OTTAWA, Jan. 28, 2016 /CNW/ - People from Nunavut can soon expect a new air service option serving Iqaluit with direct flights to Ottawa and Halifax. FlySarvaq's first flight is scheduled to depart on May 6, 2016. The service will also bring a Northern travel option to the Maritimes and Ontario.
The announcement was made at the 2016 Northern Lights Trade Show to a group of over 200 from Nunavut, Nova Scotia and Ottawa. The new scheduled service will open up economic development opportunities between Nunavut and Nova Scotia as well as improve existing business relationships between Ottawa and the North.
FlySarvaq is bringing to the market an air service that will focus on reliable and efficient service at a fair price. In addition, FlySarvaq's vision will create employment and opportunity in Iqaluit. FlySarvaq understands that every dollar counts when planning travel and ask for support from Nunavummiut when making their summer holiday, business, medical and other travel plans.
"It is our hope that this service will create significant possibilities for Nunavummiut looking to travel south, as well as open up more opportunities for people to visit Nunavut," said Adamee Itorcheak, President of Sarvaq, partner in FlySarvaq. "Imagine being able to arrive from Nunavut and connect with upward of 30 flights going across the country or even internationally, or to travel to or from Arctic Bay to Ottawa in one day?"
All FlySarvaq flights will be operated by Nolinor Aviation and will offer three classes of fares available for booking, all with different terms and conditions. Introductory fares are available for booking and all flights will be flown by Nolinor's experienced pilots on one of their Boeing 737s.
"This opportunity strengthens the bridge between our two regions, and we are excited to share the news with businesses across our province," says Laurel Broten, Nova Scotia Business Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer. "This direct link allows Nova Scotia companies to ship goods and deliver services to customers in Nunavut faster and more efficiently."
'"We are delighted to welcome FlySarvaq to Halifax Stanfield," says Ian Arthur, Halifax International Airport Authority Chief Commercial Officer. "This new air service will enhance travel options for both business and leisure travellers, saving them time and money. The route will also stimulate growth between the two regions by improving the movement of cargo to and from Iqaluit and encourage Atlantic Canadians to explore this part of Canada's north."
Flights will be available for booking online by March 1 on FlySarvaq's multi-lingual website www.flysarvaq.com or through the call centre at 1-844-9SARVAQ during business hours. Airport locations will open soon, in anticipation of the first flight. All flights will be operated by Nolinor Aviation.
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