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AIR NORTH, YUKON'S AIRLINE LAUNCHES SCHEDULED PASSENGER SERVICE TO WATSON LAKE, PRINCE GEORGE, NANAIMO

INCREASED MINING ACTIVITY BRINGS OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW ROUTE


October 30, 2019

WHITEHORSE, YT – October 30, 2019 – Today Air North, Yukon's Airline announced it will be adding Watson Lake, Yukon; Prince George, and Nanaimo, BC; to its growing route network. Increased mining activity in the southern Yukon region – in particular Coeur Mining's Silvertip Mine – has brought the opportunity to service new destinations.

The route addition stems from a private workforce charter that has been operated by Air North for the past several months. Now available to the public, the route is serviced by a Boeing 737 aircraft and departs from the Vancouver Airport South Terminal with stops in Nanaimo, Kelowna, Prince George, and Watson Lake before arriving in Whitehorse, Yukon. Upon arriving in Whitehorse, the Boeing 737 aircraft will operate the same route in reverse, transporting southbound passengers.

The first flight is scheduled to depart October 31, 2019 and will operate once weekly on Thursdays. The addition of this route will not impact currently scheduled flights between Whitehorse, Vancouver, and Kelowna. The purchase of alcohol is not permitted on this route.

While the mining industry is the driver behind the new route, Yukoners will see the economic benefit of new jobs and increased access to efficient and affordable air travel. Air North is proud to have hired a team of five employees in Watson Lake to deliver check-in and ramp services, equipment parking, cargo, and other related services. Air North has an established partnership with First Kaska, the Development Corporation of the Liard First Nation in Watson Lake to support its aviation operations and business development in the Kaska Nation.

“This will reduce travel costs for our charter customer, provide enhanced travel opportunities for Yukoners and visitors, and help us to keep our airfares affordable by absorbing some of our overhead expenses,” says Joseph Sparling, President and CEO of Air North. “Just like our partnership with Victoria Gold with respect to our scheduled service to Mayo, this partnership with Coeur Silvertip provides a great illustration of the broad benefits that can accrue from increased activity in our mining sector and strategic partnerships between mining companies and local businesses as well as with First Nations.”

The current schedule is as follows (all times shown in Pacific Time):

Northbound:

Day Depart Arrive Departure Arrival
Thursday Vancouver Nanaimo 05:45AM 06:15AM
Nanaimo Kelowna 06:50AM 07:40AM
Kelowna Prince George 08:20AM 09:20AM
Prince George Watson Lake 09:55AM 11:20AM
Watson Lake Whitehorse 12:00PM 12:40PM

Southbound:

Day Depart Arrive Departure Arrival
Thursday Whitehorse Watson Lake 03:00PM 03:40PM
Watson Lake Prince George 04:25PM 05:40PM
Prince George Kelowna 06:10PM 07:10PM
Kelowna Nanaimo 07:40PM 08:30PM
Nanaimo Vancouver 09:00PM 09:30PM

Media inquiries:

Debra Ryan
Manager, Strategic Planning and Alliances
ryand@flyairnorth.com
cell 867-335-1220

About Air North, Yukon’s Airline
Founded in 1977, Air North, Yukon’s Airline has proudly provided affordable, reliable air services to Yukoners for over 40 years. The privately held company’s largest two shareholders are its founder, Joseph Sparling and the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. The airline serves 15 Canadian destinations including Whitehorse, Dawson City, Old Crow, Inuvik, Mayo, Watson Lake, Prince George, Nanaimo, Vancouver, Kelowna, Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary, Yellowknife, and Ottawa. Its fleet is comprised of five Boeing 737 jets, and five turboprop aircraft including three ATR-42s and two Hawker-Siddeley 748s. Named Best Leisure and Specialty Airline - North America 2019 by TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards, Air North, Yukon’s Airline prides itself on providing genuine Yukon hospitality from the moment guests step aboard its flights. Passengers experience fresh fare prepared daily by its Whitehorse flight kitchen, locally-roasted Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters coffee, and Yukon Brewing beer. Air North, Yukon’s Airline is one of the few remaining North American carriers that does not charge fees for checked baggage. Guests enjoy two complimentary checked bags (up to 100 lbs with no one item exceeding 50 lbs) on its 737 jets, and one complimentary checked bag (up to 44 lbs) on its turboprops. For more information, including flight schedules and fares visit www.flyairnorth.com or call your travel agent.

 
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