Halifax Stanfield Adds Weekly Non-Stop Service to Iqaluit

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 15:00

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Halifax, N.S. – Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) is pleased to announce that Canadian North Airlines will introduce a weekly non-stop service from Halifax to Iqaluit starting Friday, June 20, 2014. And part of that service will see additional flights between Halifax and St. John’s.

Canadian North will use Boeing 737-300 aircraft, configured with 136 seats, to serve the new routes that will operate every Friday.

From June 20 to September 5, the flight schedule will be:

•    10:30 flight departs St. John’s NF to Halifax NS arriving at 11:45
•    12:30 flight departs Halifax NS to Iqaluit NU arriving at 14:45
•    15:45 flight departs Iqaluit NU to Halifax NS arriving at 20:00
•    20:45 flight departs Halifax NS to St. John’s NF arriving at 22:40

“Halifax Stanfield is delighted to play a role in opening Canada’s burgeoning north,” says Jerry Staples, HIAA VP Air Service Marketing and Business Development. “We welcome our new partners, Canadian North, and we look forward to exploring the new possibilities this service will bring. This will allow for businesses, friends and relatives to access our neighbours in both regions, strengthen ties, create economic activity and encourage new growth. This new service will also move people and products between our regions faster, saving time and money.”

“Today’s announcement demonstrates how Halifax Stanfield International Airport is an asset to our province,” says Michel P. Samson, Nova Scotia Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Nova Scotia businesses understand the need to establish new export opportunities. Partnerships, like Canadian North and Halifax Stanfield, resulting in non-stop flights to Nunavut and St. John’s, are expanding markets for our goods and services.”

“We provide critical support services to schools and community groups which are often working under very tight budget constraints,” says Andrew Middleton, Director of Atlantic Youth. “A direct flight from Halifax to Iqaluit opens up opportunities for provincial suppliers to further business in Nunavut, reducing cost and increasing accessibility of our services to the North.”

“Offering additional flights to Iqaluit brings greater access for investment, business travel, tourism and freight, enabling continued economic development across Nunavut. Additionally, reinstating our free baggage allowance of two bags at 70lbs (33kg) each on our jet aircraft, is a major step towards improving our service and competitiveness,” says Steve Hankirk, President of Canadian North.

Depending upon the level of support for this new service, Canadian North says flights could be expanded and/or the season extended. Canadian North offers complimentary seat selection, baggage allowance and hot meals. The Boeing 737-300 aircraft also offers free in-flight entertainment and new leather seating.

Flights and introductory pricing are now available for booking online at www.canadiannorth.com, through your travel agent, or at 1.800.661.1505.

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About Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport is Atlantic Canada’s principal full-service airport providing passengers and cargo clients with access to markets across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean Basin, and Europe. It’s the only airport in Atlantic Canada to offer Canada Customs services on a 24 hour, seven day a week basis, and U.S. preclearance. The Airport, a major economic generator valued at over $1.27 billion to the provincial economy, welcomes 3.6 million passengers annually; gives back through its Community Outreach Program and its Signature Partnership with Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank; and is an internationally recognized leader in customer service and is one of only 18 airports worldwide certified as Airport Service Quality Assured – an industry gold standard for service excellence.

About Canadian North

Canadian North and its founding companies (Canadian Airlines, Pacific Western Airlines, Transair, Nordair) have proudly served Canada’s North with passenger and cargo services for more than 80 years. They offer flights to Northwest Territories and flights to Nunavut through their southern gateways of Edmonton and Ottawa, select destinations in Manitoba and Nunavut through their partnership with Calm Air, and seasonal service to Eastern Canada. Canadian North also offers air charter services within and beyond the North for industrial clients, sports teams, and large groups. Canadian North is a member of the NorTerra Group of Companies whose parent corporation, NorTerra Inc., is owned equally by Nunasi Corporation, representing the Inuit of Nunavut; and the Inuvialuit Development Corporation, representing the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic.

For more information contact:

Peter Spurway
VP, Corporate Communications
Halifax International Airport Authority

Scott Weatherall, Communications Manager
Canadian North