The Kuujjuaq Airport is a public airport operated by Kativik Regional Government, in the commune of Kuujjuaq, province of Quebec, Canada. It is located 2.8 kilometres south-west of the central business district, standing at an elevation of 131 feet.
The airport was opened after the United States presence opened a weather centre in the area. The existing facility was turned over to the Canadian government then in 1945, after the previous occupants left the airport. By this time, New Canada, an arm of the Canadian government, opened a $7 million air traffic control near the port. The radar station allows controllers in Montreal to monitor the steady stream of transatlantic air traffic over northern Quebec, and has been led the way to the improvements of the existing runways and airport facility. A large-scale terminal expansion project followed here, beefing the airport apron and constructing a brand new 1,225-square-metre terminal to replace the building that was built in 1972. Today, the airport is classified as a mandatory frequency airport with an operating Flight Service Station. It has registered at least 12,500 aircraft movements in the year ending December 2010, and has been used by locals of Kativik and Kuujjuaq as an important hub. Most of the destinations here are local (or more appropriately, provincial), with key services to Montreal, Quebec City, and Ottawa.
What to see & do
The Kuujjuaq Airport is located in Kuujjuaq, in the province of Quebec in Canada. Kuujjuaq is the largest northern village in Nunavik, Quebec. It is the administrative capital of the Kativik Regional Government, and is located on the western shore of the Koksoak River. The community was previously known as Fort Chimo, a mispronunciation of the Inuit phrase “saimuuq”, which means “Let's shake hands!” Early fur traders were often welcomed with this phrase, which they eventually adopted as the name of the trading post.
Tourism in the area is mainly centred on outdoor activities and local cultural immersion. Atlantic salmon and sea-run trout fishing is one thing for those who are interested in catching the biggest fishes, while caribou hunting can also be experienced. If looking for places to check out, Old Chimo is the best place to see. Old Chimo is the original settlement located a few kilometres downstream on the opposite shore. Here, travellers may experience the locals' way of living, as this is the main place where First Nations settlement is located.
How to get around within Quebec
Transportation in Quebec, particularly in the First Nations communities, is limited to private transport. Most of these said communities are small and tight, and public transport is uncommon (and usually not required). Travellers who would be needing service vehicles and the like, are advised to bring their own vehicles to the area, or arrange rentals before heading here. If the traveller was not able to fix and set any of these before heading here, they make take a chance and rent out private vehicles with the help of the locale.
How to get there
The Kuujjuaq Airport is the main airport serving the area. Airlines that travel to the airport include Air Inuit and First Air. Flights to Montreal are available from both airlines, while First Air provides cargo flights to Ottawa.
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