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  • Baffinland Progress at Mary River

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    Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation released yesterday a first progress report on the development of the Mary River mining project.

    Baffinland first announced on September 13th that construction, or more accurately preparations for construction, would begin immediately.

    This first step follows the corporation’s successful signing of the Mary River Agreement (Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement and Commercial Production Lease) with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association on September 9th. The project launch was also made possible by the Nunavut Impact Review Board approval given in December 2012, all be it as a “Early Revenue Phase” version of the original proposal.

    On September 25th Baffinland made their inaugural charter flight carrying employees and cargo from the Kitchener-Waterloo airport to the Baffinland Mary River Project site.

    Carrying cargo and a maximum of 119 passengers, Boeing 737s will began to fly weekly to and from Nunavut with cargo and passengers. These chartered flights are coordinated by Sarvaq Logistics, a logistics company headquartered in Iqaluit, and operated by Nolinor, a Quebec-based charter airline.

    Director of charter operations at Nolinor previously stated that this partnership might offer new charter opportunities for people traveling from the North suggesting that members of the public could even “crowd-source” flights by selling seats for flights online when the 737s are not in use with Baffinland.

    But at this time no such initiatives have been taken.

    Weekly jet service to and from the Mary River site began on September 26th. As for details on the actual work progress at the Mary River Site, Baffinland only states that the Mary River hard wall camp is in progress.

    Baffinland’s October 1st, 2013 Progress photos are available here  

     

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    uploaded date: 02-10-2013

  • Nolinor win air contract for Mary River Project

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    Nolinor, local partner win air contract for Nunavut’s Mary River project

    Cargo-passenger service based out of Kitchener-Waterloo

    JANE GEORGE

    A new joint-venture alliance between Nolinor, a Quebec-based charter airline and Sarvaq Logistics, an expediting and freight firm at the Iqaluit International Airport, plans to run two flights a week from the airport at Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont. to northern Baffin Island.

    Two Boeing 737s will fly to Nunavut with cargo and passengers to a mining project that multiple sources have identified as the Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.’s Mary River iron mine project.

    But Dave Morgan, the director of charter operations at Nolinor, said he cannot release the name of the company yet due to contractual obligations.

    But he said he’s looking forward to the first flight north on Sept. 16, which will carry cargo and 119 passengers

    Nolinor’s flights will depart in the morning from the Kitchener-Waterloo airport and on their way up stop at Iqaluit, where Frobisher Bay Touchdown Services will provide refueling and other services.

    If bad weather prevents the flights to and from the mine from taking off again, passengers will stay in Iqaluit, Morgan said.

    Nolinor now has joint ventures across the North to take advantage of mining exploration and production: in the Kitikmeot region, where it recently established a base in Yellowknife with Kitikmeot Aviation, in the Kivalliq region with Sarliaq Holdings Ltd, where their joint venture provides transportation for the Meadowbank gold mine near Baker Lake, and in Nunavik, with Developpements Aputik.

    “We want to grow across the Arctic,” Morgan said.

    Nolinor’s efforts in working with local people has generated positive response and feedback, he said.

    Many people he’s met in the North also welcome a new player, Morgan said,  saying his company’s presence breaks what he called “the monopoly in Arctic aviation.”

    The new flights could also open new charter opportunities for people traveling from the North.

    Nolinor and one of its partners could, for example, offer flights from one of its northern destinations to Kitchener-Waterloo when the 737s (three now and another one set to arrive shortly) are not flying.

    As well, members of the public could even “crowd-source” flights, Morgan suggested, by selling seats to a flight online, which has been done successfully in other places.

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    COMMENTS on Nunatsiaq Online

    September 11, 2013

    #1. Posted by Just a thought... on September 09, 2013

    If the charter flights ended up being cheaper than YFB-YOW-YYZ, I’d fly to KW all the time! Let’s do it, Nolinor!

    #2. Posted by Numbers on September 09, 2013

    If #s were to be determined by random bookings…

    ABout $200,000 in costs.

    At 112 people, that’s $1700+ in cheap tickets, totalling the investment.

    And really, are the students and people of the KWA really ready for the people of Canada’s newest territory?

    More importantly, the reciprocal?  Bon appetitit, Waterloo!

    #3. Posted by Charter on September 10, 2013

    To #1 - do you know how charters work? You won’t be on it unless you work for the mine or a contractor. This arrangement will do nothing for the people of Nunavut.

    #4. Posted by Just a thought... on September 10, 2013

    #3, I am quite aware of how charters work. In case you missed the following, I’ll post it.

    “The new flights could also open new charter opportunities for people traveling from the North.

    Nolinor and one of its partners could, for example, offer flights from one of its northern destinations to Kitchener-Waterloo when the 737s (three now and another one set to arrive shortly) are not flying.

    As well, members of the public could even “crowd-source” flights, Morgan suggested, by selling seats to a flight online, which has been done successfully in other places.”

     

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    uploaded date: 11-09-2013