Sydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport

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J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport
Sydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport
Sydney Airport (2015).jpg
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Sydney Airport Authority
Serves Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia
Location Sydney, 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 Sydney Airport
CYQY is located in Nova Scotia
Location in Nova Scotia
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 5,997 1,828 Asphalt
06/24 7,070 2,155 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Aircraft movements 8,278

J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport, (IATA: YQYICAO: CYQY), is a regional airport 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 served by Air Canada Express, WestJet, WestJet Encore and Air St. Pierre. Nav Canada classifies Sydney as an airport of entry by and as such is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). CBSA officers at this airport can handle aircraft with no more than 44 passengers with staged offloading of 200 passengers.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Express Halifax, Toronto–Pearson
WestJet Encore Halifax
WestJet Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
Air Saint-Pierre Seasonal: Saint-Pierre

Cargo carriers[edit]

  • Air Canada Express[4]

Infrastructure and operations[edit]

There are two runways in Sydney, one with ILS-I capabilities and the other served by RNAV. The runways are generally aligned in the east-west and north-south direction and are served by two taxiways. The airport's passenger terminal was built in the 1960s and has been renovated through the years, while the apron is capable of handling three passenger aircraft at once[clarification needed]. The airport serves general aviation, charter and business aircraft with a tarmac with built-in tie downs, self-serve pay-at-the-pump aviation fuel 100LL, a crew room and hangar facilities. Jet fuel provided by ASIG; Ground handling services provided by Airconsol Aviation.

Ground transportation[edit]


City Wide Taxi provides service at the airport. Arrangements can be made in advance.[5]

Rented car[edit]

Avis, Budget and National/Enterprise car rental agencies are located in the air terminal building.[5]


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

Misidentification for Sydney, Australia[edit]

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] The most recent was on March 31, 2017 when a Dutch traveler booked his own flight.[9]


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