Although St. John’s International Airport is one of the largest airports in Canada based on civilian traffic, the airport’s strong history and connection with the military is still prevalent today. As the last stop in North America on the way overseas and the first stop after crossing the Atlantic, St. John’s International Airport is strategically positioned for fuel stops and crew rests.
In 2010, we accommodated approximately 1,300 military aircraft landings. With the construction of a new Central De-icing Facility, additional parking has been made available for larger military aircraft that previously could not be accommodated. Such aircraft include C-17s and C-5s.
The general aviation area of the airport is serviced by three FBOs (Fixed Based Operators). These fuel providers provide superior customer service in taking care of all the needs of their clients, including arranging for transportation, booking hotels and providing in-flight meals. These three FBOs include the following:
- Irving Aviation
- Woodward Avitat
- Torbay Aeroservices Inc.(Shell)
Air Reserve Flight Torbay (AR Torbay)
The General Aviation area is also home to Air Reserve Flight Torbay, a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) transient servicing unit that provides servicing and support (minus fuel) to all RCAF and NATO aircraft (when requested). Services are provided in accordance with reciprocal cross-servicing agreements with NATO partners for logistics support to visiting military aircraft and crews.