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New ground handler for Air Inuit and Canadian North at Montréal–Trudeau International Airport, effective Sunday, December 1, 2019

‎Today, ‎December ‎9, ‎2019, ‏‎1 hour ago | Canadian Aviation News

Canadian North Press Release


Effective Sunday, December 1, 2019, Trans-Sol Aviation Service (TSAS) will become the designated ground handler for Air Inuit and Canadian North at Montréal–Trudeau International Airport. This means that TSAS will provide ticketing, check-in, boarding, ramp and baggage services for all of our scheduled flights departing from and arriving to this location.

TSAS is a well-established Quebec-based company that provides similar services for numerous other airlines that operate from this airport and shares our commitment to safety, reliability and exceptional customer service.

As subsidiaries of Makivik Corporation, Air Inuit and Canadian North are dedicated to meeting the essential air transportation needs of all Nunavimmiut, always with friendly and helpful service. We have worked closely with TSAS to ensure a seamless transition. Customers travelling with us will notice that there will be new Customer Service Agents supporting us in Montréal. Beyond that, our respective check-in counters and cargo locations will remain unchanged and our operations will continue to be led by our base managers who will ensure that we provide our best possible service to everyone who travels and ships with us.

TSAS’s team members are ready to assume their responsibilities on December 1, but there may be a short adjustment period for them to get to know our respective customers and become completely familiar with our systems and processes.  Thank you in advance to everyone for your understanding and patience.

If you have any questions about your upcoming travel, please contact us:

On behalf of Air Inuit and Canadian North, thank you for travelling and shipping with us. It is always our pleasure to serve you.

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Canadian North announces upcoming changes to pricing structure, including launch of new, lower-priced economy fare & updated beneficiary fare program

Canadian North Press Release


December 12, 2019 – Canadian North is pleased to announce upcoming changes to its passenger and cargo fare structure, for travel and shipping that will occur after Wednesday, January 1, 2020. These changes will be implemented in conjunction with the start of Canadian North’s new Medical and Duty Travel contract with the Government of Nunavut. Canadian North is now in the process of filing its new pricing, which will be completed gradually over the coming days.


Canadian North will now offer a new ‘Economy’ fare class that will be publicly available for travel to, from and within Nunavut and priced lower than its current lowest available fares. While Economy fares will be available for advance purchase on all Nunavut routes year-round, they will not be available on every flight or date. Instead, more seats for Economy fares will typically be available on less busy flights and travel dates.

Economy fares will be offered in conjunction with Canadian North’s existing ‘everyday’ Saver, Flex and Super-Flex fare classes, which will provide additional features such as enhanced checked baggage allowances, reduced or complimentary change fees, refundability and the ability to earn additional Aurora Rewards points and Aeroplan Miles. These fares will be restructured to provide an overall average lower price.

Canadian North will also continue to offer periodic seat sales, provide specialized fares for tourism operators and groups and lend its support to important events and initiatives throughout its network.


Beginning Wednesday, January 1, 2020, Canadian North will expand its popular Ilak Fares program to include enrolled Beneficiaries of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA). As a result, IFA Beneficiaries will now enjoy access to the same lower-priced fares that Beneficiaries of other Inuit Land Claims Agreements currently enjoy. Because Ilak Fares are priced lower than Canadian North’s existing Pivut Fares program, it will discontinue the Pivut program in favour of the newly expanded Ilak program, retaining the Pivut name for the Western Arctic.

• For IFA Beneficiaries, it will be known as the Pivut program (with identical attributes to the Ilak program).

• For Beneficiaries of other Inuit Land Claims Agreements, it will continue to be known as Ilak program.

At the same time, we will significantly increase the number of Ilak/Pivut seats on our Montréal-Kuujjuaq and Mackenzie Valley flights for Beneficiaries travelling on those routes, with seats also available on all other flights within our network.


