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Business at YCD

Front view of terminal buildingThe Nanaimo Airport Commission is committed to developing the commercial potential of the Nanaimo Airport, by creating an attractive development environment.The ‘YCD Advantage’ includes reasonable lease terms with extremely competitive airside lease rates and no landing fees for Commission tenants.

For future development opportunities please contact NAI Commercial CVI @
(250) 753-5757.

YCD Operations

YCD is utilized by air carriers operating under Canadian Aviation Regulation 705 for the purpose of providing scheduled passenger service, therefore, the airport is certified in accordance with the Canadian Aviation Regulations. The airport is open for air traffic twenty-four hours a day and is handled by either the Nanaimo Flight Service Station or the Kamloops Flight Information Centre.

Nanaimo Airport is classified as an airport of entry by NAV Canada and is staffed by the Canada Border Services.

YCD Maintenance & Response Service

Airfield maintenance is undertaken by staff and contractors. The current compliment of airport owned heavy equipment includes: front end loader with snow blower attachment; two single-axle plow trucks and plows; runway sweeper; liquid de-icer and solids de-icer spreaders.

A custom built response vehicle was purchased new in 2004 and has capacity for 2,400 litres of water, 150 litres of foam and 135 kg of dry chemical. This unit allows for a timely initial response while awaiting arrival of off-airport fire departments.

Doing Business at YCD

The Nanaimo Airport property is situated on approximately 500 acres of beautiful Vancouver Island. Our primary catchment area includes a population of nearly 260,000 and serves on average – 312,000 passengers annually. We are adjacent to the Island Highway approximately 15 minutes south of Nanaimo, an excellent position to meet the growing needs of local communities. We are a modern air passenger facility supporting a broad range of services and amenities:

  • Scheduled and Chartered Airlines- private and corporate flights
  • Car Rental Agencies
  • Ground Transportation Companies
  • Courier/Cargo companies
  • Restaurant
  • Pay Parking area for both short and long term