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London International Airport

London International Airport (IATA: YXU, ICAO: CYXU) is located 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) northeast of the city of London, Ontario, Canada.

In 2016, the airport handled 514,685 passengers, and, in 2011, was the 20th busiest in Canada in terms of aircraft movements, with 94,747. Air Canada Express, WestJet and WestJet Encore serve London International Airport. It also provides services for cargo airlines.

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 aircraft with no more than 180 passengers; however, they can handle up to 450 if the aircraft is unloaded in stages.

London International Airport
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London International Airport
  • WMO: 71623
Airport type Public
Owner Transport Canada
Operator Greater London International Airport Authority
Serves London, Ontario
Location London, Ontario
Time zone EST (UTC−05:00)
• Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL 912 ft / 278 m
Coordinates 43°01′59″N
CYXU is located in Ontario

Location in Ontario
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 8,800 2,682 Asphalt
09/27 6,300 1,920 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft movements 77,464
Number of Passengers 514,685


London Airport, 1929-1942

Airfield circa 1942

Airfield circa 1942

In January 1927 the City of London selected a site for an airfield at Lambeth, Ontario near 42°55′00″N 081°17′00″W. A group of local businessmen acquired the site in 1928 and by 3 May 1929 an airport license was issued to London Airport Ltd. The London Flying Club was formed in 1928 and became a tenant of the new airport. The airfield was used for flying instruction, private aviation, and for air mail. By 1933 it had become too small for some commercial aircraft.

The London Flying Club continued to use the Lambeth airfield until 7 August 1942.

London City Airport, 1940-1945

In 1935 the city decided to replace the original London Airport. Site surveys and consultations took place and on 9 September 1939, at the start of World War II, work began on a new airport located near Crumlin. The city leased the new airport to the Government of Canada, Department of Transport on 24 January 1940 for the duration of the war. Runways 14-32 and 05-23 were paved and ready for use by July 1940 and the Royal Canadian Air Force established RCAF Station Crumlin on part of the airport. This air station was host to No. 3 Elementary Flying Training School(EFTS) and No. 4 Air Observer School(AOS), both part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

The airport remained under civilian management and was used for civil and military aviation during the war years. The licence for London City Airport was issued on 6 May 1941. Improvements made during this time include:

  • main terminal building (civilian) opened in July 1942
  • Trans-Canada Airlines began serve to the airport in July 1942.
  • runway 08-26 added in 1943.

British Commonwealth Air Training Plan operations ended on 31 December 1944 with the closure of No. 4 Air Observer School.

After the war the airport remained under the control of the Department of Transport.

Aerodrome Information

In approximately 1942 the aerodrome was listed at 43°02′N 81°09′W with a Var. 5 degrees W and elevation of 899 feet (274 m). Two runways were listed as follows:

Runway Name Total Length Total Width Paved Length Paved Width
5/23 3,400 feet (1,036 m) 500 feet (152 m) 3,150 feet (960 m) 150 feet (46 m)
4/22 3,400 feet (1,036 m) 500 feet (152 m) 3,150 feet (960 m) 150 feet (46 m)

Postwar RCAF operations 1945-1961

The Canadair CT-33 aircraft mounted in front of the main terminal building

The Canadair CT-33 aircraft mounted in front of the main terminal building

After World War II RCAF reserve or auxiliary squadrons were given the task of defending Canada’s major cities. 420 Squadron reformed as City of London 420 (Fighter) Auxiliary Squadron at the airport in September 1948. Initially equipped with Harvard aircraft, the squadron upgraded to Mustangs in 1952 and CT-133 jets in 1954. The squadron disbanded in 1957. Air Defence Command reformed 2420 Aircraft Control and Warning (Auxiliary) Squadron at London on 1 July 1956. 2420 trained Fighter Control operators and disbanded on 31 May 1961.

RCAF Station London opened in 1950 to support a NATO Induction and Training Centre, later moved to Centralia. The station closed on 30 September 1958.

As a tribute to this period, a Canadair T-33 aircraft in former Royal Canadian Air Force livery is mounted in front of the main terminal building.

