|IATA: YLT – ICAO: CYLT
– WMO: 71355
|Operator||DND/1CdnAirDiv Alert AMO Ottawa|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−05:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−04:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||100 ft / 30 m|
|Source: Canada Flight Supplement
Alert Airport (IATA: YLT, ICAO: CYLT) is the world's northernmost permanent airport, located at Alert, Nunavut, Canada, approximately 830 km (520 mi) south of the true North Pole. It is operated by the Canadian Department of National Defence and is part of Canadian Forces Station Alert.
CFS Alert airfield was built sometime in the 1950s and is supplied by military aircraft only, but in 2011, Buffalo Airways was contracted to carry fuel and sleds between Resolute Bay and Alert; the airfield is required for transport of personnel and provisions 12 months of the year. The facility is also used as an emergency source of fuel for allied military aircraft low on fuel flying in the region. There have been two crashes involving fatalities at the airfield since it was established.
Radar and navigation equipment are trailer units that can be moved around the airport.
- July 31, 1950 - Royal Canadian Air Force Avro Lancaster AG-965 on a re-supply flight crashes and kills all 9 on board (crew members and passengers).
- October 30, 1991 - Operation Boxtop Flight 22 a Lockheed C-130 Hercules from Trenton on re-supply mission crashes and kills 5 on board.
- Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 6 February 2014 to 0901Z 3 April 2014
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