Alert Airport

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Alert Airport
WMO: 71355
Airport type Military
Operator DND/1CdnAirDiv Alert AMO Ottawa
Location Alert, Nunavut
Time zone EST (UTC−05:00)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL 100 ft / 30 m
Coordinates 82°31′04″N 062°16′50″W / 82.51778°N 62.28056°W / 82.51778; -62.28056Coordinates: 82°31′04″N 062°16′50″W / 82.51778°N 62.28056°W / 82.51778; -62.28056
CYLT is located in Nunavut
Location in Nunavut
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 5,500 1,676 Gravel
Source: Canada Flight Supplement[1]
Environment Canada[2]

Alert Airport (IATA: YLTICAO: 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.

The airport's fire and rescue operations are supported by a 2012 KME/Fort Garry Fire Truck ARFF.[3] Two bulldozers are used to grade the runway when needed.[4]


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