Canadian North’s corporate clients will also have access to the new Economy passenger fares, subject to the same rules and restrictions. At the same time that Canadian North is implementing this new structure, it will also implement an inflationary increase to its high-end pricing that is typically offered for last-seat availability and last-minute bookings. The base portion of these fares will be increased by 5% for the Iqaluit-Ottawa market and by 2% for all other Nunavut markets. Canadian North’s legacy corporate fares which are structured as a discount off these fares or are in the same category will also receive this inflationary increase.

During the first half of 2020, Canadian North will introduce a corporate discount structure that provides a new discount off of its new publicly-available pricing. Discounts provided will be based on travel volumes and will be reviewed regularly.


As part of the Government of Nunavut contract, Canadian North will update its publicly-available General and Envelope rates for all Nunavut markets. It will also update its Priority Cargo rate, which will be priced 30% above its new General rate.


Legacy corporate cargo agreements will continue to apply for the time being; however, Canadian North does expect to implement an inflationary rate increase in early 2020, similar to the increase implemented for corporate passenger fares. Later in 2020, it expects to transition to a new volume-based corporate cargo program.


As part of the above changes, the applicable fuel surcharge will be bundled into the overall price rather than shown separately. Canadian North will review fuel surcharges quarterly and adjust them as required.

“The launch of our new, lower-priced Economy fares within Nunavut and updates to our popular Ilak and Pivut fares programs on Nunavik and Mackenzie Valley routes represent important steps within our ongoing integration journey,” said Chris Avery, President and CEO of Canadian North. “We will continue to listen closely to feedback from our customers and stakeholders to ensure that we are offering the right product mix to meet the essential needs of everyone we serve.”

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Canadian North has announced that it will soon be retiring its two Boeing 737-200 Combis that are equipped to land on gravel runways. The company has decided that it is no longer economically feasible to maintain the two 40 year old aircraft. 

Full story at: Nunatsiaq News

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3 hours ago, st27 said:

End of an era..lots of fun, back in the day....we’re these the last of the gravel equipped -200’s flying in the world??

Nope. Raglan/Xstrata.

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Boeing 737 Classic Operator Canadian North Wants Three -700s

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by Sumit Singh | May 12, 2021

Canadian North president and CEO Chris Avery has shared that his airline is expecting three Boeing 737-700 aircraft this summer. The carrier plays a crucial role in serving communities across Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. It is now looking to make the most of the unexpected opportunities brought about by the pandemic by upgrading its fleet.

Canadian North 737-300 The company is a wholly Inuit-owned airline based in Kanata, Ontario. Photo: Canadian North

Overcoming the challenges

Boeing 737s make up the biggest portion of Canadian North’s fleet. The airline has a mix of -200, 200C -300, -300(QC), -400, and -400C aircraft in its holdings. Despite the diverse range of 15 737s, the carrier is interested in upgrading to meet its sustainability and efficiency targets.

In a talk with CAPA Live, Avery highlights that the industry conditions before the pandemic made it a challenge for his airline to get hold of an aircraft such as the 737-700. The 737 MAX was grounded, and passenger demand was at an all-time high across the continents. So, getting hold of a -700 at a reasonable price was, understandably, a tough task.

Moreover, the regions that Canadian North serves generally have low populations. As Avery explains it, adding another flight to Clyde River is not the same as providing an extra service to Las Vegas. Therefore, the carrier has to be more reserved with its fleet renewals.

Canadian North Aircraft Avery emphasizes that the communities that his airline reaches see the impact of climate change first hand. Photo: Canadian North

Ready to take the leap

Nonetheless, the pandemic caused a significant shift amid the downturn in passenger activity. So, the situation is allowing for the operator to transition.Advertisement:

“Getting hold of 737 NG aircraft was cost-prohibitive for us because our scheduled business is reliant on low utilization … We also have a sizable charter business in the West, specializing in workforce movement for the oil sands, and more recently, liquefied natural gas work in northern BC. And again, that’s low utilization flying because we’re flying for the customers when they want,” Avery told CAPA Live.

