London International Airport (YXU) has officially opened its outdoor rink, with lighting, boards and the rink itself built by airport staff

Scott McFadzean, President and CEO of YXU, explained: “We continue to look for creative ways to engage and give back to our community here at the airport. We also want to offer other [than travelling] reasons to come out to our airport.  There are not many locations in the city that allow outdoor ice hockey, so we’re proud to be able to provide a fun and safe place for staff, tenants and the public to skate and play hockey, while enjoying the bonus of spotting aircraft arriving and departing. ”

It’s a classic “backyard rink” that relies on cold temperatures to freeze. Local Ontario Hockey League team the London Knights was invited to the airport for the first skate.

“It’s great that London has a space to enjoy hockey at its roots on the outdoor rink and kudos to our partners at YXU for making this happen for the community,” said London Knights marketing director Alex Brown. “The players all grew up enjoying time with their friends and family on a pond or nearby community rink – having fun is what it’s all about!”

In the summer months, YXU offers beach volleyball and pickleball courts.


The London Knights took the first skate on the new rink  
The London Knights took the first skate on the new rink   London International Airport