Northern Canadian airline Buffalo Airways has announced a cargo-only “Special Freighter” route between Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and Yellowknife.
The service will be provided Monday through Friday on a customized Boeing 737-300SF.
It will transport essential cargo such as pharmaceuticals and healthcare supplies, food and beverages, automotive and other manufactured parts as well as retail products.
Until now, parts of Canada’s North have relied on road transportation to get essential goods to Hay River, where they were then flown to Yellowknife. But that system has reached capacity, Buffalo Airways and EIA said.
The EIA president called the new service “a critical link to our northern neighbors” and said it strengthens the airport’s position as a hub.
“This dedicated freight service improves connectivity between regions and will have a significant positive impact on residents of Canada’s North, providing them with access to affordable essential goods by improving the supply chain to and from northern communities said Myron Keehn.
The chief executive of Buffalo Airways said he had been planning this cargo flight and custom plane for two years.
“I look forward to seeing the remarkable impact this will have on our operations,” said Mikey McBryan.
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