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Ferry travellers will take to sky during temporary shutdown

Beginning Sunday, the Little River ferry terminal will close for 3.5 weeks, but flights will be available between Comox and Powell River during this time to pick up the slack.

BC Ferries is offering air service during those 3.5 weeks.

At 8 a.m., a 30-passenger plane will fly from Powell River to the Comox Valley Airport. It returns to Powell River at 5 p.m. Priority is given to passengers with medical appointments, after which seats are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Flights include shuttle service at both ends. Cost is the same as foot passenger charges.

BC Ferries is upgrading marine structures at both ends to ensure safety over the next 40 years. Powell River's Westview terminal will close from Jan. 12 to March 9.

Work started last summer.

"Now we're ready for the closure period," said Darin Guenette of BC Ferries. "Piledriving is often an unknown. That's the risky work and it's all been done."

Little River is scheduled to reopen Feb. 8 and Westview March 10. BC Ferries is confident the closure periods will not extend further unless extreme bad weather delays the work.

When Little River reopens, a ferry will run from Saltery Bay to Comox.

Alternate routes will run between Saltery Bay in Powell River and Departure Bay in Nanaimo. Sailing time is about three hours.

For more information, visit www.bcferries.com. Click on Terminal Closures.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

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