Manitoba and Ontario Regional Aviation Gains a Boost

A Northway Aviation Cessna floatplane lands on a lake.
Photo Credit: Northway Aviation

A recent investment by Westcap Mgt. Ltd. in Northway Aviation LP and Northway Aircraft Leasing LP is a landmark for regional aviation services.

With a focus on providing essential transportation services to remote communities in Manitoba and Ontario, Northway has built a commendable reputation over its six-decade history.

We delve deeper into this new partnership and what it means for the future of Northway and the communities it serves.

History and Legacy

Established in 1962, Northway has remained under the ownership of the Johnson family. This longstanding family ownership has been a key contributer to the company’s stability to date.

Furthermore, it has also shaped its commitment to safety, reliability, and service excellence. Over the years, Northway has become synonymous with trusted air transportation in northern Manitoba and Ontario.

Northway specializes in both scheduled and chartered passenger and freight transportation services.

With a fleet of nine aircraft, the company serves over 15 communities and First Nations. This support includes Pauingassi, Little Grand Rapids, Poplar River, Garden Hill, Red Sucker Lake and Deer Lake.

The frequency of scheduled flights, totaling over 10,000 per year, shows Northway’s dedication to keeping these remote communities connected.

Operational Growth

Operating from its base at St. Andrews Airport, just north of Winnipeg, Northway has strategically expanded its fleet to meet the evolving needs of northern communities.

The increased demand for transportation services, driven by growth in mining and infrastructure projects, has necessitated this fleet expansion.

With a focus on safety and efficiency, Northway has positioned itself as a reliable partner for both passengers and freight.

Partnership Perspectives

Grant J. Kook, President and CEO of Westcap, expressed excitement about the partnership, highlighting Westcap’s commitment to supporting Northway’s mission of providing essential air transportation services.

Similarly, Chris Mellen, CEO of Northway, emphasized the significance of the investment in facilitating the company’s growth trajectory.

The partnership between Westcap and Northway signifies a shared vision for expanding critical airline services in Manitoba and Ontario.

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Continued Expansion

Looking ahead, Northway remains committed to its growth trajectory, with plans to further expand its services to additional communities.

The investment from Westcap will undoubtedly catalyze these expansion efforts, allowing Northway to reach more Manitobans and Ontarians with competitive airline services.

Importantly, the continued involvement of the current ownership group underscores their confidence in the company’s future success.

Northway began operations in 1962 and provides passenger and cargo service to the communities of eastern and north-eastern Manitoba, as well as communities into western Ontario.

It has proudly served generations of First Nations people in these communities for over 60 years.


The investment by Westcap Mgt. Ltd. in Northway Aviation LP and Northway Aircraft Leasing LP represents a key moment for regional aviation in Manitoba and Ontario.

With a shared commitment, this partnership sets the stage for continued growth and expansion.

As Northway embarks on its next chapter, fueled by the support of Westcap, it remains dedicated to serving remote communities with the utmost care and dependability.

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