Back in the Good Old Days…


Kangerlussuaq to Nuuk – We’re almost in Nuuk but we just had a chance to talk to the pilots.

One of them has been flying the Arctic for decades. When he heard we were from Canada, he started reminiscing about ‘the good old days’ when there were direct flights between Nuuk, Greenland and Iqaluit, Nunavut in Canada.

He tells us the flight lasted about two hours in those days and laughs out loud when he hears about our three-day, four country odyssey to get to Nuuk.

“It’s too bad,” he said. “But I remember those flights and the passenger load was only running 40 per cent. No airline can run flights at that capacity today.”

Makes sense I guess, but it doesn’t make it any less bizarre that to get from Montreal to Nuuk, you have to fly half way round the world to Europe and then circle almost all the way back to where you started from.

All to reach a place that’s literally in Canada’s backyard.

Go figure.

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project.

Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

Twitter: @Arctic_EQ

Email: eilis.quinn(at)

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