“… but because of COVID, we’re now able to access next-generation 737 aircraft at lower ownership costs, which are more fuel-efficient and better for the environment than the classic aircraft that we operate. So, we’re moving up the chain and moving up to more fuel-efficient aircraft.”Advertisement:

KLM Boeing 737-700 The 737-700 is a favorite in the industry. Photo: KLM

Keeping in communication

Canadian North also holds 13 ATR 42s. It also has a British Aerospace BAe 146, which it inherited from First Air. These turboprops are praised by airlines working in remote areas for their ability to take off and land in tough conditions.

Altogether, the airline in talks with ATR and Boeing about further renewing the fleet. The two manufacturers understand the economics of the airline. So, after the parties conclude on the right solution in the next chapter, there may be further additions this decade. Until then, Canadian North will be looking to put the 737 NG’s promoted superior, efficiency, reliability, and high-value returns to the test

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Canadian North adds Yellowknife-Calgary direct flights

Published: December 6, 2022 at 10:38amOLLIE WILLIAMS

Canadian North is launching daily direct flights between Yellowknife and Calgary, filling a gap created when Air Canada ended its service on the route.

Air Canada’s September decision to indefinitely scrap flights between Yellowknife and Alberta left WestJet the only operator on the Yellowknife-Calgary route.

Canadian North, which already flies direct between Yellowknife and Edmonton, now says it will add daily Boeing 737 service between Yellowknife and Calgary from February 14 next year.


The airline also said it will increase the frequency of its Yellowknife-Edmonton flights.

Michael Rodyniuk, president and chief executive of Canadian North, in November 2022Michael Rodyniuk, president and chief executive of Canadian North, in November 2022. Ollie Williams/Cabin Radio

“It makes a lot of sense for us to fortify our base here,” said Canadian North president Michael Rodyniuk.

“With Air Canada’s departure – and I understand why they’ve redeployed that aircraft somewhere else, where they feel it can do as good or better a job for them – we believe that there’s a market opening.

“It gives us an opportunity to step in where they’ve stepped out.”

Flights will include hot meals at no further charge and what Canadian North calls its “signature warm cookie.” Rodyniuk said tickets would be “priced appropriately to drive demand” while securing the airline a profit.

“I think we’re going to be seeing substantial loads on the flights,” he told Cabin Radio.

“We are currently flying Edmonton-Yellowknife and our load factor is good. We expect that there’s going to be even better load factor coming out of Calgary.”

Canadian North is wholly Inuit-owned, a factor that Rodyniuk said played into the airline’s decision to launch the Calgary route.

“One of our shareholders is the Inuvialuit Development Corporation, based in Inuvik, and this makes life a whole lot easier for those folks trying to get to Inuvik,” he said.

“You can basically wake up in the morning and connect all the way north to Inuvik inside of a morning, as opposed to taking an entire day or, in some cases, two days.”

Below, read our full interview with Rodyniuk about the new route and Canadian North’s fortunes this year, including its summer shift in leadership – a shift that included Rodyniuk’s appointment in July.

This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.

Ollie Williams: How easy was it for Canadian North to say there was an opportunity here? What were the challenges associated with opening this route?

Michael Rodyniuk: We had to go through our due process. We had to evaluate the market and make certain that what we were about to do would make good economic sense for us as well. We brought it before our board of directors and luckily one of our shareholders is the Inuvialuit Development Corporation, based in Inuvik, and this makes life a whole lot easier for those folks trying to get to Inuvik. You can basically wake up in the morning and connect all the way north to Inuvik inside of a morning, as opposed to taking an entire day or, in some cases, two days.

And you’re confident that the market does exist there.

We’ve demonstrated that. As a matter of fact, I think we’re going to be seeing substantial loads on the flights. We are currently flying Edmonton-Yellowknife and our load factor is good. We expect that there’s going to be even better load factor coming out of Calgary as well.

People here remember when there was no Air Canada or WestJet serving Yellowknife. Now Air Canada is dropping routes, but then you say you think a bunch of people are going to take these new flights. What’s going on? What’s happening in the aviation industry?

