WHITEHORSE, YUKON - November 21, 2012 - Air North, Yukon's Airline today announced that it has boarded its millionth passenger since beginning Boeing 737 service between Whitehorse, Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton ten years ago.
"It's awesome to celebrate our millionth passenger in the same year as our 35th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of Boeing 737 service," said Sharon Miller, Manager of Reservations. "We can only call ourselves ‘Yukon's Airline' because of our loyal passengers and the support of Yukoners."
The millionth passenger was Wendy D., who boarded Flight 505 this morning from Whitehorse to Vancouver. A resident of Vancouver, she was awarded a complimentary round-trip airfare and accommodation package in Whitehorse as a thank-you. In addition, passengers on all of the day's Air North flights have an opportunity to win a $100 Gift Certificate as part of the celebration.
Since 2001, Air North has increasing the number of passengers flying in and out of the Yukon by 75 percent— and has lowered fares by more than 25 percent. A recent study by RP Erickson and Associates found that in 2011 Air North's economic benefit to the territory represented almost four percent of territorial GDP. One in fifteen Yukoners, including the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, hold an equity or employment stake in Air North, Yukon's Airline.
"Vuntut Gwitchin Limited Partnership is ecstatic about the success of our partnership with Air North. Without the support of Yukoners we wouldn't be celebrating the one millionth passenger," said Pauline Frost, President of the Vuntut Gwitchin Limited Partnership. "I would like to extend our appreciation to all of Yukon for making Air North your airline of choice—and sincerely say ‘thanks a million'."
"Flying a million passengers in ten years is a major milestone for Air North and the Yukon," said Joe Sparling, Air North's President. "We're continuing to grow, and we expect to pass the two million-passenger milestone within five years.This is a point of pride for all 300 employees at Air North—and we hope that all those who invested in the airline and have flown with us feel equally proud of what Yukoners have been able to accomplish."