Air Mikisew was a regional airline based in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Its main base was the Fort McMurray Airport.[1] Mikisew is the Cree word for eagle.

Air Mikisew
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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1960 (as Contact Airways)
Ceased operations2011
HubsFort McMurray Airport
Focus citiesEdmonton City Centre (Blatchford Field) Airport
Fort Chipewyan Airport
Fleet size10
Parent companyAir Mikisew Ltd.
HeadquartersFort McMurray, Alberta
Key peopleGraham Davis (General & Operations Manager), Tom Tays (Chief Pilot)


The airline was established as Contact Airways in 1960 with a Class 4C operating license, based in Fort McMurray.[2] It was sold in the 1960s and later became wholly owned by the Mikisew Cree First Nation in 1995. It had 63 employees as of at March 2007.[1] It was awarded the Fort McMurray Business of the Year award in 2005.[3] The airline was grounded in 2010 and permanently closed by 2011.[4]


Air Mikisew provided scheduled flights between Fort Chipewyan, Fort McMurray, and Edmonton.[5] It also provided aero-medical flights for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo area and charter flights throughout western Canada.[citation needed]


In June 2010, the Air Mikisew fleet consisted of the following aircraft until its audit by Transport Canada:[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 63.
  2. ^ McDougall, Margaret: Tar on the Floats, Prince George BC, Canada, 2005. Page 90. ISBN 0-9738666-0-8
  3. ^ Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce Wall of Fame Alumni[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Mikisew restarting Fort Chipewyan flights". Archived from the original on 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2012-05-04.
  5. ^ "(Schedule) Air Mikisw website - schedule". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2005-12-09.