Central Mountain Air to suspend regional routes

Central Mountain Air will be suspending service on two routes out of Prince George Airport, the company said Wednesday.

Starting February 3, service between Prince George and Fort Nelson will be on hold until at least May 3 and service between Prince George and Kamloops will be on hold until at least April 5.

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The decision comes after CMA suspended service Prince George and Fort St. John earlier this month.

“Devastating declines in travel and extended provincial health advisories against non-essential travel have necessitated a significant scaling back of our scheduled operations for the foreseeable future,” CMA CEO Bob Cummings said in a statement. “The federal government has been promising for almost a year that help is on the way to support these essential air services, but no such support has been received or clearly outlined."

In addition to flying essential workers, he said CMA also fly customers to medical treatments and transport medical supplies, mail, and other vital cargo and urged customers to contact provincial and federal politicians with their concerns.

"With government support, we would be proud to continue to serve our customers and maintain crucial airline connectivity in British Columbia and Alberta until demand returns," Cummings said. "If there is any chance to save vital air service to these communities, action must be urgently undertaken.”

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