October 30 - Canadian North and First Air announce service improvements for the Kitikmeot

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 30, 2015 Canadian North and First Air are pleased to announce improvements to their codeshare flight schedules in the Kitikmeot. These changes will begin to take effect during the week of November 2, 2015, and will enhance passenger and cargo service between Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay. The following is a summary of these improvements:

Codeshare Flights - available for booking through Canadian North or First Air
Canadian North and First Air customers will now be able to travel between Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk on flights three days per week in each direction (increased from one day per week in each direction):

Cambridge Bay to Kugluktuk (westbound)

  • Monday and Friday – operated by Canadian North (Dash 8)
  • Sunday – operated by First Air (ATR 42)

Kugluktuk to Cambridge Bay (eastbound)

  • Tuesday and Sunday - operated by First Air (ATR 42)
  • *Friday – operated by Canadian North (Boeing 737)

* Effective November 13, 2015

“In response to the input of our customers and stakeholders, as well as the opportunities created by the codeshare agreement, we have been able to make significant schedule enhancements which will improve cargo and passenger service between Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay,” says Peter McCart, Senior Vice President, Scheduled Services at Canadian North. “We welcome further dialogue with stakeholders and will continually seek opportunities to enhance our services to better meet the needs of our customers and the North.”

"With this schedule change, we're pleased to offer more choice, better connections and improved service in the Kitikmeot. We've always said that if the market requires capacity adjustments, we will gladly do so as long as it's economically viable,” Bert van der Stege, VP Commercial at First Air, says. “‎This is a great example of where this makes a lot of sense, and we will continue to assess and optimize our schedule based on customer demand.”

Flights within the revised schedules are now available for booking with each airline through their standard methods – via the web, by telephone or through your travel agent.

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About Canadian North
Canadian North and its founding companies (Canadian Airlines, Pacific Western Airlines, Transair, Nordair) have proudly served Canada’s North with passenger and cargo services for more than 80 years, with scheduled flights to 17 destinations in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, via the southern gateways of Edmonton and Ottawa. Canadian North is also the premier provider of air charter services for large resource sector clients requiring dependable, efficient and economical fly-in/fly-out charter services, as well as charter flights across North America for sports teams, cruise lines and large groups. Canadian North is a subsidiary of NorTerra Inc., which is owned by the Inuvialuit Development Corporation, representing the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic.

About First Air
First Air is Canada’s largest northern carrier with a fleet of 20 aircraft and 970 employees. With a fleet of B737s and ATR 42/72s, the airline serves 29 northern destinations and four major cities in the South. Headquartered in Ottawa, the Airline of the North has its two main hubs in Iqaluit and Yellowknife. First Air also offers specialized charter services with its gravel equipped B737- 200s and fleet of ATR.

For more information, please contact:

Kelly Lewis, Communications Manager
Canadian North Inc.
200, 580 Palmer Road NE
Calgary, AB T2E 7R3
Telephone: 1.403.648.6101
Mobile: 1.403.589.8781
Email: klewis@canadiannorth.com

Anubha Momin, Spokesperson for First Air
First Air/Atiigo Media
1554A Federal Road
Iqaluit, NU X0A 0H0
Telephone: 1.867.979.0026
Email: mediarelations@firstair.ca