New baggage policies for Northern fliers
NWT - The Canadian Transportation Agency has enacted new baggage policies that could save NWT fliers huge additional fees when transferring from one airline to another, when travelling on a single ticket. Starting on April 1, passengers who fly with Canadian North or First Air and connect with Air Canada or WestJet will only need to follow the baggage policies of the first company. Under the new policy, Air Canada's charges of $28.25 for the first and second checked bag, as well as $113 for any bags weighing between 23 and 32 kilograms, or 50 to 70 pounds, would not apply for passengers who started their trip with Canadian North or First Air. Similarly, WestJet's charge of between $25 and $29.50 for excess luggage and between $75 and $88.50 for overweight pieces would be obsolete.
Amazon shipping rules change for remote locations
NWT - Amazon.ca, the Canadian arm of the popular e-commerce retailer, has changed its shipping policies for remote locations. Places deemed far from a shipper's hub, infrequently served by shippers or on Canada Post's list of air stage offices, will no longer qualify for Amazon's free "super saver shipping" for qualifying purchases over $25. In those cases, Amazon.ca will now charge $29 per shipment, as well as a weight fee of $9.99 per pound, or $22.00 per kilogram.
In some cases, the company has offered customers refunds of its Amazon Prime service, which offered free two-day shipping for an annual fee of $79. There are currently 15 locations in the territory with Canada Post air stage offices, including Colville Lake, Paulatuk, and Norman Wells.
SSI Micro celebrates 25 years
NWT - Northern internet service provider SSI Micro celebrated its 25th anniversary on April 8. The company, which started in Fort Providence in 1990 selling and repairing computers, now installs and maintains satellite networks around the territory and in locations as far away as Indonesia.
SSI Micro also offers broadband internet, roaming, web hosting, file sharing and a variety of enterprise products.
New baggage policies for Northern fliers
NUNAVUT - The Canadian Transportation Agency has enacted new baggage policies that could save fliers huge additional fees when transferring from one airline to another.
Starting on April 1, passengers who fly with Canadian North or First Air and connect with Air Canada or WestJet on a single ticket will only need to follow the baggage policies of the first company on the route.
Both Northern airlines currently offer two free checked bags weighing up to 32 kilograms or 70 pounds. Under the new policy, Air Canada's charges of $28.25 for the first and second checked bag, as well as $113 for any bags weighing between 23 to 32 kilograms, or 50 to 70 pounds would not apply to passengers who started their trips with Canadian North or First Air.
Agnico Eagle hires new exec
TORONTO - Canadian gold mining company Agnico Eagle recently announced that Dominique Girard has been appointed vice-president of technical services and Nunavut operations.
Since joining the company in 2000, Dominique held senior level positions in Finland and Nunavut, including general manager at the Meadowbank operations.
In a news release, Agnico Eagle said it sees the territory as "an excellent platform to add significant long term value to its business and is currently studying various options and alternatives to capitalize on the large and growing resource base in Nunavut and to maximize its value."
Air Greenland suspends Nuuk-Iqaluit route
IQALUIT - After three seasons, Air Greenland has suspended its Nuuk-Iqaluit route.
Chief financial officer Christian Keldsen said the passenger load on the Dash-8s was more or less breaking even due to lower-than-expected corporate bookings and the recent slowdown in investment capital.
While both the Greenland and Nunavut governments had expressed the possibility of financial support, Keldsen said the airline did not want to operate the itinerary only with the help of subsidies.
He said there would be no job losses or effects on jobs in Iqaluit as a result of the suspended route.