Nunavut Post

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

As flights are back to the N.W.T., tourism operators ready for visitors


Key takeaways: 

  • Air Canada, Air North, WestJet, and Canadian North are all getting flights back or adding fresh ones.
  • Bookings for aurora tourism are also on the rebound in the Northwest Territories.

Flights return to North West Territories: 

After two long years of limited travel in the N.W.T., airlines and the tourism enterprise are readying to receive more visitors to the territory this summer.

Starting on June 1, Air Canada will fix its everyday service between Yellowknife and Vancouver and Edmonton to continue the existing daily flight to Calgary.

For Air North, flights between Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Ottawa will continue on April 30 and operate till September 10. The airline is also undertaking a new Whitehorse–Yellowknife–Toronto way from May 10 to October 6. 

Beginning on May 2, WestJet will provide a daily flight from Yellowknife to Edmonton, growing the current two flights each week. 

And Canadian North states will be adding a Sunday flight to the Mackenzie Valley. The airline was already preparing to raise its available flights before the rules were removed.

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Flights return and NWT waiting to receive guests

The regional tourism sector greeted these airlines’ conclusion to increase flights to and within the territory.

Donna Lee Demarcke, president and C.E.O. of N.W.T. tourism, says the territory reopening to travelers marks an exhilarating moment after two tough years, and noticing all these flights come back is “a relief.” 

“It’s challenging if we don’t have the flights in place for the individuals to get here to come and visit the Northwest Territories,” she stated.

While air access to the 33 neighborhoods in the territory is anticipated to enhance in the coming weeks, Demarcke wishes it to take some time to return to pre-pandemic levels. 

Though the need is there, she says some individuals still feel reticent about travel, mainly because of the remaining pandemic-related regulations for travelers coming into the Northwest Territories. 

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