Central Mountain Air is adding flights out of Fort St. John to Edmonton three times weekly as of June 28.
As pandemic restrictions ease in B.C. and Alberta, the airline said Tuesday that it's poised for a “major increase” to its network of regional routes.
On Monday, June 28 non-stop service will begin or resume from Edmonton to Grande Prairie, High Level, and Fort St John. Frequency of flights will also increase to Prince George with connections to Terrace and Fort Nelson, CMA stated in a release.
“CMA is pleased to expand on its existing four times weekly onestop connections with these flights."
CMA says it will be operating more than 120 flights per week with its expanded schedule, about 50% of its pre-pandemic totals, and providing a “critical baseline” to ensure proper access to rural and remote communities.
“With travel demand beginning to recover and mainline carriers looking at the regional part of their models differently than pre-COVID, our strategy has been to think creatively about how to use our fleet to add capacity back in, generate revenue, and get more people back to work,” said CMA CEO Bob Cummings in a statement.
“Aggressively connecting Edmonton with non-stop air links to key northern cities, and via Prince George to more B.C. cities, is a bold move by CMA, as the scheduled air carrier landscape re-forms in different ways.”