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L F Wade International Airport Language Watch Edit L F Wade International Airport IATA BDA ICAO TXKF formerly named Bermuda International Airport is the sole airport serving the British overseas territory of Bermuda in the North Atlantic Ocean It is located in the parish of St George s and is 6 NM 11 km 6 9 mi northeast of Bermuda s capital Hamilton 1 In 2016 L F Wade International Airport handled about 402 925 passengers up 5 6 from 2006 2 It has one passenger terminal one cargo terminal eight aircraft stands and can support all aircraft sizes up to and including the Airbus A380 3 Currently seven airlines operate seasonal or year round scheduled services to Bermuda Airport from Canada the United Kingdom and the United States L F Wade International AirportIATA BDAICAO TXKFSummaryAirport typePublicOwnerGovernment of BermudaOperatorBermuda Skyport Corporation LimitedServesHamilton BermudaLocationSt David s IslandElevation AMSL18 ft 5 mCoordinates32 21 51 N 064 40 43 W 32 36417 N 64 67861 W 32 36417 64 67861 Coordinates 32 21 51 N 064 40 43 W 32 36417 N 64 67861 W 32 36417 64 67861Websitebermudaairport wbr comMapBDALocation of airport in BermudaRunwaysDirection Length Surfaceft m12 30 9 669 2 947 AsphaltSource Bermudan AIP 1 Contents 1 History 2 Current operations 3 Airport agencies 4 Airlines and destinations 4 1 Passenger 4 2 Cargo 5 Accidents and incidents 6 See also 7 References 8 External linksHistory EditThis section needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources L F Wade International Airport news newspapers books scholar JSTOR March 2019 Learn how and when to remove this template message The airfield was constructed during World War II for use as Kindley Field a joint US Army Air Forces USAAF Royal Air Force RAF base The RAF forces in Bermuda were withdrawn at the end of the War The local RAF Commander however stayed on on loan to the Bermuda Government He converted the RAF facilities into the Civil Air Terminal operated by the local government When the pre war airport a flying boat facility on Darrell s Island closed in 1948 Bermuda s air routes were taken over by land planes operating through the airfield By then it was operated by the United States Air Force as Kindley Air Force Base In 1970 the field was transferred to the United States Navy which operated it as US Naval Air Station Bermuda until 1995 The US Navy terminated its 99 year lease and transferred the field to the Bermuda Government It now operates the airport as part of the Ministry of Tourism amp Transport The US Navy was not required to meet international civil air standards despite the operation of civil airlines to the base The Bermuda Government however was required to meet these standards very quickly on assuming control and at some expense This involved changes to the airfield lighting erecting new fences levelling anything over a certain height and within a certain distance of the runway including the former base commander s residence and the hill it stood on and other changes The airport is at the west of St David s Island and to the south of Ferry Reach This places it in the East End of the archipelago several miles from the capital Hamilton The airfield was built between 1941 and 1943 by levelling Long Bird Island and several smaller islands and filling in the waterways with reclaimed land between them and St David s Island This created a landmass contiguous with St David s The airfield is typically described as being in or on St David s The field originally had three runways but only the longest is still in use 4 One of the others most of which is on a narrow peninsula jutting into Castle Harbour has been blocked by munitions bunkers that were built at the harbour end Additional bunkers are on the west side of the peninsula which the US Navy had referred to as the Weapons Pier Airport workers today refer to it as The Finger The other former runway is today a taxiway to connect aprons one and two to the active runway and the taxiway which parallels it This was last used as a runway in 1978 It has its own former taxiway paralleling it which now serves as a dispersal area for visiting aircraft On 16 April 2007 the airport was renamed as L F Wade International Airport in honour of L Frederick Wade father of L Frederick Wade Jr L Frederick Wade was a leader of the incumbent governing party the Progressive Labour Party when it was in opposition 5 The name was criticised by the opposition United Bermuda Party for being politically biased 6 On 16 March 2017 the Government of Bermuda signed an agreement with the Canadian Commercial Corporation granting Skyport a 30 year concession to manage and operate the airport In December 2020 a new terminal was completed replacing the previous one 7 Current operations EditIn 2017 the airport handled almost five hundred thousand passengers Airline flight arrivals and departures usually peak June August summer season It has received high marks in passenger satisfaction surveys placing first among North American airports in the Under 15 million passengers category in 2003 and fourth worldwide in its size category according to the global airport monitor report that year 8 Cited were courtesy of staff security and check in facilities The former NATO hangar built in the early 1990s is now used for the airport s growing corporate jet traffic Because of Bermuda s considerable distance from the nearest land mass the airport s use by General Aviation aircraft is limited to jets and long range turboprops Only jet fuel is available The airport offers US Customs and Immigration preclearance which means US bound passengers clear Customs in Bermuda flights arriving in the US from Bermuda are thus treated as domestic flights Air traffic control service is provided by CI2 Aviation under contract to Bermuda Skyport Corporation The control tower is located on the north side of the airport not to be confused with the old tower located at