Three other somewhat unusual airports have one feature in common -- they're located on islands and can only be reached by ferry from the city they serve.
Toronto City Centre Airport (YTZ
), the hub of Porter Airlines. The airport was recently re-named Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport after a Canadian World War I ace (and Victoria Cross winner) and important figure in Canadian aviation in later years.
Prince Rupert (YPR), on the British Columbia coast 408 nm north of YVR
. Now served by AC
Jazz and Hawkair Dash 8s, it had jet service for many years in the past, up to 737 size. Before the airport was built on an island in the early 1960s, air service to YVR
was by amphibious aircraft only.
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Ketchikan, Alaska (KTN), only 78 nm from Prince Rupert above. Until the current airport opened in 1973, on an island separated by a fairly narrow channel from the city, KTN was served by a former WWII airfield on another island (Annette Island) about 20 miles away. Pan Am once served KTN with 707s from SEA
. Now AS
has about 5 daily 737 departures from KTN.