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Direct flights between YK and Vancouver begin

Yellowknife residents will be able to fly directly to Vancouver this Winter season.

Air Canada announced the route in the summer, with the inaugural flight having taken off from Yellowknife on Saturday.

Executive Director for NWT Tourism, Cathie Bolstad, said in a release that she believes the new link will lead to more money coming into the North.

We are delighted that this new flight is being added by Air Canada, a spectacular marketing partner of ours,” said Cathie Bolstad, Executive Director for NWT Tourism. “We are seeing rapid growth in visitation to the NWT. In 2016, aurora tourism grew by 23% and our territory hosted close to 30,000 visitors whose visit was specifically to come see the Aurora. Preliminary numbers for 2017 suggest that we will see increased visitation in this winter’s aurora season and having this added flight is going to contribute to that success, while also giving NWT residents more travel options too.

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President of Passenger Airlines at Air Canada, Benjamin Smith, said in a release, he hopes the new route will connect more tourists to what the North can provide.

We are pleased to now link Yellowknife to our Vancouver trans-Pacific hub, connecting seamlessly to and from our Asia and US transborder networks to offer time savings and ease for both international visitors travelling to enjoy our country’s spectacular Aurora Borealis and Canada’s northern winter adventures, as well as for local residents. Our seasonal route will begin in early fall next year to meet the growing demand for travel to Canada’s Northwest Territories from Asia.

The route’s daily seasonal service will run until April, and will start back up next September.

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