Inaugural Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Toronto flight takes off and arrives

Air North, Yukon’s Airline flight 4N823 (above) took off just after 8 am on the on May 10 with the airline’s President and CEO, Joe Sparling (below), at the controls. It will arrive in Toronto in the afternoon (below) after a brief stop in Yellowknife, marking the launch of the first-ever scheduled service between these capital cities.

In the North, it’s clearly understood how vital connection is personally, economically and culturally. Scale is redefined when moose outnumber people, there’s 0.09 Yukoners per square kilometre and the closest provincial capital is 1,500 kilometres away. It takes an airline with its roots in the territories, one that pulses with the resolve of those who live North of 60, to take on a route like this.

The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation own 49% of Air North. More than 1,500 Yukoners also invested in the airline, which gives the company a mandate based around the needs of Yukoners.

Seasonal service to Toronto will operate until early October, 2022.

Quick Facts

  • Air North has been in operation since February 1, 1977. It acquired its first jets and began connecting the Yukon with southern gateway cities in 2002, beginning with Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.
  • Air North now counts Victoria, Kelowna, and Ottawa among its other gateway connections—with Yellowknife on both the Ottawa and Toronto routes.
  • In the North, the airline offers ATR 42 turboprop (below) service between Whitehorse and Dawson City, Old Crow and Inuvik.
  • Air North also flies charter services for both passengers and cargo across North America.

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