The Comox Valley Airport: Everything You Need To Know – Photos

I love this little airport!

I have flown in and out of the Comox Valley Airport six or ten times a year for over a decade. I’ve always been fascinated by airports and planes, and our local airport here has a real history and a surprising present day too.

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Comox Valley Airport Arrivals exit – photo by Jim Van Wyck

The airport was originally built in 1932, with a single gravel runway.

It was taken over by the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940 and became RCAF Station Comox. It was originally used as a training base for the airforce.

The station’s name changed to CFB Comox in 1956. The airport is currently operated by the Comox Valley Airport Commission (CVAC) on the civilian side of it’s operations.

The military still uses the airport.

19 Wing Comox still flies out of the Comox Airport. That means you can see both military and civilian airplanes take off and land on this single-runway airport. Check out the 19 Wing Comox website here.

19 Wing Comox at the Comox Airport. Photo by Jim Van Wyck

The Comox Valley Airport is located at 1 Aviation Way, just south of Highway 19A and east of Highway 4A.

How Busy Is The Comox Airport?

The Comox Airport is a regional airport that is used for both commercial and private flights in addition to the military use by 19 Wing Comox. The airport has one very long runway. It is equipped with an ILS (instrument landing system) at both ends and is 2,851 feet long and 100 feet wide.

It is busy in the morning, with an average of 140 passenger arrivals and departures per hour. In the afternoon, it’s less busy with an average of 115 passenger arrivals and departures per hour.

It is a hub for Air Canada Express and WestJet Encore. The airport has just a single runway and one small passenger terminal.

In 2017, the number of passengers at the Comox Airport increased by 12.8% from 2016 to more than 1.7 million passengers. The number of flights also increased by 8%. In 2018, the airport handled about 2 million passengers, up from 1.7 million in 2017

What is the address and phone number of the Comox Airport (YQQ)

The address of the airport is: 1 Airport Road, Comox BC V9M 1W2, Canada.

The phone number of the airport is: +1 250-339-4100

The airport website is https://www.comoxairport.com/

How to Get to the Comox Valley Airport?

The airport is about a 30-minute drive from downtown Courtenay. There are two ways to get to the airport: by car or by bus.

By Car:

If you are driving, follow the signs for Highway 19 North and then turn left on Airport Road. The airport is located about 1 km past the Courtenay Airport Road intersection. Parking at the airport is free for up to one hour and costs $1/hour thereafter.

By Bus:

If you are taking a public bus, take BC Transit Bus #101 from Courtenay City Hall (on 4th Street) to Comox Valley Airport (Airport Rd).

The airport offers ground transportation services to and from the airport for passengers who arrive and depart on flights. Car rental services are available onsite, as well as shuttle bus service to the terminal building.

By Bicycle:

There are even secure bicycle racks for cyclists using the airport.

What airlines service the Comox Valley Airport

Air Canada, Flair Airlines, Borajet, WestJet (WS), Pacific Coastal Airlines (8P) and Swoop (WO) all operate flights in and out of Comox.

There are 5 destinations that WestJet (WS) flies to,

2 destinations for Flair Airlines (F8),

1 destination for Borajet (YB), and 1 destination for Pacific Coastal Airlines (8P).

Air Canada also flies to several destinations.

Can you fly from Victoria to Comox?

Yes, there are regular flights between BC’s capital city and the Comox Airport

What about food and shopping in the Comox Airport?

There is a small gift shop (Mid Island Gifts) in the airport that opens at 9 am every morning.

Mid Island Gifts at Comox Airport – photo by Jim Van Wyck

Local artists, artisans, and giftware are featured.

The variety of products on offer at the Comox Airport gift shop is always changing and they are all unique. You can find a lot of our products listed on the website or you can visit the gift shop.

Just outside the shop are many local books and guides to the Comox Valley and Vancouver Island. Over the years I have bought a number of locally published books on the history, geography, and things to do here in the valley.

Local books and guides at Mid Island Gifts – photo by Jim Van Wyck

A small cafe named “On The Fly” is open every day at 9 am.

On The Fly Cafe – photo by Jim Van Wyck

On the Fly Café is delighted to offer a wide range of homemade lunches, dinners, and baked goods. They offer lovely homemade lunches and dinners which include gluten-free options and their well-known fruit scones.

It can serve alcoholic beverages and is open seven days a week.

Beer from the local brew pub Gladstones is available at the cafe.

Parking at the Comox Airport

Short-term parking is readily available at the Comox Valley Airport. The lot is very close to both arrivals and departures and has a price of just $1.25 per hour.

Parking your vehicle for a day at an airport parking lot will cost you just $12.00.

It costs $72.00 per week to use on-site parking at the airport, and only $276.00 for a monthly pass.

As you can tell from the departure area in my photo below, it’s fast and easy to check in such a small airport. This is one of the things I love best.

Departure Area – photo by Jim Van Wyck

What are the best hotels close to the Comox Airport?

The best hotels close to the Comox Airport are The Best Western Plus Comox Valley Inn & Suites, The Hampton Inn Comox Valley and Courtyard by Marriott.

The Best Western Plus Comox Valley Inn & Suites is located just a few minutes away from the airport. For those looking for a hotel that provides comfort and convenience, this is a great place to stay. It has an indoor pool, fitness center, and free breakfast.

The Hampton Inn Comox Valley is also close to the airport. This hotel offers free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast, and parking for guests with their own vehicle.

For those who prefer to stay at a hotel with more amenities, Courtyard by Marriott is a perfect choice. It has an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi and on-site restaurant among other

The best hotels close to the Comox Airport are:

1. Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Comox/Courtenay

2. Courtyard by Marriott Courtenay-Comox

3. Best Western Plus Heritage Inn Courtenay

4. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Comox Valley

5 The Old House in Courtenay

A small regional airline, easy to get to, great parking

Name: Comox Airport

Description: The Comox Airport is a small regional airport serving the Comox Valley and central Vancouver Island

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Summary

The Comox Airport has all the pros and cons of a small regional airport.
It’s easy to get to, has inexpensive parking close by, and short lineups, sometimes no lineups at all.
There is not a great selection of airlines, and direct destinations are very limited.

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