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Our History

The Peterborough Airport has helped to shape the economy in the region for decades. Below are some of the key dates that helped make the airport what it is today:

1946 – Following World War II, ex RCAF Pilots; Harvey Strub, Eldon Purves, Ed Brown and several others, moved to Peterborough and began building an airport called Skyboro located in a field on Chemong Road near the Lindsay Highway.

July 1957 – It was announced that the City of Peterborough has joined with the newly formed Peterborough Airport Company to develop an airfield southwest of the city.

Early 60’s – Property was founded by Harry Oakman and building of the airport commenced. Two turf runways were built with the assistance of the City of Peterborough.

1965 - Bradley Air Service was the first commercially operated business to locate at the Peterborough Airport. For $1, Harry Oakman leased the facilities and lands to Bradley Air Service for operation of a charter service, flying training school, and the sale, service and maintenance of aircraft.

April 1967 – A portion of the land where the airport is currently located was purchased by the City of Peterborough conveying the lands from Harry Oakman to City of Peterborough.

Late 1960’s – The hard surface 5000 ft runway with lighting was built. The runway had a PLR of 6 and could support tire pressure of up to 0.69 MPA and a gross take off weight of up to 25,000 kg.

Sept 21, 1969 – The official opening of the Peterborough Municipal Airport was held.

1995 – The runway/taxiway rehabilitation was complete, which upgraded the pavement to a PLR of 8.

Since that time, several improvements have been made at the Peterborough Airport. To learn about the latest phase of development, please visit the Infrastructure Improvements page.

Read A History of the Peterborough Airport by Doug Robertson.
Read PQ Airport History by Ken MacLennan.

The Peterborough Airport would like to recognize and give thanks to Doug Robertson and Ken McLennan for their assistance in recording and providing the history of the Airport from their perspectives. We would also like to thank everyone who has taken photographs throughout the years and who have generously shared them with us.

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