Yellowknife Airport

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Yellowknife Airport
02 - Yellowknife airport front.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Government of the Northwest Territories[1]
Location Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Hub for
Time zone MST (UTC−07:00)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−06:00)
Elevation AMSL 675 ft / 206 m
Coordinates 62°27′47″N 114°26′25″W / 62.46306°N 114.44028°W / 62.46306; -114.44028Coordinates: 62°27′47″N 114°26′25″W / 62.46306°N 114.44028°W / 62.46306; -114.44028
CYZF is located in Northwest Territories
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 7,503 2,287 Asphalt
10/28 5,001 1,524 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Aircraft movements 52,881

Yellowknife Airport (IATA: YZFICAO: CYZF) is located in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. The airport is part of the National Airports System, and is operated by the Government of the Northwest Territories. The airport has regular scheduled passenger service and a number of freight services. In 2007, the terminal handled 527,000 passengers.[5]

In 2008 the airport's passenger terminal underwent an expansion to the departure/check in section, roughly doubling the size of the terminal.[6] 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.[2]

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) "G" Division maintains a hangar for its air section just south of the passenger terminal. It is adjacent to a hangar used by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) to house the CC-138 Twin Otter and other utility aircraft operated by 440 Squadron, a subsidiary of 17 Wing.

Canadian NORAD Region Forward Operating Location Yellowknife is located south-west of the airstrip. It was built for forward deployment of the CF-18 Hornet in times of conflict. It also has a CC-138 permanently based at the airport for search and rescue missions.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Express Calgary, Edmonton
Seasonal: Vancouver (begins December 16, 2017)[7]
Air North Ottawa, Whitehorse[8]
Air Tindi Fort Simpson, Lutselk'e, Gamèti, Wekweètì, Whatì
Canadian North Cambridge Bay, Edmonton, Gjoa Haven, Hope Bay, Inuvik, Iqaluit, Kugaaruk, Kugluktuk, Norman Wells, Ottawa, Rankin Inlet, Taloyoak
Seasonal: Doris Lake
Charter: Vancouver
First Air Cambridge Bay, Edmonton, Fort Simpson, Gjoa Haven, Hay River, Inuvik, Kugaaruk, Kugluktuk, Norman Wells, Rankin Inlet, Taloyoak, Ulukhaktok
Charter: Ekati
North-Wright Airways Déline, Norman Wells, Tulita
Nolinor Aviation Charter: Mary River
Northwestern Air Fort Smith
WestJet Calgary, Edmonton
WestJet Encore Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton


Airlines Destinations
Buffalo Airways Cambridge Bay, Déline, Fort Good Hope, Hay River, Kugluktuk, Norman Wells, Tulita

Emergency services[edit]

Polar bear and seal sculpture, in airport lobby

The airport has its own fire and rescue service. The department has 10 firefighters, but requires only two or three fire fighters on shift to operate a single crash tender. Ambulance and additional fire response is provided by the Yellowknife Fire Department.[9]

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