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Region of Waterloo International Airport

Region of Waterloo International Airport, also known as Kitchener / Waterloo airport, is one of the busiest airports in Canada.


Waterloo, Ontario





Passenger Traffic

1.5 million (2010)


Region of Waterloo International Airport, also known as Kitchener / Waterloo airport, is one of the busiest airports in Canada. It is located over 1,000 acres near Woolwich Township in the Waterloo Region of Ontario, Canada.

The airport attained the present name in March 2004. Region of Waterloo is the owner and operator of the airport.

The airport handled passenger traffic of 1.5 million and recorded 101,000 aircraft movements in 2010.

Terminal features at the international airport

"Region of Waterloo prepared a master plan of the airport in 2000."

The airport has one terminal building with a total floor space of about 30,000ft2. The terminal features include four check-in desks, four gates and one baggage claim belt.

The passenger amenities at the terminal include a departure lounge, food service, vending machines, wireless high-speed internet, ATM, café, a well-lit outdoor parking near the terminal and complimentary luggage carts.

ATC tower

The air traffic control (ATC) tower at the airport was opened in 1969. All the ATC services at the airport are handled by NAV Canada. NAV Canada also provides weather and flight information, aeronautical information and electronic aids to navigation.

Security technology

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) provides pre-board screening and aviation security services at the airport.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) oversees all immigration, customs, food, plant and animal inspections, as well as many other border protection services to and from the airport.

In August 2011, $3.2m pavement rehabilitation on runway 08/26 was announced. The project is aimed at improving the runway safety and is funded by Government of Canada under the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).

Maintenance facilities

Flite Line Services and Wellington Flight Centre are the two fixed base operators (FBOs) at the airport. They operate full executive and corporate FBOs and provide hangarage at the airfield.

In July 2010, the airport broke ground for the construction of a new combined airport / fleet maintenance and firehall services facility. It serves to maintain airport service vehicles and machinery while improving the safe and predictable operations at the airport.

It was built according to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver standards. The project was funded by both the Governments of Canada and Ontario, each with $2.4m, while the Regional Municipality of Waterloo contributed $7.1m.

The government of Canada funded the project under the infrastructure stimulus fund. The construction was completed and the facility was opened to the public in August 2011.

Runways at the Region of Waterloo International Airport

The airport has two runways paved with asphalt. The first runway is 2,134m in length (08/26) and well equipped with category 1 Instrument Landing System (ILS). The second runway (14/32) is 1,250m long.

Master plan 2000

Region of Waterloo prepared a master plan of the airport in 2000. It envisaged establishing the airport as a fully equipped and certified facility.

"Region of Waterloo International Airport, also known as Kitchener / Waterloo airport, is one of the busiest airports in Canada."

The master plan recommendations were implemented and many improvements were made at the airport. The terminal of the airport was renovated in 2003 and 2007.

A new airport business plan prepared by the Region of Waterloo council in June 2009 proposed to implement business activities at the airport from 2009 to 2014.

It identified establishing and implementing an airport-wide safety management programme, maintaining industry standards, updating and amending current procedures and ensuring a comprehensive contingency and emergency management programme at the airport.

Ground transportation at the Canadian airport

The airport has many ground transportation facilities available. It is located near highways seven and 401. Grand River Transit is the public transit operator at the airport.

Avis and national companies located inside the terminal building provide car rental services at the airport. Region of Waterloo also included licensed taxi, limousine, team and group transpiration companies to provide transportation services to and from the airport.

The airport has three parking lots located near the terminal building. It has both short and long term parking spaces available. More than 100 short term and 20 long term parking spaces are available.

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