St. John’s International Airport has two main runways and three separate apron areas, connected by eight (8) hard surface taxiways. These runways are strategically aligned to accommodate heavy cross winds. At a length of 8500 feet, the principal runway (Runway 11/29) has been utilized by all sizes of aircraft and is supported by Category 2 instrumentation landing system.
The runway sizes are listed below:
- Runway 11/29 (principal runway) – 8500 feet x 200 feet (2600m x 60m)
- Runway 16/34 - 7000 feet x 200 feet (2100m x 60m)
- Runway 02/20 - 5025 feet x 100 feet (1500m x 30m)
Some notable aircraft that have landed at the airport:
- Antonov 124 (Russian)
- C 5A Galaxy
- Concorde (Air France)
- Variety of Military Aircraft
The airport terminal building was re-developed in 2002 and was expanded to a total area of 175,000 square feet. The building was designed to reflect our culture and heritage as well as our vibrant new economy. Materials such as Bell Island stone and maple are combined with stainless steel and glass to produce a building that evokes a sense of pride in the community .
Not only is the building attractive, it has also proven to be very functional, especially in handling the unanticipated increase in passenger traffic. The three floors of the terminal building include concessions, check-in areas, a large international area and arrivals on the first floor, pre-board screening and departures lounge on the second floor, and Airport Authority and tenant offices on the third floor. There are eight aircraft gates located at the terminal building and four of these include passenger bridges.
Central De-icing Facility
The St. John’s International Airport has a new Central De-icing Facility. This facility, the only one in Atlantic Canada, was designed to improve operational safety and efficiency and to maintain our environmental integrity. Strategically located close to the “bad weather” runway, aircraft are able to efficiently de-ice and move through the facility to access the runway quickly.
At a size of 45,000 square meters, this facility can accommodate and is available for aircraft parking for Code C & D aircraft. This is especially relevant for large military aircraft, such as C-17s, that could not be accommodated on the general aviation ramp.