Region of Waterloo International Airport
Region of Waterloo International Airport
|Operator||Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario|
Near Breslau, Ontario
|Time zone||EST (UTC−05:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−04:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||1,054 ft / 321 m|
Region of Waterloo International Airport or Kitchener/Waterloo Airport (IATA: YKF, ICAO: CYKF) is an international airport serving the Regional Municipality of Waterloo in Woolwich, Ontario, Canada, northwest of Toronto.
The airport is classified as an airport of entry by Nav Canada and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). CBSA officers at this airport can handle any general aviation aircraft up to 180 people with two hours prior notice.
The terminal building has an international/domestic lounge. There are two separate baggage carousel, one for domestic and the other international. There are four gates (one international, one domestic arrivals, two domestic departure) at this terminal to handle scheduled flights. There is a licensed sit-down eating area and a vending area for people travelling through the airport.
Construction began on the Kitchener-Waterloo Municipal Airport, also known as Lexington Airport, in 1929 on the Heinrich farm on Lexington Road in Waterloo. The towns of Kitchener and Waterloo and the Ontario Equitable Life and Accident Insurance Company acquired the lands to build a land and water airport facility. Completed in 1930, the airfield was mainly used for flying instruction. Gilles Air Service began to operate from the airfield from 1930 to 1932 and was succeeded by Kitchener-Waterloo Flying Club from 1932 to 1951. During World War II civilian aviation ceased at the airfield and it was used by the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. At the end of the War there was a push for a larger and more appropriate place for private and commercial aviation in the area. In 1948 the Waterloo-Wellington Airport Commission acquired a larger site in Breslau, Ontario area and a new airfield was completed there in 1950. The original airport was sold in 1951 to A.B. Caya and re-developed into a mixed residential and commercial area.
The new 'K-W Municipal Airport became a general aviation facility in 1969. From 1951 to 1973 the Waterloo-Wellington Flying Club ran the airport and then sold it to Waterloo Region and the City of Guelph. It became a publicly owned airport and was renamed Waterloo Regional Airport. Today it operates 24 hours and seven days a week.
Lexington Airport then and now
Using an aerial photograph A10055-8 1946 from the Geospatial Library at the University of Waterloo, it seems that the airport had two runways, crossing each other approximately in their middles. Runway 11/29 was 2000 feet long and 175 feet wide. Runway 01/19 was 1800 feet long and 125 feet wide. The threshold of 01 is in the parking lot of Sandowne Public School, the threshold of 19 is in the properties on Kane Drive, the threshold of 11 is on Bairstow Crescent and the threshold of 29 is in the properties on Dunvegan Drive opposite a playground. The current Lexington Park is between the thresholds of 11 and 19. The baseball diamond and soccer pitch at Lexington Park, 291 Lexington Road in Waterloo, are the site of the original hangar built in 1930. The airfield extended along the southeast side of Lexington Road to University Ave.
A historical plaque near the entrance of Lexington Park describes the runways.
In 2013, it was the 16th busiest airport in Canada by aircraft movements, and underwent a major expansion in 2003. Starting in 2008, the airport started expanding again to accommodate larger aircraft on the aprons and taxiways; this includes widening the main apron 3, expanding apron 2 into apron 3, new widened taxiway alpha and Charlie taxiway off apron 2 to runway 08, and approach lighting on runway 26. In 2010, Taxiway Charlie was widened to prepare for a new development area called "LL4." A new General Manager recruited from the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Chris Wood, was appointed in September 2009.
Two commercial airlines serve the area (one year round, one seasonal): WestJet to Calgary and Sunwing Airlines to Cancun. Mesaba Airlines, a Northwest Airlines affiliate, suspended service to Detroit in June 2009. American Eagle suspended service to Chicago on October 5, 2016.
In late 2005, major vacation charters (primarily to the Caribbean) began to operate during their peak season.
On 17 December 2009, WestJet announced new daily seasonal flights to Vancouver as part of WestJet's enhanced summer schedule for 2010. However, the Vancouver flights did not return to YKF for 2011.
On 22 March 2011, Bearskin Airlines announced daily flight to Montreal beginning on 1 May 2011.
On 13 December 2011, American Airlines announced new daily nonstop flights to Chicago beginning on 14 June 2012, the airport's first destination in the United States since 2009. The service was operated by Envoy, using the Embraer 145 jet.
In September 2012, Bearskin Airlines terminated service to Montreal. Service to Ottawa with connections to/from Northern Ontario are offered.
