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First Air announces withdrawal of passenger service between Winnipeg and Rankin Inlet

Ottawa, Ontario – August 18, 2008 – Jet passenger service between Winnipeg, Manitoba and the communities of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut and Thompson, Manitoba is ending. First Air’s last passenger flight between these communities operates on Sunday September 14, 2008. The loss of significant passenger traffic between the Kivalliq communities of Nunavut and Winnipeg since April 1, 2008 is the principle reason for service being discontinued.

First Air will continue to offer scheduled jet freighter service between Winnipeg and Rankin Inlet using a Boeing 737 aircraft flying three days a week.

Passengers holding reservations for travel after September 14, 2008 should contact their travel arranger or First Air reservations at 1 800 267-1247 for a full refund.

First Air, “The Airline of The North” provides scheduled passenger and cargo services between 25 northern communities in Nunavik, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon with service to Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Scott Bateman
Vice President, Commercial Operations
Phone: 613 254-6394