the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport acts as an international ambassador for Cape Breton, a role the Sydney Airport Authority takes very seriously. In many cases, an airport is the first contact a traveler will have with a new city, and the rest of the visit can be affected by the first impression.
In addition to its international character, Sydney Airport lies just 15 minutes from the Sydney downtown business district and within easy driving distance to other key areas of Cape Breton Island. The Sydney Airport is crucial to the Island's economy, both as a conduit to the world and as a route into our economy.
Sydney Airport is located on major air routes serving Atlantic Canada, as well as the oceanic air routes. The Sydney Airport has two ILS equipped runways: one is 7070 x 200 asphalt and the second is 6000 x 200 asphalt.
Because of location, the Sydney Airport is used as a flight planned alternate for flights traveling between points in Atlantic Canada and flights traveling overseas.