The Government of Nunavut, the northernmost territory of Canada, has submitted its concerns regarding the proposed merger of First Air (7F, Carp) and Canadian North (5T, Yellowknife) to the federal government, the Nunatsiaq News has reported.

The territory's Transportation Minister David Akeeagok has, however, refused to disclose the content of the submission for the time being, despite queries from the local deputies.

"The proposed merger between Canadian North and First Air is an issue that affects every single resident of Nunavut given our isolated communities’ reliance on air travel," Member of the Legislative Assembly Tony Akoak underlined.

First Air and Canadian North operate the bulk of services to remote settlements across Nunavut. The territory has the area of Mexico but is inhabited by less than 40,000 people, most of whom live in sparsely distributed settlements accessible only by air.

The two carriers announced a plan to merge under the Canadian North brand in September 2018. The process is still under review by the federal government.