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Windsor Airport in the 21st Century

Celebrating 75 - In Style!

Anniversary Committee co-chairs Larry Bannon and Ron Holden

One hundred years after the Wright brothers’ successful first flight at Kitty Hawk, special commemorative events have been planned at Kitty Hawk to mark the anniversary of this significant event. To celebrate Windsor Airport’s own milestone, the Windsor Airport 75th Anniversary Committee, co-chaired by Larry Bannon and Ron Holden, has planned a number of events for the first weekend in September including a dinner dance with live swing music in the newly painted hangar. The hangar is now home to the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association, which is hosting a vintage air show that same weekend including bi-planes and Harvard trainers. At least 40 vintage planes gathering in Detroit will fly over the airport at the start of their U.S. tour. In August, the airport reverted to its original name Walker Airport for a month (see photo at right).

Bill Baker, Windsor Airport’s Business Development and Marketing Manager, stands in front of a 1941 Boeing Stearman bi-plane in the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association’s hangar at Windsor Airport.

Billed as the “New Windsor Airport (YQG) – the Windsor-Detroit Hassle-Free Alternative airport” on their official website, the airport is located in Canada’s largest catchment market of over 5 million people within 65 km (40 miles). Recognized as an important regional airport, YQG was incorporated into the national portfolio of airports in 1967.

Under the federal government’s National Airports Policy, the ownership of YQG was transferred to the City of Windsor and operation of the airport was awarded to Serco Aviation Services Inc. under a long-term agreement. Windsor Airport will soon offer an expanded runway of 9000 feet, which will provide a significant opportunity for airlines to capitalize on a large catchment market from the convenience of this uncongested airport. Currently the airport offers daily scheduled passenger service by Air Canada Regional to Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson with connections to virtually anywhere.

Windsor Airport Factoids:
• Owned by the City of Windsor and privately operated by Serco Aviation Services.
• Aggressively developing new routes in the domestic, transborder and charter markets.
• Set to be a leading passenger airport in Southwestern Ontario.
• Within easy reach of Essex County, Southwestern Ontario, and the Windsor & Detroit Market.
• Open every day with available services that include: air traffic control, emergency response services, airfield maintenance, ground handling, and Canada Customs inspection services.
• Soon to offer 9,000 foot main runway.
• Soon completing resurfacing of the main runway 07-25.

Labour of Love: The home of the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association is a Windsor Airport hangar. Pictured above are a couple of the vintage planes that graced the hangar in August of this year. The Association’s current major project is the restoration of the recovered wreckage of a Canadian MK 35 Mosquito Bomber aircraft. The group hopes to have it finished in 2004.

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