Twin Cities Air ending service

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An air service that began two and a half years ago between Yarmouth and Portland is bailing out.

Twin Cities Air ending service

Twin Cities Air Service owner and president Nate Humphrey says scheduled flights will end Dec. 31.

“At this particular point in time we need to stop the bleeding. The wintertime months are very lean,” he said.

January, February and March have been the worst months for the company. Rising fuel prices have been a tremendous challenge. Approximately 1,500 passengers used the service annually. The Auburn, Maine-based airline uses a twin-engine, seven-passenger Cessna 402A aircraft,

Earlier this year the provincial government provided $30,000 to the Yarmouth airport, which allotted a portion to Twin Cities Air Service for assistance during the winter months. It was also announced at that time that Yarmouth International Airport Corporation representatives would also work with Twin Cities Air Service to develop additional economic and marketing opportunities for the service.

Initially the service provided four flights per week, but then cut back to three.

Humphrey says he believes that if the ferry service returns and the area is stimulated economically, there will be another chance for air service.

"Part of the problem is Yarmouth is devastated economically. Just our aircraft servicing the route isn’t enough to stimulate you economically. You need mass transit coming into the area,” he said.

Humphrey said he wanted to express a heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported the company in Nova Scotia.

He says he assisted with several charity events in the area and that he "really loved doing business over there."

Yarmouth had been without a regularly scheduled air service before Twin Cities Air Service since Starlink Aviation ceased serving the area in 2009.

 

 

Organizations: Twin Cities Air Service, Yarmouth International Airport

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

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  • Nancy Cooney
    November 12, 2012 - 18:54

    Nancy Cooney, I have had the pleasure of using Twin CIties Air Charter 3 times in the last two years, one was for a funeral and without it that trip would have been much more difficult. The airline has been a God send to us who have relatives on both sides.....I understand a company cannot run with a deficit...but the loss is all those travelers who finally had a quick, comfortable, compentent way back and forth....hurry back Twin Cities.......Yarmouth needs some industry and more ways for tourists to visit, not less!

  • Janice Saulnier Colby
    November 07, 2012 - 06:30

    My Mom just used this plane to visit us. It was such a great way to travel. Hope this service will return someday. NH---St John--- Digby....only route left for us. Bummer

  • Stephen Charchuk
    November 06, 2012 - 19:21

    There goes another one. Who do they think they are, Middle-Eastern doctors?

  • A. Sherman
    November 06, 2012 - 15:37

    The businesses just keep dropping like flies. I wonder who will close next week. The mayor-elect sure has her work cut out for her.

    • peter stenberg
      November 06, 2012 - 18:43

      Yarmouth becomes more isolated.What next the train will stop? Macdonalds and the TIMEOUT will be the last establishments before the last lights is turned.Zellars will joining the Austrian, the Colony and the others. Is it true that the NP premier said the ferry will not have an economic impact on Yarmouth???!!