Thumbs up, thumbs down on alternate service

  • Jan. 21, 2009 8:00 a.m.

Port Clements mayor Cory Delves is giving the BC Ferries flight service to Prince Rupert a thumbs up for price, but a big thumbs down for convenience. Mr. Delves said he flew to Prince Rupert last Thursday for a meeting, using the twice-weekly service arranged by BC Ferries to transport islanders while ferry service is suspended this month. “I left here at 9:30 in the morning only to arrive in Rupert at 5 o’clock,” he said. “It is very inexpensive and it’s nice they’re doing something but it is a major, major waste of time.” Mr. Delves had to check in at the ferry terminal at Skidegate Landing, then board a bus and wait to ride the Kwuna to Moresby Island. He then waited at the airport for the flight to Rupert, which landed at Digby Island. He then had to get on another bus and wait for another ferry before arriving in Rupert. Queen Charlotte Mayor Carol Kulesha agreed, saying the flight itself was enjoyable and only 22 minutes long. However, the entire trip took hours. The cost to fly to Rupert while the ferry is not running is the same as a ferry fare. With this month’s discount, that comes to $20 for an adult. Ferry service will be returning in early February.