Air Greenland cuts Nuuk-Iqaluit scheduled flights in 2015

Air Greenland says it will not run a scheduled route between Nuuk and Iqaluit this year, after three summers of direct flights.

Airline spokesperson cites 'very little demand over the past 3 years'

Passengers exit an Air Greenland Dash 8 after arrival at the Iqaluit airport from Nuuk in 2012. (Daniel MacIsaac/CBC)

Air Greenland says it will not run a scheduled route between Nuuk and Iqaluit this summer.

Air Greenland re-established the route between Iqaluit and Nuuk in 2012, but Christian Keldsen, the airline's chief commercial officer, says there hasn't been the expected interest from tourists or the mining and oil and gas sectors.

"We've seen very little growth, very little demand over the past three years and with the current financial situation, we decided not to file a schedule for 2015," said Keldsen.

Last fall, Keldsen said the route couldn't continue without some type of support from the governments of Nunavut and Greenland. He says that hasn't come through.

Still, he said Air Greenland is keeping all of its permits in place and hasn't ruled out a return of the route in 2016 if the situation improves.

Instead of a two-hour flight across the Davis Strait, people will now have to travel two to three days to get to Greenland from Iqaluit.

Air Greenland will continue to offer charter flights between the two regions.


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