St. John’s International Airport (YYT/CYYT)


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Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • St. John’s International Airport is the gateway to the province of Newfoundland & Labrador (80% of non-resident visitors enter the province through YYT). As the largest airport in the province located on the east coast of the island, air service is the predominant form of transportation to and from other parts of the country.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) has a Booming Economy
    • NL investment is at a record pace – NL accounts for half of the $100 billion in megaprojects being tracked in the Atlantic Canadian region
    • Major Projects are focused on the natural resources sector:
      • Development of a new offshore oil field (Hebron) set to produce first oil in 2017 ($10B)
      • Hydro-electricity development ($7.4B)
      • Expansion of two offshore oil facilities (White Rose and Hibernia South) ($5B)
      • Nickel Processing Facility ($2.8 B)
    • All economic indicators are exceeding high growth forecasts. In 2011, the following economic indicators increased by the following percentages: personal income (6.3%), full-time employment (4.5%), housing prices (6.9%), retail trade (5.1%), and investment (21.9%).
    • Housing prices have increased by 92.5% over the last 5 years
    • NL led the country in GDP growth in 2011 (6%) and is forecast to grow by another 3.7% in 2012.
    • Employment growth was the 2nd highest in Canada last year
    • St. John’s had the 3rd highest hotel occupancy rates in Canada in 2011 (71.8%).
  • St. John’s is the service centre for the province’s lucrative and growing oil & gas industry.
  • The province of Newfoundland and Labrador is a unique tourism destination – it is the youngest province in Canada but St. John’s is the oldest city in North America.  The award-winning advertising campaign (170 awards to date) featuring the unique culture and raw natural beauty of the region is attracting record numbers of tourists to the province.
  • A 24 hour downtown airport with no noise restrictions
  • The most easterly airport in North America and the closest to continental Europe makes it possible to serve the European market utilizing a regional-sized aircraft (A319 or B737).

Marketing and other support

St. John’s International Airport Authority will work with our airline partners to provide marketing support and incentives to new entrants to the market and existing carriers who offer new routes and additional capacity.

As well, the provincial government of Newfoundland & Labrador has established a Provincial Air Access Strategy, including incentive funding for air carriers bringing a new route to market. This incentive funding is structured as follows:

  • Rebate towards eligible advertising and promotional campaigns supporting a new air service.
  • Minimum 1/ week year round (or in certain cases, seasonal) services.
  • Payments of:
    • Year 1: 100% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $250,000.
    • Year 2: 75% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $250,000.
    • Year 3: 50% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $250,000.
St Johns Catchment

As the only airport on the Avalon Peninsula, St John’s International serves three-quarters of the province’s businesses. The capital and largest city of Newfoundland and Labrador is also North America’s oldest European settled city, home to a diverse population base of around 177,000.

Catchment Area

The St. John’s International Airport is the most easterly airport in North America (Latitude: 47 34′N, Longitude: 52 41′W) and is located less than 10 km from the downtown core of St. John’s. It is the only airport on the Avalon Peninsula, which has a population of almost 250,000 or approximately 50% of the entire population of the province. In fact, 75% of the province’s businesses are located on the Avalon Peninsula.

Estimated driving times between St. John’s and other municipalities within the Airport’s primary market are:

Municipality Distance (km) Estimated Driving Time
St. John’s (downtown) 10 15 minutes
Mount Pearl 15 20 minutes
Paradise 20 25 minutes
Conception Bay South 28 30 minutes
Clarenville 188 2 hours
Marystown 306 3 hours 15 minutes

If YYT air service is unique, then the catchment area is the entire island of Newfoundland (secondary catchment), with a population of almost 500,000.

Close to 80% of non-resident visitors enter the province via the St. John’s International Airport. The Airport serves as a connecting point for both air travellers and those continuing their journey by road. The entrance to the Airport is approximately 1 km from the exit and entrance ramps to the highway that has recently been redeveloped to provide improved access to airport customers who reside outside of St. John’s.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

St. John’s International Airport is the service centre for the expanding offshore oil & gas industry serves as the premier gateway for cargo traffic for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Due to the Airport’s strategic location, YYT is also a popular tech stop on transatlantic crossings.

Geography

St. John’s International Airport is located in the capital city of St. John’s, in Canada’s most easterly province, Newfoundland & Labrador. It is the most easterly airport in North America and the closest connecting point to/from continental Europe (Latitude: 47 34′N, Longitude: 52 41′W).

St. John’s is the most populous metropolitan area in this province and is the second largest Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) among the Atlantic Canadian Provinces.

The St. John’s International Airport is the second largest airport in Atlantic Canada and is the gateway to the province of Newfoundland & Labrador. Conveniently located in the capital city of St. John’s, the airport is situated less than 10 km from the downtown core and 1 km from the entrance to the Trans Canada Highway (the main highway system connecting the island). St. John’s has an extensive bus network as well as a number of car rental agencies and taxi cab operators. Six car rental agencies and a closed taxi cab stand operate from the St. John’s International Airport.

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Runways: 3 runways
    • Runway 11/29: 8,500 feet
    • Runway 16/34: 7,000 feet
    • Runway 02/20: 5,000 feet
  • Category 2 ILS (installation of Cat 3 ILS is under development)
  • Slot Coordinated?: No
  • 24-hour airport with no noise restrictions
  • Terminals:
    • 175,000 sqft Airport Terminal Building. The building is expanding to double its existing size to meet the anticipated growth to 1.9 million pax by 2020
  • Other relevant Infrastructure & Operations details
    • Customs is available 24 hrs, year-round.
    • 3 Fixed Base Operators
    • 3 Ground Handlers
St Johns Infra

St John’s International recently announced a ten-year, two-phased $150 million “capital plan” to expand the terminal’s east wing and further improve its facilities. Download the Capital Plan brochure.

Important infrastructure developments

  • Airport Terminal building expansion underway to accommodate 1.9 m pax by 2020
  • Expanded terminal apron completed in 2012
  • New Ramp Services Building (multi-tenant cargo and ground handling services facility) to open in 2013

Vital statistics

  • 1.4 million passengers annually
  • Passenger growth rate is consistently higher than the national average.
  • 2nd Largest airport in Atlantic Canada
  • There are more than 80 daily flights to/from St. John’s on a direct to destinations within Canada, the USA and Europe
  • Downtown airport with no noise restrictions
  • YYT is the most easterly airport in North America making it a popular tech stop for aircraft flying over the Atlantic

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