About the Area
Nanaimo Airport (YCD) is located at 3350 Spitfire Road, 8.1 miles (13 km) south southeast of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.
Nicknamed “The Harbour City”, Nanaimo is a vibrant urban center that lies east of one of Canada’s best island destinations. It has the perfect combination of natural beauty, a mild climate, and a relaxed vibe.
About Nanaimo Airport
Nanaimo Airport is a privately owned and operated airport and sits on 550 acres of land. It was named Nanaimo in honor of WWI fighter ace Raymond Collishaw, who was born in Nanaimo. The airport terminal was called the Nanaimo-Collishaw Air Terminal.
In 2010, the airport had its first major upgrade with the completion of a significant runway expansion to accommodate larger aircraft. Shortly after that, the airport experienced a drastic increase in its commercial traffic, thanks to the subsequent installation of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) and lighting on the south-facing runway. Nanaimo Airport currently has one available runway, Runway 16.
A major expansion between April of 2019 and March 2020 increased the terminal’s capacity of screening passengers. Now, Nanaimo Airport can screen 1,000 passengers per hour, a huge difference from the former screening capacity of 100 passengers per hour. The Apron was also renovated to compensate with the 60% size increase of the terminal building.
In 2018, the terminal served roughly 435,000 passengers.
Nanaimo Airport is open from 8 AM to 6:30 PM daily.
The airport offers both long- and short-term vehicle parking. Parking tickets may be purchased at the departure doorway in the main terminal building, or the ticket dispenser at the main parking area in front of the terminal and at the North and South parking area. The parking rate is $1/hour or $11 per day for the first seven days and $7 per day for succeeding days.
Yes, there is a passenger departure lounge where people can relax while waiting for their flights.
Are there car rental facilities?
Yes, there are car rental facilities within the terminal. Vehicle options range from budget-friendly to luxury. There are even truck and recreational vehicle rentals (campers, RVs, motorhomes, fifth wheels, etc.).
The airport of Nanaimo only hosts domestic flights within Canada. With that said, it’s a great starting point for traveling within British Columbia. The most popular flight destinations include Vancouver, Victoria, Abbotsford, and Comox.