Windsor International Airport (“YQG”) is owned by the City of Windsor and operated by Your Quick Gateway (Windsor) Inc., a federal share corporation of the City of Windsor. In November 2007, the City approved a long-term management contract for the operations of the Airport to Your Quick Gateway (Windsor) Inc., under the direction of an independent Board of Directors.
As a key transportation asset, YQG is centrally located within the City of Windsor, the 16th largest census metropolitan area in Canada and the Region of Essex County with a population of approximately 420,000 people. It is the only business and general aviation airport, serving the surrounding communities of Essex and Kent County, situated on an international border between Canada and the United States, with a population approaching 7.7 million within a 45 minute drive.
Premier Aviation of Trois Rivieres opens the largest heavy airframe maintenance facility in Ontario (e.g. 143,000 sf); a first for Windsor, Ontario
Windsor International Airport surpasses historical all-time record of annual passengers, with 193,000 total passengers
City of Windsor appoints Your Quick Gateway (Windsor) Inc. as the operator of the Windsor International Airport; YQG is a wholly owned federal share corporation of the City of Windsor
1998 – 2007
City of Windsor entered into 10-year management agreement with Serco Aviation Services; the agreement terminated early in February 2007
Transport Canada downloaded airports to municipalities; City of Windsor took over ownership of the Windsor International Airport
British Airways Concorde visited
Firehall addition, replacement of runway lights and renovations to the air terminal building were completed
1983 – 1985
Improvements made to runways, taxiways, aprons and parking areas; firehall addition, replacement of runway lights and renovations to the air terminal building were completed
1976 – 1977
Expanded air terminal building
Citizen’s Advisory Committee established
Extended Runway 07-25 to 7,900 feet
Air Canada introduced DC-9 jet service
Windsor International Airport (IATA: YQG, ICAO: CYQG) incorporated into the national portfolio of airports in Canada
Canadian Pacific Airlines introduced DC-8 flights to Mexico
TCA introduced Vanguard aircraft
Completed construction of new air terminal building; many war surplus buildings removed
City of Windsor declined to take over operation of Windsor Airport from the Department of Transport
No. 7 EFTS ceased operations
Department of National Defence established No. 7 Elementary Flying Training School (‘EFTS’) at Windsor Airport
Completed construction of runways, administration building and control tower
Ownership transferred to the City of Windsor, which turned it over to the Department of Transportation.
Construction began on runways
Canfield licence cancelled
Large portion of land returned to Walker Farms with the remainder licensed as Walker Airport to Mr. John Canfield
Border Cities Aero Club ran into financial difficulties; Walker Farms requested return of land
1930 – 1931
Canadian Airways used Walker Airport for air mail runs
Lighting installed on airfield for night flying
Walker Airport declared a Customs Port of Entry
Established the Windsor branch of the Aerial League of Canada
Border Cities Aero Club, Chamber of Commerce and Aerial League establish Walker Airport. From 1927 to 1931, Duncan .B. McColl, a bomber pilot in WWI flying Handley Pages, was the Chairman of the Aviation Committee of the Border Chamber of Commerce in Windsor; his contributions are recognized today with the naming of the Airport entrance as D. B. McColl Rd.
The turf field leased from the Hiram Walker Estate rent-free for five years; Hiram H. and Harrington E. Walker donated $10,000 to build the first hangar
Official opening took place on September 8, 1928 with an air show; an Essex County Air Derby won by Capt. F. G. M. Sparks of the Montreal Flying Club and an International Air Race from Windsor to Los Angeles, won by Drury and Oliphant of the London Flying Club
Royal Windsor flight – first attempt to fly from Windsor, Ontario to Windsor, England in a Stinson Detroiter monoplane; the mission failed in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland due to mechanical problems
Established Border Cities Aero Club and Aviation Committee of the Chamber of Commerce
First successful powered flight in Canada by John McCurdy at Baddeck, Nova Scotia in the Silver Dart
First successful powered flight by the Wright Brothers at Kittyhawk, North Carolina in the Wright Flyer
The official opening took place on September 8, 1928 with an air show; an Essex County Air Derby won by Capt. F. G. M. Sparks of the Montreal Flying Club, and an International Air Race from Windsor to Los Angeles, won by Drury and Oliphant of the London Flying Club.
Phone: +1 (519) 969-2430
Fax: +1 (519) 969-6053
Your Quick Gateway (Windsor) Inc.
o/a Windsor International Airport
3200 County Road 42, Unit 200
Windsor, ON N8V 0A1
Phone: +1 (519) 969-9096
Fax: +1 (519) 969-8827
2600 Airport Road, Unit 100
Windsor, ON N8V 1A1
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