Government of the Northwest Territories Reacts to Air Canada Route Change Announcement

Media Statement

Yellowknife — January 12, 2021

Diane Archie, Minister of Infrastructure issued the following reaction on behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories to news about Air Canada route changes:

“This morning, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) received notice that Air Canada is suspending all passenger operations to the Yellowknife Airport (YZF) until further notice. This change will take effect January 23, 2021.

“As the main gateway airport for the NWT, YZF plays an integral role in keeping the north and residents connected while also supporting economic opportunities. Although there are other airlines still serving the North, this change will eliminate some of the options currently afforded to NWT residents when they choose to travel by air.

“NWT residents should take some comfort knowing that essential services provided by our NWT airports will not be impacted by this change. This includes our ability to provide necessary medical travel services that NWT residents depend on to access care and services outside the territory.

“The GNWT is obviously disappointed by the news shared by Air Canada today, but understands that businesses must make decisions that they believe best fit with their business model and market conditions. According to Air Canada, the negative impacts of COVID-19 on their operations have been unprecedented and contributed to this difficult business decision. The GNWT looks forward to a time when those conditions change.”