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Sarliaq, Nolinor win Agnico Eagle contract

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. has awarded a 10-year air transportation contract to Nunavut's Sarliaq Aviation and Quebec partner Nolinor Aviation.

"Sarliaq Aviation and Nolinor have worked together since 2010, and we are thrilled to continue our partnership through this new contract," stated Sarliaq president Silu Panniuq.

"This 10-year agreement will solidify the company's future, ensure long-term employment and expand our service offer through Agnico Eagle."

The contract will see the carriers transport employees and cargo from Montreal and Abitibi-Temiscamingue to Agnico's mining projects in the Kivalliq region.

The contract was secured through a rigorous bidding process, during which the partner companies demonstrated that they met the mining company’s extensive list of prerequisites for punctual and safe service, according to the news release.

"We already provide employee and cargo transport for Agnico Eagle's Meadowbank open-pit gold mine, near Baker Lake. The new agreement will add flights to Rankin Inlet for their new mine, Meliadine, currently under construction. In all, Nolinor will provide 416 flights per year, or eight flights per week, to Nunavut," said Nolinor president Jacques Prud'homme.