May 18th, 2024

Saint John, N.B., airport offers new regional routes after COVID-19 disruption


By The Canadian Press on May 8, 2024.

New Brunswick's Saint John airport will resume regional air service Sept. 9, after it was stopped in 2020, following the arrival of COVID-19. A flight arrives at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C. Wednesday, March 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Regional air service in New Brunswick will get a boost in September when Saint John Airport adds new weekday flights to Halifax, reviving a route that was cancelled because of the pandemic.

A news release says Quebec-based PASCAN Aviation will offer two daily return flights between Saint John and Halifax from Monday to Friday, as well as one return flight between Bathurst and Saint John every weekday.

The airline will fly 30-passenger SAAB 340B planes on the routes, beginning Sept. 9.

The airport currently has flights to Toronto and Montreal, and for the past year has had service to Orlando.

Saint John Airport president and CEO Alexander Ross called the additional routes “getting back to business,” saying 24,000 passengers a year flew between Saint John and Halifax before COVID-19 disrupted flights.

The drive between the two cities takes roughly four hours, while Bathurst is about a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Saint John.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 8, 2024.

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