A Quiet Christmas at YSJ

Mid-December is normally a very busy time at the Saint John Airport with travellers flying home for the holidays. But as we all know, there’s nothing ‘normal’ about this year.

Air Canada will continue to operate 1 daily flight out of YSJ to Montreal, until January 10, 2021. It will be a quiet Christmas at YSJ, as only essential travellers will be arriving at our terminal.

Air Canada recently announced that they will be reducing service across the Atlantic region, effective January 11. For us, that means the temporary suspension of all commercial flights in and out of the Saint John Airport. 

The Air Canada announcement, while very disappointing, was certainly not a surprise. Around the world airlines and airports are reacting to the unprecedented decline in global travel as a result of the pandemic. Passenger demand will ultimately determine when commercial air service returns to YSJ. We believe that widespread rapid 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.

Despite all commercial flights being suspended, our runways will remain accessible to medevac flights for medical emergencies and cargo, as well as to private corporate flights. Rest assured, we will maintain our same high-standards and commitment to safe, secure operations.

Our Board of Directors is working alongside the Airport’s management team on recovery strategies to restore operations, so that we can get back to the good work we were doing, pre-COVID.

These are challenging times for many organizations and businesses - locally, regionally, and globally. The Saint John Airport has an important role to play in our regionʼs 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 business attraction, retention and growth, tourism recovery and growth, population growth, and newcomer attraction and retention. But first, Canadian airports (and airlines) need support to survive the pandemic. The recent funding announced by the federal government is a good start.

On behalf of everyone at the Saint John Airport, I’d like to thank this community for your ongoing support as we strive to build back and restore operations so that YSJ can continue serving our business and leisure travellers.

This holiday season, we each have a responsibility to do our part to keep our friends, families, and the Greater Saint John community, healthy and safe. Our holiday gatherings may be few in numbers, but they can still be plentiful in Christmas spirit. So decorate the tree, send out cards, bake your favourite holiday treats, and if you can, donate to a local charity.

Happy Holidays!

Derrick Stanford

President & CEO
Saint John Airport Inc.

 

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