Prince Rupert has welcomed about 41,000 cruise passengers this year, and that’s expected to double next year.
Jones went on to fly passengers all around Southeast Alaska.
A dispute over whether U.S. border guards would be allowed to carry sidearms on Canadian soil led authorities to pause sailings in 2019. Then the pandemic hit.
State ferries haven’t run the 120-mile route linking the panhandle with the northern British Columbia road system since 2019.
Ketchikan recently suffered slowdowns after Canadian fiber optic cables connecting Ketchikan with Seattle were severed in at least two places.
Ketchikan utility officials say they’re optimistic that crews will restore the connection by midday Monday.
Booking is now open for winter ferry service on the Alaska Marine Highway System, which runs from Oct. 1 through the first week in May.
The tribe says the state doesn’t have the right to require state fishing permits for tribal citizens in state waters.
Hoonah, Gustavus, Angoon, Pelican and Tenakee Springs will see a nearly two-month winter gap without service.
Restrictions on travel due to COVID-19 have delayed work on the Prince Rupert terminal in British Columbia. The facility is being upgraded to comply with new regulations for U.S. customs officers working in Canada.