The Government of Yukon has signed an agreement with Air North, Yukon’s Airline, to offer food services at the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport. Air North’s new airport restaurant is set to open on February 1, 2024.
Air North’s Flight Kitchen has been recognized over the past two decades for the quality of the meals served on the airline’s flights, their catering services and the products they sell through Whitehorse retailers. Chef Michael Bock and his team will offer a varied menu with both grab-and-go and sit-down options for the approximately 400,000 passengers travelling through the Whitehorse International Airport each year .
Renovations are underway to create an inviting space for Yukoners and travellers. This collaborative effort aims to improve the overall customer experience at the airport, aligning with the Government of Yukon’s commitment to invest in the Yukon’s aviation infrastructure and services.
During the renovations, food and beverage options will still be accessible through the airport gift shop, vending machines and nearby hotel restaurants. There are no anticipated impacts to travellers during renovations.
The Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport is the aviation gateway to the Yukon, welcoming people from across the world. When people are travelling to and from the Yukon, we want them to have an excellent travel experience while at our airport. By working with Air North, I am excited to say we will be able to provide Yukoners and travellers alike with high-quality food services.
Minister of Highways and Public Works Nils Clarke
The Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport restaurant is a great fit with our Flight Kitchen operations. Ensuring an exceptional passenger experience is our top priority at Air North, Yukon's Airline and this is a practical, cost-effective and unique opportunity to extend that commitment to all Yukoners and travellers.
President of Air North Joe Sparling
I’m delighted about our upcoming restaurant at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport. I’ve always thought about the possibilities there and I’m grateful to our partners in Highways and Public Works for the opportunity to make some of those a reality. Like many Yukoners I have great memories of the airport restaurant and enjoying the panoramic view before a trip or waiting for someone to arrive. I hope our new space will welcome Yukoners and travellers as they embark on their adventures.
Air North, Yukon’s Airline Chef Michael Bock
A request for proposals for food services at the airport was released to tender and Air North was the highest-ranking proponent.
The Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport is the busiest airport in the Yukon with approximately 400,000 passengers travelling through in a year.
In 2022, Air North welcomed its three millionth Boeing 737 passenger, coinciding with the airline’s 20th anniversary of operating Boeing 737s.
Air North’s Flight Kitchen team prepares up to 1,600 meals each day for the airline’s flights and bakes more than 260,000 cookies annually to serve to its passengers.
The Flight Kitchen’s retail offerings launched in 2018 with cheesecakes, and expanded to include a diverse range of entrées that are available through six Whitehorse retailers.