St. Johns International Airport
St. Johns International Airport, recognized by its international airport code of YYT, is located in the city of St. Johns and the provincial area of Newfoundland and Labrador, which is situated in the beautiful country of Canada. This gateway to the province is owned and operated by St. John’s International Airport Authority (SJIAA), a charitable organization. This busy airport provides passengers with a first class experience and is a safe and state of the art airport reflecting the region’s culture and values in its design.
History of St. Johns Airport
Construction of YYT started in 1941 and cost the airport approximately $1.5 million. The airport was officially opened that very same year under the name of Torbay Airport. In 1946, the airport became a civilian operation and in 1964, it began operation under the name of St. John’s Airport. In 1998, the airport became a private entity and in 2002, an enormous project extending the airport finally realized its completion. This extension increased the terminal building to 175,000 square feet and resulted in securing the airport’s status as a major global player in the industry.
Today, YYT is a successful private, charitable operation with very strong ties to the military. YYT services around 1,300 military aircraft annually and the historic ties to the military are displayed in an exhibit, which is located within the airport terminal building.
The airport features diverse facilities and services for its passengers, including public and private passenger lounges equipped with televisions, car rental and taxi services, a customer information center, restaurants as well as other dining options, baggage handling services and areas for the young and for families. To provide efficient service to its passengers, the airport features a terminal building with three floors, pre-boarding security lines, self serve customer check in kiosks and self pay parking services.
To facilitate its various airline carriers, YYT contains 3 runways, 8 taxiways, 3 aprons, numerous hangars and a tower / communications building that is equipped with radar and landing controls. The major runway is 8500 feet in length, the second runway is 7000 feet in length, and the third runway is 5025 feet in length. Both the first and second runways are 200 feet in width while the third runway is 100 feet in width.
YYT provides aviation facilities and services with safety and security in mind. To ensure the safety and security of its passengers, the airport follows strict procedures including restricted area access clearance, airside vehicle operators permits and airport security procedures regarding access control
The airport is dedicated to operational integrity and superiority in customer service. The airport constantly strives to increase passenger satisfaction and accomplishes this through careful review of their yearly Passenger Satisfaction Survey.
The airport is dedicated to environmental integrity and features a Central De-icing Facility that is more than 484,000 square feet and which allows aircrafts to de-ice and maneuver in a safe and efficient manner.
YYT is an exceptionally outstanding airport that is committed to the economic development of the region. The airport is operated in such a manner so that it supports the regional economic and social needs. The airport employees more than 1,500 people and is dedicated to its status as a leading employer in the region. Furthermore, the airport contributes approximately $400 million to the economy each year.
YYT has serviced the landing of quite a few noteworthy aircrafts, including the Antonov 124 and the famous Concorde.
YYT continues to experience annual passenger growth, servicing about 1.4 million customers in 2011. Since 1998, customer volume has increased over 80%, which is double that of the national average.