Canadian North has announced the launch of its new air route, referred to as the Arctic Capital Express. The airline’s CEO, Michael Rodyniuk, had previously indicated the possibility of exploring connectivity options in the northern regions in an old interview.
The inaugural flight of the route is scheduled for June 8, departing from Ottawa at 9:40 AM ET; flight 119 will make a stop in Iqaluit before reaching Yellowknife at 3:20 PM MT. Similarly, Flight 118 will leave Yellowknife at 11 AM MT and arrive in Ottawa at 9 PM ET.
In a press release issued on Thursday, Rodyniuk stated, “Our new Arctic Capital Express will help streamline travel and shipping. We’re focused on improving northern air service. It is our mission to make life better in the communities we serve.”
While Canadian North briefly mentioned the Yellowknife-Iqaluit route in a press release last month, the announcement was overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the airline’s decision to reduce its scheduled services to and from Norman Wells.
Negotiations between the town’s mayor, Frank Pope, and the airline are currently ongoing to reinstate some of the affected flights.