Watson Lake Airport

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Watson Lake Airport
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Watson Lake Airport, Watson Lake, Yukon
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Watson Lake airport from the air
Airport typePublic
OperatorGovernment 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
Coordinates 60°06′59″N128°49′21″W / 60.11639°N 128.82250°W / 60.11639; -128.82250 Coordinates: 60°06′59″N128°49′21″W / 60.11639°N 128.82250°W / 60.11639; -128.82250
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Location in Yukon
Direction LengthSurface
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft movements4,602
The old Watson Lake Control Tower Watson Lake 7.JPG
The old Watson Lake Control Tower
World War II Controllers Watson Lake 6.JPG
World War II Controllers
Hangar at Watson Lake Watson Lake 5.JPG
Hangar at Watson Lake

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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Historical airline service

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]

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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]

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Alkan Air Ltd. is an airline based in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. It operates seven-day-a-week charter and air ambulance (medevac) services that cover northern and western Canada and Alaska. From 2016 to 2018 Alkan also operated scheduled flights between Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport and Watson Lake Airport.

As of September 12, 2016, Alkan Air resumed thrice-weekly scheduled service between Watson Lake and Whitehorse. [8]

Airlines and destinations

There are no scheduled commercial flights from Watson Lake Airport.

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  1. Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 19 July 2018 to 0901Z 13 September 2018.
  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.

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