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About Transwest Air

Transwest Air was founded in 2000 as a merger between Athabaska Airways and La Ronge Aviation Services. It's now a Canadian airline owned by West Wind Aviation since 2016. Athabaska Airways was originally founded in 1955 and La Ronge Aviation Services was founded in 1960, both airlines only started with operating with one Cessna 180 aircraft until the airlines grew and expanded its fleet over the years.

Transwest Air is now the only airline in Saskatchewan that is transporting both passengers and cargo. With over 200 employees and over 20 fixed-wing aircraft, the airline operates to 9 destinations within the province in western Canada and provides charter flights to communities.

At the begging of 2021, it was announced that West Wind Aviation will be merged with Transwest Air and that they would be renamed to Rise Air.

Baggage Allowance

Carry-on Baggage

Every passenger could carry two pieces of luggage onboard the aircraft. These bags couldn't exceed the total weight of 20lbs (9kg). There were no specific dimensions to follow but the bags had to fit in the overhead lockers or under the seat.

Checked Baggage

Any checked baggage allowance would be stated on the e-ticket, but not every flight had checked baggage capacity depending on the aircraft operating. Any passenger who wished to carry firearms and ammunition must be declared. Also, according to the Northern Scheduled Services' policy, no alcohol was allowed in any baggage.

Check-in Information

Online check-in

Online check-in was not available for the airline. All passengers had to check-in at the airport.

Airport check-in

Airport check-in counters closed 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Any passengers who were late for check-in would be considered as 'no-show' and the seat would be transferred to a standby passenger. Passengers were advised to check in one hour before the scheduled departure time.

Please bring your valid photo identification to check-in to confirm your identity, this could be a passport, drivers licence, provincial health card, provincial identity card, birth certificate or a certificate of Indian Status. These documents have to show the holder's name, date of birth and gender.

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Destinations that Transwest Air flew to

Transwest Air only flew to domestic destinations in Saskatchewan, a province in western Canada. It flew to nine different destinations within the province, providing scheduled services to local communities. As of August 2020, these were the destinations that it served:

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Hub Airports

Prince Albert Glass Field Airport

Prince Albert Glass Field Airport (YPA) is located 2km (1.2 miles) from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. The airport has two active runways, one runway build with asphalt and the other with turf. One passenger terminal is in operation serving 9 destinations within Canada.

Airlines that fly in and out of the airport include Transwest Air, West Wind Aviation, Northern Shield Helicopters and Heli-life International.


As of August 2020, the airline was operating a fleet of Beechcraft 1900, Cessna 185, DHC-2 Beaver, DHC-3 Turbo Otter, DHC-6 Twin Otter, King Air 100, King Air 200, King Air 300, King Air 350 and Saab340. The aircraft that the airline equip had a seating capacity of between 3-34 passengers, depending on the aircraft flying the route.

Frequent Flyer Program

Northern Sky Rewards

Northern Sky Rewards was the airline's frequent flyer programme, in which members could receive a standby flight after flying with the airline for 10 times! All you needed was to show your 10 boarding passes at check-in and your standby flight would be waiting for you.

An administration fee is applied.

Special Assistance

Travelling With Pets

Pets could travel as checked baggage on the Saab aircraft fleet, but they cannot travel in the cabin due to health and safety regulations. Pets had to be transported in a lockable hard-sided and big enough for the animal to move freely cage in order for the airline to accept them. Transwest Air could refuse to carry the animal if the aircraft was also shipping dry ice, passengers failed to comply with the airline rules, the aircraft lacked capacity or the cargo hold hasn't got a temperature control system.

Passengers must notify the airline at the time of booking if the passenger was travelling with a pet. The passenger had to check-in an hour before the scheduled departure time and pay for a handling fee in advance.

Frequently asked questions

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You can no longer buy Transwest Air flights as the airline ceased operations in 2021. There are many other airlines that fly a similar route to Transwest Air including Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, Air Transat and more.