Air North gets baggage deal

Air North passengers will no longer have to recheck their bags when traveling across Canada. The territory's airline announced an inter-line baggage agreement with Air Canada Thursday.

Air North passengers will no longer have to recheck their bags when traveling across Canada.

The territory’s airline announced an inter-line baggage agreement with Air Canada Thursday.

This means passengers flying to or from the territory on Air North will only have to check their bags once, as long as they are traveling within Canada with Air Canada.

“It saves you the hassle,” said Air North’s Nigel Cripps, referring to passengers having to go through security to recheck their bags in between connecting flights.

Early in June, Air North President Joe Sparling said the plan was to have a luggage deal in place with WestJet by July. Later that month, Sparling said negotiations with Air Canada had also begun.

This is not indicative of any plans to change or scale back Air Canada’s service to the territory, confirmed that company’s spokesperson Angela Mah on Thursday.

Nor is this any indication of whether WestJet is planning to continue flying to the territory, said the company’s spokesman Robert Palmer.

WestJet won’t decide whether to come back next summer until after the end of October, when it can see how well it did this summer, he added.

But for now, Air North customers can be happy with a little more ease in their travel plans.

And this luggage “streamlining” is only the first step of more to come, said Bruce Demchuk, director of administration with Air North.

The ability to have your baggage follow you without rechecking is still optional, he added, and comes at no cost.

Contact Roxanne Stasyszyn at

roxannes@yukon-news.com

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