Churchill Airport

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Churchill Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Transport Canada
Location Churchill, Manitoba
Time zone CST (UTC−06:00)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−05:00)
Elevation AMSL 96 ft / 29 m
Coordinates 58°44′21″N 094°03′59″W / 58.73917°N 94.06639°W / 58.73917; -94.06639Coordinates: 58°44′21″N 094°03′59″W / 58.73917°N 94.06639°W / 58.73917; -94.06639
CYYQ is located in Manitoba
Location in Manitoba
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 4,000 1,219 Gravel
15/33 9,195 2,803 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft movements 10,329

Churchill Airport (IATA: YYQICAO: CYYQ) is located 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) east southeast[1] of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. The airport serves the town of Churchill and the surrounding region. Although it is a small domestic airport, it handles a relatively high number of passengers throughout the year as Churchill is a major destination for ecotourism and scientific research. Churchill Airport also serves as a transfer airport for passengers and cargo travelling between Winnipeg and remote communities in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut.


The airport was originally part of the Fort Churchill military installation built by the United States Army Air Forces, with the permission of the Canadian government, during the Second World War.[4] Facilities at Fort Churchill supported the Canadian and American operations of the nearby Churchill Rocket Research Range beginning in the 1950s.[5] The airport at Fort Churchill later served as a Strategic Air Command base housing the 3949th Air Base Squadron of the 813th Strategic Aerospace Division.[4] The 9,195 feet (2,803 m) asphalt runway is still maintained and the airport serves as a diversion airport for jet aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 747 or Boeing 777 that are forced to make emergency landings.[6]

CBC News anchor Peter Mansbridge got his start in broadcasting when an employee of the local CBC Radio station in Churchill heard Mansbridge's voice on the public address system at Churchill Airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Calm Air Arviat, Rankin Inlet, Winnipeg[7]
First Air Rankin Inlet, Winnipeg[8]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  1. ^ a b Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 2 March 2017 to 0901Z 27 April 2017
  2. ^ Synoptic/Metstat Station Information Archived December 1, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA flight service stations
  4. ^ a b Goldsborough, Gordon; Worth, Tim (March 3, 2017). "Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fort Churchill (Churchill)". Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ Taylor, C. J. (2002). "Exploring Northern Skies: The Churchill Research Range". Manitoba History. 44. Retrieved March 26, 2017. The presence of the military establishment at Fort Churchill was a key element in the selection of the [future Churchill Rocket Research Range] site as a rocket facility. 
  6. ^ "Jet makes emergency landing in Churchill". CBC News. October 17, 2002. Retrieved March 26, 2017. The Churchill airport is used for emergency landings because one of its runways is large enough to handle big planes. 
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