Yellowknife Airport

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Yellowknife Airport

Aéroport de Yellowknife[1]
2015-09-06 Terminal at Yellowknife Airport (YZF).jpg
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorGovernment of the Northwest Territories[2]
LocationYellowknife, Northwest Territories
Hub for
Time zoneMST (UTC−07:00)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC−06:00)
Elevation AMSL675 ft / 206 m
Coordinates62°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; -114.44028éroports-aux-tno/yellowknife-airport
CYZF is located in Northwest Territories
CYZF is located in Canada
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 7,503 2,287 Asphalt
10/28 5,001 1,524 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Aircraft movements52,881

Yellowknife Airport (IATA: YZF, ICAO: 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.[6]

In 2008 the airport's passenger terminal underwent an expansion to the departure/check in section, roughly doubling the size of the terminal.[7] 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.[3]

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 8 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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Air Canada Express Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver
Air North Seasonal: Ottawa, Vancouver, Whitehorse
Air Tindi Fort Simpson, Gamèti, Lutselk'e, Wekweètì, Whatì
Canadian North Cambridge Bay, Edmonton, Fort Simpson, Gjoa Haven, Hay River, Inuvik, Iqaluit, Kugaaruk, Kugluktuk, Norman Wells, Rankin Inlet, Taloyoak, Ulukhaktok
Nolinor Aviation Charter: Mary River
Northwestern Air Fort Smith
North-Wright Airways Déline, Norman Wells, Tulita
WestJet Encore Calgary, Edmonton


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.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aéroport de Yellowknife" (in French). Government of Northwest Territories. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  2. ^ Airport Divestiture Status Report
  3. ^ a b Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 16 July 2020 to 0901Z 10 September 2020.
  4. ^ Synoptic/Metstat Station Information
  5. ^ Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers
  6. ^ Yellowknife Airport Development Plan Update Archived 2014-04-18 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Yellowknife Airport Expansion
  8. ^ Aircraft Fire Fighting Services

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