05/21/2015 18:50 EDT | Updated 05/21/2016 01:12 EDT

BC Ferries sinks plan to cut service on major routes, not profitable

VICTORIA - BC Ferries is scrapping plans to trim services on its money-making major routes between Vancouver Island and the B.C. mainland.Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall says it will find other areas within the company to cut $4.9 million instead of service reductions on the major routes.Marshall says the major routes earn up to 80 per cent of company revenues, while the minor routes on the Gulf Islands and at northern ports are traditional money losers.The major routes include Swartz Bay near Victoria to Tsawwassen south of Vancouver, Departure Bay in Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver and Duke Point in Nanaimo to Tsawwassen.BC Ferries' Commissioner Gord Macatee said in a recent report that the company is exceeding its target of making cuts worth $54 million.Macatee also set ferry fare increases at 1.9 per cent, after several years of regular hikes of more than four per cent.