YSJ IS ON COURSE FOR A SLOW AND STEADY RECOVERY
Since 2016, Derrick Stanford has been the Saint John Airport’s President and CEO. He stepped down from his role, effective March 10. For almost five years, Derrick was a dedicated ambassador of the Saint John Airport. Under his leadership, the Airport experienced record-breaking passenger growth, major capital improvements, enhancements to passenger experience, as well as the attraction of new airline carriers: Porter Airlines and Flair Airlines. On behalf of everyone at the Saint John Airport, I’d like to thank Derrick for his significant contributions and we wish him all the best.
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented decline in global travel and these are challenging times for any airport. It is with the knowledge of all we have accomplished and a confidence in our future that I step into the role of Interim President & CEO.
The travel restrictions and flight suspensions throughout most of 2020 have had a significant negative impact to YSJ’s revenues. Fortunately, the Airport has been fiscally prudent and we are in a financial position to weather a temporary downturn. Our board of directors and the YSJ management team continue to work on recovery strategies, with the goal of resuming air travel.
We continue to have good relationships with our airline partners: Air Canada, Porter, Sunwing, and Flair Airlines, and flight service is expected to resume in 2021. Passenger demand will ultimately determine how soon commercial air service returns to YSJ. We believe that people will choose to fly again when travel restrictions are lifted, and when they feel it is safe to do so as a result of widespread global vaccinations.
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.
Even with all commercial flights stopped, our runways always remain open 24/7 to provide essential services to medevac flights, cargo, and private carriers for the many national and global enterprises headquartered in Saint John.
YSJ is your Airport, and we thank you for your continued support. The Saint John Airport will be here to welcome back our passengers when it’s safe to do so, and you’re ready to fly again.
Interim President & CEO
Saint John Airport Inc.