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ROUTE EXPANSION PLANNED – Air North aircraft are seen Nov. 1 at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport. The airline has announced the implementation of flights between Yellowknife and Vancouver for early 2020.

Air North plans Vancouver-Yellowknife service

Air North plans to offer limited edition, non-stop service between Vancouver and Yellowknife in early 2020.

By Whitehorse Star on November 14, 2019

Air North plans to offer limited edition, non-stop service between Vancouver and Yellowknife in early 2020.

The limited edition route will be offered between Jan. 17 and March 2.

Operating on Fridays and Mondays, the route is optimized for weekend travel and is designed to provide consistent connections between Yellowknife and Whitehorse.

“We’re proud to take this step forward in providing greater air access to northern Canada,” states Ben Ryan, Air North’s chief commercial officer, said Wednesday.

“This new route will give residents of the Northwest Territories an affordable and reliable Boeing 737-500 air service to Vancouver, and it will also make it easier for friends, family, and business colleagues to visit the North.”

While N.W.T. residents will benefit from the service, Ryan said, a strong emphasis is placed on supporting the tourism sector.

“With the addition of this route, we are adding a reliable and spacious Boeing 737-500 service to the already thriving Yellowknife tourism market,” he said.

“Furthermore, we intend to provide great northern hospitality and a unique experience that is themed around Indigenous tourism and aurora experience, so passengers can begin to immerse themselves into the journey the second they board the aircraft.”

Air North services the Yellowknife market with its Whitehorse-Yellowknife-Ottawa service, operating over Christmas, the spring school break, and the summer of 2020.

Air North also has longstanding service within B.C. and the N.W.T., including 15 flights a week between Whitehorse and Vancouver, daily service to Inuvik, N.W.T., and regular service to Kelowna, Victoria, Prince George and Nanaimo.

The privately held company’s largest two shareholders are its founder, Joe Sparling, and the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation.

Air North also has more than 2,000 local individual shareholders based in the Yukon.

Comments (4)

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Climate emergency? on Nov 20, 2019 at 4:11 pm

I thought we just declared a climate emergency?
More airplane routes = less carbon?

They're already the largest polluter and now we're letting them go unchecked?

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steve on Nov 20, 2019 at 12:49 pm

Mr. Sparling why don't you give Kelowna one flight a week on say a Tuesday and stop screwing Vancouver bound (Sunday night) and Vancouver returning (Thursday night) passengers. Nice of you tack on an extra hour and a half each way for us.

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Jack on Nov 20, 2019 at 1:11 am

That forklift pushing the 737 isn't a good image and doesn't look so professional. Air North should buy a proper aircraft tug.

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Groucho d'North on Nov 16, 2019 at 1:16 pm

Looks like tourism competition just got enhanced. Time for the local operators to make the Yukon a better year round destination than the NWT. Good thing YG is attempting a new & improved tourism strategy. We'll see if they were paying attention.
Well done Mr. Sparling.

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