Grande Prairie Airport

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Grande Prairie Airport
Grande Prairie Airport (logo).jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorGrande Prairie Airport Commission
LocationGrande Prairie, Alberta
Time zoneMST (UTC−07:00)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC−06:00)
Elevation AMSL2,196 ft / 669 m
Coordinates55°10′55″N 118°53′14″W / 55.18194°N 118.88722°W / 55.18194; -118.88722Coordinates: 55°10′55″N 118°53′14″W / 55.18194°N 118.88722°W / 55.18194; -118.88722
CYQU is located in Alberta
Location in Alberta
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 6,200 1,890 Asphalt
12/30 8,502 2,591 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft movements40,651

Grande Prairie Airport (IATA: YQU, ICAO: CYQU) is located 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) west northwest of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. It is the largest airport in the Peace River Country of northwestern Alberta and northeastern British Columbia, having served 446,000 passengers in 2014 and 436,000 in 2015,[4] ranking among the busiest regional airports in Canada.

The airport has seen passenger traffic growth due to the economic and population growth of the city; the terminal, originally built in 1981, has undergone extensive renovations which increased space, added a restaurant to the second floor and expansion of the terminal to the south and parking space. Further expansion added another gate, baggage carousel, and office space for customs use.

The airport is served by regional air carriers Air Canada Express and WestJet Encore each with propjet flights to Edmonton and Calgary (with Calgary slowly becoming the more dominant hub), along with charter traffic, and traffic caused by the high density oil and gas industry in the area. Currently the airport is served by a Flight Service Station, and is a Class "E" airspace; the airport also serves the Royal Canadian Air Cadets Peace Region Gliding Program, who fly the Schweizer 2-33A glider off a winch launch set up.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air Canada Express Calgary, Edmonton
WestJet Encore Calgary, Edmonton

Historical airline service[edit]

Canadian Pacific Air Lines and its successors CP Air and Canadian Airlines International served Grande Prairie for many years. Canadian Pacific commenced service to Grande Prairie in the early 1940s.[5] During the 1970s and 1980s, CP Air was operating Boeing 737-200 jetliners into the airport with flights to Edmonton, Vancouver, Prince George, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson and Whitehorse.[6][7][8] Time Air, an Alberta-based regional airline, also served Grande Prairie during the 1970s with de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter turboprop flights to Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer.[7]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  1. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 20 June 2019 to 0901Z 15 August 2019.
  2. ^ Synoptic/Metstat Station Information Archived 2011-12-01 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA flight service stations
  4. ^ After record years, Airpot [sic] traffic down slightly
  5. ^, Dec. 1, 1943 Canadian Pacific Air Lines system timetable
  6. ^ www,, July 15, 1970 CP Air system timetable
  7. ^ a b North American Official Airline Guide (OAG), Feb. 1, 1976 edition, Grande Prairie flight schedules
  8. ^, April 1, 1981 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Edmonton-Grande Prairie flight schedules

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