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Flights between Greenland and Canadian Arctic a bust

Flights between Iqaluit, the capital of Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut, and Greenland’s capital, Nuuk have wrapped up for this season and Air Greenland says the route this year wasn’t as successful as the airline had hoped.

“Well this year is a bit slower than last year,” Air Greenland’s CCO Christian Keldsen said in an interview Monday. “We generally had a few more passengers than last year but the season was longer this year, we started flying at the beginning of June and didn’t stop until the end of September, so we had several more flights that we did in 2012.”

Air Greenland began flying the route mainly to serve the mining and oil industries, but Keldsen says 2013 was a bad year for big corporations in the resource sector.

Still, the airline is seeing more local traffic from Nunavut as families and friends connect between the two regions.

There was also an uptick in the number of tourists travelling from Iqaluit to check out Greenland. The last scheduled flight was on September 27th. Next year, the route will continue, but for a shorter flying season.

This story is posted on Alaska Dispatch as part of Eye on the Arctic, a collaborative partnership between public and private circumpolar media organizations.