Yellowknife is the NWT's air hub. Prices given here are all one way. First Air serves Hay River ($236, 45 minutes) and Fort Simpson ($705, one hour), as well as Cambridge Bay ($1165) and Iqaluit ($1758) via Rankin Inlet ($1243). Both First Air and Canadian North fly to Inuvik ($900, 2½ hours) via Norman Wells ($731, one hour); the latter is also served by the comparably priced North-Wright Airways, which flies Monday to Saturday. Smaller airlines sometimes offer good specials. Northwestern Air hits Fort Smith ($417 or $199 standby, one hour, Sunday to Friday); Buffalo Airways, Hay River ($205, 45 minutes, Sunday to Friday); and Air Tindi, Fort Simpson ($485, 80 minutes).
Yellowknife's airport is a couple of kilometers west of downtown. Taxis charge about $15. A free shuttle bus runs to the Explorer Hotel and Yellowknife Inn, among other central hotels.