Nunavut government mum on cause of fuel shortage at some High Arctic airports

Canadian North cancelled 1 flight Monday; rescheduling other flights because of shortage

There is no word on the cause of a fuel shortage impacting flights in and out of four High Arctic communities in Nunavut, or how long the shortage is expected to last. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

By Meral Jamal

Representatives from Nunavut’s Department of Community and Government Services are offering no information about the cause of the fuel shortage impacting airports in four High Arctic communities.

Canadian North announced the shortage on Aug. 16 in a news release. It said the shortage led to the cancellation of one flight between Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord, and is impacting the airline’s ability to transport full planeloads between Iqaluit and Pond Inlet, Grise Fiord, Resolute Bay and Arctic Bay.

Canadian North purchases its fuel from the territorial government’s petroleum products division, which is under the purview of the Department of Community and Government Services. 

Nunatsiaq News requested interviews with CGS Minister David Joanasie and Transportation Minister David Akeeagok about the cause of the fuel shortage, how long it’s expected to last, and whether it’s impacting other flights in and out of affected communities – such as medevacs – but has not received a response.

Canadian North also doesn’t know when the fuel supply will be replenished, according to airline spokesperson Kevin Kablutsiak.

Kablutsiak said the airline is carrying additional fuel on flights and doing some rescheduling to ensure passengers and cargo continue to move to and from the affected communities.

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(6) Comments:

  1. Posted by enosamm on

    I don’t think the government would come out and say they are incompetent, but I guess it was worth asking.

    • Posted by Will Hunting on

      Maybe both Ministers found out about the fuel shortage from media reports and FB

  2. Posted by Northern Inuit on

    ask Canadian North, Summit Air, Calm Air, Kenn Borek and Canadian Military how much extra fuel they have bought in Nunavut since Southern Canada raised their prices to over $2.139 in Yellowknife, $2.252 in Winnipeg.

    that will give you a nice idea of how much we have used in the last three to four months.

    • Posted by Where to people get these ideas on

      Have you seen Canadian North’s route map? None of these airlines flying to any of these communities to tanker fuel because of the price.

      • Posted by Northern Inuit on

        Canadian North brought up the concern.

        Just because an airline does not have scheduled flights in does not mean they never been there.

  3. Posted by Ask on

    Somebody ought to be asking PPD contractors (i.e. Co-op stores) to see if CGS decreased delivery of petroleum products to Nunavut communities or is it because of increased medivacs that is the result of lack of Jet A fuel now?


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