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First Air – Western Arctic Routing Update

Ottawa, Ontario – March 31, 2017 — As we strive to offer the best schedule and routing options to our customers in Canada’s North, we continually evaluate our network to ensure we are meeting market demands as needed. As such First Air is announcing the following changes to our Western Arctic routes.

We are pleased to announce that as of May 17, 2017 we will commence daily direct NON-STOP service between Yellowknife and Inuvik, and just one stop between Edmonton and Inuvik. Flights will be operated by our newly acquired state of the art ATR42-500 aircraft. These new daily services will continue to offer First Air’s first rate service and will be better positioned to meet our customer needs. Our customers in Inuvik have demonstrated a growing demand for direct service and we are happy to be able to be their airline of choice when the time comes to fly. Inuvik has shown to be a developing market in the Western Arctic, one that continues to evolve and grow.

Also effective May 17, 2017, we will be suspending service between Yellowknife and Norman Wells after carrying out a detailed evaluation of the route. We will continue to monitor and review the market and the demand for this route in the future. We want to thank our customers to and from Norman Wells for their patronage over the years. Customers who currently hold bookings with First Air to Norman Wells for flights from May 17th and beyond, will be contacted by First Air Customer Contact Centre or their Booking Agency and advised of alternative options.

We look forward to our new service options in Inuvik that will help continue Inuvik’s development as an important activity hub in the Western Arctic.

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First Air
Dan Valin
Manager, Marketing and Communications
(613) 254-6294