How to Fly North
It's never been easier to fly to the Northwest Territories.
The NWT's busiest airport in Yellowknife serves as a connection point for flights into other NWT regional hubs and communities. Inuvik is the hub for flights into the Western Arctic with daily jet service from Yellowknife, and Norman Wells is the hub for the Sahtu region. Yellowknife serves as a starting point for flights into communities in the southern NWT.
There's daily jet service to Yellowknife from many southern destinations, including direct flights from Calgary (2 hours), Edmonton (1.5 hours), Ottawa (4 hours), Vancouver (2.5 hours) and Whitehorse (1.5 hours). The six airlines with direct flights into the Yellowknife airport are:
- Air Canada (from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver),
- Westjet (from Edmonton and Calgary),
- Canadian North (from Edmonton),
- First Air (from Edmonton),
- Northwestern Air Lease (from Edmonton); and
- Air North (seasonally from Ottawa and Whitehorse).
Many more NWT airlines offer scheduled or charter service within the NWT to communities, wilderness rivers, national parks, remote fishing lodges and fishing lakes.