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2011

  • Summer -Local Artists Capture Our Island Spirit: The New Airport Terminal features three art walls, each showcasing the diversity and talent of our Vancouver Island artists…
  • Spring – New Look: A number of great changes will be visible at the Nanaimo Airport this year; and physical improvements that greet passengers will be reflected in the way the Airport represents itself in print and digital media…

2010

  • September – Reliability: Nanaimo Airport (YCD) is proud to report that the new Instrument Landing System, installed February 2010, has greatly improved our ability to land, which is important when you’re on the ‘Wet Coast’…
  • Phase Two Info Sheet – Airport Objective: The objective of the Nanaimo Airport Improvement Project is to provide reliable, expanded air service to meet the growing needs of the Mid-Island Region and in doing so provide the infrastructure necessary for the region to develop to its full economic potential…
  • July – Souring High In Success: If quality brings its own rewards Nanaimo Airport (YCD) may soon require a dedicated wall to display awards earned during its two-phase, $26.7 million expansion program…
  • May – Maintaining Sustainability for Haslam Creek: An environmental partnership that began in 2006 to rehabilitate the lower reaches of Haslam Creek continues to benifit fish habitat today. The creek is a major, 25 kilometer-long tributary to the Nanaimo River and is home to coho, pink, chum cutthroat, and rainbow trout…
  • March – Safety is Job One at Nanaimo Airport: Airport operations are centered in a formalized Safety Management System (SMS) that increases safety and sustains a financially-viable business. Although Nanaimo Airport is independently owned it remains subject to Transport Canada safety requirements…
  • February – The airport was originally constructed in 1942 as a Canadian Air Force glider pilot training facility. Following the war, the city of Nanaimo assumed responsibility for operations of the facility, although the airport remained under ownership of the federal government…
  • January – Building A Reliable Future: When Phase 2 of the Nanaimo Airport is completed, the terminal and supporting infrastructure will be able to accommodate a larger regional jet. The terminal building, baggage retrieval, customs and parking are all undergoing expansion in order to accommodate passengers…

2009

  • December – The Phase 2 cost estimate is $10.3 million with a target start date for construction, May 1, 2010 and a completion date, March, 2011. This project has been sponsored by the Building Canada Fund with ⅓ of the monies coming from the Federal Government, ⅓ from the Provincial Government and ⅓ from the Airport Commission…
  • October – The airport physical structures consist of: 1. 6,602’ runway, 2. Three associated taxiways, 3. Apron fronting the air terminal, 4. Pavement Load Rating (10 PLR), 5. Terminal building. There is a NAV Canada flisght services station as well as…
  • April – Phase 1: Premier Gordon Campbell joined delegates at the ground breaking ceremony on April 4th to launch the construction of the Nanaimo Airport Improvement Project. Nanaimo Airport will be a major contributor to the success of local business’ across the service area, including the Nanaimo Conference Centre and Vancouver Island University…
  • February – What do you know about the history of your Airport?: Nanaimo Airport actually had its beginning in 1942 as a  war-time emergency airfield, four years before it was recognized as a general-use airport. Transport Canada bought the 522-acre site for $20,000 from Thomas Cassidy in 1942…

2008

  • March – Nanaimo Airport is off the ground and climbing toward the start of the first phase of it’s $16.4 million expansion project that will provide improved air service to the Mid-island…

2007

  • November – Airport Project Will Help Fish In Haslam Creek: Nanaimo Airport’s Haslam Creek: Fish Habitat Restoration Project is already showing potential for success.The first of what will be a number of  strategically-placed log-stump-rock barriers extending out from the south bank of the creek near T-Bridge road is causing…
  • February– Versatile Snowblower Put Right To Work: When Nanaimo Airport took delivery of a $268,000 front-end loader/snowblower, little did it expect it would be only a matter of weeks before it was called into service.But that’s the way it happened and happy airport personnel
    were quick…

2006

  • July – Experimental Aircraft Association Makes Home Here: Did you know Nanaimo Airport is home to the only B.C. chapter of the world-wide Experimental Aircraft Association? EAA Chapter 679’s 37 members  hosted a successful Fly-In during June, attracting between 1,500 and 2,000 visitors…

2005

  • July – New Directors Bring Talent – Nanaimo Airport Commission has four new directors. They are Mike Hooper, appointed by the Cowichan Valley Regional District; Jerry Pink, by the City of Nanaimo; Guy Bezeau, the Town of Ladysmith…

2004

  • September – Nanaimo Airport Responds To Delayed Regulation: Nanaimo Airport may be the only private airport in Canada providing fire intervention service even though the federal government requirement has been put off a year. Smaller airports with scheduled service were put on notice two years ago…
  • July – Emergency Exercise was ‘Learning Tool’: The largest-ever emergency response exercise at Nanaimo Airport May 14 was a valuable learning tool, Airport Safety/Security Officer Doug Fern said. The exercise, dubbed Sparticus, and mandated every five years by Transport Canada…
  • February – Passengers Give Nanaimo Airport High Marks: Nanaimo Airport ranked near the top in an independent, nation-wide passenger satisfaction survey conducted last Fall. Out of the 11 airports participating in the survey, Nanaimo (YCD) ranked fourth…
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