Development since 1950-

Interior of London International Airport

Interior of London International Airport

The airport has been continuously improved since World War II as navigation and air traffic control systems evolved, and as commercial aircraft became larger and larger. These improvements include:

  • 1950, installation of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) on runway 14-32
  • 1955, runway 14-32 lengthened to 6,000 feet to accommodate the Vickers Viscount
  • 1960, Meteorological Branch weather station opened
  • 1965, new terminal building opened
  • 1968, Air Canada begins DC-9 jet service
  • 1974, runway 14-32 lengthened to 8,800 feet to accommodate DC-8, Boeing 707 and 747, and L-1011 aircraft
  • 1988, runway 05-23 decommissioned
  • 1990, new radar system installed
  • 1998, control of the airport was transferred from Transport Canada to the Greater London International Airport Authority
  • 2003, main terminal building completely renovated and expanded

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Express Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Toronto–Pearson
Air Transat Seasonal: Cancún, Punta Cana
Canadian North Charter: Halifax, Miami, Moncton, Saskatoon
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Cayo Coco, Montego Bay, Varadero
WestJet Calgary
Seasonal: Orlando, Winnipeg
WestJet Encore Toronto–Pearson

Other tenants

  • CHC Helicopter — Ornge (Ontario Air Ambulance)
  • Jet Aircraft Museum — The Jet Aircraft Museum currently operates 6 Canadair T-33 Silver Stars — otherwise known as the T-bird
  • Executive Aviation — Esso-affiliated fixed-base operator
  • Trek Aviation — Aircraft Maintenance and Consulting Services
  • B&W Aviation — Shell-affiliated fixed-base operator
  • Diamond Aircraft — Light aircraft manufacturer
  • Discovery Air — Niche flight services
  • Diamond Flight Centre — Flight training school
  • Forest City Flight Centre — Flight training school
  • AFS Aerial Photography — Aerial photography services
  • Aero Academy (Recently closed)
  • 427 (London) Wing — Air Force Association of Canada
  • International Test Pilots School

London International Airport Fire Crash and Rescue Station provides fire and rescue operations at the airport with three crash tenders based on Blair Boulevard.

Ground transportation

Shuttle service is available for passengers wishing to connect to flights at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto.

London Transit Commission provides service between the airport and Fanshawe College.


  • On December 15, 2016, a Bombardier Dash 8, Air Canada Jazz Flight 8640, bound from London to Toronto slid off the runway into snow-covered grass following takeoff. It was snowing at the time of incident but the runway was reported to be in good condition. None of the 53 passengers or crew on board were injured. All passengers were transported back to the terminal and booked for flights later in the day.

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General Info
Country Canada
Time UTC-5(-4DT)
Latitude 43.033056
43° 01' 59.00" N
Longitude -81.151111
081° 09' 04.00" W
Elevation 912 feet
278 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 009° W (08/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Second Sunday in March at 0200 to first Sunday in November at 0200 local time (Exception Arizona and that portion of Indiana in the Eastern Time Zone)

Opr 1120-0345Z++.
RDO 122.5
GND 121.9
Opr 1120-0345Z++.
Opr 0345-1120Z++.
5 NM to 3000'.
Communications Remarks
TWR Emerg only C519-451-9610.
RDO Emerg only C519-452-4049.

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
09/27 6300 x 200 feet
1920 x 61 meters
15/33 8800 x 200 feet
2682 x 61 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VORTAC YXU LONDON 119X 117.2 At Field -
NDB ZXU THAMES - 201 4.1 NM 326.8

Fuel Jet A1+, Jet A1 with icing inhibitor.

Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 octane gasoline, leaded, MIL-L-5572F (GREEN)
Other Fluids DE-ICE, Anti-icing/De-icing/Defrosting Fluid (MIL A 8243)

LHOX, Low and high pressure oxygen servicing
AC 115/200v, 60kva, 400 hz, 3 phase

DC 22-35v, 500 amp continuous 1100 amp intermittent

CAUTION Twy B and F unctl. IFR trng flt ctc Toronto flow ctl C800-268-4831 within 2 hr ETD for possible delays.
FUEL A1+ (Executive Aviation, C519-453-5370. Avbl 1030-0400Z++, call out fee may be levied outside opr hr.) (NC-100LL, A1, J8)
JASU 1(CE13) 1(CE15)
LGT VASI Rwy 09, 9 lgt unit and PAPI Rwy 27 and 33, 12 lgt unit for acft with eye-to-wheel hgt up to 25'.
MISC No win maint 0430-1100Z++; OT 3 hr PN and call out fee.
TFC PAT Rwy 09 and 33 rgt tfc.

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