All sys­tems go for Gander-Fogo flights

New com­mer­cial ser­vice takes off April 23

The Beacon (Gander) - - News - BY ADAM RAN­DELL Adam.ran­dell@gan­der­bea­con.ca

GANDER, NL – The first com­mer­cial air­line flight be­tween Gander and Fogo Is­land is set for April 23.

Put in place by EVAS Air, the ser­vice will see two flights per day, ev­ery Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day – depart­ing Gander at 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., with re­turn flights to take place shortly there­after.

Fly­ing time for the 18-seat Twin Ot­ter air­craft is ap­prox­i­mately 20 min­utes.

Patrick White, EVAS Air pres­i­dent and CEO, has been work­ing on this project for some time.

White said the com­pany isn’t go­ing into com­pe­ti­tion with the is­land’s ferry ser­vice – cur­rently the only means of transportation to and from the iso­lated area – the air ser­vice is be­ing put in place as, “an al­ter­nate means of transportation.”

The cost of a one-way flight is $125, and there are plans to op­er­ate a courier ser­vice to serve the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

While Fogo Is­land mayor Wayne Collins said the flights might be a lit­tle ex­pen­sive for res­i­dents, he pointed out it’s a transportation op­tion that wasn’t avail­able pre­vi­ously.

With ferry is­sues oc­cur­ring be­cause of nu­mer­ous me­chan­i­cal prob­lems in the past, Collins said it can take up to 24 hours for the prov­ince to im­ple­ment fixed wing ser­vices for al­ter­na­tive transportation.

“An al­ter­nate ser­vice still al­lows res­i­dents of the is­land to make med­i­cal ap­point­ments and other com­mit­ments such as com­mut­ing for work,” he said. “It’s a huge ad­van­tage from that per­spec­tive.”

SUBMITTED PHOTO

This 18-seat Twin Ot­ter will be used by EVAS Air for its Gander to Fogo Is­land flight ser­vice. The first flight is sched­uled for April 23.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.