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Transport Canada suspends Buffalo Airways’ Air Operator Certificate

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Transport Canada suspended Buffalo Airways’ Air Operator Certificate, which prohibits the company from providing commercial air services.

Transport Canada took this serious action in the interest of public safety because of Buffalo Airways’ poor safety record. The department will not allow Buffalo Airways to resume its commercial air service until it proves it can keep its operations consistently compliant with aviation safety regulations.

“Transport Canada takes its aviation safety oversight role very seriously and expects every air operator to fully comply with aviation safety regulations. When air operators, like Buffalo Airways, fail to comply with aviation regulations, the department takes appropriate action in the interest of public safety”, a Transport Canada statement said. 

“To date Buffalo Airways has been able to support our passenger service flights between Hay River and Yellowknife. As well the towns of Deline, Tulita and Norman Wells received their groceries, cargo and holiday supplies today all with the use of chartered aircraft. Buffalo Airways will continue to meet our customers needs, by any means necessary. We are overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received both nationally and internationally”, the airline said in a statement issued on social media channels. 

Buffalo Airways is a family-run airline based in Hay River, Northwest Territories, established in 1970 by Joe McBryan, also known as “Buffalo Joe”. It operates scheduled passenger, charter passenger, charter cargo, firefighting and fuel services. Its main base is at Yellowknife Airport (CYZF) with two other bases at Hay River/Merlyn Carter Airport (CYHY) and Red Deer Regional Airport (CYQF).

The airline was the subject of the History television reality series Ice Pilots NWT.

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