Name: Moncton Monday July Featured Airport Description: In the sixth installment of our featured airports series, we will be staffing Charlottetown (CYYG), Prince Edward Island.
Supprisingly for such a small airport, CYYG is fully staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency though can only handle flights with up to 60 people. The first facility was known as Upton Field (later Upton Airport) and consisted of two turf runways 2,800 ft (850 m) and 1,600 ft (490 m) respectively, opening on January 16, 1932. Upton was a farm located in the western part of Queens Royalty, northwest of the city proper. The airfield was leased to Canadian Airways Limited from October 9, 1932 to October 9, 1938, although the airfield was only licensed until June 30, 1938. Throughout this time, Upton Airport received the first air mail service in Canada. Today the site is farmland and trees, and a popular area for walking dogs, hiking, cross country skiing, and other recreational activities. In December 1939 the city government offered the airport to the federal government for military use through the duration of World War II. The Royal Canadian Air Force expanded the airport and enlarged the runways in preparation for using the airport to train pilots and aircrew. The runways were altered into a classic triangle configuration seen with most British Commonwealth Air Training Plan aerodromes across Canada. The Royal Air Force used the airfield from June 15, 1941 until February 1944 during which time it was known as RAF Station Charlottetown and was later renamed RCAF Station Charlottetown after the RCAF was established. Since then the airport was converted into a civilian airport and currently has flights to Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto on Air Canada, WestJet and Flair.
On our July 5th installment of Moncton Monday, join us in Charlottetown (CYYG) as we reconnect the Canadian East Coast.
Start: 2021-07-05 at 23:00z End: 2021-07-06 at 03:00z