Nanaimo Airport

Coordinates: 49°03′16″N 123°52′12″W / 49.05444°N 123.87000°W / 49.05444; -123.87000
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Nanaimo Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorNanaimo Airport Commission
Time zonePST (UTC−08:00)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC−07:00)
Elevation AMSL92 ft / 28 m
Coordinates49°03′16″N 123°52′12″W / 49.05444°N 123.87000°W / 49.05444; -123.87000 Edit this at Wikidata
CYCD is located in British Columbia
Location in British Columbia
CYCD is located in Canada
CYCD (Canada)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 6,602 2,012 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft movements32,446

Nanaimo Airport (IATA: YCD, ICAO: CYCD) is a privately owned and operated regional airport located 7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi) south southeast of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.

In 1999, the air terminal was named in honour of World War I ace Raymond Collishaw who was born in Nanaimo. The Nanaimo-Collishaw Air Terminal is the passenger terminal for the airport.

The Nanaimo Airport currently has only one available runway for instrument flight rules (IFR) conditions, runway 16. This is because the approach to the north-facing runway (runway 34) is a dogleg approach that follows the Ladysmith Harbour.


In 2010, the Nanaimo Airport Commission announced the completion of a significant runway expansion. The runway length increased by almost 1,600 ft (490 m) to accommodate larger aircraft, as well as the addition of a third taxiway (labelled Charlie), to allow direct access to the threshold of runway 16.

Shortly after the runway expansion, Nanaimo Airport saw an increase in commercial traffic because of the subsequent installation of an advanced instrument landing system (ILS) and associated lighting on the south-facing runway 16. This would soon attract the likes of WestJet Encore and Air Canada Rouge among the existing services offered by Jazz Aviation.

Between April 2019 and March 2020, a major terminal expansion took place, increasing the terminal's screening capacity from 100 passengers per hour to 1,000 passengers per hour. The apron was also expanded to compensate for the 60% size increase of the new terminal building.

The air terminal saw 435,000 passengers pass through its gates in 2018.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Nanaimo Airport provides service to Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton via Air Canada Express, WestJet Encore and WestJet Link.

Looking South from the Northwest side of the field, featuring the expanded runway 16/34 and new taxiway 'charlie'


Air Canada Express Vancouver
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
Pacific Coastal Airlines Kelowna, Vancouver[4]
WestJet Encore Calgary, Edmonton
WestJet Link Vancouver
On the outbound departure from runway 16 overlooking the Nanaimo Flying Club & South Hangars

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 16 July 2020 to 0901Z 10 September 2020.
  2. ^ Synoptic/Metstat Station Information
  3. ^ Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA flight service stations
  4. ^ "Airline will connect Nanaimo with Kelowna and Vancouver's south terminal". Nanaimo News Bulletin. June 12, 2023. Retrieved June 12, 2023.

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