Air North has officially commenced service between Vancouver International Airport and Yellowknife Airport (YZF), optimizing weekend travel and providing a convenient option for travellers visiting the northern capital cities of Yellowknife and Whitehorse.
The twice-weekly service will operate every Friday and Monday until March 2, 2020. The route is operated on a 122-seat Boeing 737-500, departing YVR every Monday and Friday at 2:10 p.m. PT and arriving in Yellowknife at 5:35 p.m. MT. Leaving Yellowknife, the flight departs at 6:20 p.m. MT and arrives at YVR at 7:50 p.m. PT.
“We are thrilled that Air North is introducing a new service to Yellowknife out of YVR,” said Anne Murray, vice-president, Airline Business Development and Public Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Yellowknife is a popular destination for both business and leisure travel with the bucket list experience of the Northern Lights. The addition of this twice-weekly service between Vancouver and Yellowknife provides travellers with even more options to the Northwest Territories.”
Bordering the shore of Great Slave Lake and about 400 km south of the Arctic Circle, Yellowknife is a popular destination for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike, offering winter activities including dog sledding, ice fishing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding. The flight will also operate during the best time of year to watch the Northern Lights, with the auroras at their most active between January and March.
"We are excited to take this step forward in providing greater air access to northern Canada," said Benjamin Ryan, Air North’s Chief Commercial Officer. “Connecting Vancouver and Yellowknife will prove beneficial for the residents of both cities, and act as an additional vehicle for tourism. It will provide the residents of the Northwest Territories an affordable Boeing 737-500 air service to Vancouver, and it will also make the North even more accessible for friends, families, colleagues, business partners and further exploration.”
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