I think what you’re seeing with Air Canada is a focus on their core market, and their core market is not the North. Our core market is the North. That’s where we live, that’s where we shine. We believe that Yellowknife is our northern, western gateway to the High Arctic. So for us, it makes a lot of sense for us to fortify our base here.

And with Air Canada’s departure – and I understand why they’ve redeployed that aircraft somewhere else, where they feel it can do as good or better a job for them – we believe that there’s a market opening. With all of the benefits that our carrier has, including Aeroplan, it gives us an opportunity to step in where they’ve stepped out.

How are you going to make sure you’re competitive with what people were used to paying on that route?

We’re going to ensure that we are priced appropriately to drive demand to the carrier and, at the same time, return an adequate return to our shareholders. That’s what we’re all about. We want to make certain that we’re making life better in the communities we serve. That’s our mission. But at the same time, to be able to do that, we have to ensure that we’ve got a profit that we’re returning to our shareholders.

Through Covid, you can imagine airlines have been decimated around the world. Our shareholders have been very patient and they’ve also added capital into our organization to make certain that we survive. We’re a 76-year-old company, we’ve been around for a long time – Canada’s second-oldest airline – but what they really wanted to see was a return on their investment. And they’ve been patient. Now’s the time for us to be able to ensure that they get a return.

Speaking of coming out of Covid, we have a quite volatile environment in the aviation industry. What’s the financial shape of the company?

We’re doing great. The company is actually on very good financial footing now. We’ve posted profits since July. I joined the company in July. So we’ve been posting profits routinely since July. The company is doing very well and is liquid, it’s very able to sustain its operations.

And there’s a great opportunity for growth. We’re looking at opportunities to grow the company as well, beyond our gateways, but Yellowknife is tactically and strategically important for us. Its sister city on the other side of our network is Iqaluit in Nunavut. So for us, the west is Yellowknife, the east is Iqaluit. And the world is kind-of our oyster. We should focus first and most importantly, on the northern Canadian Arctic scene. But then from there, we’ll see.

There was a reshaping behind the scenes at Canadian North over the past year or so. What was that about? And what philosophy does the company now have?

The directors of the company were looking for somebody that understood the North. I have experience in the North from previous roles that I’ve played. I think the ownership felt there was a need for change. And with change comes renewal, and they’ve brought me in and we’ve basically, within a couple of months, been able to tweak a few things, and we’re seeing positive returns on what we’ve done so far. The ownership structure is solid and continues to support the organization. And myself, I work almost daily, if not multiple times a day with our executive chairman of the board. And I’m very pleased with the way that the company is progressing and where we’re going.

I gather there are changes in terms of Edmonton to Yellowknife and maybe some other routes. What else is happening?

There is increased frequency going into Edmonton or from Edmonton up to Yellowknife and then continuing on as far north as Inuvik. But then also the trans-territorial, which I think is one of the greatest unsung stories of our company. It’s almost the Orient Express of the North, it’s really quite interesting to be able to fly from Edmonton and Yellowknife across to Rankin and then connecting across into Iqaluit and then being able to go up even farther in the High Arctic, or go back down south into Ottawa or Montreal.

That’s a really interesting market and we’re seeing amazing amounts of new tourism coming into the region. People want to be able to go to Inuvik and then jump in a truck and drive up to Tuktoyaktuk, do the things that they’re reading about in some of the travel journals that are out there right now. We’re helping to facilitate that at good, reasonable rates.

Is there any change we’re expecting there?

You know, it’s funny you mention that. I was meeting with our employees recently and one of our team members gave me a tip. The tip was to be able to go a little bit higher on the trans-territorial, to actually go into the High Arctic. If you were to take a piece of string and connect two points on the globe, you’ll see that the higher you go on the Great Circle route, the more efficient you can become. So the connectivity a little farther north might even be something interesting for us to explore. And I think that’s something we’ll take a look at.

