Sydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport

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Sydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport
Sydney Airport (2015).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 Sydney Airport
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 (2014)
Aircraft movements 8,278

Sydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy 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. 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, Toronto–Pearson [4]
WestJet Encore Halifax
WestJet Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
Air Saint-Pierre Seasonal: Saint-Pierre[5]


Airlines Destinations
Exploits Valley Air Services Deer Lake Regional Airport[6]

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. The airport also has a tarmac for general aviation. Three hangar facilities are also on site.

Ground transportation[edit]


City Wide Taxi provides service at the airport with arrangements made in advance. The area's hotels do not provide shuttle service between the airport and the hotels.[7]

Rented car[edit]

Avis, Budget and National/Enterprise car rental agencies are located in the air terminal building.[7]


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.[8]

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.[9][10]


  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. ^
  5. ^ Air Saint-Pierre international flights
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b
  8. ^ Sydney Airport renaming goes ahead although 50 of 70 planes were grounded in Moncton
  9. ^ Flying Dutchmen land in wrong Sydney, Erin Pottie, Cape Breton Post, August 10, 2010.
  10. ^ Holiday couple sent to the wrong Sydney, Bild, July 28, 2010.

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