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Windsor International Airport

Windsor International Airport, (IATA: YQG, ICAO: CYQG), is located in the southeast portion of the city of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The airport serves a mixture of scheduled airline flights and general aviation, and is a popular point of entry into Canada for private and business aircraft. The airspace above the airport is exceptionally busy because of the proximity to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) arrivals and departures are handled by Detroit approach control.

Windsor International Airport
Windsor International Airport.

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 up to 325 passengers. However, it can handle up to 450 if the aircraft is unloaded in stages.

Windsor International Airport
Windsor Airport Logo.svg
  • WMO: 71538
Airport type Public
Owner Windsor City Council
Operator Your Quick Gateway, Inc.
Serves Windsor, Ontario
Time zone EST (UTC−05:00)
Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL 622 ft / 190 m
Coordinates 42°16′34″N

Location in Ontario

Direction Length Surface
ft m
Statistics (2016)
Aircraft movements 33,339
Passengers 331,000

Windsor International Airport
Windsor International Airport.

Map of the Airport


The airport opened in 1928 as Walker Airport, named after Hiram Walker, a 19th-century whiskey distiller. In 1967, the airport was added to the national portfolio of Canadian airports, citing its increasing importance as a regional airport hub for Southwestern Ontario, serving the areas between Detroit, Michigan and London, Ontario, rather than being a simple landing strip (as it used to be).

Recent history

In 2006, Serco Aviation Services Inc. announced that would request early termination of its airport management contract with the City of Windsor, as Windsor Airport had been losing around CAD$40,000 per month. The City of Windsor accepted Serco's withdrawal and prepared to operate the airport itself, but with a large deficit. On July 1, 2007, Serco handed over operations of the airport to the City of Windsor. Windsor City Council had approved of an ad hoc group to run the airport on behalf of the city, named "Your Quick Gateway Inc." (after the airport's call letters, YQG). This private organization was formed by the Windsor City Council, and was supposed to be a "temporary band-aid solution" until another operator was found. However on November 14 The Windsor Star reported that since Your Quick Gateway had been so successful in managing the airport, posting a small profit in the process, it would be given permission to operate the facility indefinitely in this manner.

The airport has additional land bounded by farm land along Division Road and Lauzon Parkway for future airport expansion.

In 2012, The Windsor Star reported that airport traffic had increased over 160% since 2008, with over 250,000 passengers passing through the airport in 2012, its busiest year ever. This has widely been attributed to aggressive efforts to attract more flights to existing destinations, and to new destinations. In 2011, Porter Airlines began flying from Windsor to Toronto (Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport) and Porter declared that Windsor is one of its most successful new markets. However, 37% of the local market still use Detroit Metro Airport as its airport of choice.

Windsor International Airport
Windsor International Airport.

In early October 2013, the City of Windsor announced it would invest $14.1 million into the airport to create a multi-model cargo terminal. The project is expected to create approximately 105 jobs for the City of Windsor and has the potential to create thousands of jobs. The first tenant for the new cargo hub at Windsor Airport will be FedEx which signed a 20-year lease to run the hub and is expected to move into the facility by December 1, 2015. In 2016 the airport handled 331,000 passengers.

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Express Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Air Transat Seasonal: Cancún, Punta Cana
Pelee Island Transportation Company Seasonal: Pelee Island
Porter Airlines Toronto–Billy Bishop Seasonal: Orlando/Melbourne
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Cancún, Cayo Coco, Montego Bay, Varadero
WestJet Seasonal: Calgary


Airlines Destinations
SkyLink Express Hamilton (ON)


  • 364 Royal Canadian Air Cadets
  • Windsor Flying Club
  • Canadian Historical Aircraft Association
  • Journey Air/Great Lakes Flight Center
  • Georgian Express
  • Skyservice fixed-base operator (FBO)

Technical information


  • Latitude/Longitude: 42° 16' 32" N, 82° 57' 20" W
  • Elevation: 622 ft (190 m)
  • Magnetic variation: 7° W

The airport is operated by Your Quick Gateway on behalf of the City of Windsor, is certified by Transport Canada, and operates as an airport of entry with Canadian customs services available. There is a landing fee for some aircraft.


  • Runway 07/25: 9,000 by 200 ft (2,743 by 61 m), asphalt, lighted, PAPI type 2 approach lighting for both ends
  • Runway 12/30: 5,150 by 150 ft (1,570 by 46 m), asphalt, lighted, PAPI type 2 approach lighting for both ends


  • Remote Communications Outlet (RCO): London Radio, 123.375 MHz
  • Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS): 134.5 MHz
  • Ground control: 121.7 MHz
  • Tower: 124.7 MHz (mandatory frequency when tower is closed)
  • IFR arrivals and departures: Detroit Approach Control, 124.9 MHz
  • Visual Flight Rules (VFR) advisories: Windsor-area Detroit Approach Control, 126.85 MHz

Navigation aids

  • Non-directional beacons (NDB): Windsor (QG), 353 kHz, 250° 3.8 nautical miles (7.0 km; 4.4 mi) to airport; Laurel (ZQG), 398 kHz, 70° 4.0 NM (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) to airport
  • VHF omnidirectional range (VOR)/Distance Measuring Equipment (DME): Windsor (YQG), 113.8 MHz/channel 85, 285° 5.6 NM (10.4 km; 6.4 mi) to airport
  • VOT (VOR airorne equipment test facility): 111.8 MHz
  • Instrument Landing System (ILS): runway 25 (IQG)

Fixed-base operator (FBO)

Parking is available from the airport operator; there is a charge for parking longer than six hours.

  • Great Lakes Flight Centre (Esso Avitat): 122.95 MHz—100LL avgas and Jet-A fuel

Fire and rescue

Category 6 ARFF coverage is provided by airport employees. Two E-One ARFF crash vehicles are stationed at the airport firehall. Essex-Windsor EMS provides medical assistance at the airport.

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General Info
Country Canada
Time UTC-5(-4DT)
Latitude 42.275556
42° 16' 32.00" N
Longitude -82.955556
082° 57' 20.00" W
Elevation 622 feet
190 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 007° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency PRIVATE
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 1130-0330Z++.
GND 121.7
Opr 1145-0330Z++.
Opr 0330-1130Z++.
Communications Remarks
TWR Emerg only C519-969-3751.

Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
07/25 9000 x 200 feet
2743 x 61 meters
12/30 5150 x 150 feet
1570 x 46 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME YQG WINDSOR 085X 113.8 5.9 NM 291.4
NDB ZQG LAUREL - 398 4.5 NM 072.2

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

80/87 octane gasoline, leaded, MIL-L-5572F (RED)

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Other Fluids DE-ICE, Anti-icing/De-icing/Defrosting Fluid (MIL A 8243)
JASU A/M32A-86
AC:115/200v, 3 phase, 90 kva, 0.8pf, 4 wire, DC: 28v,1500 amp, 72kw

DC: 750 amp constant, 1000 amp intermittent, 28v, AC: 90kva, 115/200v, 3 phase, 400hz

FLUID De-ice
FUEL (NC-100LL, A1)
JASU 1(NC-10A/A1/B/C) 1(MD-3) 1(AM32A-86)
LGT ACTIVATE-ALS, REIL, HIRL, PAPI Rwy 07, ALS, MIRL, PAPI Rwy 12, ALS, HIRL, PAPI Rwy 25, MIRL, PAPI Rwy 30-CTAF when twr clsd. PAPI Rwy 07, 12-30, 12 lgt units for acft with eye-to-wheel hgt up to 25'.
RSTD Twy E unctl.

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