Starting the first week of January, the airline will begin flying from Moncton to Deer Lake and Moncton to Wabush, Labrador. Janine Browne, director of business development and sales at PAL Airlines, said the airline has been fortunate enough to be able to operate domestically without having to rely on international transport or travel, both of which have been hit by the COVID-19 travel restrictions
“We have been able to… continue to provide essential air services to Newfoundland and Labrador, the Maritimes and Quebec,” she said. “We are therefore very happy to be able to strengthen this service. ”
Browne said the additional routes were planned months before Air Canada’s decision, announced this week, to indefinitely suspend flights to many places in Atlantic Canada, including Saint John and Fredericton, effective Jan.11.
Moncton was chosen because of its central location and proximity to Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and parts of Quebec, she said.
Browne said the new flights will be particularly helpful when and if the agreement waiving the self-isolation requirements of travelers in the four Atlantic provinces is reinstated.
The so-called Atlantic bubble, which made it easier to travel to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island, was dissolved in late November when cases of COVID-19 have started to increase.
“We certainly expect the bubble to open this winter,” she said, noting that while this is not the case, “there are [workers] who need to move. ”
Julie Pondant, spokesperson for the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport, said PAL began service to Moncton in September this year with a flight to St. John’s, NL. This is the only flight to this Atlantic province from New Brunswick.
“They see the potential of our markets to be able to get more growth,” Pondant said.
The announcement is welcome news in what has been a difficult year for the air travel industries, she said.
“The aviation industry has been hit hard. And when we see something positive like this happening, we certainly hope it’s a sign of better times to come. ”
Connections to Wabush and Deer Lake will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and direct connections to Deer Lake will be on Sundays, Pondant said, calling it “good news” in what has been a difficult year for the transportation industries. air.
“The aviation industry has been hit hard. And when we see something positive like this happening, we sure hope it’s a sign of better times ahead, ”she said.