Windsor International Airport
|Windsor International Airport|
|Owner||Windsor City Council|
|Operator||Your Quick Gateway, Inc.|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−05:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−04:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||622 ft / 190 m|
Windsor International Airport, (IATA: YQG, ICAO: CYQG), is located in the southeast portion of the city of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The airport serves a mixture of scheduled airline flights and general aviation, and is a popular point of entry into Canada for private and business aircraft. The airspace above the airport is exceptionally busy because of the proximity to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) arrivals and departures are handled by Detroit approach control.
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 up to 325 passengers. However, it can handle up to 450 if the aircraft is unloaded in stages.
The airport opened in 1928 as Walker Airport, named after Hiram Walker, a 19th-century whiskey distiller. In 1967, the airport was added to the national portfolio of Canadian airports, citing its increasing importance as a regional airport hub for Southwestern Ontario, serving the areas between Detroit, Michigan and London, Ontario, rather than being a simple landing strip (as it used to be).
In 2006, Serco Aviation Services Inc. announced that would request early termination of its airport management contract with the City of Windsor, as Windsor Airport had been losing around CAD$40,000 per month. The City of Windsor accepted Serco's withdrawal and prepared to operate the airport itself, but with a large deficit. On July 1, 2007, Serco handed over operations of the airport to the City of Windsor. Windsor City Council had approved of an ad hoc group to run the airport on behalf of the city, named "Your Quick Gateway Inc." (after the airport's call letters, YQG). This private organization was formed by the Windsor City Council, and was supposed to be a "temporary band-aid solution" until another operator was found. However, on November 14, the The Windsor Star had reported that since Your Quick Gateway was so successful in managing the airport, and posting a small profit, that it was given permission to operate the facility indefinitely in this manner.
The airport has additional land bounded by farm land along Division Road and Lauzon Parkway for future airport expansion.
In 2012, The Windsor Star reported that airport traffic had increased over 160% since 2008, with over 250,000 passengers passing through the airport in 2012, its busiest year ever. This has widely been attributed to aggressive efforts to attract more flights to existing destinations, and to new destinations. In 2011, Porter Airlines began flying from Windsor to Toronto (Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport) and Porter declared that Windsor is one of its most successful new markets. However, 37% of the local market still use Detroit Metro Airport as its airport of choice.
In early October 2013, the City of Windsor announced it would invest $14.1 million into the airport to create a multi-model cargo terminal. The project is expected to create approximately 105 jobs for the City of Windsor and has the potential to create thousands of jobs. The first tenant for the new cargo hub at Windsor Airport will be FedEx which signed a 20-year lease to run the hub and is expected to move into the facility by December 1, 2015.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Canada Express||Toronto–Pearson|
|Air Transat||Seasonal: Punta Cana, Santa Clara|
|Pelee Island Transportation Company||Seasonal: Pelee Island|
|Porter Airlines||Toronto–Billy Bishop|
|Sunwing Airlines||Seasonal: Cancún, Cayo Coco, Santa Clara, Varadero, Montego Bay|
|SkyLink Express||Hamilton (ON)|
- 364 Royal Canadian Air Cadets
- Windsor Flying Club
- Canadian Historical Aircraft Association
- Journey Air/Great Lakes Flight Center
- Georgian Express
- Skyservice fixed-base operator (FBO)
- Latitude/Longitude: 42° 16' 32" N, 82° 57' 20" W
- Elevation: 622 ft (190 m)
- Magnetic variation: 7° W
The airport is operated by Your Quick Gateway on behalf of the City of Windsor, is certified by Transport Canada, and operates as an airport of entry with Canadian customs services available. There is a landing fee for some aircraft.
- Runway 07/25: 9,000 by 200 ft (2,743 by 61 m), asphalt, lighted, PAPI type 2 approach lighting for both ends
- Runway 12/30: 5,150 by 150 ft (1,570 by 46 m), asphalt, lighted, PAPI type 2 approach lighting for both ends
- Remote Communications Outlet (RCO): London Radio, 123.375 MHz
- Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS): 134.5 MHz
- Ground control: 121.7 MHz
- Tower: 124.7 MHz (mandatory frequency when tower is closed)
- IFR arrivals and departures: Detroit Approach Control, 124.9 MHz
- Visual Flight Rules (VFR) advisories: Windsor-area Detroit Approach Control, 126.85 MHz
- Non-directional beacons (NDB): Windsor (QG), 353 kHz, 250° 3.8 nautical miles (7.0 km; 4.4 mi) to airport; Laurel (ZQG), 398 kHz, 70° 4.0 NM (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) to airport
- VHF omnidirectional range (VOR)/Distance Measuring Equipment (DME): Windsor (YQG), 113.8 MHz/channel 85, 285° 5.6 NM (10.4 km; 6.4 mi) to airport
- VOT (VOR airorne equipment test facility): 111.8 MHz
- Instrument Landing System (ILS): runway 25 (IQG)
Fixed-base operator (FBO)
Parking is available from the airport operator; there is a charge for parking longer than six hours.
- Great Lakes Flight Centre (Esso Avitat): 122.95 MHz—100LL avgas and Jet-A fuel
Fire and rescue
Category 6 ARFF coverage is provided by airport employees. Two E-One ARFF crash vehicles are stationed at the airport firehall. Essex-Windsor EMS provides medical assistance at the airport.
- "About YQG". YQG. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
- Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 5 January 2017 to 0901Z 2 March 2017
- "Synoptic/Metstat Station Information". Archived from the original on 28 June 2013.
- "Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers". Nav Canada. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
- "Windsor airport traffic increased 160% since 2008". CBC News. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
- Chen, Dalton (26 August 2014). "Windsor approves builder of $16.8-million cargo hub at airport, with FedEx as tenant". The Windsor Star. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
- "Cargo hub coming to Windsor airport as part of $19.9M initiative". CTV News. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
- 364 Squadron
- Journey Air
- Great Lakes Flight Center
- Official web site
- Journey Air Pilot Training
- Windsor Flying Club - Flight training
- Live Airport Radar
- Page about this airport on COPA's Places to Fly airport directory
- Past three hours METARs, SPECI and current TAFs for Windsor Airport from Nav Canada as available.
- Southwestern Ontario Digital Archive: Airport, Windsor, Ontario, Canada