Initially home to the Hamilton Aeroclub, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) would become a major user of the airport in the 1930s, but the airport closed in the 1950s to make way for residential development.[6]

The current Hamilton Airport was built in 1940 as the Mount Hope Airport or RCAF Station Hamilton, an RCAF base. During World War II, the field hosted two units for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan: first, No.10 Elementary Flying Training School (later moved to RCAF Station Pendleton) using the De Havilland Tiger Moth and Fleet Finch, then No.33 Air Navigation School using the Avro Anson. After the war, the airport gradually shifted towards civil use, until the military ceased using it as a base for Air Reserve operations in 1964.

In 2000 WestJet expanded to Canada's eastern region, choosing Hamilton as the airline's eastern region hub, and flying to destinations from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia. In April 2004, seeking to compete with Air Canada for business travellers, WestJet moved its eastern hub from Hamilton to Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga. While Hamilton retained flights to many destinations, all of the service between Hamilton and Montreal and Ottawa was moved to Toronto. In the wake of the WestJet pullout, CanJet began service to Hamilton in 2003. Then in the spring of 2005, two weeks after Air Canada Jazz announced it would enter the local market with service from Hamilton to Montreal and Ottawa, CanJet announced a complete withdrawal from Hamilton.

Hamilton turned over operation of the airport to TradePort International Corp. in 1996. In 2007 YVR Airport Services, which runs the Vancouver International Airport, took over 100 per cent ownership of TradePort in a $13-million deal. In late 2007, Trade Port Co. and Citi Corp. bought land from the city of Hamilton to expand runway 06/24 to 9,000 ft (2,743 m). This is expected to happen sometime between 2015 and 2019.[7] Citing high fuel prices, Air Canada Jazz withdrew its service from Hamilton airport on July 31, 2008.[8]


The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) has pushed for the construction of the Pickering Airport to relieve Toronto Pearson International Airport, claiming that Hamilton is too far from the city of Toronto core to be practical as a major hub for travellers. Critics point out that the reliever airports for Boston, Massachusetts (T.F. Green State Airport in Providence, Rhode Island and Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, New Hampshire) are used effectively despite being further from the Boston city centre than Munro Airport is from the Toronto city centre. Should the GTAA decide not to build the proposed Pickering Airport, which could prove controversial due to the required expropriation of land, Hamilton may have an increase in passenger traffic and possibly new airlines.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Express Montréal-Trudeau
Air Transat Seasonal: Cancún, Cayo Coco, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Varadero
Canadian North Charter: Fort McMurray, Halifax, Miami, Saskatoon
operated by Flair Airlines
Edmonton (begins July 29, 2016),[10] Halifax (begins July 28, 2016),[10] Kelowna ,[10] Moncton (begins July 29, 2016),[10] Saskatoon (begins July 27, 2016),[10] Winnipeg [10]
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Punta Cana, Varadero
WestJet Calgary
Seasonal: Cancún, Edmonton, Halifax, Orlando–MCO, Punta Cana, Vancouver


Airlines Destinations
DHL Aviation
operated by Atlas Air
DHL Express
operated by Castle Aviation
Cargojet Airways Brussels, Calgary, Cologne/Bonn, Edmonton, Halifax, Moncton, Montreal–Mirabel, Ottawa, St. John's, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Purolator Courier
operated by Castle Aviation
Akron, Cincinnati, Columbus–Rickenbacker, Montréal–Mirabel
SkyLink Express Kingston, Louisville, Muskoka, New York–JFK, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Windsor
UPS Airlines Louisville
LOT Cargo Warsaw

FBO services[edit]

Ground transportation[edit]

Out of town shuttle service is available for passengers wishing to connect to flights at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto.
Daily Shuttle Service from Toronto's Union Station, Billy Bishop Airport, and Toronto Pearson International Airport is offered by King Shuttle
A-Line bus route is operated by Hamilton Street Railway during weekday peak hours (5 am - 10 am and 1 pm - 6 pm).[13]

See also[edit]

List of airports in the Greater Toronto Area


External links[edit]