When you’re ready to fly, support Your Saint John Airport

Summer is here, vaccination rates are increasing daily, and our province has laid out a ‘Path to Green’ that provides us all with a clear guide to when pandemic restrictions can be lifted and we can get back to normal. Soon it will be safe again to start seeing the people we’ve been missing and participating in the activities we love the most ¾ like travelling.

It’s been a long time coming. Grandparents are wanting to see grandchildren who live away. Families are dreaming about a summer getaway. And friends are eager to take that vacation they had to postpone. So, where will your first flight be?

The Saint John Airport (YSJ) has an important role to play in our community’s post-pandemic recovery. For nearly 70 years, YSJ has stimulated economic growth by facilitating travel to-and-from our region, and attracting visitors, newcomers, investors, students and businesses. On an annual basis, the Saint John Airport puts more than $68 million into our local economy and supports 480 jobs directly and indirectly. Our airport’s growth means the continued economic growth of our region.

YSJ is on the cusp of re-opening, with commercial flight service scheduled to return beginning June 30. To welcome everyone back, we are offering free parking in both the long-term and short-term parking lots from now until August 31.

Our existing airline partners will be returning to YSJ and we’re excited to welcome two new carriers this summer: Flair Airlines and PAL Airlines. Flair Airlines selected Saint John as their exclusive New Brunswick destination and offers a new ultra-low-cost option that will allow Saint John leisure travellers to fly to more places than ever before. PAL Airlines is an established regional carrier that will be offering a direct flight from Saint John to Halifax, an important destination for both Saint John business and leisure travellers.

We are truly grateful for the support this community has shown our airport over the years, by choosing to book your flights out of YSJ. When you fly out of YSJ, other airline carriers take notice. It’s a significant investment for any new airline to come to Saint John – but when other airlines see their competitors have fully-booked flights flying out of YSJ, it makes it more likely that we’ll be able to attract them too. More airlines competing, means lower airfares for passengers, more flight options and new destinations.

Flights are available to be booked right now, and cancellation policies and rebooking fees are more flexible than ever, to better fit the times in which we’re living. We think you will find some deals to be had.

So go ahead, start planning your next travel adventure and book your flight out of YSJ. Let’s plan to see our families, reconnect with friends, and maybe even make plans to explore a part of Canada we’ve never visited before!

As vaccination rates increase worldwide, and as we get used to the new normal where travel is concerned, we’ll eventually get back to the cruises, resort travel and European vacations of days gone by.

There is no magic date on the calendar that we’re working toward. We expect everyone to move at the pace that works best for them.

That’s why our message is this: when you’re ready, the Saint John Airport is here for you, and we hope you’ll be here for us, so that YSJ can build back better than ever before.

Our airport was one of the first airports in New Brunswick to receive global recognition for its health and safety measures, implemented in response to COVID-19, from the Airports Council International (ACI). We worked hard to receive this global health accreditation and we’ll continue working hard to reassure the travelling public that we are doing everything to ensure our airport is at the top of its game for health and safety — now, and in the future.

As we return to travel, let’s make sure we use and support our Saint John Airport so it continues to grow and support our economy. What is easier and more convenient than travelling a few minutes to catch a flight? With great flight prices, promotions from our airline partners and free parking until the end of August, it has never been easier to love YSJ.

Let’s plan to see our families, reconnect with friends, explore our country and more! We have been waiting a long time for travel to come back. It’s going to be a gradual process, but let’s start this journey, together.

We thank you for your continued support and hope to see you soon.

 

Greg Hierlihy
Interim President & CEO
Saint John Airport Inc.

 

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