About YQG

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.

 

2012

Premier Aviation of Trois Rivieres opens the largest heavy airframe maintenance facility in Ontario (e.g. 143,000 sf); a first for Windsor, Ontario


2011

Windsor International Airport surpasses historical all-time record of annual passengers, with 193,000 total passengers 


2007

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


 1998 

Transport Canada downloaded airports to municipalities; City of Windsor took over ownership of the Windsor International Airport


 1987 

British Airways Concorde visited


 1985 

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 


 1974 

Citizen’s Advisory Committee established 


 1969 

 Extended Runway 07-25 to 7,900 feet

Air Canada introduced DC-9 jet service


 1967 

Windsor International Airport (IATA: YQG, ICAO: CYQG) incorporated into the national portfolio of airports in Canada


 1962 

Canadian Pacific Airlines introduced DC-8 flights to Mexico


 1960 

TCA introduced Vanguard aircraft


 1958 

Completed construction of new air terminal building; many war surplus buildings removed


 1950 

City of Windsor declined to take over operation of Windsor Airport from the Department of Transport


 1945 

No. 7 EFTS ceased operations


 1940 

Department of National Defence established No. 7 Elementary Flying Training School (‘EFTS’) at Windsor Airport

Completed construction of runways, administration building and control tower


 1939 

Ownership transferred to the City of Windsor, which turned it over to the Department of Transportation.

Construction began on runways


 1938 

Canfield licence cancelled


 1936 

Large portion of land returned to Walker Farms with the remainder licensed as Walker Airport to Mr. John Canfield


 1934 

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


 1929 

Walker Airport declared a Customs Port of Entry


 1928 

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


 1927 

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


 1920 

Established Border Cities Aero Club and Aviation Committee of the Chamber of Commerce 


 1909 

First successful powered flight in Canada by John McCurdy at Baddeck, Nova Scotia in the Silver Dart


 1903 

First successful powered flight by the Wright Brothers at Kittyhawk, North Carolina in the Wright Flyer


Souvenir Programme - Official Opening of Walker AirportThe 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.

Download the Souvenir Programme from the Official Opening of Walker Airport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact YQG

Phone: +1 (519) 969-2430

Fax:      +1 (519) 969-6053

Mail:
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

Mail:
2600 Airport Road, Unit 100
Windsor, ON N8V 1A1


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