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Flights to Baffin Island

Flights to Baffin Island

Nunavut is a vast and wild territory in North-East Canada, and is widely unconnected by roads due to the harsh conditions of the landscape. Many travellers to the territory will fly to Iqaluit on Baffin Island. Iqaluit is the capital of the Canadian territory and home to its largest community. From Iqaluit, travellers can also catch a scheduled passenger flight to other smaller communities on the island, including Pangnirtung and Pond Inlet.

This guide explains the easiest way to reach Baffin Island by air, as well as the airlines that operate flights to the island.

Baffin Island

How do you book a flight to Baffin Island?

You can use the search bar at the top of the page to begin searching for flights to Baffin Island. Simply enter your departure airport and ‘Iqaluit (YFB)’ as your arrival airport to begin. Alternative Airlines specialises in flights to remote destinations, including Baffin island. All the information you need, including whether the tickets are changeable, as well as the onboard experience and baggage allowance, will be clearly outlined during the booking process.

Prop plane flying over Baffin Island

Airlines that fly to Baffin Island

Baffin Island is the largest island in Canada and is a stunning, immense landscape and homeland of the Inuit. It draws the most visitors to the Nunavut territory every year, thanks to the unforgettable scenery and experiences that the island promises adventurers. Visitors can explore towering fjords, imposing mountains and magical coastal islands, as well as experience both authentic and modern Inuit culture.

To reach Baffin Island from southern mainland Canada, passengers can fly to the island from either Ottawa or Montreal. Flying is the easiest and quickest way to reach the island.

Iqaluit Airport

Iqaluit Airport (ATA: YFB) serves the city of Iqaluit, the capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut and home to the largest community on the island of Baffin. Canadian North operates scheduled passenger flights from the airport to some of the largest cities in Canada, including Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. Other cities that Canadian North flies to include: Montreal, Rankin Inlet, and Kuujjuaq. From Iqaluit Airport, Canadian North (and a few other smaller private charter airlines) also operate regional flights to smaller communities across Baffin Island and throughout eastern Nunavut.

Airlines flying from elsewhere in Canada: Canadian North
International airlines: n/a

A stack of cairn stones in Baffin Island

Fly regionally on Baffin Island

Canadian North connects Iqaluit with smaller communities on the island, as well as a few direct flights between these smaller communities. The airline flies to the following airports & airstrips on the island:

Clyde River Airport

Clyde River Airport (YCY) is located about 2.5 miles from Clyde River, an Inuit hamlet located on Baffin Island. Canadian North connects Clyde River Airport with Iqaluit, and also flies between the airport and Pond Inlet.
✈ Airlines: Canadian North

Arctic Bay Airport

Arctic Bay Airport (IATA: YAB) is located about 3.5 miles southeast of Arctic Bay, an Inuit hamlet located in the northern part of the Borden Peninsula on Baffin Island. Canadian North also connects the community with Iqaluit, and also flies between the airport and Resolute.
✈ Airlines: Canadian North

Pond Inlet Airport

Pond Inlet Airport (IATA: YIO) is a small airport facility located near Pond Inlet, a small Inuit community in the Qikiqtaaluk Region. Canadian North connects the community with Iqaluit, and also flies between Pond Inlet Airport and Clyde River.
✈ Airlines: Canadian North

Kimmirut Airport

Kimmirut Airport (IATA: YLC) serves Kimmirut, a small community in the Qikiqtaaluk Region and located on the shore of Hudson Strait. Canadian North connects Kimmirut Airport with Iqaluit.
✈ Airlines: Canadian North

Snowy hill in Baffin Island

Book flights to Baffin Island

Top Tip: Alternative Airlines makes it easy to compare flights to the island — use our ‘Best Fare Finder’ tool to discover the cheapest days to book your flights.

Pay for flights with Sezzle

If you’re a U.S. or Canadian resident, you can pay for any flight tickets using Sezzle when you book through Alternative Airlines, and you'll find that even Canadian North flies to Baffin Island!  By selecting Sezzle when you reach Alternative Airlines’ checkout, you can split your flight payment into 4 interest free payments over 6 weeks. Find out more about paying for your flights using Sezzle.

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Through Alternative Airlines, you can even pay for your flights using Canadian Dollars, along with over 160 other currencies. Find out more about how to pay using Canadian Dollars here.

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Baffin Island flights FAQs

How long does it take to fly to Baffin Island?

It depends on where you are flying to Baffin Island from in Canada. Flights to Iqaluit from Ottawa, the capital of Canada, take just over 3 hours (approx). If you’re flying from Montreal, there might be a stop at Kuujjuaq, which means it will take about 4 hours and 30 minutes.

What airlines fly to Baffin Island?

Canadian North is currently the only airline to operate scheduled passenger flights to Baffin Island. You can book your Canadian North flights online through Alternative Airlines — simply use the search bar at the top of the page to begin.

Can I book flights to Baffin Island that have flexible change policies?

A flexible fare is an airline ticket that allows you to make changes to the date and time of your flight before departure. When you search for your flights through Alternative Airlines you can use our 'refundable' filter in the search results to find flexible airline tickets.