Up we go with the Red Deer Airport

Red Deer Airport

“Come Josephine, in my flying machine, going up we go, up we go…”

Okay, okay… I know your name isn’t Josephine (or maybe it is), but if you’re in the Red Deer area and you’re looking for an escape then the Red Deer Airport is the place for you.

Serving just under 30,000 passengers a year, the Red Deer Airport connects Central Alberta with the rest of the world. Air Canada Express offers passengers flights 3 times a day 7 days a week to Calgary connecting Central Alberta to over 185 worldwide locations. Northwestern Air provides direct flights to Kelowna, Fort McMurray and Grand Prairie. Central Alberta is now connected to other cities in Alberta as well as the world and it all starts at the Red Deer Airport.

Airport History

  • Built during World War II, the Red Deer Airport was used to train Allied forces for war.
  • After the war, the airport was used by the Canadian Air Force for a pilot training base for NATO pilots. The Military built the training facility at this site because of the good weather and uncongested airspace.
  • In 1965, the City of Red Deer overtook the operation of the airport. They extended the runway in 1980 to accommodate larger planes.
  • In 1999, the Red Deer Regional Airport Authority (RDRAA) took over ownership of the airport.  For more history of the airport, head here.
  • Most recently, Red Deer has received funding from the province for a runway extension. The extension will allow for larger aircraft to utilize the central Alberta airport and be completed in 2019 – just in time for Canada Winter Games which is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors.

Clubs and Community

  • For over 70 years, the Red Deer Flying Club has been active in promoting aviation in Central Alberta. Presently, the Red Deer Flying clubs has 35 active members who promote safety and entertainment in aviation.
  • The Civil Air Search and Rescue Association, or CASARA, is a nation-wide volunteer aviation association dedicated to aviation safety and providing assistance to air search support services of the National Search and Rescue Program.
  • The Harvard Historical Aviation Society is a non-profit organization that helps provide interactive and educational programming to commemorate and celebrate the history of Penhold Military Base, now the Red Deer Airport.

Have you ever wanted to see what it was like behind-the-scenes at an airport?

Well, you’re in luck! The Red Deer Airport offers group tours for anyone who would like to see this interesting part of everyday life in an airport.  For more information on group tours, you can head over here.

The Red Deer Airport is Central Alberta’s connection to the world. Charter flights to Calgary operated by Air Canada Express are offered 3 times a day 7 days a week. In addition, Northwestern Air provides direct flights to Kelowna, Fort McMurray and Grand Prairie.

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