The only regularly scheduled flights to and from Langley Regional Airport will end May 20.
Harbour Air Seaplanes said it has been forced to cancel its daily Victoria service because of poor passenger numbers on Victoria-to-Langley flights and a surge in fuel prices.
Randy Wright, Senior Vice President at Harbour Air, said flights were reasonably full heading to Victoria, but almost empty coming back.
“We were seeing a lot of one-way trips”, Wright told The Times Friday (May 6) after the airline issued a written statement earlier in the week announcing the end of the service.
Wright said the company did everything it could think of to encourage people to fly from Victoria to Langley.
“We gave it a gallant effort, but the market wasn’t there.”
The airline was charging $131 plus taxes for a 35-minute flight from Langley to the Victoria harbour aboard a 14-passenger amphibious Single Turbine Otter aircraft.
Harbour Air began flying the Langley-to-Victoria route four years ago.
In 2007, during its first nine months, it reported 5,000 people used the service.
Harbour Air flights out of Langley were running around 70 per cent full.
Encouraged by the response, the company announced it would build a permanent terminal building at the airport, but ultimately opted to renovate an existing leased building instead.
Passengers booked on Harbour Air’s Langley flights after May 20 will be contacted and rebooked on any other scheduled service routes of their choice, the carrier said.
Harbour Air, together with sister company Westcoast Air, bills itself as the largest all-seaplane company in the world, with more than 30 aircraft and over 25 years in business.
It offers scheduled flights connecting Vancouver, Victoria, Richmond, the gulf islands, Whistler and other locations.