Air North plans to use Boeing 737-500 planes on its route between Whitehorse and Kelowna.

New airline lands in Kelowna

Air North is the latest airline to use the Kelowna International Airport. It will offer twice-weekly flights between Kelowna and Whitehorse.

The newest airline to use Kelowna’s airport was scheduled to fly in its first plane Thursday evening.

Air North, with flights connecting Kelowna with Whitehorse, started service Thursday with the inaugural flight arriving from the Yukon city will carry company president Joseph Sparling, Yukon Minister of Economic Development Currie Dixon, Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis, Chief Joe Linkleater, of the Vuntut Gwitchin Yukon First Nation and Yukon’s very own Klondike Kate.

The airline will fly a seasonal, Whitehorse-Kelowna-Vancouver-Whitehorse route every Thursday and Sunday during the summer, with flights arriving here at 7:15 p.m. and leaving for Vancouver at 8 p.m. before arriving in Whitehorse at 11:45 p.m. From Whitehorse, passengers can connect to other northern communities such as  Dawson City, Inuvik and Old Crow on Air North.

Air North, founded in 1977 by Sparling and Thomas Wood, is headquartered in Whitehorse and is now owned by Sparling, the Vuntut Development Corporation and 1,400 individual Yukon shareholders.

It is the largest airline in the Yukon and one of only five airlines in Canada that provide year-round, scheduled domestic air service using jets.

It employs 200 people in the Yukon and another 60 in Vancouver and has routes connecting the Yukon with B.C., Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

Thursday’s event at the airport to mark the first Air North flight will include about 20 people from the Yukon as well as  local dignitaries.

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Kelowna students awarded for their heritage research

The Okanagan Regional Heritage Fair was held April 24

Kelowna dragon welcomed to the den

Lane Merrifield is the new dragon on Dragons’ Den

Lake Country man facing assault charges

A woman was seriously injured after an alleged aggravated assault on April 22

State of emergency issued for Mill Creek

Risk of flooding increases as runoffs from higher elevations reach the valley bottom in Kelowna

Send us your spring pics for a chance to win

The Capital News is collecting photos of you taking advantage of this nice weather

VIDEO: B.C. ‘escapologist’ stuns judges on Britain’s Got Talent

Matt Johnson says televised water stunt was closest he’s come to death

WATCH: Moms Stop The Harm respond to opioid crisis

Someone asked her if she does the work for her son. McBain said: “No, actually. I do it for your son.”

Haley Blais tackles social norms through music tour

Haley Blais encourages people not to be discouraged by social norms and to be who they are

Been a long day? Here’s cute puppies in training

Group is training next batch of assistance dogs at Vancouver International Airport

B.C. skydiver lands safely after cutting away main chute

Greater Victoria emergency services called after witnesses saw spiralling chute

78 Mexican farmworkers displaced after fire tears through building on B.C. farm

Flames broke out Thursday morning in building that housed up to 80 workers at Abbotsford farm

3 year-old golden lab from Calgary missing after car accident east of Revelstoke

The car that Abbie — a three year old Golden lab was driving in — flipped over and ended up in a ditch early this morning

Inmates, machines adding muscle to Oliver flood fight

Inmates are packing 250 sandbags a day, but RDOS says newly acquired machine will push 6,000 an hour

Cartoonist captures public mood following Toronto, Humboldt tragedies

Cartoonist said he was trying to find a bit of positivity with an image that has garnered attention

Most Read