Services for Airlines
St. John’s International Airport has experienced unprecedented growth for over a decade. In 2010, over 1.3 million passengers came through our doors, making us one of Canada's largest airports. Our rapid growth, fueled by the popularity of our Province as a destination for conferences, to conduct business and for tourists, is twice the national average.
Six airlines currently offer scheduled passenger service year-round and two charter airlines offer seasonal services to Canadian and southern destinations.
Infrastructure and Capacity
St. John’s International Airport ’s infrastructure has experienced significant renovation and expansion since 1999 to accommodate increased numbers of passengers using the facilities. The terminal building was re-opened in 2002 and offers more of everything – more gates, more bridges, more baggage belts, more parking, more retail outlets, and more services, in general, for passengers.
St. John’s International Airport ’s airfield consists of two main runways that 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 (CAT II ILS) system. St. John’s International Airport is even part of the NASA program as it is designated as an alternate airport in the event that the Space Shuttle requires an emergency landing following take-off.
In 2007, a $12 Million Central De-icing Facility was constructed and has been operational since the 2007/2008 winter season. The 45,000 square meter facility ensures our compliance with environmental regulations, improves airline operations, reduces departure delays and improves overall airport operational integrity and safety. At this size, it also offers parking for large aircraft, especially during the de-icing off-season. In addition, this asset provides new taxiways that link to the airfield and opens other areas for possible airside land development.
The growth experienced at the airport has necessitated the growth of Airport Authority staff. The Combined Services Building that houses 85% of our employees recently underwent a $4.5 Million expansion and renovation to improve the working conditions of our existing employees and to make room for more. In addition to housing our mechanical, electrical and field operations staff, this building also houses our emergency response personnel.
Competitive Fee Structure
The Airport Authority offers a competitive fee structure. In addition to the landing and terminal fees, there are a number of choices for ground-handling services and fuel providers, resulting in competitive rates for airlines.
There are three Fixed Based Operators (FBOs) located at St. John’s International Airport. These include the following:
- Irving Aviation – www.irvingoil.com/pr_business/pr_aviation/locations.asp
- Woodward Avitat – www.woodwards.nf.ca
- Torbay Aeroservices Inc.(Shell) – www.torbayaeroservices.com
There are also three ground handling companies operating at St. John’s International Airport:
- Servisair – www.servisair.com
- Air Canada – www.aircanada.ca
- Provincial Airlines – www.provincialairlines.com
We continue to invest in our emergency response resources and capabilities. We maintain Category 7 emergency response coverage and up to Category 8 coverage within a half hour notice. In 2007, a new emergency response vehicle was purchased to handle all equipment required in the event of a large-scale emergency. As the most easterly airport in North America and being located within 10 minutes from the leading health care center in the Province, it is not uncommon for international flights to stop in St. John’s with a medical emergency. These airlines can be assured we have the trained professional staff and the infrastructure to manage such events.
The St. John’s International Airport is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and welcomes new airlines and aircraft to our facilities. Located less than 10 km from the city’s downtown core and adjacent to the highway, the Airport can be considered a downtown airport without any noise restrictions or curfews.
Although the airport has experienced a significant increase in the number of airlines flying into St. John’s, there are no slot controls. Customs can also be made available 24 hours a day.