- Joe Breitfeller
Air Canada to Start New Service Between Toronto and Yellowknife From December 2023
Starting December 2023, Air Canada will launch nonstop service between Toronto and Yellowknife. The route will operate three times weekly with departures from Toronto on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
On Friday (May 19, 2023), Air Canada announced the start of year-round direct service between Toronto and Yellowknife from December 2023. The three-times weekly service will provide convenient connections between Eastern Canada and the capital of the Northwest Territories. Inbound customers to Yellowknife can also enjoy seamless onward connections via Air Canada’s interline partner, Canadian North. The route will operate three times weekly with departures from Toronto on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and return flights from Yellowknife on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
In Friday’s announcement, Air Canada’s EVP – Revenue and Network Planning, Mark Galardo, said,
“The North has a magical attraction and Air Canada is pleased to make it easier for customers to visit Yellowknife and beyond, beginning at a time when the Northern Lights are on full display. But apart from supporting tourism to the city and region, this new route will also be valuable to business travellers and the economy, linking Yellowknife directly to Canada’s
financial capital. As well, flights are timed for easy connections through our Toronto global hub to elsewhere in eastern Canada, the U.S., and to winter sun destinations, while from Yellowknife customers can travel onward conveniently on our interline partner, Canadian North.”
Also commenting on the new service, the Northwest Territories Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Caroline Wawzonek, said,
“Today's announcement marks a significant increase of air transportation options for the Northwest Territories. With the launch of this non-stop flight between Yellowknife and Toronto, there are increased opportunities for tourism and better connections into Canada’s financial hub. We look forward to the positive impact these flights will have in supporting the NWT to conveniently welcome more travelers, businesses and professional organizations to our region.”
NWT Tourism’s CEO, Donna Lee Demarcke, added,
"NWT Tourism is very happy that as of December 2023 Air Canada will begin non-stop, year-round service from Toronto to Yellowknife. Air Canada's new service will provide increased connections between eastern Canada and the NWT. In addition, this flight is set to be timed for convenient connections for international travellers to Yellowknife via Toronto, and by utilizing the interline partnership with Canadian North, visitors can be connected to destinations in the NWT beyond Yellowknife. We are thankful for Air Canada's continued efforts to increase air access to the NWT, and appreciate their support towards the NWT tourism industry, our businesses and our residents.”
Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline. The Canadian flag carrier is a founding member of the Star Alliance and the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service to 180 airports in Canada, the United States, and internationally on six continents. Through the carrier’s Aeroplan loyalty program, customers can earn and redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines. Air Canada Cargo offers air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents with a dedicated fleet of 767-300 Freighters and passenger aircraft belly hold capacity. Additionally, the airline has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.
Source: Air Canada/CNW