Nunavut Post

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

 Direct planes between Iqaluit and Toronto are arriving this summer

Nunavut

Key takeaways: 

  • Canadian North airline declares a new service beginning in June.
  • Canadian North states it intends to deliver a direct plane between Iqaluit and Toronto this summer.

Direct flights between Iqaluit and Toronto to start in June: 

There’s a new alternative arriving this summer for Iqaluit citizens who ought to fly to Toronto.

In a news release Wednesday morning, Inuit-owned Canadian North Airlines revealed that it would start delivering a direct three-hour flight between the two cities beginning in June.

“We were looking for options to build new demand for a journey to and from Nunavut and use of our assistance,” stated Andrew Pope, Canadian North’s vice-president of client and commercial.

He told Toronto was the “logical” choice because it’s the most common place travelers connect to from Iqaluit.

Also read: Nunavut moves toward handling COVID-19 like the flu

From June onwards direct flights between Iqaluit and Toronto will be started

The new flight is anticipated to run every Friday and Sunday from June 3 to Sept. 30. Pope told that’s because the summer is the “prime season” for travel.

“Looking ahead further, indeed we are keen to see the reaction and see how much need there is for this service,” he stated. “That would certainly direct us in terms of coming decision-making regarding whether to repeat this on a seasonal basis or extend the season, or look at a year-round option.”

Currently, Canadian North presents a direct flight to Ottawa, but not all the route to Toronto. Other airlines have various stops on the way to Toronto — in Rankin Inlet, Yellowknife, and Edmonton — usually with long layovers.

A direct flight between Iqaluit and Montreal, also managed by Canadian North, ceased two years ago at the pandemic because Nunavut needed visitors to the territory to quarantine in either Ottawa Winnipeg, Edmonton, or Yellowknife before traveling North.

Source – cbc.ca

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