No winter seaplane schedule to south-end, again

  • Oct. 7, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Scheduled winter seaplane service between Rupert and Queen Charlotte and Sandspit is a thing of the past. North Pacific Seaplanes manager Gene Storry said his company hasn’t really offered a scheduled flight from Prince Rupert to those destinations for two years now, even though a summer schedule was posted. “You can’t run for one or two,” he said. “Most people drive up to Masset anyway.” Mr. Storry said he hasn’t deserted the south-end of the islands. He’d be happy to run a plane for a group of four or five, but he can’t book for one or two as he might end up having to cancel the flight. “Then you mess them up,” he said. The bottom line for the company is that the south-end wasn’t using the service, so they are focusing on two flights a day from Masset to Prince Rupert. The run is $100 cheaper from Masset, so he said most people are choosing that option anyway.