A new airline says it will offer service between Waterloo and Toronto, Ottawa, Windsor and Montreal, pending that it receives regulatory approval.
In a release issued on Tuesday (Sept. 15), Pivot Airlines announced that it has reached a formal arrangement with the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) to provide the domestic air service.
"We are excited to form a true partnership with the Region of Waterloo International Airport by having their support in helping develop regional markets aimed at serving Waterloo Region," the charter airline wrote.
Launching the service is also contingent upon a loosening of COVID-19 travel-related restrictions, the airline said.
Flights, which will reportedly cost between $90 and $250 plus taxes and fees, will be operated with Canadian-made CRJ jets and De Havilland Dash 8 regional turboprops.
"The regional airline model in Canada is changing, and we are ideally positioned to play a critical role," Pivot stated. "We believe as people return to travel, modern regional airports will play a larger role than what we have seen in the past. The facilities, infrastructure and capabilities of YKF are genuinely world-class; travellers will enjoy the efficiencies and comfort that come with using the airport when compared to using a crowded hub airport."
Eric Edmondson, Chief Executive Officer of Pivot Airlines, added:
“Pivot Airlines partnership with the Region of Waterloo International Airport allows us to focus on providing safe and convenient travel options for guests who prioritize the convenience and benefits of using a modern regional airport that is focused on providing the safest return to travel protocols for travellers.”
Currently, Westjet is the only major Canadian airline offering service out of Waterloo with a weekly service to Calgary. Sunwing also flies out of YKF to select sun destinations during the winter months.
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