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Canadian North is a Canadian airline headquarted in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The airline operates scheduled passenger services to areas in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories of Canada.
Canadian North offer scheduled flights to 17 destinations in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, through southern gateways of Edmonton and Ottawa. Canadian North is 100% aboriginal owned by the Inuvialuit Development Corporation, representing the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic.
Canadian North's main base is Edmonton Airport and was founded in 1989 as a subsidiary of Canadian Airlines. This was to provide focus towards the norther Canadian communities.
Canadian North has gone through many changes since the 1980's as was purchased by another holding company, Norterra and utilised 3 different livery schemes, the airline changed its current image in 2003. The logo displays distinct features of the north of Canada - the midnight sun, the polar bear and the Northern Lights.
The airline codeshares some flights with First Air until 16th May 2017.
Canadian North and its founding companies - Canadian Airlines, Pacific Western Airlines, Transair and Nordair - have proudly provided safe, reliable and efficient passenger and cargo services to Northerners for more than 80 years.
Comox (CFB Comox) charter
Vancouver (Vancouver International Airport) charter
Calgary (Calgary International Airport) charter
Edmonton (Edmonton International Airport)
Fort McMurray (Fort McMurray Airport) charter
Inuvik (Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport)
Norman Wells (Norman Wells Airport)
Yellowknife (Yellowknife Airport) hub
Moncton, New Brunswick (Moncton International Airport)
Halifax (Halifax Stanfield International Airport) seasonal
Newfoundland and Labrador
St. John's (St. John's International Airport) seasonal
Cambridge Bay (Cambridge Bay Airport)
Cape Dorset (Cape Dorset Airport)
Clyde River (Clyde River Airport)
Gjoa Haven (Gjoa Haven Airport)
Hall Beach (Hall Beach Airport)
Igloolik (Igloolik Airport)
Iqaluit (Iqaluit Airport)
Kugaaruk (Kugaaruk Airport)
Kugluktuk (Kugluktuk Airport)
Pangnirtung (Pangnirtung Airport)
Pond Inlet (Pond Inlet Airport)
Qikiqtarjuaq (Qikiqtarjuaq Airport)
Rankin Inlet (Rankin Inlet Airport)
Taloyoak (Taloyoak Airport)
Ottawa (Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport)
Montreal (Montreal- Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport)
Miami International Airport
Palm Beach International Airport
Carry-on Baggage Allowance
Each passenger is allowed to bring up to one (1) piece of carry-on baggage on board
- The maximum dimensions must not exceed 23 cm x 41 cm x 57 cm (9" x 16" x 22.5"),
- The maximum weight must not exceed 10 kg (22lbs)
No evidence of anti-competitive acts between First Air and Canadian North: Competition Bureau
Investigation began in 2016 amid predatory pricing allegations
The Competition Bureau has found no evidence of anti-competitive acts between First Air and Canadian North in its investigation of predatory pricing toward the now-defunct GoSarvaq.
While the bureau found First Air and Canadian North's seat sales, which coincided with GoSarvaq's launch, had an impact on GoSarvaq, "the Bureau did not find sufficient evidence to conclude that these were anti-competitive acts as required by the [Competition] Act," according to a statement from the bureau.
The seat sales saw one-way tickets along the Ottawa-Iqaluit route go below $500 from the roughly regular $1,200 fare.
The bureau looked at whether the bigger airlines dropped their prices so low that they would make less money than not flying at all. If they did, with the intent to recoup the lost revenues after GoSarvaq went out of business, it would be illegal.
But the bureau didn't find any evidence to indicate the airlines broke any laws.
Although the Bureau found evidence indicating the bigger airlines saw GoSarvaq as a threat, and that the airlines took deliberate actions in response to GoSarvaq's launch, it found no evidence that First Air and Canadian North were price-fixing with each other.
Canadian North pleased, unrepentant
Canadian North says its pleased with the conclusions from the Bureau, along with how the bureau acknowledged the challenges of flying in the North.
As for the alleged predatory pricing along the Ottawa-Iqaluit route, the airline says the route is important to its operations in Nunavut as a gateway to the Eastern Arctic.
"Whether profitable or not, we'd never want to surrender market share on that route," said Canadian North's communications manager Kelly Lewis, adding it's also an important cargo route.
"We've operated for two decades on that route, almost. We've worked hard to build a lot of market share. To not respond [to GoSarvaq's low introductory rate] would have been, basically, surrendering and put the sustainability of our business at risk and certainly put jobs at risk."
Asked why customers haven't seen a similar seat sale since, Lewis said GoSarvaq's initial fare was an introductory offer.
"You have to compete to a changing market conditions, and we were comfortable, for the short term, doing that," Lewis said.
"Is that a price that we we would want to offer on an ongoing basis? I wouldn't think so, no. But nobody had stated that was going to be a permanent standing price for that route."
No findings on codeshare partnerships
The competition bureau also investigated First Air and Canadian North's codeshare agreement — which saw both airlines sell seats on each other's planes on certain routes — but closed the investigation after First Air ended the codeshare agreement in May.
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