The airport in Pond Inlet will have a new security system by January, according to the government of Nunavut.

This comes after a Canadian North Dash-8 aircraft was broken into and damaged in April.

The company said at the time that it wouldn't leave aircraft in the community until cameras were installed.


A Canadian North Dash-8 was broken into in April. (CBC)

"Breaking into a building is bad enough. Breaking into an aircraft is worse and it's horribly expensive. It renders the aircraft unusable until it gets examined. It's just a really bad situation for the community, for the airlines and obviously for Nunavut airports so we’re hoping that through a number of measures that I mentioned, surveillance is one of those tools and that we can just stop this unnecessary vandalism," said Shawn Maley, the director of airports with the Government of Nunavut.  

Maley said once they are installed in Pond Inlet, similar systems will go to Cape Dorset, Igloolik, Arviat and Hall Beach.

He estimates each security system could cost anywhere between $18,000 to $30,000.