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Yellowknife Airport

Yellowknife Airport
WMO: 71936
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Government of the Northwest Territories[1]
Location Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Hub for
Time zone MST (UTC−07:00)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−06:00)
Elevation AMSL 675 ft / 206 m
CYZF is located in Northwest Territories
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 7,503 2,287 Asphalt
10/28 5,001 1,524 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Aircraft movements 52,881

Yellowknife Airport (ICAO: CYZF) is located in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. The airport is part of the National Airports System, and is operated by the Government of the Northwest Territories. The airport has regular scheduled passenger service and a number of freight services. In 2007, the terminal handled 527,000 passengers.[5]

In 2008 the airport's passenger terminal underwent an expansion to the departure/check in section, roughly doubling the size of the terminal.[6] The airport is classified as an airport of entry by Nav Canada and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). CBSA officers at this airport can handle general aviation aircraft only, with no more than 15 passengers.[2]

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) "G" Division maintains a hangar for its air section just south of the passenger terminal. It is adjacent to a hangar used by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) to house the CC-138 Twin Otter and other utility aircraft operated by 440 Squadron, a subsidiary of 17 Wing.

Canadian NORAD Region Forward Operating Location Yellowknife is located south-west of the airstrip. It was built for forward deployment of the CF-18 Hornet in times of conflict. It also has a CC-138 permanently based at the airport for search and rescue missions.


  • Airlines and destinations 1
    • Cargo 1.1
  • Emergency services 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Express Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg
Air North Ottawa, Whitehorse[7]
Air Tindi Fort Simpson, Lutselk'e, Gamèti, Wekweètì, Whatì
Buffalo Airways Hay River
Canadian North Cambridge Bay, Edmonton, Gjoa Haven, Hope Bay, Inuvik, Iqaluit, Kugaaruk, Kugluktuk, Norman Wells, Ottawa, Rankin Inlet, Taloyoak
Seasonal: Doris Lake
First Air Cambridge Bay, Edmonton, Fort Simpson, Gjoa Haven, Hay River, Inuvik, Kugaaruk, Kugluktuk, Norman Wells, Rankin Inlet, Taloyoak, Ulukhaktok
Charter: Ekati
Seasonal Charter: Vancouver
North-Wright Airways Déline, Norman Wells, Tulita
Northwestern Air Fort Smith
WestJet Calgary, Edmonton


Airlines Destinations
Buffalo Airways Déline, Fort Good Hope, Hay River, Norman Wells, Tulita, Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk

Emergency services

Polar bear and seal sculpture, in airport lobby

The airport has its own fire and rescue service. The department has 10 firefighters, but requires only two or three fire fighters on shift to operate a single crash tender. Ambulance and additional fire response is provided by the Yellowknife Fire Department[8]

See also


  1. ^ Airport Divestiture Status Report
  2. ^ a b Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 24 July 2014 to 0901Z 18 September 2014
  3. ^ Synoptic/Metstat Station Information
  4. ^ Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers
  5. ^ Yellowknife Airport Development Plan Update
  6. ^ Yellowknife Airport Expansion
  7. ^ - Schedule announced for Whitehorse/Ottawa/Yellowknife Flights
  8. ^ Aircraft Fire Fighting Services

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Main Web Page
  • Airport DirectoryPlaces to FlyEntry about Yellowknife Airport on the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association's
  • Past three hours METARs, SPECI and current TAFs for Yellowknife Airport from Nav Canada as available.
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