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The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) is home to 25 businesses that employ 300 people and together, contribute $90 million annually to the Region's economy. The airport is located in southwestern Ontario, 70 kilometres west of Toronto and consistently ranks as one of the top 20 busiest airports in the country.

Growing demand for air travel

By 2043 southern Ontario will be home to 15.5 million people with 110 million passengers travelling by air each year. Conservative air travel demand puts Toronto Pearson alone at 70 million passengers a year by mid-2030. The Southern Ontario Airport Network was created to address capacity issues. YKF is one of eleven airports working together to support the growing demand for air travel.

Planning for the future

To meet growing demand YKF is implementing a $375 million, 20 Year Airport Master Plan. This will allow us to meet the needs of our own growing community and respond to capacity challenges at Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

Why Waterloo Region?

Diverse local economy

From Google to Toyota, COM DEV to OpenText, Waterloo Region was built on innovation. We have a strong manufacturing base and are global leaders in a number of sectors, including: 

  • Advanced Manufacturing 
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Automotive, Connected and Autonomous
  • Business and Financial Services
  • Food Processing
  • Industry 4.0
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Quantum and Nanotechnology
  • Security 

For more information about Waterloo Region's economy please visit Waterloo EDC.

Strategic location
The airport is 70 kilometres (43 miles) west of Toronto, located alongside Canada's superhighway 401. Three million people live within a one hour drive of the airport. We are close enough to draw passengers from Toronto and far enough from the United States border crossing to limit leakage.  
Growing population
As one of Canada’s fastest growing communities, Waterloo Region is expected to grow 33% by 2031. We are the tenth largest urban area in the country. Our population is expected to reach 835,000 by 2041.  
Access to world class talent

Waterloo Region is home to some of the finest academic institutions in the world. We are known for being the place where all things that will be important tomorrow are being created today. 

Thriving aerospace cluster

Over 85 aerospace businesses are located in Waterloo Region. Together they employ more than 3,200 residents. Renowned companies in the local aerospace cluster include:

Research and development

Waterloo Region is home to over 150 globally renowned research centres. A unique intellectual property policy at the University of Waterloo allows inventors to own their own ideas. There is no better place to conduct research and development. 

Leaders in technology
Waterloo Region is the second largest innovation supercluster in North America. We have an established community support system that helps new technology companies start, grow and succeed.
Facilities, infrastructure and support

YKF is owned and operated by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. Their AAA credit rating allows the airport to secure long term capital financing for strategic infrastructure investments. 

  • Two Runways - 7,000 feet and 4,100 feet
  • CAT1 Instrument Landing System (ILS)
  • NAV Canada Control Tower 07:00 - 23:00
  • Class C Airspace
  • Airport of Entry (AOE) / 180 with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) onsite 07:00 -23:00 (No Fees)
  • CAT 7 Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) available
  • Secure access to Code C (B-737) and D (B-757) Taxiways
  • Two full service Fixed Based Operator (FBO)
  • Three fuel providers
Opportunity to increase market share
Due to limited air service, YKF currently captures only 3.9 per cent of the 2.2 million origin-destination travellers in our primary catchment area.   
Marketing support
The YKF team works closely with our airline partners to maximize marketing opportunities. Our collaborative approach includes:
  • Leveraging relationships with community leaders to integrate new air service into our market.
  • Providing airline sales teams with access to Waterloo Regions largest employers.
  • Working with government, tourism and industry partners to expand reach.
  • Building partnerships on both ends of a route to build passenger flow. 
Competitive rates
In Waterloo Region, you get a lot more value for your money. The Region of Waterloo International Airport offers a competitive cost advantage. Our rates are 59 per cent lower than Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Support Services

Fixed Based Operators
Chartright Air Group

Telephone: 1-800-595-9395


Flite Line Services   
Telephone: 1-877-663-6612 / 519-514-0530


Chartright Air Group
Telephone: 1-800-595-9395


Flite Line Services
Telephone: 1-877-663-6612 / 519-514-0530


Summit Fuel Services - World Fuel Services Network
Telephone: 519-497-8091

Ground Handling
Chartright Air Group

Telephone: 1-800-595-9395

Executive Aviation
Telephone: 519-453-5370

Flite Line Services   
Telephone: 1-877-663-6612 / 519-514-0530