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Iqaluit Airport

Where is Iqaluit Airport?  


Iqaluit lies in a northern part of Canada that few will ever see. Accessible only by air year round, and only sometimes by sea, Iqaluit truly is remote. Iqaluit, formerly Frobisher Bay, sits at the south end of Baffin Island, and is the territorial capital of Nunavut, Canada. 


While there are few roads in the region, and most travel is by air, there are some trucks in Iqaluit. But the more common form of transport amongst locals is by ATV (during the short summer) or snowmobile (during the very long winters). You may even see some dog sleds. Unless you arrive in winter though, you will find that around town most things are within walking distance.


Iqaluit Airport (IATA: YFB, ICAO: CYFB), also referred to as Frobisher Bay Airport, is located adjacent to the town of Iqaluit, a walkable distance on a good day. Canadian Forces maintains operations here.


YFB Airport is classified as an airport of entry by NAV CANADA, so is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency. Iqaluit Airport also plays an important role as a diversion airport for airlines flying Polar routes. As such, Iqaluit Airport can handle any type or size of aircraft.


Airlines serving Iqaluit Airport include Canadian North, EVAS Air, First Air and Air Greenland. 


Destinations served from Iqaluit Airport include Arctic Bay, Cape Dorset, Clyde River, Gander, Hall Beach, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Igloolik, Kimmirut, Kuujjuaq, Montreal, Nuuk, Ottawa, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet, Qikiqtarjuaq, Rankin Inlet, Resolute and Yellowknife.


A major overhaul of Iqaluit Airport is in the works. A new terminal is planned, along with more parking and runway/taxiway upgrades. Work will begin in 2014 and should be completed by 2017.


Your best bet for an Iqaluit Airport transfer is a taxi. Details are included in this guide.


In August 2013, Iqaluit Airport was featured on Amazing Race Canada.


 

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Services at the Iqaluit Airport include:

  • Tourist information
  • Travel agent
  • Snack bar - open during flight arrivals/departures
  • Arctic Ventures Gift Shop
  • Inuit art displays

 

PanAm Trivia: At one time, Pan American had a base at Iqaluit Airport (then Frobisher Bay Airport), and twice had to change engines on Douglas DC-7Cs planes here. 



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Last Updated: 28 Jan 2017