Greater Moncton International Airport
Greater Moncton International Airport is located near Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. The elevation of the airport is 232 feet or 71 meters above sea level. It is among one of the top 25 most-busiest airports in Canada. The airport houses the Moncton Flight College. The flight school is the largest in Canada. There are two runways with an asphalt surface. They are 6,150 and 8,000 feet in length, respectively.
History of Greater Moncton Airport
The airport’s first scheduled flight took place on January 11, 1928. The destination was the Magdalen Islands, which are part of the Province of Quebec. The flight carried mail and passengers to the destination. In the planning stages, two sites were considered for construction of the first airstrip. However, Leger’s Corner was chosen due to its favorable landing conditions. Simon LeBlanc donated a portion of his own land to the city of Moncton. A private company purchased the land in 1929. Later that year, two aviation clubs would later form the Moncton Flight College. The school soon became Canada’s largest flight school. The airport added two airmail routes with destinations to Montreal and the neighboring province of Prince Edward Island. The City of Moncton considered the idea of providing trans-Canadian flights. Their current airport was not considered to handle the services. Eventually, a new airport terminal was constructed in the late 1930s along with a runway and two landing strips. The airport became fully operational in 1937.
In 1940, Great Britain was already at war with Germany. Since Canada was a Commonwealth Nation, the country was also involved. In March of that year, a flight training school was established. The school became a flight school for Britain’s Commonwealth Nations before their initial deployment to Europe. The airport witnessed its expansion of civilian air services in the 1940s. Moncton began to service destinations to Montreal, Charlottetown, Newfoundland, Halifax, Sydney, Saint John, and Fredericton. Trans-Canada Air, now Air Canada, was born. One of the hangars was used for an air terminal for commercial use. Sadly, the terminal burned down in 1952. An air traffic control tower among other new additions were open in 1964. The air terminal saw new expansions and renovations from 1976 and beyond. The terminal added an international arrivals area in 1998 in order to support international passengers who traveled to Moncton for the Eight Sommet de la Francophonie that was held in 1999. A new international air terminal was constructed in 2001, officially opening the following year by Queen Elizabeth II. In response to the attacks on September 11, 2001, Transport Canada commenced Operation Yellow Ribbon. The operation was intended to handle diversions. Greater Moncton International Airport was one of the airports chosen. Since the beginning of the operation, more than a dozen aircrafts with 2,000 passengers were diverted to Moncton. With all flights almost exclusively to Canadian destinations, there is only one international route out of Moncton. Travelers flying to the United States will be able to connect to Newark’s Liberty International Airport from Moncton.