Red Lake Airport is a public airport located 1km south of the Community of Cochenour, 3NM (5.6km; 3.5 mi) north of Red Lake, Ontario, Canada. It serves as a point of call for air carriers that offer scheduled passenger service and as an operating base for Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. It serves both private and commercial fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter operators located on site. It is owned by The Corporation of the Municipality of Red Lake and operated by Thunder Bay Airport Services Inc., Municipality of Red Lake. The airport commenced commercial air service in 1926 utilising Howey Bay on Red Lake as a float and sea plane base. In fact, during 1936 and 1937, Howey Bay airport was the busiest in the world because of the freight requirements of the gold mines developing in the area. It operated as a private airport until the Department of Transport took over in 1959 and installed lighting. The paved runway was extended to 5,000ft × 150ft (1,524m × 46m) to help improve the growth and development of the Red Lake area.
In 2011, a brand new state-of-the-art airport terminal opened to accommodate the airport’s growing number of passengers travelling to and from the region. It was officially named J.E.J. Fahlgren Terminal. The new building has a large ticket and rental car counters, luggage carousels, naturally lit seating areas, Nav Canada offices and space for administration, and a modern parking lot. There are three airlines that currently operate at the airport: Bearskin Airlines, which flies to and from Dryden, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, and Winnipeg; Wasaya Airways, which serves Sioux Lookout; and Superior Airways , which offers charter flights to and from Thunder Bay and Winnipeg. The airport has rental spaces for franchises within the terminal building.
Services and Facilities
The airport has short- and long-term parking facilities located directly in front of the Airport Terminal Building. In addition, it also offers aircraft parking for domestic air carriers of all types.