Resolute Bay Airport

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Resolute Bay Airport
YRB Airport.jpg
WMO: 71924
Airport type Public
Operator Government of Nunavut
Location Resolute, Nunavut
Time zone CST (UTC−06:00)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−05:00)
Elevation AMSL 222 ft / 68 m
Coordinates 74°43′01″N 094°58′10″W / 74.71694°N 94.96944°W / 74.71694; -94.96944Coordinates: 74°43′01″N 094°58′10″W / 74.71694°N 94.96944°W / 74.71694; -94.96944
CYRB is located in Nunavut
Location in Nunavut
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 6,504 1,982 Gravel
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft movements 3,275

Resolute Bay Airport (IATA: YRBICAO: CYRB) is located at Resolute, Nunavut, Canada, and is operated by the government of Nunavut.

Proposed expansion[edit]

The Royal Canadian Air Force is considering a major expansion of the airport to transform it into a key base for Arctic operations. The expansion would include a 3,000 m (9,843 ft) paved runway, hangars, fuel installations and other infrastructure.

The site would be able to provide logistics for search-and-rescue operations according to a briefing from the Arctic Management Office at 1 Canadian Air Division.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Borek Air
Resolute Bay Airport
Runway 35 True
Atop Signal Hill about 1 mile east of the airport
Now abandoned and showing its age
Part of Operation Nanook
Airlines Destinations
First Air Arctic Bay, Iqaluit[5]
Kenn Borek Air Charters
Kenn Borek Air operated by Unaalik Aviation Grise Fiord,[6] Charters

Historically, the airport was served by several airlines operating direct, no-change-of-plane scheduled passenger jet service to such Canadian cities as Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Yellowknife. Airlines included CP Air, Nordair, Pacific Western and Transair operating either Boeing 727 or Boeing 737 jetliners. First Air also previously operated scheduled jet service with Boeing 727 and Boeing 737 aircraft. Many of these 727 and 737 flights operated by the various airlines serving Resolute were flown with Combi aircraft which were capable of transporting a mixed load of passengers and freight pallets.

Resolute, located above the Arctic Circle, is the northernmost destination in Canada to receive scheduled passenger air service.


On August 20, 2011, First Air Flight 6560, a Boeing 737-200 charter flight transporting fifteen people from Yellowknife, crashed near the airport. Twelve people on board the jetliner were killed.[7]


  1. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 24 July 2014 to 0901Z 18 September 2014
  2. ^ "Synoptic/Metstat Station Information". Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  3. ^ "Total aircraft movements by class of operation". 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  4. ^ RCAF eyes Resolute Bay for new Arctic base
  5. ^ "First Air Flight Schedule". Retrieved 2015-02-23. 
  6. ^ "KBA flight schedule". Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  7. ^ Fournier, Chris (2011-08-21). "First Air Says Dozen Killed in Canadian Crash". Retrieved 2013-01-10. 

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