Sydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport

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Sydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport
J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport (Sydney, Nova Scotia, December 15 2005).JPG
WMO: 71707
Airport type Public
Owner Transport Canada
Operator Sydney Airport Authority
Serves Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia
Location Reserve Mines, Nova Scotia
Built 1929
Time zone AST (UTC−04:00)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC−03:00)
Elevation AMSL 203 ft / 62 m
Coordinates 46°09′41″N 060°02′53″W / 46.16139°N 60.04806°W / 46.16139; -60.04806Coordinates: 46°09′41″N 060°02′53″W / 46.16139°N 60.04806°W / 46.16139; -60.04806
Website Official Website
CYQY is located in Nova Scotia
Location in Nova Scotia
Direction Length Surface
ft m
01/19 5,997 1,828 Asphalt
07/25 7,070 2,155 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft movements 7,902

Sydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport, (IATA: YQYICAO: CYQY), is located within the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) east northeast of Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, in the community of Reserve Mines.

The airport is classified as an airport of entry by NAV CANADA and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency. CBSA officers at this airport currently can handle aircraft with no more than 44 passengers. However, they can handle up to 200 if the aircraft is unloaded in stages.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Express Halifax
Air Canada Rouge Toronto–Pearson
Air Saint-Pierre Seasonal: Saint-Pierre[4]
Canadian North Charter: Fort McMurray
Flair Airlines Charter: Fort McMurray
Maritime Air Charter on-demand charter
WestJet Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
WestJet Encore Halifax


Airlines Destinations
SkyLink Express[5] Charlottetown, Halifax


On 27 July 2009 Sydney Airport was renamed after John Alexander Douglas McCurdy, who was a Canadian aviation pioneer who first flew the Silver Dart, holder of Canada's first pilot's license and a Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia from 1947 to 1952.[6]


Over the years, several travellers have been sent to this airport after their travel agents mistook it for the Sydney Airport in Australia.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 24 July 2014 to 0901Z 18 September 2014
  2. ^ Synoptic/Metstat Station Information
  3. ^ Total aircraft movements by class of operation
  4. ^ Air Saint-Pierre international flights
  5. ^ Sydney Airport Authority charter airlines
  6. ^ Sydney Airport renaming goes ahead although 50 of 70 planes were grounded in Moncton
  7. ^ Flying Dutchmen land in wrong Sydney, Erin Pottie, Cape Breton Post, August 10, 2010.
  8. ^ Holiday couple sent to the wrong Sydney, Bild, July 28, 2010.

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