Air Canada has announced that effective January 23, it is temporarily suspending service to several airports, including the Fredericton International Airport, citing the pandemic and ongoing border restrictions.
Johanne Gallant, President and CEO of the Fredericton International Airport Authority says, “we are disappointed by this news, but we understand the challenges our airline partners face and we know that this was not an easy decision for Air Canada to make.
Travel restrictions imposed by the government are intended to keep our communities healthy, and we support this goal. In the meantime, our airport and airlines need support during this incredibly challenging time.”
Passenger traffic is what keeps airports and airlines in business. While some measures were announced for airports in November, the airlines have yet to receive sector-specific support, and this is needed for airlines to get through the pandemic.
While travel is restricted for now, air access will be essential to our region’s economic recovery.
Air Canada has indicated that it hopes to resume service to YFC on April 11. Travellers are able to book these flights now and Air Canada will make a decision on returning to YFC based on the travel restrictions in place and market demand.
Meanwhile, the airport remains operational to serve the businesses that rely on our runways, such as the Moncton Flight College, Forest Protection Limited, Medevac flights, and private aircraft.
With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations already underway, we know there are better days ahead. YFC is steadfast in our commitment to serve our community. We continue to work with our partners in government and the business sector to ensure we are ready to play our part in supporting our province’s recovery.