THUNDER BAY – It has been a long night and into the early morning at the Thunder Bay International Airport. However, following the storm last night, the Thunder Bay International Airport remains fully operational. You can visit the TBIA website to check on incoming flights at www.tbairport.on.ca.
Environment Canada reported a line of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds through the Lakehead area. Environment Canada also received reports of winds of up to 115 km/h at 8:40PM last night. The weather incident caused extensive damage to the Air Terminal Building and to many vehicles parked in the adjacent parking lots. There were no injuries.
A coordinated response of Airport and Municipal resources ensured public safety during the cleanup process that lasted through to the morning hours. Thunder Bay International Airports Authority (TBIAA) would like to thank Thunder Bay Police for their great assistance and to Mayor Hobbs and City Manager Tim Commisso for pledging the City’s assistance where required.
TBIAA would also like to thank the efforts of its own work crews that rapidly responded to minimize customer inconvenience wherever possible.
Owners of damaged vehicles are to contact their insurance companies to begin the repair and claims process.
Thunder Bay Police have compiled a list of all vehicles in the affected area should that confirmation be required by claimants. Owners with additional inquiries are encouraged to contact the Airport Authority’s claims adjuster or the Airport Authority as follows:
David Kirychuk, Adjuster Crawford & Company 629-6125 or the Airport Authority Offices 473-2600
Thunder Bay Airport or Thunder Bay International Airport, (IATA: YQT, ICAO: CYQT), had 80,591 aircraft movements in 2010 it was the 7th busiest airport in Ontario and the 24th busiest airport in Canada. In 2009, 606,275 passengers went through the airport making it the 3rd busiest in Ontario and the 16th busiest in Canada.