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Destinations and communities

First Air serves the travel and cargo needs of more northern communities than any other air carrier in Canada. Our scheduled service carries approximately 225,000 passengers and over 22 million kilograms of freight and mail over its vast and comprehensive route system, which connects 31* Northern Communities with major centres in Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg and Edmonton.

Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, the North offers hundreds of activities including sight-seeing, cultural tours, fishing, boating, canoeing, hiking, bird watching, whale watching, skiing, hunting and much more. Below is a listing of our major stops in the North that link to small communities.

* In conjunction with our code share partners

Northern Gateways to First Air’s System


The largest city in northern Canada and the capital of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife offers a collage of activities and festivals.  To find out more about what happens throughout the year in Yellowknife or Northwest Territories, visit or

Rankin Inlet

With a population of 2,200, Rankin Inlet, or Kangiqliniq (“deep bay/inlet” in Inuktitut) is the business and transportation hub of the Kivalliq region, and the gateway to Nunavut from Central Canada. More details on Rankin Inlet can be found at Nunavut Tourism.


The capital of the Nunavut, Iqaluit is a bustling community of about 7250 people. A modern regional centre, Iqaluit boasts an international airport, numerous hotels and restaurants, a museum, library, and a vast landscape of natural beauty within minutes of the town’s centre. For information on Iqaluit, visit

Southern Destinations

For northerners flying south, First Air offers service to: Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg and Edmonton, for either visiting or to connect to hundreds of other national and international destinations.  For more information about our southern destinations, visit:

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