Getting Here by Air

How to jet north

It’s easy to fly to the Northwest Territories. There are direct jet flights to Yellowknife from Calgary (2 hours), Edmonton (1.5 hours), Ottawa (4 hours)  and Whitehorse (1.5 hours). 

Our busiest airport is Yellowknife which serves as a connection point for flights to other NWT communities. The six airlines that have direct flights into the Northwest Territories are Air Canada Jazz (from Calgary and Edmonton) Canadian North, First Air and Northwestern Air Lease (from Edmonton), Air North (from Ottawa) and Westjet (from Edmonton and Calgary). Another 16 smaller NWT airlines, in addition to Canadian North, First Air and Northwestern Air Lease, offer scheduled or charter service to smaller NWT communities and to wilderness rivers and fishing lakes. 

Airlines and Cargo Operators

Ahmic Air Ltd.

Floatplane charter service using classic DHC-2 Beaver aircraft based in Yellowknife's historic Old Town. Sightseeing flights over Yellowknife and surrounding areas, day trips, and transportation to remote camps,... Read more

Open Water Charters Inc.

Open Water Charters Inc. is a Float plane service in Yellowknife N.T Canada. We offer a wide variety of air charter service on our Cessna 185 aircraft. Read more

North-Wright Airways Ltd.

North-Wright Airways is the Sahtu Region's premier air service. We are located 145 km (90 miles) south of the Arctic Circle in the heart of the Sahtu Region, at Norman Wells, Northwest Territories and we have bases in... Read more

Air Tindi

Air Tindi is an airline company based in Yellowknife offering scheduled flights to a number of NWT communities. We are able to assist our customers whether it be a city tour to getting paddlers to their dream... Read more

Hoarfrost River Huskies Ltd.

Join us for a flightseeing trip or use our air charter services. We operate an air charter company with two small bush planes on floats, skis, and tundra tires and can customize all sorts of fly-in outdoor adventures... Read more

First Air

Canada’s largest diverse airline with a reputation as the leading “Airline of the North.” Read more

Canadian North

Scheduled passenger, cargo, and charter flight service. Connections from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut to domestic and international destinations. Enjoy Aurora Class service and collect Aeroplan points. Read more

Northwestern Air Lease Ltd.

Northwestern Air is a scheduled airline providing service between Edmonton, Fort Smith, Hay River, Yellowknife, Fort Chipewyan, High Level and Fort McMurray. We also have charter aircraft available on wheels, skis and... Read more

Simpson Air

Simpson Air (and its predecessor) is the oldest continuously-operated flying service in the Mackenzie Valley, established in the early 1960s. Air charters and flightseeing tours are our specialty. Read more

Ram Head Outfitters Ltd.

Commercial air charter service providing air support for hikers on Canol Road, sightseeing in the beautiful Mackenzie Mountains, and fly-in fishing services to fishing lodge. Fly-in horseback adventures on the Canol... Read more

Air Canada

Bringing the world to the Northwest Territories with award-winning service and daily flights to Yellowknife from Edmonton and Calgary. Read more

Wolverine Air (1988) Ltd.

Air charter service based in Fort Simpson, operating year-round service since 1972. Wheels, skis, floats. Nahanni National Park Reserve specialist. Flightseeing and self-guided canoeing, hiking and fishing trips. Read more

Great Slave Helicopters

​Serving the NWT for over 31 years with bases in Norman Wells, Inuvik, Fort Liard, Fort Simpson and Yellowknife as well as in BC, Alberta, Ontario. We have light, intermediate and medium aircraft available to suit the... Read more

Adlair Aviation

Charter service available throughout NWT & Nunavut, with bases of operation in Yellowknife & Cambridge Bay. Read more

Buffalo Airways Ltd.

Scheduled and charter air service, covering the entire NWT. Daily scheduled air service between Yellowknife and Hay River. Overnight courier service also available. Read more

WestJet

Daily non-stop service between Yellowknife and Edmonton, with connecting flights to and from other WestJet cities in Canada, the USA, Mexico and the Caribbean. Read more

Sahtu Helicopters

Helicopter charter service supporting utility, exploration and eco-tourism including logistical support for rafting expeditions and hiking the Canol Heritage Trail. Read more

Loon Air

Air charter service, fly out fishing. Scenic Tours of Wood Buffalo National Park. Hunting, exploration and prospecting camp support. Call for rates. Read more

Canadian Helicopters Limited

Over 50 years of experience, with 132 aircraft operating from 43 locations across Canada including three in the NWT. Serving many industry sectors including parks and tourism, oil and gas, mining, construction and... Read more

Summit Helicopters Ltd.

Summit Helicopters is a member of The Ledcor Group of Companies. Ledcor is one of North America’s most diversified construction companies, serving the building, oil & gas, infrastructure, mining, power and... Read more

Alkan Air Ltd.

Charter airline serving Yukon, NWT, BC and Alaska. Charters, group charters, sightseeing flights (wheels only). Cessna 206, Cessna Caravan, Single Otter, Piper Chieftain, Beech 200.   Read more

Aklak Air

Scheduled air transportation to Paulatuk, Tuktoyaktuk, Sachs Harbour, Ulukhaktok and seasonally to Fort McPherson out of Inuvik and air charter service to anywhere in the Western Arctic. Read more

South Nahanni Airways

Charters to Nahanni National Park, Twin Otter in wheels, floats, and skies. Read more

Landa Aviation

Landa Aviation is a family owned and operated air charter company proudly serving Hay River, the Northwest Territories and Canada since 1979. Read more

Ursus Aviation

A native owned company with over 30 years operating experience. Serving the Sahtu and Yellowknife areas including Tulita, Norman Wells, Wrigley, Deline, Fort Good Hope and Colville Lake. Wheels, skis and floats. On- and... Read more

Air North, Yukon's Airline

Experience authentic Yukon hospitality and complimentary meals on-board our frequent, comfortable, and affordable jet service to Yellowknife from Ottawa and Whitehorse–as well as from Whitehorse to Inuvik. Read more

Villers Air Services Ltd.

Peter Villers makes the safety and efficiency of every flight his own personal responsibility. The entire staff at Villers Air are committed to customer service and dedicated to the comfort and safety of all our... Read more

Gwich'in Helicopters Ltd.

Helicopter charters out of Inuvik to locations throughout the Mackenzie Delta, including Tuktoyaktuk. Read more