Land Development Opportunities 

The Nanaimo Airport offers a unique mix of prime land development opportunities for strategic entrepreneurs and investors. We offer one of the largest available land masses for airside and groundside development of any B.C. airport in close proximity to Vancouver. YCD is strategically located on Hwy #1, the only major north-south route on Vancouver Island with a traffic count of more than 24,000 vehicles per day.  More than 50 hectares of our approximately 200-hectare site has prime business potential.

Our 20-year land use plan guides development on YCD  property. It’s an essential tool for the next generation that will help the Nanaimo Airport Commission fulfill its mandate to develop, manage and operate the airport. The plan identifies opportunities for aviation and commercial business, and ensures they are compatible with our Master Plan and with the surrounding community.

We’re Ready for Investment

An opportunities and competitive analysis carried out while researching our land use plan ranked us as second only to Victoria in terms of aerospace strengths and readiness to attract aviation investments. The research also identified the top five commercial development sectors for us to pursue. They are:

  • Hangars (private and corporate);
  • Fixed Based Operators (FBO), including aviation fuel suppliers;
  • Aircraft sales;
  • Flight training;
  • Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services, including a/c conversions, interiors, painting, etc.

We are also an ideal location for new or expanding businesses such as:

  • Freight and courier operations
  • Terminal retail and services
  • Aviation support services
  • Aircraft related suppliers
  • Aerospace education and training
  • Air transport dependent businesses
  • Aircraft storage and maintenance
  • Airport compatible business operations
  • Restaurant for airport users
  • Retail for airport users
  • Ground transportation services

We Offer Numerous Land Development Opportunities

We’re fortunate to possess an extensive inventory of lands with airside and highway access. It allows us flexibility in determining the shape of development.

The more than 15 hectares of undeveloped lands along the north portion of the parallel taxiway, for example, would be ideal for hangars, FBOs, aircraft sales, flight training and MRO services.

The hangar lots to the south of the flight service station are well suited to an FBO. And our large unserviced parcels along the Highway 1 corridor could be used for far larger projects.

One of the possibilities is a mixed commercial/light industrial centre to serve airport passengers, employees, the nearby community, and traffic at our main access/roundabout. Commercial activities would complement current airport activities and provide the services needed to support our long-term growth and financial sustainability.

A wide range of Business and Development opportunities exist at the Nanaimo Airport.  Conveniently situated in the south central Vancouver Island region, the airport is located 18 kilometers south of Nanaimo, adjacent the Trans Canada Highway, the rail line and ten minutes from ferries and ports.

Highly visible and easily accessible land is being designated for uses associated with or compatible to airport operations.  Inquiries about development questions or proposals are welcome.

For information about Commercial Real Estate Development Opportunities available at the Nanaimo Airport, please email