Autism Aviators - Media Statement

The J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport are pleased to partner with Autism Nova Scotia and Autism Cape Breton today to host our first Autism Aviators Launch Day on April 27th, 2019.

Autism Aviators is a program developed by Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Autism Nova Scotia to provide information and resources to help prepare individuals on the autism spectrum and their families for travel.

The J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport is the third airport in the country to introduce this innovative program to its airport, after Halifax Stanfield and Charlottetown International Airport.

“We believe that because of the size of our airport and the consistent dedication to quality service exhibited by all of our partner service providers here - the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport is very well suited to ensure that we provide a safe and high-quality environment for travelers who may have special needs. We want our community to know that we’re always here to help make travel a little easier for those who may need it. This program was a logical addition to our lineup of resources” says Courtney Davis, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport

The autism aviators launch day includes going through check-in, baggage check, security screening, baggage pick up and all participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the day.

For more information on this program, or to access resources please see:

April 24, 2019 Sydney, Nova Scotia Transport Canada

Canadians, tourists and businesses benefit from safe and well-maintained airports. From visiting friends and family, to travelling to medical appointments, or getting goods to market, we rely on our local airports to support and sustain vibrant communities. These airports also provide essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue and forest fire response.

Rodger Cuzner, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and Member of Parliament for Cape Breton—Canso, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced a Government of Canada investment to replace a towed sweeper at the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. The investment of $226,100 for the sweeper allows for the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron. Mr. Cuzner also viewed two recently completed projects to rehabilitate Taxiway J2 and its drainage, and to replace a snowblower. The value of these two projects is $970,081.

Well maintained runways, taxiways and aprons that are clear of ice and snow are key to ensuring safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and help protect costly airport safety assets, such as aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, during airport operations.


"The J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport is an important hub for residents and businesses in this region. These investments help ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for Sydney residents, many of whom depend on their local airports not only for personal travel and business, but also for access to specialized and emergency medical care in larger centres."

Rodger Cuzner

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and

Member of Parliament for Cape Breton—Canso

"Our Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada."

The Honourable Marc Garneau

Minister of Transport

March 15, 2019

The JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport is very pleased to advise the Cape Breton community that Air Canada is adding more choice for travellers from Cape Breton this summer, with a new daily direct service from Sydney to Montreal starting June 28th through September 2nd. The departing flight will leave Sydney at 6:00am, offering passengers the convenience of same day connections through Montreal to the many worldwide destinations serviced by Air Canada.

We understand that air service is a critical factor for economic development and tourism on Cape Breton Island and we encourage island businesses and residents to support this new service and your local airport when you fly.

The Sydney Airport Authority is a not-for-profit society, committed to the betterment of the community and the local economy by providing quality, safe and accessible aviation services and facilities to the people and businesses of Cape Breton Island.

The Sydney Airport Authority and our service partners continuously work together to improve customer service as is demonstrated by Air Canada’s commitment to offer this new direct service between Sydney and Montreal. We are hopeful that with the support of the Cape Breton community, this new service will prove to be successful.


Details of the Air Canada service between Sydney and Montreal:

ROUTE Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Sydney-Montreal Daily 06:00 a.m. 07:05 a.m June 28, 2019
Montreal-Sydney Daily 13:40 p.m. 16:40 p.m. June 28, 2019