Portland flights to Nova Scotia are suspended

Posted Nov. 27, 2009, at 6:16 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The only international flights at the Portland International Jetport have been suspended.

Starlink Aviation said Thursday that commercial flights connecting Portland to Yarmouth and Halifax, Nova Scotia, will stop running after Monday.

The twice-daily service was launched in February.

The flights are partly funded by the Canadian government. Montreal-based Starlink says it was told this week that the government fund had run out.

Starlink President Glen Lynch says the company is hopeful the lack of funding can be resolved and the service reinstated.

Starlink says tickets will be refunded.

Officials said last week that the Portland airport had its best third quarter ever, with about 565,000 passengers passing through the facility. That’s 1.5 percent more than in the third quarter of 2008.

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