Kitikmeot Inuit beneficiaries can now book cheaper flights on First Air through ILAK Fares, the airline announced today during the Kitikmeot Trade Show.
ILAK Fares were introduced last June in the Qikiqtaaluk and Kivalliq regions as well as in northern Quebec. First Air and the Kitikmeot Inuit Association recently reached an agreement to implement the reduced fares in Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk, Gjoa Haven, Kugaaruk and Taloyoak.
Company spokesperson Dan Valin refused to reveal the percentage of savings for Inuit beneficiaries, only describing it as "a significant discount."
“This agreement is one that will truly benefit all our members, flying through the region or flying south to visit friends and family is an essential connection for our communities, this new program will allow for more affordable travel for our members” said Charlie Lyall, vice-president of economic development with the Kitikmeot Inuit Association.
First Air is in the midst of a regulatory process to merge with Canadian North.