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History


Castlegar Airport circa 1950.
Courtesy Columbia Basin Institute
  • 1950 – A regional airport is constructed on the site of the present airport.
  • 1967 – CP Airlines begins jet service to the Castlegar Airport.
  • 1971 – The current terminal is built.
  • 1978 – The terminal is expanded.
  • 1997 – The airport is transferred from Transport Canada to City ownership under terms of the National Airport Policy.
  • 2005 – Selkirk College constructs the Aviation Training Centre to support its Aviation – Professional Pilot Program.
  • 2009 – $1 million is spent to install six night time visual beacons to permit night time flights (currently emergency/medical flights only)
  • 2009 – The Airport is renamed to West Kootenay Regional Airport in an ongoing effort to enhance air services to the West Kootenay.
  • 2010 – Air-tanker-base improvements are completed, including a larger apron and other improvements that allow for the refilling of two air tankers simultaneously, to enhance forest fire fighting capability.

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