Saint-Pierre Airport

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Saint-Pierre Airport

Aéroport de Saint-Pierre Pointe-Blanche
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerService de l'aviation civile de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon
OperatorService de l'aviation civile de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon
ServesSaint-Pierre, Saint Pierre and Miquelon
LocationSaint-Pierre-Pointe Blanche
Elevation AMSL26 ft / 8 m
Coordinates46°45′47″N 56°10′27″W / 46.76306°N 56.17417°W / 46.76306; -56.17417Coordinates: 46°45′47″N 56°10′27″W / 46.76306°N 56.17417°W / 46.76306; -56.17417
Map
LFVP is located in Saint Pierre and Miquelon
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LFVP
Location in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and in the North Atlantic
LFVP is located in North Atlantic
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LFVP
LFVP (North Atlantic)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 1,800 5,906 Asphalt
Source: French Aeronautical Information Publication for LFVP (PDF) – SAINT-PIERRE
Sainte-Pierre airport at lower right on Saint Pierre Island, 2013

Saint-Pierre Airport (French: Aéroport de Saint-Pierre) (IATA: FSP, ICAO: LFVP) is a regional airport located 1 NM (1.9 km; 1.2 mi) south of Saint-Pierre, in the French overseas collectivity of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, off the east coast of Canada near Newfoundland.

Overview[edit]

The airport was completed in August 1999 and consists of four buildings and a control tower. The old airport, opened in 1965 and located on the south side of the inner harbour, was re-located due to the lack of room for expansion (The current runway is 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) when compared to the old 11/29 at 1,250 metres (4,100 ft)).[1] The main terminal building is a two floor structure. The old airport is located in city centre St. Pierre and is being redeveloped for housing complexes. The control tower, terminal building, hangar, and part of the old runway (mark number 29) are intact. The airport project cost 370 million French francs.[1]

Unusually, the airport's ICAO airport code, LFVP, begins with an L, representative of the codes used in France (and nearly all of southern Europe), despite the geographical proximity to Canada's codes which begin with C. While not entirely unheard of elsewhere, it is rarely seen in airports of other overseas territories or possessions of European nations, including France, which tend to hew to the most geographically relevant letter code, as opposed to the most politically relevant. Airports in French Guiana, for example, use South America's S prefix, despite French Guiana's being an overseas department of France.

Facilities[edit]

  • 2,200 m2 (24,000 sq ft) passenger terminal
  • 1,600 m2 (17,000 sq ft) maintenance building to store snow plows
  • 2,500 m2 (27,000 sq ft) aircraft hangars and workshop
  • 1,400 m2 (15,000 sq ft) civil aviation buildings

The airport currently handles turboprop aircraft and Boeing 737.

All other aircraft at the airport are private aircraft for general aviation.

Airline and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air Saint-Pierre Halifax, Miquelon, Montréal–Trudeau, St. John's
Seasonal: Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Paris–Charles de Gaulle[2]
Charter: Stephenville

In July 2018, the first nonstop flights from the islands to mainland France launched on Air Saint-Pierre with seasonal summer service from Saint-Pierre directly to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.[2] Previously, all connecting traffic to mainland France was done through airports in Canada, such as Halifax or Montréal–Trudeau.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The New Sainte-Pierre et Miquelon Airport, a successful takeoff Archived October 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Calder, Simon (10 January 2018). "Weirdest new flight routes, from five-hour 'domestic' French flight to Reykjavik-Kansas City". The Independent. Retrieved 22 May 2018.

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