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