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NEWS: Nunavut June 28, 2016 - 11:30 am

First Air drops one flight, adds another

Airline will no longer serve Coral Harbour

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First Air will stop its thrice-weekly service to Coral Harbour July 14, leaving its partner airline Calm Air to service the Kivalliq community. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
First Air will stop its thrice-weekly service to Coral Harbour July 14, leaving its partner airline Calm Air to service the Kivalliq community. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)

First Air will drop flights from Iqaluit to Coral Harbour and add additional connections to Cape Dorset, the airline announced June 27.

The airline will stop its three-times-a-week service to Coral Harbour July 14, leaving its partner airline Calm Air to service the Kivalliq community.

“This route is no longer economically viable,” said Bert Van der Stege, First Air’s vice president- commercial in a June 27 release.

“Instead, a more efficient way for us is to codeshare on the existing services operated by Calm Air.”

First Air has operated a codeshare agreement with Calm Air since 2015, in which Calm Air operates most of the Kivalliq region’s flights, although both airlines remain carriers.

Calm Air already serves Coral Harbour 12 times a week, connecting the community with Rankin Inlet, the region’s major air hub.

As part of the change, First Air will now add an additional non-stop flight between Iqaluit and Cape Dorset on Wednesdays.

The new flight, which begins July 13, will operate on the airline’s ATR 42-300 combi, which already services Cape Dorset.

“All our routes are continuously being assessed on economic performance,” Van der Stege said.

“From time to time that leads to network adjustments.”

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