Yellowknife Airport

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 forAdlair Aviation, Air Tindi, Buffalo Airways, Canadian North, Northwestern Air, North-Wright Airways, Summit Air
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; -114.44028
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 Transport Squadron, a subsidiary of 8 Wing.

Canadian NORAD Region Forward Operating Location Yellowknife is located south-west of the airstrip. It was built for forwarding deployment of the McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet in times of conflict.


Yellowknife Airport was initially built by Canadian Pacific Airlines in 1944, then sold to the federal Department of Transport in 1946.[8] A new terminal building was built in 1963 and control tower in 1972. Renovation to these facilities were completed in 1967, 1998 and 2005-2006.[9]

Airlines and destinations


Air Canada Express Calgary,[10] Edmonton, Vancouver[11]
Air North Seasonal: Ottawa, Toronto–Pearson,[12] Whitehorse
Air Tindi Fort Simpson, Gamèti, Hay River, Lutselk'e, Wekweètì, Whatì[13]
Canadian North Cambridge Bay, Edmonton, Fort Simpson, Gjoa Haven, Hay River, Inuvik, Iqaluit, Kugaaruk, Kugluktuk, Norman Wells, Rankin Inlet, Taloyoak, Ulukhaktok[14]
Nolinor Aviation Charter: Mary River
Northwestern Air Fort Smith
North-Wright Airways Colville Lake, Déline, Fort Good Hope, Norman Wells, Tulita[15]
WestJet Encore Calgary, Edmonton


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

Emergency services

Polar bear and seal sculpture, in airport lobby

The airport has its own fire and rescue service. The department has ten firefighters, but requires only two or three firefighters on shift to operate a single crash tender. Ambulance and additional fire response are provided by the Yellowknife Fire Department.[16]

See also


  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. ^ "Yellowknife | the Canadian Encyclopedia".
  9. ^ "MLAs debate Yellowknife airport expansion". 6 April 2022.
  10. ^ Current and upcoming routes
  11. ^ "Air Canada Affirms Market Leadership by Expanding its North American Network this Summer as Recovery Accelerates - Feb 22, 2022".
  12. ^ "Announcing Service to Toronto, Ontario". Air North. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  13. ^ "Flight Schedules". Air Tindi. 12 April 2021. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  14. ^ "Flight Schedule". Canadian North. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  15. ^ "Spring/Summer Schedules" (PDF). North-Wright Airways. 12 April 2021. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  16. ^ Aircraft Fire Fighting Services

External links

  • Media related to Yellowknife Airport at Wikimedia Commons
  • Yellowknife Airport
  • Entry about Yellowknife Airport on the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association's Places to Fly Airport Directory
  • Past three hours METARs, SPECI and current TAFs for Yellowknife Airport from Nav Canada as available.
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