A Hay River MLA’s request in the legislative assembly on Tuesday to have the Yellowknife airport stay open 24 hours has been rebuffed by the minister of Infrastructure.

Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson asked if a small area of the airport could be kept open for travellers passing through Yellowknife. Minister Wally Schumann, also a Hay River representative, said it is too expensive to keep the airport open around the clock, but the government would continue to monitor the situation.

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