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First Air Announces Changes to its Western Artic Route Network

First Air ATR 42-500
First Air

As part of its continuous network evaluation, Canadian airline First Air announced changes to its Western Artic Routes.

As of May 17, 2017, the airline will commence a daily non-stop service between Yellowknife and Inuvik, and just one stop service between Edmonton and Inuvik. Flights will be operated by First Air’s newly acquired ATR42-500 aircraft.

“Our customers in Inuvik have demonstrated a growing demand for direct service and we are happy to be able to be their airline of choice when the time comes to fly. Inuvik has shown to be a developing market in the Western Arctic, one that continues to evolve and grow”, the airline said in a statement.

Also, effective May 17, 2017, First Air will be suspending the service between Yellowknife and Norman Wells after carrying out a detailed evaluation of the route.

“We will continue to monitor and review the market and the demand for this route in the future. We want to thank our customers to and from Norman Wells for their patronage over the years”, the airline added.

First Air operates services to 34 communities in Nunavut, Nunavik, and the Northwest Territories.

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