It’s been very public, we signed a letter of understanding with Greenland, we’d like to connect communities in Iceland, Greenland and Canada. And from our easternmost point on our network, coming out of Iqaluit, Nuuk in Greenland is just across the water. So there are opportunities for that, and we’re exploring those.

Lastly, I’m sure you hope the Calgary route is here to stay but when will you be reviewing that?

The launch of the program will be in February. We expect that it will produce but we watch our markets daily. We have a route profitability model that literally shows us on a moment-by-moment, real-time basis whether or not we’re profitable in that market. If it’s not profitable we have to make changes. And if the changes don’t hold, then we have to withdraw from the market.

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Canadian North Airlines Office View

2 December 2022 – facebook.com/CanadianNorthAirlines/

Office views like none other! Skies like these definitely never get old, the northern lights are in full swing in Iqaluit!

Shout out to our awesome Cargo Attendant, Eric, for this sweet pic.

ᐊᓪᓚᕕᒃ ᑕᑯᒪᒋᑦ ᐊᓯᖃᑦᑑᔭᕋᑎᒃ! ᓯᓚᐅᔪᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇᐃᓕᖓᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓇᓗᓇᖏᒻᒪᑦ ᐱᑐᖃᕈᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᖏᒻᒪᑕ, ᐊᖅᓴᕐᓃᑦ ᖃᐅᒪᓂᖏᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᐋᖅᑐᐋᓗᒻᒪᑕ ᐃᖃᓗᓐᓂ!

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Jet service to Nunavut community to end as Canadian North retires last jet that can land on gravel

'The world has moved on from gravel runways,' says company CEO

Sarah Krymalowski · CBC News · Posted: Dec 06, 2022 4:50 PM CT | Last Updated: 15 minutes ago
A plane on tarmac in the winter time.
A Boeing 737-200 jet lands in Iqaluit in March of 2021. The jet, which was made in the 1980s, will be phased out next year, which means the hamlet of Cambridge Bay will be served by smaller turbo-prop planes. (David Gunn/CBC)

This spring, Canadian North airline will retire the last jet in their fleet that can land safely on Cambridge Bay's gravel runway.

For years, the community of about 1,800 has been served by a Boeing 737-200 series jet.

On April 1, 2023,  the company is planning to phase out the jet and replace it with smaller turbo-prop airplanes.

Canadian North's CEO Michael Rodyniuk told CBC it is simply becoming too hard and expensive to maintain the decades-old aircraft.

"That aircraft was manufactured in the 1980s and ... useful life for an aircraft typically is 15-20 years. We've stretched this one out to 40 years," he said.

"Understandably, the community would prefer that we keep the jet on the market, and we would love to be able to do that, it's just that the world has moved on from gravel runways, and with Cambridge Bay using a gravel runway we have to use equipment that will fly in to that type of environment." 

A street hockey game in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. The community of close to 1,800 people will lose regular jet service next year. (Kate Kyle/CBC)

The company said it will replace the old jet with two ATR 72-500 series aircraft. 

Cambridge Bay MLA Pamela Gross says it will be a big change for the small Arctic community.

"Going into using the ATR will affect how many people are able to come in and out of the community and how much cargo as well can be brought back and forth," she said.

'A constant maintenance issue'

Cambridge Bay, a regional hub in western Nunavut, isn't the only community in the territory that has problems with airport infrastructure.

Glenn Priestley is the executive director of the Northern Air Transport Association, an organization that represents air carriers in Canada's North. 

He says that only 11 airports in Canada's territories are paved, with only two of them in Nunavut.

"Gravel runway damage is a constant maintenance issue," Priestley said.

"It's not just the runway, though. It's also the approach lighting, it's also the infrastructure, the airport and the terminals ... is a challenge across the North."

However, modernizing runways will require major investments. 

Priestley said he didn't know how much a project like paving the runway in Cambridge Bay would cost, but that similar projects tended to be "in the millions."

For Gross, finding the money to improve the runway is a priority.

