Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport
|Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport
Whitehorse/Erik Nielsen International Airport
|IATA: YXY – ICAO: CYXY
– WMO: 71964
|Owner/Operator||Government of Yukon|
|Time zone||PST (UTC−08:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC−07:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||2,317 ft / 706 m|
Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport (IATA: YXY, ICAO: CYXY) is located in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. It is part of the National Airports System, and is operated by the Government of Yukon. The airport was renamed in honour of longtime Yukon Member of Parliament Erik Nielsen on December 15, 2008. The terminal handled 294,000 passengers in 2012, representing a 94% increase in passenger traffic since 2002.
Built between 1940 and 1941 by the federal Department of Transport, it was transferred to the RCAF in 1942 as part of the Northwest Staging Route under the name of RCAF Station Whitehorse. It closed in 1968 and resumed the status as a civilian airport.
The airport is classified as an airport of entry by NAV CANADA and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency. CBSA officers at this airport currently can handle aircraft with no more than 50 passengers; however, they can handle up to 225 if the aircraft is unloaded in stages.
The airport has two fixed base operator for fuel, limited aircraft maintenance facilities. The control tower operates from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. local time, and the Whitehorse Flight Service Station provides Airport Advisory Service during the remaining hours. ARFF services are also provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In addition to scheduled commercial service, numerous small air charter operators and bush pilots use the airport and it serves as a major base for water bombers used in forest firefighting operations. The airport also controls Whitehorse Water Aerodrome, a float plane base on Schwatka Lake.
Whitehorse is also a major stopover point for private flyers who make the trip to and from Alaska.
During the September 11, 2001, attacks, two aircraft approaching the United States from Asia were diverted to Whitehorse as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon; a Boeing 747 Korean Air Lines Flight 85 was feared hijacked but this was not the case — the airplane was low on fuel. Many of the buildings in the downtown area below the airport were evacuated. Those who witnessed the airplane's landing saw the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) order the crew out at gunpoint.
The airport's parking lot is graced by an old Canadian Pacific Airlines Douglas DC-3 on a pedestal that serves as a weather vane. A new addition to the terminal is in the process[when?] of being built. It will help alleviate congestion with international flights.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Canada||Seasonal: Vancouver|
|Air Canada Express||Vancouver|
|Air North||Calgary, Dawson City, Edmonton, Inuvik, Kelowna, Old Crow, Ottawa, Vancouver, Yellowknife
Charter: Las Vegas, Victoria
The airport has its own fire department with 3 crash tenders and 1 supervisor vehicle based at a fire station within the airport grounds.
- Airport Divestiture Status Report
- Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 24 July 2014 to 0901Z 18 September 2014
- Synoptic/Metstat Station Information
- Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers
- "Yukon names airport after former MP Nielsen", cbc.ca, December 16, 2008.
- Whitehorse 1948 -1968
- CBSA Office - Detailed Information
- flyairnorth.com - Schedule announced for Whitehorse/Ottawa/Yellowknife Flights
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport.|
- Government of Yukon - Whitehorse International Airport
- CF-CPY Wind Vane
- Whitehorse Airport Arrivals & Departures
- Page about this airport on COPA's Places to Fly airport directory
- Past three hours METARs, SPECI and current TAFs for Whitehorse International Airport from Nav Canada as available.