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Airports are an integral part of the region's economy. Air services support the region's economic drivers, forestry, mining, tourism, and agriculture. Charter, passenger, and cargo services are available. Most of the communities have helicopter services either through the airport or from private helicopter bases.
Prince George Airport is the closest international airport to the RDBN. The distance to the Prince George Airport from the municipalities in the Regional District ranges from 100 to 371 km.

Runway Length
Smithers Regional Airport Town of Smithers 7,544 ft. (2,299 m)
Vanderhoof Airport District of Vanderhoof 5,019 ft. (1,529 m)
Baker Airport – Burns Lake Lakes District Airport Society 5,000 ft. (1,524 m)
Fort St. James Airport District of Fort St. James 4,000 ft. (1,219 m)
Fraser Lake Airport Village of Fraser Lake 3,900 ft. (1,189 m)
Houston Municipal Airport District of Houston 3,900 ft. (1,189 m)

Smithers Airport

The Smithers Regional airport is located 5 kms north of the Town of Smithers. Three commercial passenger airlines operate at the Smithers Airport:

  • Air Canada—Daily service to Vancouver.
  • Central Mountain Air—Service to and from Terrace, Prince George, Kamloops, and Kelowna.
  • Hawk Air—Service to and from Terrace and Vancouver.

Vanderhoof Airport

The Vanderhoof Airport is located 2 kms north of Vanderhoof. The Vanderhoof Airport has three runways and offers charter air service and a flying school. To read about recent upgrades done at the Vanderhoof Airport click here

Baker Airport

The Baker Airport is located 20 kms northwest of the Village of Burns Lake. There are no scheduled services to or from the Burns Lake airport but charter flights are available. Baker airport is a year-round facility, with a lit runway. Overnight accomodations and a van are available onsite. Read about upgrades to the airport here.

Fort St James Airport

The Fort St James airport is located 4 kms south of Fort St James. There is no scheduled service to or from the Fort St James airport. Yellowhead Helicopters Inc. operates from the airport and offering services to mining and forest industry clients.

Fraser Lake Airport

The Fraser Lake airport is located 7 kms southeast of the Village of Fraser Lake. The Fraser Lake Airport currently does not offer scheduled flights. Use of the paved runway is available during the snow free months.

Houston Municipal Airport

The Houston Municipal Airport is located 13 kms west of Houston and offers aircraft parking space and private hangars. The runway is open during snow free months.

Click here to view air service businesses within the region.