Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport or Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (L'aéroport international Macdonald-Cartier in French), in Riverside South, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada is named for Sirs John A. Macdonald and George-Étienne Cartier. located south of the city centre, it is Canada's 6th busiest airport by airline passenger traffic, and the 10th busiest by aircraft movements, with 4,092,458 passengers and 165,768 movements in 2007. It is also an Air Canada Jazz and Air Canada focus city and the home base for First Air.
The airport is classified as an airport of entry by NAV CANADA and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency. CBSA officers at this airport currently can handle aircraft with no more than 165 passengers, unless the passengers are disembarked in stages.
Ottawa International Airport is one of eight Canadian airports that has US Border pre-clearance facilities.
During the 1950s, while the airport was still named Uplands and a joint-use civilian/military field, it was the busiest airport in Canada by takeoffs and landings, reaching a peak of 307,079 aircraft movements in 1959, more than double its current traffic. At the time, the airport had scheduled airline flights by Trans-Canada Air Lines (Toronto, Montreal, and Val d'Or), Trans Air (Churchill), and Eastern Air Lines (New York via Syracuse and Washington via Montreal). With the arrival of civilian jet travel, the Canadian government built a new field south of the original one, with two much longer runways and a new terminal building designed to handle up to 900,000 passengers/year. The terminal building was originally scheduled to open in 1959, but during practices for the opening ceremonies, a United States Air Force F-104 Starfighter accidentally went supersonic during a low pass over the airport, and the resultant boom shattered most of the glass in the airport (including the entire north wall) and damaged ceiling tiles, door and window frames, and even structural beams. As a result, the opening was delayed until April 1960. The original terminal building and Trans-Canada Airways hangar continues in private use on the airport's north field.
At the turn of the millennium, the Ottawa Airport Authority announced plans to build a second, adjacent terminal to meet the demands of increased traffic. The new terminal was built ahead of schedule opened on October 12, 2003. The new terminal building now handles all airline passenger traffic. A section of the 1960 terminal, which was connected to the new terminal by an enclosed bridge, was still used at peak times of the day when extra gate space was needed and also handled most domestic prop flights. The extension of the new terminal is to be built in phases. Phase II, the next phase of the expansion program opened March 13, 2008 and has replaced the 1960 terminal, which has now been demolished.
The process of completing paving and ground construction on the side of the new terminal section where the 1960 terminal once stood is now in progress.
On July 23, 1983, Air Canada Flight 143 (a Boeing 767) departed the Ottawa airport enroute for Edmonton, Alberta. Due to system problems and confusion between metric and imperial units, the aircraft did not have sufficient fuel to complete the flight, and the engines stopped over Red Lake, Ontario. The crew managed to glide the aircraft to a safe landing in Gimli, Manitoba, earning it the nickname Gimli Glider.
On June 13, 1997, a North American Airlines Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner struck the runway with gear retracted during a botched approach, resulting in propellor strikes and a fire in one engine when it came to rest on runway 25. The aircraft was written off, but the crew escaped without injury.
On February 17, 2008, a WestJet Boeing 737 from Calgary International Airport went off the runway shortly after landing. An investigation is currently underway by the Transportation Safety Board. None of the 94 passengers on board were injured. It is believed that freezing rain may have left the runway covered with a layer of ice.
One year later, in March 2007, Ottawa International Airport was recognized again for its outstanding customer service in the Airport Service Quality Awards in Dubai, UAE. Ottawa placed 2nd overall for worldwide airports that serve between 0 and 5 million passengers, and 3rd overall for best worldwide domestic airports.
On February 27, 2008, it was announced by Airports Council International (ACI) of Geneva, Switzerland, that the Ottawa International Airport was again recognized by its customers for having outstanding customer service in 2007. For the third consecutive year, Ottawa placed 2nd overall for worldwide airports that serve between 0 and 5 million passengers.
The following airlines fly from Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International To the following destinations:
The airport actually consists of two distinct airfields connected by a taxiway. The smaller north field, originally referred to as Uplands, was originally founded by the Ottawa Flying Club in the late 1920s and then used by Trans-Canada Airlines, the predecessor of Air Canada. The north field is still popular for general aviation, although only one of its runways, 04/22, is still in use.
The south field consists of the two longer runways, 07/25 and 14/32, designed for jet airliners. The public passenger terminals are tucked into the north side of the intersection of the two runways, while the two general aviation FBOs for the south field are nearer to the threshold of runway 25. Customs services for private aircraft are available at the two FBOs, Shell Aerocentre and Esso, on the south field.
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