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Air Greenland to Launch Flights to Iqaluit, Canada

DALLAS – Air Greenland (GL) announced a new seasonal route connecting Greenland's capital, Nuuk (GOH), with Iqaluit (YFB), the capital of Nunavut, Canada. GL will operate a weekly flight every Wednesday from June 26, 2024, until October 23.

The Kangerlussuaq-based carrier will operate the route with Dash-8 aircraft. The weekly flight will depart from GOH at 2:55 PM local time, arriving in YFB at 2:00 PM local time, after a flight time of around two hours.

This route announcement follows a 2022 cooperation agreement between Greenland and Nunavut aimed at strengthening ties in various sectors, including culture, education, and green energy. Notably, the agreement emphasized the importance of improved mobility between the two regions.

"We know that there is a great desire for closer cooperation between Nunavut and Greenland and to ensure the dialogue, it is natural to open a route to our neighbours to the west. We believe that this will create an even stronger foundation to support the business, political, and cultural ties that already exist," said Malik Hegelund Olsen, Chairman of the Board of Air Greenland.
Canadian North Boeing 737-200. Photo: Brandon Siska/Airways

Seamless Connections to Eastern Canada via Interline Agreement

The weekly service offers more than just a direct link between Nuuk and Iqaluit. Through an interline agreement with Canadian North (5T), passengers can purchase a single ticket to connect from YFB to Ottawa (YOW), Montreal (YUL), and Kuujjuaq (YVP) in Nunavik. The interline agreement is aimed to eliminate the need for separate bookings for different legs of the journey.

"We are very excited that this route is launching, connecting the circumpolar region. Canadian North and Air Greenland have been working towards connecting our two regions since January 2020, when we signed a letter of intent. This work has continued despite being temporarily delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Johnny Adams, Executive Chairman of Canadian North.

Air Greenland and 5T officials expressed optimism about the route's potential and its contribution to regional development. The interline agreement allows passengers to explore a broader network beyond Iqaluit. With a single ticket, travelers can now reach 27 destinations across Canadian North's network in Ontario, Nunavut, Nunavik, Northwest Territories, Quebec, and Alberta, via connections in Ottawa (YOW), Montreal (YUL), or Kuujjuaq (YVP).

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