Airport Supports Businesses and Jobs

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Nanaimo Airport is renowned for supporting local businesses and creating jobs, as well as connecting the central Island to the rest of the world .

But it’s also becoming known as something else that’s vitally important to our communities: a thriving business centre.

Your airport has grown into a workplace that supports more than 1,300 direct and indirect jobs. Within the next five years, that number is projected to hit over 2,000 jobs.

Right now, airport operations provide an economic contribution of almost $100 million to the region. The total includes wages paid by the many businesses that call Nanaimo Airport home, plus the goods and services they purchase, largely from local suppliers.

We’re very much like a mall, in that we provide the space and our business partners employ their own staff. All of the firms here bring a commitment to serving the needs of our customers.

They also have another thing in common: they’ve prospered during the unprecedented growth the airport has experienced in recent years. FedEx and Enex Aviation Services, for example, both expanded their operations in 2014 to keep up with surging demand.

Our partners run the gamut from large organizations — such as Air Canada and WestJet, which fly hundreds of thousands of passengers every year — to small businesses, such as Connections Cafe, which provides food service in the terminal for all passengers.

We work with charter flight operators, couriers and freight shippers, three car rental agencies, ground transportation firms, and a flying school that opened in 1990.

But it’s not just businesses that make their home at your airport.

We’re also proud to be the base for several community groups that enrich our Island.

The Nanaimo Flying Club, the 205 Collishaw Nanaimo Squadron of Air Cadets, and the local branch of Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA).

As a good neighbour, airport emphasizes cooperation

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We want to be a good neighbour because when neighbours work together, good things can happen.

That’s why Nanaimo Airport remains committed to being a good neighbour in the nearby communities. Our noise mitigation program is a great example of the difference community involvement can make.

The program looks at ways to reduce or avoid aircraft noise disturbance where possible. The Airport has always worked with neighbours and over the years have implemented several suggestions from neighbours including:

  • Pilot reminder signage at access gates regarding noise mitigation.
  • Adjustments to the schedules and flight paths for glider tow planes.
  • Requests to the chief pilot of scheduled air carriers about possible flight path changes.

A key component of the ongoing efforts is to host a noise mitigation roundtable, which brings together impacted residents, pilot representatives, Nav Canada (the civil air navigation service provider) and airport staff. It’s goal is to better understand the issues, and work towards solutions where possible. And those issues can be complex.

The airport facilitates commercial, industrial and recreational activities. In addition to flying passengers and cargo, our operations support critical services such as medical supply delivery and medical transportation.

The challenge for our community is to manage concerns about aircraft noise while balancing the region’s need for safe, convenient air travel.

Recent changes in international safety protocol related to flight stabilization, have generated additional noise for some neighbours. Until last year most schedule air carriers were required to be “stable” at 500 feet, which includes putting down their landing gear and flaps. However based on the June 2014 recommendation of National Transportation Safety Board, Air Carriers have changed their safety procedures to ensure they are “stable” at 1,000 feet.

This means that there is an increase in the noise levels, due to the landing gear being deployed sooner on the flight path. The change in safety procedures has affected some of the area’s neighbours who reside in the flight path.

Since this item was brought forward in June, the Nanaimo Airport has been meeting with several of the impacted neighbours and the air carrier to discuss the situation and seek solutions.

Although the source of some noise concerns are related to aircraft flying through the region from different airports or water aerodromes, the Nanaimo Airport always welcomes noise inquiries from residents. A dedicated noise inquiry email has been set up which is “”, or please call 250-245-2157 ext 315 to discuss your concerns further.

Travel questions? Nanaimo Airport has answers

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Like many things on Vancouver Island, travel is a year-round pursuit for residents.

So it’s no surprise that, even at the height of camping season, the most common questions we’re asked at Nanaimo Airport are all about vacation planning. Here are the answers to your questions (full details are at

What identification do I need for air travel?

If you’re aged 12 and above and travelling in Canada, you must have either:

  • one piece of valid government-issued photo ID ;
  • or two pieces of valid government-issued non-photo ID

In all cases, the ID must show your name, date of birth, and gender. If you’re planning international travel, a valid passport is a must. It’s also a good idea to use the Internet to check the customs agency requirements of the country you plan to visit.

How soon before my flight departs should I arrive at Nanaimo Airport?

  • We recommend arriving at least 90 minutes prior to Air Canada Express and WestJet Encore departures. You must have checked in, obtained your boarding pass and checked in all your bags 45 minutes before your flight.
  • Island Express passengers should arrive 30 minutes in advance.

What parking is available?

Nanaimo Airport offers long- and short-term stalls, as well as onsite parking for persons with disabilities. It’s $10 a day for the first 7 days, then $5 per additional day. Check our Parking Information page for full details.

If I don’t want to take my car, how can I get to the airport?

As you’ll see on our Ground Transportation page, you have many options: Nanaimo Airporter Shuttle; AC Taxi and Yellow Cab; and Greyhound bus.

If I check in early, what services are available in the departure lounge?

You can relax as we have plenty of comfortable seating, TVs with news and sports, free Internet, a play area for your kids, and food and beverage services.