Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International Airport

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Canadian Rockies International Airport
Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International Airport
Terminal building at YXC (2016)
Airport type Public
Owner City of Cranbrook
Operator Elevate Airports Inc.
Location Cranbrook, British Columbia
Time zone MST (UTC−07:00)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−06:00)
Elevation AMSL 3,084 ft / 940 m
Coordinates 49°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
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 movements 15,060

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, British Columbia and 20 km (12 mi) south-east of Kimberley 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.

The airport 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]

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Express Calgary, Vancouver
Pacific Coastal Airlines Kelowna, Vancouver, Victoria
WestJet Link Calgary (begins June 20, 2018)[4]


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]



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