ūüá®ūüᶠAir Canada to Launch Non-stop Toronto-Yellowknife Service

May 24, 2023

Press release from Air Canada

Air Canada today announced it will begin non-stop, year-round service between Toronto and Yellowknife in December. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

MONTREAL,¬†May 19, 2023¬†/CNW/ – Air Canada today announced it will begin non-stop, year-round service between¬†Toronto¬†and¬†Yellowknife¬†in December. The new, three-times weekly service will provide convenient connections between eastern¬†Canada¬†and the capital of the¬†Northwest Territories. Customers will also be able to seamlessly connect onward from¬†Yellowknife on Air Canada’s interline partner, Canadian North.

“The North has a magical attraction and Air Canada is pleased to make it easier for customers to visit¬†Yellowknife¬†and beyond, beginning at a time when the Northern Lights are on full display. But apart from supporting tourism to the city and region, this new route will also be valuable to business travellers and the economy, linking¬†Yellowknife¬†directly to¬†Canada’s¬†financial capital. As well, flights are timed for easy connections through our¬†Toronto¬†global hub to elsewhere in eastern¬†Canada, the U.S., and to winter sun destinations, while from¬†Yellowknife¬†customers can travel onward conveniently on our interline partner, Canadian North,” said Mark Galardo,¬†Executive Vice President, Revenue and Network Planning at Air Canada.

“Today’s announcement marks a significant increase of air transportation options for the¬†Northwest Territories. With the launch of this non-stop flight between¬†Yellowknife¬†and¬†Toronto, there are increased opportunities for tourism and better connections into¬†Canada’s¬†financial hub. We look forward to the positive impact these flights will have in supporting the NWT to conveniently welcome more travelers, businesses and professional organizations to our region,” said Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment for the¬†Northwest Territories,¬†Caroline Wawzonek.

“Air transportation plays an important role in keeping the North and its residents connected here at home, as well as with southern¬†Canada¬†and the world. As we continue to see air travel return to pre-pandemic levels, I’m excited that Air Canada is adding a non-stop flight from¬†Yellowknife¬†to¬†Toronto¬†to its schedule. Growth of current and new markets through YZF provides NWT residents and others with additional options for business and leisure travel to and from the¬†Northwest Territories,” stated Minister of Infrastructure for the¬†Northwest Territories,¬†Diane Archie.

“NWT Tourism is very happy that as of¬†December 2023¬†Air Canada will begin non-stop, year-round service from¬†Toronto¬†to¬†Yellowknife. Air¬†Canada’s¬†new service will provide increased connections between eastern¬†Canada¬†and the NWT. In addition, this flight is set to be timed for convenient connections for international travellers to¬†Yellowknife¬†via¬†Toronto, and by utilizing the interline partnership with Canadian North, visitors can be connected to destinations in the NWT beyond¬†Yellowknife. We are thankful for Air Canada’s continued efforts to increase air access to the NWT, and appreciate their support towards the NWT tourism industry, our businesses and our residents,” said¬†Donna Lee Demarcke, CEO, NWT Tourism.

Service between Toronto and Yellowknife will begin December 1, 2023, operated using Canadian-made Airbus A220 aircraft. It will be configured with 137 seats in a Business and Economy cabin, with onboard Wi-Fi and seatback entertainment systems featuring hundreds of hours of content and live TV at every seat. Customers will be able to earn and redeem Aeroplan points and eligible customers will enjoy premium services where available, including priority boarding and baggage handling, and Maple Leaf Lounge access in Toronto.




Days of the Week


Toronto 21:00

Yellowknife 23:54

Tuesday, Friday, Sunday


Yellowknife 00:50

Toronto 7:20

Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

The new service will complement Air Canada’s existing twice daily service between¬†Yellowknife¬†and¬†Vancouver¬†and daily service between¬†Yellowknife¬†and¬†Edmonton. Customers connecting for travel beyond¬†Yellowknife¬†can take advantage of Air Canada’s bilateral interline agreement with Canadian North, which allows travel on a single, through-checked ticket that includes baggage transfer. Destinations available via Canadian North include¬†Cambridge Bay,¬†Fort Simpson,¬†Hay River,¬†Gjoa Haven, Taoloyoak and¬†Inuvik. Customers travelling on Canadian North can also earn and redeem Aeroplan points.

About Air Canada

Air¬†Canada¬†is¬†Canada’s¬†largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of¬†Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air¬†Canada¬†provides scheduled service directly to more than 180 airports in¬†Canada,¬†the United States¬†and Internationally on six continents.¬†It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air¬†Canada’s¬†Aeroplan program is¬†Canada’s¬†premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger and freighter aircraft. Air¬†Canada¬†has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.¬†Air Canada shares are publicly traded on the TSX in¬†Canada¬†and the OCTQX in the US.

Originally published on 19 May.

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