History

Highlights of Airport Development - Charlo Airport History

1947
  • Surveys of Charlo Site completed by Transport Canada.
 

1962
  • Construction begins on the airport, then called Restigouche Municipal Airport.
  • Runway: 400 feet in length x 150 in width.

1963
  • Airport Officially opened on June 5th. First scheduled service offered by Maritime
    Central Airways, later purchased by Eastern Provincial airways.

1966
  • Airport renamed the Campbellton-Dalhousie Municipal Airport.
  • Weather office opened.
 

1972
  • Special celebrations mark the 20th anniversary of the airport.
 

1974
  • Runway extended to 6,000 feet.
  • Eastern Provincial airways introduced Boeing 737 jet service.
 

1975
  • Air Gaspé opens an office at the airport and provides service to Mont-Joli, Quebec City, and Montreal.
  • Installation of high intensity approach lights and VASIS (Visual Approach Slope Identification System) at the airport.
 

1976
  • Runway equipped with an Instrument Landing System. Transport Canada Aeradio flight Service Station established at the airport.
 

1977
  • "Air Plus" services initiated to Gaspé, Bonaventure, Mont-Joli, Ste-Anne-des-Monts, Sept-Iles, Havre St. Pierre, Port Menier, Bagotville, Roberval, Chibougamau, and Val-D'or. This service operated until November 1979.
  • Official opening of airport combined services building to house maintenance and fire fighting equipment and vehicle.
  • Passenger traffic reaches 35,000 a year.

1978
  • Atlantic Central Airlines introduces service between Saint John, Fredericton, Charlo Bathurst and Moncton.
  • Transport Minister Otto Lang visits the airport.
  • Construction starts on new $1.2 million air terminal building to be completed in 1979.
 

1980
  • New terminal building open to public by Transport Canada Minister, Jean-Luc Pepin.
  • Study underway on possibility of new commuter service.
  • E.P.A. Jet Service to and from Montreal enter sixth year.

1981
  • Airport name change proposed. A proposal was made to change the name of the Campbellton-Dalhousie Municipal Airport Ltd. to Charlo Municipal Airport Inc.
  • Snowbirds perform at Charlo.

1983
  • EPA flights in and out of Charlo cancelled due to a strike of maintenance workers and pilots of Eastern Pacific Airways.
 

1986
  • Air Bras D'Or begins it service with a twin otter between Charlo-Bathurst-Fredericton-and Halifax.
  • Two hangars were built.

1988
  • EPA changes its name to Canadian then to Inter-Canadian.

1990
  • Air Atlantic starts new Charlo air service. The new service into Charlo uses 37 seat Dash 8 aircraft.
 

1991
  • Opening of flying school and charter service.
 

1994
  • DME (distance Measuring Equipment) installed.
  • Baie of/des Chaleurs flying club builds a 3 bay hangar.
 

1995
  • March 24th, letter of Intent signed with the federal government for the transfer of the airport to local authorities.
 

1996
  • March 6th, airport privatization.
 

1997-98
  • Upgrading of lights. SSLAR "High Intensity Approach Lighting System" and ODAL "Omni Directional Approach Lighting System".
 

1998
  • Complete Runway resurfacing.
  • In October, Air Atlantic ceases its operation at Charlo due to non-renewal of contract with Canadian.
  • Inter-Canadian obtains new contract with Canadian and begins its service at Charlo.
 

1999
  • The Minister of Transport, David Collenette, makes provisions for Canadian Airlines and Air Canada to merge. This decision was a catalyst that stimulated the lack of confidence in Canadian Airlines and affiliates ability to provide service.
  • September 12th, Inter-Canadian reduces service to one flight per day as they cope with changes taken place at the level of Canadian Airlines.
  • November 27th, Inter-Canadian ceases service as a partner of Canadian Airlines in Atlantic Canada due to continued loss of business and the restructuring process.
 

2000
  • December 21st, Approval of Air Canada's acquisition of Canadian Airlines without any
    protection negotiated to protect communities in Atlantic Canada served by Inter-Canadian, a Canadian affiliate.
  • May 23rd, Air Labrador, under contract to air Nova, introduces service between Charlo and Quebec City. Air Nova stated that the market for this schedule was marginal but they were not ready to look at the traditional market in order to protect Bathurst.
  • From this point on we struggled with a number of issues, problems with the reservation system, the ability to provide cargo service, etc.
  • October 15th, Air Nova agreed to modify the schedule via Quebec City but they still would not consider Montreal.
 

2001
  • January 15th, Air Nova terminates its contract with Air Labrador to provide a service to Charlo.
 

2002
  • March 5th, Airport Launches official Website.
  • March 6th, Bay Chaleur Air Lines
  • April 15th, Bay Chaleur Air First Flights
 
2003
  • Nav Canada Closes Flight Service Station at airport