John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport
John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (airport code: YHM) is located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It serves the city of Hamilton and the surrounding areas, including the Greater Toronto Area. Hamilton International Airport was built as a wartime air force training facility in 1940. The airport had transitioned from a military airport to a public airport by 1963. The airport was expanded in the early 1980s, with the assistance of politician John C. Munro. This expansion increased passenger and cargo air traffic to the airport. The airport was later renamed after Munro, who had been born in Hamilton. Munro was a Canadian parliament member and cabinet member.
John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is currently the largest dedicated courier and cargo airport in Canada. The airport is located 40 miles (65 kilometers) from downtown Toronto and seven miles (eleven kilometers) southwest of Hamilton. It is also located about 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the Niagara Falls area and 75 miles (115 kilometers) from Buffalo, New York.
The airport was originally designed for large planes traveling overseas. The airport has two runways: one 10,000-foot runway and one 6,000-foot runway. The airport has plans to eventually expand the shorter runway to 9,000 feet.
The airport recently doubled the size of its departure lounge and added an international arrivals wing to more easily and comfortably accommodate passengers. The airport currently generates a profit at no cost to taxpayers.
Parking at John C. Munro Hamilton Airport
Passenger parking is available at the airport. The Premium lot is closest to the airport, with an Economy lot located past the Premium lot. Parking lot entrances and exits are fully automated and offer credit card payment for convenience.
While the majority of Hamilton International Airport’s business is cargo air transport, the airport has been increasing its business as a passenger airport as well. Several passenger airlines offer flights within Canada, including destinations within Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and Nova Scotia. Seasonal flights are also offered to Cuba and several cities in Mexico, including Cancun and Punta Cana.
The airport provides a variety of amenities including wheelchair services, ATMs and paid wireless Internet throughout the terminal. Hamilton Airport has no specific policies on unaccompanied minors and pets; these policies vary by airline.
There are several taxi and limo services that serve the Hamilton International Airport. In addition, there are airport shuttle companies that travel to and from the airport, including shuttles to the Toronto Pearson International Airport. Car rentals are also available at the terminal. GO Transit provides service to the Greater Toronto Area and the Hamilton Street Railway Company provides transit services within the City of Hamilton.
One unique feature of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, which is located across the parking lot from the airport terminal. Interactive displays and exhibits feature aircraft that have been used by the Canadian military from World War II to the present. While the museum is open to all, airport passengers can present their same day boarding pass to receive free admission to the museum.