Canadian airline Buffalo Airways has launched the “first and only dedicated cargo-only/freighter route” between Edmonton and Yellowknife in Canada, according to Edmonton International Airport.
The route will be served with a customized Boeing 737-300SF (Special Freighter), said the airport. The service will operate Monday to Friday, carrying critical goods such as pharmaceuticals and healthcare, food and beverage, time-sensitive automotive and other manufactured parts, plus retail.
Buffalo Airways purchased a 737-300SF last year. Air Cargo News understands this is the freighter being used on the new route, which was also being planned last year.
In the past, these essential goods were transported by road to Hay River before being flown into Yellowknife.
However, with the growing demand from customers, the current system has reached maximum capacity, both in terms of available space and time efficiency, said the airport.
“I have spent the last two years preparing for the arrival of this aircraft, and I can’t wait to witness the remarkable impact it will have on our operations, ” said Mikey McBryan, general manager, Buffalo Airways.
Having direct, scheduled freighter access to North Canada complements Edmonton’s existing network of domestic, trans-border, and international cargo services, said the airport.
“We welcome this new service with our partners Buffalo Airways to introduce this critical link to our Northern neighbours. This dedicated freighter service improves connectivity between regions and will have a strong positive impact on the residents in Northern Canada, providing access to affordable essential goods by improving the supply chain to and from Northern communities,” said Myron Keehn, president and chief executive, Edmonton International Airport.