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John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport
Hamilton Airport
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Hamilton International Airport
IATA: YHMICAO: CYHM
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Hamilton
Operator Tradeport International Corp.
Serves Hamilton, Ontario
Elevation AMSL 780 ft / 238 m
Coordinates 43°10′25″N 079°56′06″W / 43.17361°N 79.935°W / 43.17361; -79.935 (John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport)Coordinates: 43°10′25″N 079°56′06″W / 43.17361°N 79.935°W / 43.17361; -79.935 (John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport)
Website www.flyhi.ca
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 6,000 1,829 Asphalt
12/30 10,000 3,048 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft Movements 60,786
Number of Passengers 545,800
Sources: Canada Flight Supplement[1]
Statistics from Transport Canada.[2]
Passengers from operator[3]

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport or Hamilton International, (IATA: YHMICAO: CYHM), is an international airport in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It is named for John Munro, a Hamilton Member of Parliament and cabinet minister.

The airport is designed for use by large airplanes on overseas flights, and includes a 10,000 ft × 200 ft (3,048 m × 61 m) asphalt runway with centreline lighting for low-visibility operations, as well as a smaller 6,000 ft × 150 ft (1,829 m × 46 m) asphalt runway. In late 2007, Trade Port Co. and Citi Corp. bought land from the city of Hamilton to expand runway 06/24 to 9,000 ft (2,743 m). This is expected to happen sometime in 2009. It serves as an alternate and reliever for nearby Toronto Pearson International Airport.

In 2000 WestJet expanded to Canada's eastern region, choosing Hamilton as the airline's eastern region hub, and flying to destinations from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia. In April 2004, seeking to compete with Air Canada for business travelers, WestJet moved its eastern hub from Hamilton to Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga. While Hamilton retained flights to many destinations, all of the service between Hamilton and Montreal and Ottawa was moved to Toronto. In the wake of the WestJet pullout, CanJet began service to Hamilton in 2003. Then in the spring of 2005, two weeks after Air Canada Jazz announced it would enter the local market with service from Hamilton to Montreal and Ottawa, Canjet announced a complete withdrawal from Hamilton.

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 250 passengers; however, they can handle up to 450 if the aircraft is unloaded in stages.[1]

The airport also hosts the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

Flyglobespan, which flew to Hamilton between 2007 and 2009 refered to the airport as Toronto Hamilton International Airport.[4]

The airport received notoriety when a chartered Boeing 707 carrying rock band Bon Jovi skidded off the runway in January, 2006.

In some cases for cargo, Hamilton may receive a Antonov An-124 or a Boeing 747. The most common of those aircraft is the An 124 Ruslan

Due to high fuel prices, Air Canada Jazz withdrew its service from Hamilton airport on July 31, 2008[5].

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History

The airport was originally built in 1940 as the Mount Hope Airport, a Royal Canadian Air Force base. During World War II, the field hosted two units for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan: first, No.10 Elementary Flying Training School (later moved to RCAF Station Pendleton) using the De Havilland Tiger Moth and Fleet Finch, then No.33 Air Navigation School using the Avro Anson. After the war, the airport gradually shifted towards civil use, until the military ceased using it as a base for Air Reserve operations in 1964.

Hamilton turned over operation of the airport to TradePort International Corp. in 1996. In 2007 YVR Airport Services (YVRAS), which runs the Vancouver International Airport, took over 100 per cent ownership of TradePort in a $13-million deal.

The GTAA has claimed that Hamilton is too far from the city of Toronto core to be practical as a major hub for travelers. Critics point out that the reliever airports for Boston, Massachusetts (T.F. Green State Airport in Providence, Rhode Island and Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, New Hampshire) are utilized effectively despite being further from the Boston city centre than Munro Airport is from the Toronto city centre. Should the GTAA decide not to build the proposed Pickering Airport, which could prove controversial due to the required expropriation of land, Hamilton may have an increase in passenger traffic and possibly new airlines.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
SATA International Oakland, Terceira [seasonal]
WestJet Calgary, Cancun [seasonal], Edmonton, Halifax, Moncton, Orlando [seasonal], Punta Cana [seasonal], Winnipeg[6]

Cargo operators

FBO services

See also

References

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