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  • Buffalo Airways’ new freighter service will help propel connectivity to Canada’s North

Buffalo Airways, a renowned leader in aviation services in Northern Canada, is thrilled to announce their latest expansion milestone at YEG. This announcement marks the first and only dedicated cargo-only/freighter route between YEG and Yellowknife on their customized Boeing 737-300SF “Special Freighter”. The dedicated 737 freighter service, connecting Edmonton to Yellowknife, will operate Monday through Friday, and will support the timely delivery of critical goods such as pharmaceuticals and healthcare, food and beverage, time-sensitive automotive and other manufactured parts and retail.

“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 the North complements YEG’s existing network of domestic, trans-border and international cargo services, and reinforces YEG’s position as a hub for the movement of goods to and from all over the world into Canada’s North.

“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 to 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 & CEO, Edmonton International Airport (YEG).

Northern Canada has long relied on Buffalo Airways for the timely transportation of priority freight. Historically, 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.

Buffalo Airways’ investment in this cutting-edge freighter reaffirms its commitment to providing efficient, reliable and innovative solutions for the unique logistical challenges faced in Northern

Canada. With the Boeing 737-300SF “Special Freighter” in their fleet, Buffalo Airways is positioned to set a new standard for overnight freight services in the region.

About Buffalo Airways

Buffalo Airways, a pioneering force in the aviation industry, has been at the forefront of Northern Canada’s air transportation solutions since its inception in 1970. Founded by the legendary Joe McBryan, the airline has consistently delivered essential air services to the remote and challenging landscapes of the North. Over the past five decades, Buffalo Airways has played a pivotal role in supporting vital industries such as mining, resource exploration, and community development in the North. The company’s legacy is not just about transporting cargo; it’s about forging connections, strengthening communities, and enabling progress in some of the most challenging environments on Earth.

About Edmonton International Airport

Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is a self-funded, not-for-profit corporation driving economic prosperity for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region and beyond. YEG is Canada’s fifth-busiest airport by passenger traffic and the largest major Canadian airport by land area, generating an economic output of over $3.2 billion and supporting over 26,000 jobs pre-pandemic. From sustainability initiatives like Airport City Sustainability Campus to being the first airport in the world to sign The Climate Pledge and the first in Canada to begin regularly scheduled drone delivery operations, YEG is a global leader in the aviation industry. YEG approaches equity, diversity, and inclusion by creating ‘an airport for everyone.’