WHITEHORSE, YUKON - August 9, 2012 - Air North, Yukon's Airline and Air Canada today announced that they've signed an agreement to provide baggage transfers for flights within Canada. Through the agreement, passengers on either carrier will now be able to have their baggage transferred to the other carrier for same-day domestic flights - making connections between both carriers much more convenient.
"We've worked for ten years to make travel easier and more affordable for Yukoners," said Joseph Sparling, President of Air North, Yukon's Airline. "Now, when you check in for your Air North flight, you'll have the option of having your baggage transferred to an Air Canada flight, or vice-versa - which will enhance your travel experience with both carriers. We're very pleased about this partnership."
When a passenger checks in for an Air North or Air Canada flight, they can show the agent their itinerary for same-day travel on the other airline - their baggage can then be tagged through to their final domestic destination.
In under four months, Air North's Yukon-based IT team developed the technology necessary to allow for the baggage transfer with Air Canada. Because Air North owns and maintains its own system, it can be quickly customised when adding new modules - giving it one of the most flexible reservations systems in the world.
"We are pleased to work together with Air North to make the travel experience more convenient for our joint customers," said Lisa M. Pierce, Senior Director, Regional Airlines, at Air Canada. "For even more convenience, we invite Air North customers connecting to and from Air Canada flights to use our mobile services and our free smartphone apps to check-in for their Air Canada flights, obtain electronic boarding cards, track flight information directly via mobile device or e-mail all in real time, purchase additional services, receive any itinerary changes and much more."
"I'd like to thank all of those at Air North and Air Canada whose efforts made the agreement possible, as well as the Yukon Government and other stakeholders who lobbied for such a partnership to take place," said Sparling. "We hope passengers with both airlines are as excited about the possibilities as we are, and we invite them to take advantage of this agreement."
The agreement goes into effect immediately.
For further information about the agreement, view our Baggage page.