New Brunswick’s Path to Green is Encouraging News for YSJ

All of us at the Saint John Airport were very pleased to hear the media announcement when Premier Blaine Higgs recently released New Brunswick’s Path to Green, the province’s plan for ‘returning to normal’.

Airports across Canada and their airline partners have been waiting for provincial governments to set target dates and develop a plan for a safe reopening for all Canadians.

Now with the Province of New Brunswick’s plan in place, the Saint John Airport can begin our preparations for a safe re-opening, with cautious optimism. I say with “cautious optimism” because New Brunswick’s Path to Green plan is conditional and is based on several key factors: risk assessment, vaccination rates achieved, and COVID-19 hospitalizations, so the dates may change if these health targets are not achieved.

The plan is very encouraging news for YSJ and our airline partners because we can now begin planning our re-opening with a greater level of certainty. The provincial government has made it clear what targets must be met before travel restrictions (such as travel registration and quarantines) will be lifted and visitors will once again be welcomed into our province.

For example, as early as July 1 (Canada Day), there will be no isolation requirements for all Canadian (domestic) travellers with one vaccination dose if the following health targets have been achieved:
• New Brunswick has 20% of its population (ages 65 and over) with 2nd dose
• 75% of its population (ages 12 and over) with one dose
• Low COVID Hospitalizations
• All NB health zones in yellow

And as early as August 2 (New Brunswick Day), there will be absolutely no travel restrictions once the following targets have been achieved:
• New Brunswick has 75% of its population (12 and over) vaccinated with 2nd dose
• All NB health zones are in green.
• End of Mandatory Order

For more details, you can view New Brunswick’s Path to Green plan here.

I encourage everyone in the Greater Saint John community to continue to follow the advice of Public Health and to get your vaccinations if you haven’t already done so. The success of New Brunswick’s Path to Green plan and how quickly we can all return to normal, depends on you.

Thanks to all involved for their hard work developing the re-opening plans for our province and thank you to everyone who has already been vaccinated.

We are looking forward to welcoming our Airline Partners and Passengers back to YSJ.
Flight service is expected to return to YSJ as follows (subject to change):
• Air Canada is scheduled to resume flight service on June 30, 2021.
• Flair Airlines is scheduled to begin operation on July 2, 2021.
• Porter Airlines is scheduled to resume flight service on July 20, 2021.
• PAL Airlines is scheduled to begin operation on August 2, 2021.

The Saint John Airport has an important role to play in our community’s post-pandemic recovery. YSJ connects the Greater Saint John region to the rest of Canada and the world. We know our ability to facilitate travel to and from our region has a direct positive impact on the recovery of business, tourism, population growth and retention.

When travel resumes, YSJ is determined to emerge better than ever before.

Greg Hierlihy
Interim President & CEO
Saint John Airport Inc.

 

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