simairlinenet
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Bathurst, NB -- Why ZBF?

Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:18 pm

Why doesn't Bathurst (ZBF) not follow the typical tradition of Canadian airports having their airport codes start with a Y?
 
cf105arrow
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RE: Bathurst, NB -- Why ZBF?

Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:35 pm

I think because originally it was a water based facility. In the early days water ports started with Z.
 
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RE: Bathurst, NB -- Why ZBF?

Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:01 pm

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.
 
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RE: Bathurst, NB -- Why ZBF?

Sat Oct 27, 2007 1:26 am

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.

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