Pavement upgrades underway at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport

The Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport is being upgraded. Starting this week, the main runway will be resurfaced with asphalt.

Work on the 40-year-old runway will extend its life and ensure it continues to meet the growing demands of an international airport. A complete runway reconstruction is being planned to begin within the next 7 years.

Construction has been scheduled to have a minimal effect on air traffic. The secondary runway is also available for arriving and departing aircraft when the main runway is closed.

The Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport is an essential piece of infrastructure. I am happy to see this strategic investment go ahead to ensure our airport continues to meet the needs of Yukoners.

Minister of Highways and Public Works Richard Mostyn

Quick Facts 
  • The $5.1 million pavement overlay project began on July 8 and is expected to take 5-6 weeks to complete.

  • The main runway at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport was built in 1943.

  • Aircraft arrivals and departures have increased 7 per cent this year over last year.

Contact 

Sunny Patch
Cabinet Communications
867-393-7478
sunny.patch@gov.yk.ca

Heather McKay
Communications, Highways and Public Works
867-456-3825
heather.mckay@gov.yk.ca

News release #: 
18-148