Transforming a Community Transforming a Community:

From Airfield to Airport City


Authors: Tim Higgins & Laird Rankin

Edited by Barbara Huck


Lavishly illustrated, Transforming a Community: From Airfield to Airport City is the story of aviation in Winnipeg,
Manitoba. It’s a tale studded with firsts, beginning withCanada’s first commercial aviation company (founded
by Winnipegger James Armstrong Richardson in 1926) and the nation’s first Customs Port of Entry, designated
in 1930. Winnipeg is also the site of North America’s first post-9/11 airport — appropriately named Winnipeg James
Armstrong Richardson International Airport — which opened in October 2011.


The focus of Transforming a Community is mainly the new airport, with its state-of-the-art terminal, and the
‘transportation city’ that is rapidly growing around it. However, the book also examines the creation of Winnipeg Airports Authority, which took over the management
of the airport from the Government of Canada in 1997, and peeks into the future of commercial aviation in an airport located in the heart of North America and ideally positioned for continental and global trade.