CANADIAN NORTH'S BOSS LANDS IN YELLOWKNIFE NEXT WEEK FOR OPEN HOUSE
NWT Chamber members will have their questions brought to the attention of Canadian North's President and CEO Michael Rodyniuk at an Open House one week from today.
While the airline's new Yellowknife to Calgary jet service has been very well received by many in the business community and leisure travellers alike, there are concerns from people in the Sahtu over a recently announced reduction of flights into Norman Wells.
In particular, the Town of Norman Wells advised in a public notice it only heard of the cuts through the media and had no advance notice.
Canadian North has stated its new schedule gains efficiencies and adds more than 8% capacity overall into and across its network.
Rodyniuk's decision to fly through the turbulent comms skies into NWT to potentially face some tough questions over the airline's ability to provide service is to be applauded.
Chamber President Newton Grey and ED James O'Connor are confirmed attendees at the After Hours event organized by our friends at the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce.
The federal government recently signed off on changes to the terms and conditions of Canadian North's 2019 merger with First Air, reported CBC, which allows the airline to reduce service to northern communities to as little as one flight per week.
So does this provide an opportunity for another airline? Or is there simply not enough traffic to fill aircraft every day? Should government subsidies be brought forward to cover those half-full flights? Are there not enough pilots available at the moment?