Thunder Bay International Airport

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Thunder Bay International Airport
Thunder Bay Airport
Thunder Bay Airport 1.JPG
Thunder Bay International Airports Authority Logo.svg
WMO: 71749
Airport type Public
Owner Transport Canada[1]
Operator Thunder Bay International Airports Authority
Serves Thunder Bay, Ontario
Time zone EST (UTC−05:00)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL 654 ft / 199 m
Coordinates 48°22′19″N 089°19′18″W / 48.37194°N 89.32167°W / 48.37194; -89.32167Coordinates: 48°22′19″N 089°19′18″W / 48.37194°N 89.32167°W / 48.37194; -89.32167
CYQT is located in Ontario
Location in Ontario
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 7,318 2,231 Asphalt
12/30 5,297 1,615 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft movements 108,130
Passengers 761,000
Sources: Canada Flight Supplement[2]
Environment Canada[3]
Movements from Statistics Canada[4]
Passengers from Thunder Bay Airport Authority Inc.[5]
Thunder Bay Airport ramp side

Thunder Bay Airport or Thunder Bay International Airport, (IATA: YQTICAO: CYQT), is an airport in the Canadian city of Thunder Bay, Ontario. With 108,130 aircraft movements in 2012, it was the fifth busiest airport in Ontario and the 16th busiest airport in Canada.[4] During the same year, more than 761,000 passengers went through the airport.[5]

The airport is classified as an airport of entry by Nav Canada and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). CBSA officers at this airport can handle aircraft with up to 40 passengers.[2]


It was built as the Fort William Municipal Airport in 1938, partly as a means of relieving unemployment.[6]

During World War II, the Thunder Bay (then Fort William) airport was home to No. 2 Elementary Flying Training School, part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. The airport was also used as a base for test flights of fighter aircraft being built at the nearby Canadian Car and Foundry factory.

Before the two cities of Fort William and Port Arthur merged, it was called the Canadian Lakehead Airport.

The airport went under major renovations in 1994 with the construction of a new airport terminal building, including two jetways, a large food court, a gift shop and an arcade.

The airport was handed over from the government in 1997 to the Thunder Bay International Airports Authority, a non-profit organization. The airport handled over 600,000 passengers in 2006 for the first time since 2001.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Express Toronto–Pearson, Winnipeg
Air Transat Seasonal: Punta Cana
Bearskin Airlines Dryden, Fort Frances, Kenora, North Bay, Red Lake, Sault Ste. Marie, Sioux Lookout, Sudbury, Timmins, Winnipeg
Nakina Air Service Fort Hope/Eabametoong, Nakina/Greenstone, Neskantaga, Ogoki Post, Webequie
Porter Airlines Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto–Billy Bishop, Ottawa
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Cancun, Varadero
Superior Airways Charter: Red Lake
Wasaya Airways Sioux Lookout
WestJet Seasonal: Calgary
WestJet Encore Toronto–Pearson, Winnipeg


Airlines Destinations
Cargojet Airways
operated by First Air
FedEx Feeder Winnipeg


Airlines Destinations
Air Bravo On-Demand Charter
Thunder Airlines On-Demand Charter


Parking and transportation[edit]

Vehicles can reach the airport via Ontario Highway 61 and connections with Harbour Expressway and Ontario Highway 11 into Thunder Bay's core.

The parking lot contains 100 short-term spaces, 300 long-term spaces, curbside taxi service and courtesy cars. Thunder Bay Transit bus route #3 Airport serves the airport terminal and the nearby Aviation Centre of Excellence.


Thunder Bay Airport interior

The Thunder Bay International Airport has a 2 story terminal building.

Thunder Bay's runways are mainly handling small or larger turboprop aircraft, but they are able to handle narrow-body jet aircraft like the Boeing 737.

The airport also has two fixed-base operators: MaintAir Aviation Services Ltd. for Shell Aviation, and Thunder Bay Flight Refuelling for Esso Avitat.

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