Statement in response to Air Canada announcement
For immediate release
Tuesday, Dec. 08
Saint John (NB) – Saint John Airport’s President and CEO, Derrick Stanford, released the following statement in response to Air Canada’s service reduction announcement.
“We learned today that Air Canada will be closing stations and reducing service across the Atlantic region, effective January 11.
For us, that means the temporary suspension of all flights in and out of the Saint John Airport.
Today’s announcement reflects the current impact on the entire travel industry as many continue to respond to the second wave of the pandemic.
We know these are challenging times locally, regionally, and globally for many organizations and businesses. Around the world airlines and airports are reacting to short-term decline in global travel as a result of the pandemic. Today’s announcement certainly isn’t surprising.
The Board of Directors is working alongside the Airport’s team on recovery strategies to restore operations and get back to the good work we were doing building our economy and strengthening our region, pre-COVID.
We believe that widespread testing is a key component of returning to more normal travel activity, as well as living, and doing business safely in a world with COVID.
YSJ is still here, still operating for private air service and medical emergencies, and we are ready to start to fully serve southern New Brunswick as soon as travel returns.
We’re looking forward to Air Canada’s return – as well as the return of all our airline partners and passengers – so that YSJ can continue to serve our business and leisure travelers and contribute to our region’s recovery and economic growth plans.
We will continue to work with our many community partners and businesses to get our city, region, and province back up and running to full capacity as safely and as quickly as possible.
We will keep you updated on any new information.”
President & CEO, Saint John Airport
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