Norad increases air operations out of Iqaluit airport

Most flights in planned operations will take place over sparsely populated Arctic areas, organization says

People in Iqaluit can expect to see an increase in planned Norad air operations out of the airport as of July 16, the organization announced over the weekend. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Iqalummiut might notice an increase in military aircraft at the Iqaluit airport this week, as Norad undertakes air operations out of the city’s airport.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command began air operations out of Iqaluit on Sunday. They are expected to continue for an indeterminate amount of time, the organization announced. 

“This kind of operation is essential to ensure our personnel are prepared to respond to aerospace threats to Canada and the United States,” spokesperson Capt. Maxime Cliche said in a news release Sunday.

The majority of the flights will take place over sparsely populated Arctic areas and at high altitudes, but the public will notice increased military flying activities at the Iqaluit International Airport, Cliche said. 

For operational reasons, the date that the operation will end cannot be revealed, Cliche said. Updates on the operation can be found on Twitter at @RCAFOperations.

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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by Northerner on

    Did , the Land Guardians give their permission ?

    • Posted by Lol on

      They should try and Block the runway at YFB. See how that goes lol. Canadian govt will probably let them do it but thankfully US is involved and our American friends would never let that slide ?

    • Posted by I’m dumb too on

      Don’t worry, the Russians or Chinese won’t ask for permission.


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