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Sunday,  May 26, 2024 10:46 PM 

Saint John Airport announces new service between Saint John, Halifax & Bathurst

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  •   05-13-2024  10:45 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Saint John Airport announces new service between Saint John, Halifax & Bathurst
Pax Global Media

The Saint John Airport has announced a new regional air service providing weekday flights between Saint John, Halifax and Bathurst.

Quebec-based PASCAN Aviation will launch the new regional service Sept. 9 with two daily return flights Monday to Friday between Saint John and Halifax, along with one same-day return flight between Bathurst and Saint John every weekday.

The flights mark the re-establishment of regional air service in New Brunswick after it was halted with the arrival of COVID-19 in 2020.

Saint John Airport President and CEO Alexander (Sandy) Ross called the new service “absolutely critical” to reviving regional air connectivity and said it positions the Saint John Airport well for future expansion in the region, as well as connections with other carriers that operate service from Saint John to elsewhere in Canada.

“Prior to 2020, the route between Saint John and Halifax alone supported 24,000 passengers annually and was one of the most viable commercial routes in Atlantic Canada,” Ross said. “This is all about getting back to business as usual.”

PASCAN will use SAAB 340B aircraft with 30-passenger capacity.

Ross said the size of the plane is the right fit for regional air travel.

He expects the daily routes between northern New Brunswick, Saint John and Halifax will be particularly well-received by the business community and noted that leisure travellers will have fast and efficient connections through Halifax, while New Brunswick families needing medical care in either Saint John or Halifax will now be provided same-day service.

“We welcome the return of regional air service between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick,” said Marie Manning, vice-president of business development and chief commercial officer at the Halifax International Airport Authority. “This new connection will provide much-needed flexibility and efficiency for those travelling between our communities and will further strengthen our region's air transportation network.”

The airport currently offers regular service to Toronto and Montreal via Air Canada and Flair Airlines, and has concluded a successful first year of service to Orlando.

For Bathurst, which has seen regular service dwindle from three flights a day pre-pandemic to four flights per week now, the new PASCAN service is a daily lifeline to major centres and allows for opportunities for further growth.

“This makes the Bathurst airport sustainable again,” said Jamie Degrace, CEO of the Bathurst Regional Airport. “We're going to have more options for the travelling public, the business traveller and the rotational worker.”

PASCAN President and CEO Julian Roberts says the new routes in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are a natural fit with the airline’s network of regional routes that include service to points in Quebec and Labrador.

“We’ve been looking at the Maritimes for a while now,” said Roberts. “We’re very excited about these routes. Our plan is to use these initial routes as something of a trampoline to deploy to other underserved or not-served markets in the Maritimes.”

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