(Icenews, 12 February 2011) -- Embattled Air Greenland is exploring opportunities to start a direct service between Greenland and Canada. The airline has no plans to open any new routes this year, but hopes to start flying to Canada in 2012 at the earliest, KNR reports. The airline will later this month send a group of specially selected members of Greenland’s self-rule government on a tour of Canada. The tour will take in Iqaluit, St. Johns, Halifax and Goose Bay — all earmarked as possible Air Greenland destinations. The Danish consul to Nunavut, Kenn Harper, is a long term proponent of an Air Greenland service to Iqaluit. He is now lobbying Canadian authorities to give the company preferential terms for using Iqaluit airport given the strong cultural ties between Nunavut and Greenland. Harper told CBC news that such a new air route would help the tourist sector, as well as economic ties between Nunavut and Greenland. Air Greenland enjoys a near monopoly on domestic transport, as there are no roads or railways between Greenlandic towns; but its international service has been dealt an unlikely blow by Iceland’s domestic airline, Air Iceland.
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