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Air Travel

Air Travel

How to Fly North

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It's never been easier to fly to the Northwest Territories.

Once people make the journey to the Northwest Territories, they are often surprised by how quick and efficient it is. With major airlines offering service to and from Edmonton, Calgary, Whitehorse, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver, you have many options to fly into Yellowknife. And with the majority of airlines offering connecting flights through Edmonton or Calgary, Yellowknife can be reached in less than a day's travel from many regional centers in Canada and the United States.

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. Hay River is the hub for the South Slave region. Fort Simpson is the hub for the Dehcho region, and Norman Wells is the hub for the Sahtu region. 

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), Toronto (4 hours), Vancouver (2.5 hours) and Whitehorse (1.5 hours). The four airlines with direct flights into the Yellowknife airport are:

Many more NWT airlines offer scheduled or charter service within the NWT to communities, wilderness rivers, national parks, remote fishing lodges, and fishing lakes.

Click here to view our flight plan map to learn more. 

Please scroll down for more information on airlines that service the NWT. 

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