Canadian Forces Base Goose Bay, also known as CFB Goose Bay, is a Canadian Forces Base situated in the town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. It used to operate as the Royal Canadian Air Force Base and eventually became a United States Air Force Base known as Goose AFB. Later on, it became home to permanent detachments of the Royal Air Force, Luftwaffe, Aeronautica Militare, and Royal Netherlands Air Force, and the site of NATO tactical flight training in the country.
In addition, its airfield is also used by civilian aircraft. NAV CANADA classifies the CFB, which is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency, as an airport of entry. In 2001, as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon, it hosted seven trans-Atlantic commercial airliners that were diverted to land, after the closure of North American airspace as a result of terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. It was the first Canadian airport to receive diverted aircraft.
Air Labrador, Canadian Helicopters, Universal Helicopters, and Woodward Aviation are the fixed base operators based at CFB Goose Bay.
The airport’s terminal building handles an average of 95,000 passengers a year. Currently, there are eight air carriers that operate at the airport – all of which fly out to domestic destinations: Air Canada Express (Deer Lake, Gander, Halifax, St. John's, and Wabush), Exploits Valley Air Services (seasonal: Iqaluit and Gander), Air Labrador (Hopedale, Makkovik, Nain, Natuashish, Postville, and Rigolet), Provincial Airlines (Blanc-Sablon, Churchill Falls, Deer Lake, Hopedale, Makkovik, Nain, Natuashish, Postville, Rigolet, Sept-Îles, St. Anthony, St. John's, Voisey's Bay, and Wabush), Pascan Aviation (Montréal-Saint-Hubert), Universal Helicopters, Cougar Helicopters, and HC Helicopter – the last three offering charter flights.
Services and Facilities
Today, the Goose Bay Airport serves as a major international airport, equipped by navigational aids and the world's most technologically sophisticated air traffic control radar system. The airport serves commercial customers 24 hours a day and provides weather and emergency response services. The airport houses three air carriers, a coffee shop, a gift shop, and three car rental agencies. It also offers a range of cargo, subleasing, aeronautics and industrial services. In addition, the Goose Bay Airport Corporation regulates the activities at Otter Creek, a water-based airport located 7km from the main airport.