In September 2013, Nolinor Aviation began three weekly and four every other week charter service from the airport to Mary River via Iqaluit with a Boeing 737-200 combi. This service was expected to bring $400,000 annually to the airport through landing and ramp fees with no additional costs to the region.
On 27 September 2017, a brand new Air Traffic Control tower commenced operations, replacing the original tower built back in 1969. This tower is an additional 16 feet taller (80 feet) and 85 square feet bigger than the previous tower.
Airlines and destinations
|FlyGTA Airlines||Toronto–Billy Bishop|
|Sunwing Airlines||Seasonal: Cancún, Punta Cana|
- Aerotech Aviation - Private aircraft maintenance
- Flightpath Charter Airways - charter and cargo operator
- AirSprint - private business jet operator
- Private Air - private business jet operator
- Nav Canada - air traffic control services
- Executive Aviation - ground handler for Westjet Airlines & Sunwing Airlines
- Flite Line Services - Fixed Base Operator, Fuel, Ground handling 
- Kitchener Aero Avionics - manufacturer and maintenance of avionics equipment
- Rotor Services - helicopter maintenance, R22/R44 overhaul, leasing, pre-purchase inspections and flight training
- Tri-City Aero - maintenance and repair of small private aircraft
- Reliable Horse Power - Custom aircraft engine overhauls and repairs
- Summit Fuel Services
- Chartright Air Group
- National Car Rental
- Avis Rent a Car System
- Hertz car rental
- Runways Café at WWFC - licensed restaurant
- Aviator Cafe (by Edelweiss) - licensed food concession in terminal boarding (departure) lounge & arrivals lounge
- Canada Border Services Agency
- Royal Canadian Air Cadet Youth Development Centre, 822 Tutor Squadron - Air Cadets
- Gyro Craft Aviation - Gyroplane sales and rental.
Flight training schools
- Adler Aviation - training centre for small propeller aircraft
- Great Lakes Helicopter - small and medium utility helicopter training
- Gyro Ontario - Ontario's only gyroplane flight training facility - working out of Great Lakes Helicopter training facility.
- Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre (with links to Conestoga College and University of Waterloo)
Maintenance and emergency services
The airport has service vehicles, including a dedicated snow plow, as well as their own fire suppression and rescue unit (two Oshkosh Striker 1500).
Local taxis, limousines and chartered buses provide ground transportation to and from the airport. Private cars park at 3 parking lots located at the airport. Parking pay stations are located at the main lot and in the terminal concourse area.
The main road to access the airport is Regional Road 17 or Fountain Street North. Fountain intersects with Highway 7 to the north (access to Waterloo and Guelph) or with Highway 401 to the south (access to London and Toronto). Connections to Kitchener became easier in 2013 with the extension of Fairway Road across the Grand River to Fountain Street.
Grand River Transit, the public transit operator in the area, does not operate any bus routes to or from the airport (the facility is mainly a general aviation facility and located in a rural area).
- Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 5 December 2019 to 0901Z 30 January 2020.
- "Synoptic/Metstat Station Information". Archived from the original on 27 June 2013.
- "Aircraft Movement Statistics: NAV CANADA Towers and Flight Service Stations: Annual Report (TP 577): Table 2-1 — Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers". www.statcan.gc.ca.
- "Air Carrier Traffic at Canadian Airports: Table 1-1 — Passengers enplaned and deplaned on selected services — Top 50 airports". www.statcan.gc.ca.
- "Kitchener-Waterloo Airport Commission fonds". [dead link]
- Waterloo Historical Society (2000), Kitchener-Waterloo Municipal Airport Historical Plaque, 291 Lexington Road, Waterloo.
- "Bearskin Airlines Takes Flight from Montreal to the Region of Waterloo International Airport" (PDF) (Press release). Bearskin Airlines. 22 March 2011. [permanent dead link]
- "American Eagle Airlines Announces New Jet Service From Chicago O'Hare to Kitchener, Ontario" (Press release). American Airlines. 13 December 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
- CBC News Kitchener-Waterloo (25 March 2014). "Bearskin Airlines cancels all trips between Waterloo Region and Ottawa". CBC News. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
- The Record (22 June 2016). "American Airlines pulls twice daily flights to Chicago from local airport". Metroland Media. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
- "Airlines". Region of Waterloo International Airport. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
- Services, Flite Line. "Flite Line Services > Home". www.fliteline.ca.
- User, Sample HubSpot. "Waterloo International Airport - Ontario, Canada".
- Region of Waterloo International Airport Official website
- Past three hours METARs, SPECI and current TAFs for Region of Waterloo International Airport from Nav Canada as available.