Sunday, August 4, 2013

St. Anthony Airport Car Rental

Just over twenty miles north west of the town of St. Anthony in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, is St. Anthony airport (IATA: YAY), providing crucial air travel for the local community to a variety of different regional airports across the country. The airport has one asphalt runway standing at about 4,000ft long, carrying approximately 4,500 aircraft movements over it each year.

St. Anthony itself is an extremely old European settlement dating back to the early 16th century. Basque and French native fishermen fished seasonally, using the towns usefully positioned harbour as their base. By 1534 the town had reported taken on the name of St. Anthony Haven, according to the explorer Jacques Cartier.

The town’s growth didn’t really start until Dr Wilfred Grenfell arrived in 1900 and following this, the local community saw the introduction of a cold storage facility and salt fish plant in the 1930s, boosting the local economy during some reasonably tough economic times for the region.

Tourism has become increasingly important to the town, especially as the stocks of fish that used to be so bountiful have dwindling somewhat. Tourists come to see sites related to Dr Grenfell for the most part, as well as L’Anse aux Meadows and the native whales and icebergs which are always a stunning sight.

Flights from the airport are provided by Provincial Airlines, flying to Blanc-Sablon, CFB Goose Bay, St. John’s and Wabush, as well as Air Labrador, who fly to Williams Harbour. Local car hire companies are in the area providing travellers with cheap St. Anthony airport car hire if they compare prices before arrival, although there can also be some good discounts to be had upon arrival dependant on availability.

A View From The Chair In St Anthony. Creative Commons Image Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chair_in_St._Anthony,_Newfoundland,_Canada.jpg