Watson Lake Airport

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Watson Lake Airport
Watson Lake Airport, Watson Lake, Yukon Territory.jpg
Watson Lake Airport, Watson Lake, Yukon
Watson Lake 4.jpg
Watson Lake airport from the air
Airport typePublic
OperatorGovernment of Yukon
LocationWatson Lake, Yukon
Time zonePST (UTC−08:00)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC−07:00)
Elevation AMSL2,255 ft / 687 m
Coordinates60°06′59″N 128°49′21″W / 60.11639°N 128.82250°W / 60.11639; -128.82250Coordinates: 60°06′59″N 128°49′21″W / 60.11639°N 128.82250°W / 60.11639; -128.82250
CYQH is located in Canada
Location in Yukon
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 5,504 1,678 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft movements4,602
The old Watson Lake Control Tower
World War II Controllers
Hangar at Watson Lake

Watson Lake Airport (IATA: YQH, ICAO: CYQH) is located 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) west of Watson Lake, Yukon, Canada, and is operated by the Yukon government. The paved asphalt runway is 5,500 ft (1,676 m) long and is at an elevation of 2,255 ft (687 m).

Historical airline service[edit]

Commencing in the early 1940s, scheduled passenger service was operated in the past by Canadian Pacific Air Lines and its successors CP Air and Canadian Airlines International to Vancouver, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; Whitehorse, Yukon; Fort Nelson, British Columbia; Fort St. John, British Columbia and Prince George, British Columbia. CP Air served the airport with Boeing 737-200 jetliners during the 1970s with direct, no change of plane flights to all of the above destinations;[4][5] however, this jet service ended as a result of deregulation. Other Canadian Pacific flights into the airport over the years were operated with such twin engine prop aircraft as the Lockheed Lodestar, the Douglas DC-3 and the Convair 240 as well as with the larger, four engine Douglas DC-6B propliner and the Bristol Britannia turboprop.[6]

Passenger service was also provided in the mid 1990s by several regional and commuter airlines such as Central Mountain Air flying Beechcraft twin turboprop aircraft and Alkan Air operating Piper Navajo aircraft.[7]

As of September 12, 2016, Alkan Air resumed thrice-weekly scheduled service between Watson Lake and Whitehorse.[8] The service ended at the end of September 2018[9].

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air North[10] Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Vancouver, Whitehorse

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  1. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 5 December 2019 to 0901Z 30 January 2020.
  2. ^ Synoptic/Metstat Station Information
  3. ^ Total aircraft movements by class of operation
  4. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, July 15, 1970 CP Air system timetable
  5. ^ North American Official Airline Guide (OAG), Feb. 1, 1976 edition, Watson Lake flight schedules
  6. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Dec. 1, 1943; Nov. 1, 1953; April 29, 1962 & April 24, 1966 Canadian Pacific Air Lines system timetables
  7. ^ North American Official Airline Guide (OAG), Sept. 15, 1994 edition
  8. ^ "Watson Lake, Yukon, welcomes 1st scheduled flight in decades". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  9. ^ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/alkan-air-watson-lake-service-cancelled-1.4701918
  10. ^ Liu, Jim. "Air North opens public booking for Whitehorse – Vancouver multi-stop service in W19". Routesonline. Retrieved 5 November 2019.

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