Windsor Airport

Windsor Airport

Infobox Airport
name = Windsor Airport
type = Public
operator = Your Quick Gateway (Windsor) Inc. [ [ Windsor Airport - Our Story] ]
owner = Windsor City Council
city-served = Windsor, Ontario
elevation_ft = 622
elevation_m = 190
coordinates = Coord|42|16|32|N|082|57|20|W|type:airport|display=inline
website = []
r1-number = 07/25
r1-length-f = 9,000
r1-length-m = 2,743
r1-surface = Asphalt
r2-number = 12/30
r2-length-f = 5,150
r2-length-m = 1,570
r2-surface = Asphalt
stat-year = 2007
stat1-header = Aircraft Movements
stat1-data = 40,586
footnotes = Source: Canada Flight SupplementCFS]
Statistics from Transport Canada. [ Aircraft Movement Statistics: NAV CANADA Towers and Flight Service Stations: Annual Report 2007] ]

Windsor Airport, Airport codes|YQG|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 officers at this airport currently can handle aircraft with no more than 325 passengers, however they can handle up to 450 if the aircraft is unloaded in stages.


The airport originally 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 originally was).

Recent History

In 2006, Serco Aviation Services Inc. had announced that is requested early termination of its contract with the City of Windsor regarding its management of the Airport, as Windsor Airport had been losing around $40,000 per month. The City of Windsor accepted Serco's withdrawal and prepared to operate the airport itself, but with a large deficit. As of July 1, 2007, Serco handed over operations of the airport to the City of Windsor, and ceased to be its operator. The City of Windsor's 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 originally 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 Windsor Star had reported that since Your Quick Gateway was so successful in managing the airport (it had managed to pull a small profit in recent months of running Windsor Airport), that it was given permission to run Windsor Airport indefinitely in this manner.


There is scheduled air service provided by Air Canada Jazz to Toronto Pearson International Airport, as well as seasonal charter flights through Sunquest (operated by Skyservice) and Conquest Vacations, in addition to general aviation traffic.

Sunwing has announced that it will commence winter chaters to Cuba and the Dominican Republic in the 2008/2009 winter season. In turn Windsor airport is spending $600,000.00 to increase the current departure area from 2000 sq ft to 10000 sq ft. The agreement with Sunwings is for 3 years


* Air America Logisitics [ [ Air America Logisitics] ]
* Windsor Flying Club
* Canadian Historical Aircraft Association
* Journey Air [ [ Journey Air] ] /Great Lakes Flight Center [ [ Great Lakes Flight Center] ]
* Georgian Express
* Skyservice fixed base operator (FBO)

Technical information


* Latitude/Longitude: 42° 16' 32" N, 82° 57' 20" W
* Elevation: convert|622|ft|abbr=on|0
* 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: convert|9000|by|200|ft|abbr=on|0, aphalt, lighted, PAPI type 2 approach lighting for both ends
* Runway 12/30: convert|5150|by|150|ft|abbr=on|0, asphalt, lighted, PAPI type 2 approach lighting for both ends


* Remote Communications Outlet (RCO): London Radio, 126.7 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

=Navigation aids=

* Non-directional beacons (NDB): Windsor (QG), 353 kHz, 250° 3.8 nm to airport; Laurel (ZQG), 398 kHz, 70° convert|4.0|NM|abbr=on to airport
* VHF omnidirectional range (VOR)/Distance Measuring Equipment (DME): Windsor (YQG), 113.8 MHz/channel 85, 285° convert|5.6|NM|abbr=on 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
* RMG Aero Services (Shell Aerocentre): 123.4 MHz -- 100LL avgas and Jet-A fuel


External links

* [ Official web site]
* [ Live Airport Radar]
* [ Page about this airport] on COPA's "Places to Fly" airport directory

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