Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Pas Airport Car Rental

Found approximately twelve miles outside the town of The Pas in Manitoba, Canada, is The Pas airport (IATA: YQD). The airport boasts one runway made from asphalt which falls just shy of 6,000ft long, carrying roughly 5,000 aircraft movements over its surface per year. While this doesn’t make it anywhere near one of the largest airports in Canada, it is still an important transport hub regionally, with people from the nearby towns relying heavily on its connections to other larger airports.

The town of The Pas itself is found in Division No. 21, in the northern area of Manitoba, around 630km from the regional and provincial capital city of Winnipeg. It is this large distance between the town and the city that makes air travel so essential to the area, and explains why there are so many aircraft movements out of such a small airport each year. Sometimes still known as Paskoyac by locals, due to the first trading outpost in the area being called Fort Paskoyac, The Pas is known by many as the gateway to the north, and has a population of around 15,000 within its district. Agriculture, forestry, fishing and, notably, tourism, all make up huge parts of the local economy and demonstrate yet again the importance of the airport to the area and its community.

The airport caters to two different airlines, Bearskin Airlines, who fly exclusively to Winnipeg, and Calm Air, who operate services to Flin Flon and Winnipeg. The area has served car hire services available, with many tourists comparing The Pas airport car hire before arrival to make sure they’re getting the best deal.

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