Watson Lake Airport
Watson Lake Airport, Watson Lake, Yukon
Watson Lake airport from the air
|Operator||Government of Yukon|
|Location||Watson Lake, Yukon|
|Time zone||PST (UTC−08:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC−07:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||2,255 ft / 687 m|
Watson Lake Airport( IATA : YQH, ICAO : CYQH) is located 5 nautical mile s (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).
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