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
Summary
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
Map
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CYQH
Location in Yukon
Runways
Direction LengthSurface
ftm
08/265,5041,678Asphalt
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]

Canadian Pacific Air Lines former Canadian airline, acquired by Canadian Airlines (Q627115)

Canadian Pacific Air Lines was a Canadian airline that operated from 1942 to 1987. It operated under the name CP Air from 1968 to 1986. Headquartered at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia, it served domestic Canadian as well as international routes until it was purchased by Pacific Western Airlines and absorbed into Canadian Airlines which branded itself as Canadian Airlines International.

Whitehorse, Yukon Territorial capital city in Yukon, Canada

Whitehorse is the capital and only city of Yukon, and the largest city in northern Canada. It was incorporated in 1950 and is located at kilometre 1426 on the Alaska Highway in southern Yukon. Whitehorse's downtown and Riverdale areas occupy both shores of the Yukon River, which originates in British Columbia and meets the Bering Sea in Alaska. The city was named after the White Horse Rapids for their resemblance to the mane of a white horse, near Miles Canyon, before the river was dammed.

Fort Nelson, British Columbia Community in British Columbia, Canada

Fort Nelson is a community in northeast British Columbia, Canada within the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM). It held town status prior to February 6, 2009 when it amalgamated with the former Northern Rockies Regional District to form the NRRM, becoming its administrative centre. The NRRM is the first regional municipality in the province.

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]

Central Mountain Air Ltd. is a Canadian regional airline based in Smithers, British Columbia. It operates scheduled and charter services and transborder services. Its main base is Smithers Airport, with other bases at Calgary International Airport, Vancouver International Airport and Prince George Airport.

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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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References

PD-icon.svg This article incorporates  public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/ .

Air Force Historical Research Agency

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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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