She told CBC she spoke to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about modernizing the runway when he visited Cambridge Bay last August and is organizing meetings now to talk with federal ministers about possible sources of funding for the project. 

"It's going to be very hard for our community to not have jet service but I'm hopeful that we will be able to find funds from the federal government in the near future to support the need."

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Canadian North makes surprise cuts to Norman Wells, N.W.T., flight schedule


'I'm more **bleep** off than anything else that nobody called us and gave us a heads up,' says mayor

Francis Tessier-Burns · CBC News · Posted: Apr 28, 2023 2:00 AM MDT | Last Updated: April 28
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A Yellowknife outfitter says he learned about Canadian North's reduced flight schedule to Norman Wells, N.W.T., when emails of itinerary changes started pouring into his inbox. (Jordan Konek/CBC)

The plans of hopeful paddlers whose trips were scheduled to depart from Norman Wells, N.W.T., this summer may be in jeopardy after Canadian North has cut some of its flights to the community. 

Dan Wong, owner of Yellowknife-based Jackpine Paddle, says he's had guided canoe trips booked for months for 40 guests. 

"They're stressed out and right now we're sitting with itineraries that just aren't viable, and so that does worry me," said Wong.

"These are trips of a lifetime and for some folks they've actually saved up for years and they've been planning for months." 

For now, Wong says nobody has cancelled their trips. 

Wong booked eight staff to lead the expeditions over the summer, starting on June 29. He says he learned about the reduced flight schedule Tuesday evening when emails of itinerary changes started pouring into his inbox. 

"I checked on that online and then I saw the schedule changes and I was like, 'Oh, this isn't going to be good,'" he said.

He also thought about his previous work experience in a medical travel office. 

"I can tell you that's a busy place to work. There's a lot of people there and they have growing medical needs and people need to get in and out of their communities," he said.

It's not clear how many flights have been cut. Canadian North did not respond to requests for comment and clarification by deadline.

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Dan Wong guiding on the Natla River in the N.W.T. (Submitted by Dan Wong)

The cut to the schedule to Norman Wells was a surprise to Mayor Frank Pope. 

"I'm more **bleep** off than anything else that nobody called us and gave us a heads up," he said.

Pope said the town would be issuing an update on the situation on Friday. 

In addition to the guided trips in Norman Wells, Wong was working with the Ayalik Fund to have Nunavummiut youth participate in a 12-day canoe trip on Great Slave Lake. 

He's heard from organizers — mostly volunteers — that the reduction or cancellations to some Nunavut routes have caused significant disruptions to travel plans. 

"I can fix any problem if I have enough time," Wong said. "But with something this complicated, to hear about it basically at the last minute, it just makes things really difficult." 

The schedule change comes days after the federal government approved updated terms for the 2019 merger of Canadian North and First Air, though it's not clear whether that's the reason for the change. 

Some of the new terms allow for scheduled flights to be reduced to once a week in communities served by Canadian North, and for 25 per cent price increases per year. 

Communities already facing reduction

Ulukhaktok, N.W.T., has been dealing with a single flight to the community since the pandemic. 

"Our hands are tied," says Mayor Joshua Oliktoak.

He says the single flight has delayed everything from mail to medical travel. Elders and families have been especially affected as they wait for Old Age Security or Canada Child Benefit cheques. 

"There's people … that rely on these cheques to put food on the table to pay their bills," said Janine Harvey, the executive director of the Tahiuqtiit Women's Society in Ulukhaktok. 

"When people are waiting for mail to get into the community, that puts a hold on people's lives and their livelihood." 

Despite the reduction, Harvey says current prices are prohibitive to many community members being able to travel. 

"It's not fair to our people," she adds. 

Some community members, said Oliktoak, have had to change appointments with medical specialists due to fewer flights. 

Even when they do manage to make their appointment, it takes longer for them to get home. 

"It's been draining on our people," he said. 

He said the community was told the regular schedule would return after the pandemic, but despite a meeting in December with Canadian North representatives, that hasn't happened. 

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