the terminal building and provides service for most of the day and night Approach departure and en route traffic control in the surrounding Oceanic Sector is provided by New York Air Route Traffic Control Center ZNY under an agreement between the US Government s Federal Aviation Administration and the United Kingdom The BDA tower controller and ZNY center controller are always in close contact Remote radio transmitters and air traffic radar coverage at the airport also link Bermuda and New York Center A modern Doppler Weather radar with a 150 mi range was built by the DAO in 2005 Navaids at the airport such as the Instrument Landing System ILS and VOR VHF omnidirectional range are owned by Skyport but maintained by CI2 Aviation The airport was a United States government NASA Space Shuttle launch abort site 9 It was only able to be used during low and mid inclination launches The airport is also active in affairs of the Airports Council International ACI hosting the industry organisation s Legal Affairs Committee annual meeting in 2005 10 In 2006 ACI selected the airport to host its World Assembly which was held in Bermuda in November 2010 attended by hundreds of delegates representing airports worldwide 11 The airport s current general manager is Aaron Adderley 12 A small portion of the south east corner of the airport was transformed in the 1990s into Bermuda Motorsports Park From March 2017 Bermuda Skyport Corporation Limited will manage and operate L F Wade International The 30 year airport concession includes construction of a new passenger terminal which was completed in 2020 7 Airport agencies EditBermuda Skyport Corporation Limited the airport concessions company Bermuda Airport Authority The Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority BCAA responsible for aircraft registration safety regulation and accident investigation Bermuda Immigration HM Revenue and Customs US Customs and Border Protection pre clears passengers on most flights to USA Airport Rescue Firefighting ARFF operated by Bermuda Fire Service from 2007 Bermuda Fire Service East end station sits astride perimeter and provides support to ARFF Airport Security Police enforces airside regulations and security under contract to the DAO Bermuda Police Service enforces landside parking and traffic regulations and holds arrested persons Bermuda Weather Service operated by Serco under contract to the DAO Airlines and destinations EditPassenger Edit AirlinesDestinationsAir Canada RougeToronto PearsonAmerican AirlinesCharlotte Miami New York JFK New York LaGuardia PhiladelphiaAzores AirlinesSeasonal Ponta Delgada 13 British AirwaysLondon Heathrow 14 15 Delta Air LinesAtlanta Boston New York JFKJetBlueBoston New York JFKUnited AirlinesSeasonal NewarkWestJetToronto PearsonCanadian and European Destinations map Bermuda London Gatwick Toronto PearsonCanadian and European destinations from L F Wade International Airport Red Year round DestinationUnited States Destinations map Atlanta Miami New York JFK Newark Philadelphia BostonUnited States destinations from L F Wade International Airport Red Year round Destination Green Seasonal Destination Blue Future DestinationCargo Edit AirlinesDestinationsCargojetNew York JFK NewarkAccidents and incidents EditOn 6 December 1952 A Cubana de Aviacion DC 4 crashed after taking off from the airport killing 37 passengers out of 41 passengers and crew 16 On 27 October 1962 a U S Air Force Boeing RB 47 Stratojet crashed on takeoff killing all four crew members on board 17 See also EditRoyal Air Force Bermuda 1939 45 Hurricane Fabian Hurricane Igor Transport in Bermuda The Causeway Bermuda Hurricane GonzaloReferences Edit a b Skyport Bermuda L F Wade International Airport PDF Skyport Bermuda L F Wade International Airport Archived from the original on 27 September 2011 Retrieved 29 March 2020 Visitor Statistics Go To Bermuda 22 August 2016 Retrieved 29 March 2020 Airport Information L F Wade International Airport Archived from the original on 7 February 2012 Retrieved 10 September 2015 Airport map www flickr com Retrieved 29 March 2020 Glenn Jones 17 April 2007 Airport formally renamed The Royal Gazette Archived from the original on 11 November 2007 Retrieved 27 September 2007 Amanda Dale 16 April 2007 Govt accused of bias over naming public places after national heroes The Royal Gazette Archived from the original on 11 November 2007 Retrieved 27 September 2007 a b Events UKi Media amp 15 December 2020 LF Wade International opens state of the art passenger terminal building Passenger Terminal Today Retrieved 10 January 2021 Hill Rene 1 July 2003 Bermuda s airport gets high rating again The Royal Gazette Retrieved 22 May 2009 permanent dead link Space Shuttle Emergency Landing Sites GlobalSecurity org Retrieved 12 March 2008 Island to host prestigious aviation conference The Royal Gazette 31 May 2004 Retrieved 22 May 2009 permanent dead link Neil Scott 17 November 2006 Dr Brown Tourism critics are way off the mark The Royal Gazette Retrieved 22 May 2009 permanent dead link Airport Operations Government of Bermuda Retrieved 18 July 2014 McWhirter Fiona 9 January 2021 Details on flights to and from the Azores The Royal Gazette Retrieved 20 April 2021 https www routesonline com news 38 airlineroute 294062 british airways resumes london heathrow bermuda service from late march 2021 https www britishairways com travel schedules public en gb Harro Ranter 6 December 1952 ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC 4 CU T397 Bermuda Kindley Field BDA http b 47 com wp content uploads 2014 03 Boeing B 47 Losses and Ejections pdfExternal links EditBermuda International Airport official site Royal Gazette preview of new Airline Terminal December 2020 video Bermuda Online American military bases in Bermuda 1941 to 1995 Bermuda International Airport weather radar real time displayRetrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title L F Wade 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