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The Castlegar Airport is owned and operated by the City of Castlegar and offers regular service to both Vancouver and Calgary. It is 250km by road to the nearest alternate airport with scheduled passenger air carrier service.

The Castlegar Airport has a total land area of 85 hectares and includes the following facilities:

  • Air terminal building of 1,423m2 built in 1971
  • Flight service station with limited hours of operation
  • Combined services building (firehall and maintenance garage) of 622m2
  • One runway (1615-metre or 5300-foot)

Distance To:

  • Downtown Castlegar - 5km
  • Nelson - 41km
  • Trail - 26km
  • Grand Forks - 73km
  • Rossland - 36km

The Airport Certificate is issued under the authority of the Minister of Transport pursuant to the Aeronautics Act and the Canadian Aviation Regulations Part 3, to operate a land aerodrome as a PUBLIC USE, DAY VFR/IFR airport under the following special procedures and conditions:

1. The Airport will be maintained and operated in accordance with the Castlegar Airport Operations Manual dated January 1, 1997 unless otherwise approved by the Minister.

2. Deviations from Standard: Mountain sides intrude into the approach surface of both runways - Airport certified for day operations only. Power transmission line crosses the approach to runway 33. Approach surface set at 5% rather than the standard 2.5% - The Canada Flight Supplement to clearly indicate the unique features and operational restrictions at this airport.

3. Special Procedures: Right hand circuits Runway 15.Castlegar Airport (IATA: YCG, ICAO: CYCG) is a small regional airport located in Castlegar, British Columbia. It is owned and operated by the City of Castlegar. Runway 15/33 is a 1,615 metre (5,300 foot) long paved runway, and is currently the only runway at the airport. YCG has a 15,317 square foot passenger terminal. Owing to the mountainous terrain impinging on both runway approaches, there is no possibility of a straight-in approach. The airport is therefore certified for day operations only, and the glideslope on approach is set to a steep 5% rather than the standard 2.5%. The instrument approaches to Castlegar are considered among the most challenging of any in use at a commercial airport in North America. This leads to frequent flight cancellations when meteorological conditions are unsuitable, and frequent travelers to this airport have given it the sobriquet "Cancelgar".


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  • Air Canada Jazz with direct daily service to Calgary and Vancouver

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  • Customer Service: 1-866-966-3042
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