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About Northwestern Air

Founded in 1965, Northwestern Air is a domestic Canadian airline that offers scheduled passenger flights to destinations in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. The airline is based at Forst Smith Airport and operates over 100 flights per week.

Northwestern Air originally launched as an aircraft leasing company. In 1984, the airline began operating scheduled passenger services and has since expanded its route network to nearly 10 different destinations within Canada.


The airline's fleet consists of a mix Cessna, British Aerospace and de Havilland aircraft. In total, the airline owns around 15 aircraft.

Northwestern Air Baggage

Passengers may bring one item of carry-on baggage with a maximum weight of 5.9kg (13 lbs). This baggage must not exceed the dimensions of 23 cm x 28 cm x 35 cm.

Checked and carry-on baggage cannot exceed 28.5kg (63 lbs) in weight.


Northwest Air doesn't offer online check-in. Check-in must be completed at the airport of departure. Check-in times differ depending on the airport flown from. As a general rule, we suggested arriving at the for check-in at least 75 minutes before scheduled flight departure time.

Economy Class

As a small airline flying small aircraft, the airline only has one cabin class — Economy Class. The Economy service is simple, comfortable and operated by the airline's expertly trained cabin crew.

Hub Airport

Fort Smith Airport

Fort Smith Airport is an airport located in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories and is the hub airport for Northwest Air, which is currently the only airline that operates to and from the airport.

The airport is very small with one runway and one small passenger terminal. The airport also has a heliport.

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