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Bathurst, NB -- Why ZBF?  
User currently offlineSimairlinenet From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 917 posts, RR: 2
Posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1652 times:

Why doesn't Bathurst (ZBF) not follow the typical tradition of Canadian airports having their airport codes start with a Y?

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User currently offlineCF105Arrow From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1636 times:

I think because originally it was a water based facility. In the early days water ports started with Z.

User currently offlineYow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

Quoting Simairlinenet (Thread starter):
Why doesn't Bathurst (ZBF) not follow the typical tradition of Canadian airports having their airport codes start with a Y?

Lots of other airports in Canada don't start with a Y and have scheduled air service, it's just that they're all located in small places, like Bathurst. Actually Bathurst is probably the biggest 'small place' with a sked airport not starting with a Y.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25626 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1547 times:

Quoting CF105Arrow (Reply 1):
I think because originally it was a water based facility. In the early days water ports started with Z.

Although what must be one of the busiest water-based "airports" in Canada, Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver, with frequent floatplane operations, some scheduled, has a code that doesn't begin with either Y or Z. It's CXH.


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As already mentioned, there are quite a few smaller airports in Canada with codes that don't start with Y.

As a sidenote, CXH also has what may still be the world's highest control tower location, on the roof of a 30-storey office building overlooking the harbour.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b7/Vancouver_Harbour_Control_Tower.JPG/800px-


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