Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International Airport

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Canadian Rockies International Airport

Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International Airport
Terminal building at YXC (2016)
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Cranbrook
OperatorElevate Airports Inc.
LocationCranbrook, British Columbia
Time zoneMST (UTC−07:00)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC−06:00)
Elevation AMSL3,084 ft / 940 m
Coordinates49°36′44″N 115°46′55″W / 49.61222°N 115.78194°W / 49.61222; -115.78194Coordinates: 49°36′44″N 115°46′55″W / 49.61222°N 115.78194°W / 49.61222; -115.78194 Edit this at Wikidata
CYXC is located in British Columbia
Location in British Columbia
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 8,000 2,438 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft movements15,060

Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International Airport (IATA: YXC, ICAO: CYXC) is an international airport located 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) north of Cranbrook and 20 km (12 mi) south-east of Kimberley, British Columbia, in the Canadian Rockies.

It is owned by the City of Cranbrook and operated by Elevate Airports Inc. Runway 16/34 is an 8,000 by 150 ft (2,438 by 46 m) asphalt runway with a category 1 instrument landing system capable of guiding aircraft down to 200 ft (61 m) in 12 mi (0.80 km) of visibility. The terminal building covers 23,000 sq ft (2,100 m2). In 2008, YXC served over 106,277 passengers[citation needed] and in 2010 had 15,060 aircraft movements.[3] The airport is operated 24 hours a day by the Cranbrook Flight Service Station.

It 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.[1] With prior notice, CBSA officers are able to handle commercial aircraft with up to 50 passengers, cost recovery is in effect for handling commercial aircraft.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air Canada ExpressVancouver
Pacific Coastal Airlines Vancouver (Ending April 28/2023)
WestJet LinkCalgary, Vancouver



On February 11, 1978 Flight 314, a Pacific Western Airlines 737-200 on a scheduled flight from Edmonton, via Calgary and Cranbrook, to Castlegar Airport crashed at Cranbrook Airport. The aircraft crashed after thrust reversers did not fully stow following a rejected landing that was executed in order to avoid a snowplow. The crash killed 42 of the 49 people on board.[5][6]



  1. ^ a b Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 16 July 2020 to 0901Z 10 September 2020.
  2. ^ Synoptic/Metstat Station Information Archived June 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA flight service stations
  4. ^ "Pacific Coastal Airlines says it's suspending Vancouver-Cranbrook service due to staff shortages". CBC. 2023-03-14. p. 1. Retrieved 2023-03-14.
  5. ^ Aviation Safety Network
  6. ^ Plan Crash Info

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