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A new air carrier coming to Kingston


December 14, 2020
Wings Staff

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The final FlyGTA flight of the year landed at Kingston Airport on Thursday, Dec. 10, but the partnership between the City and this Toronto-based air carrier will continue to soar in 2021, with more partnerships on the horizon.

“As COVID-19 restrictions tighten in many parts of Ontario, the City and FlyGTA came to a mutual decision to pause service with the goal of restarting in Spring 2021,” said airport manager Aron Winterstein in a press release.

“When flight service resumes, there will be a renewed focus on Eastern Ontario destination packages and increased service,” adds the manager.

The city entered into its agreement with FlyGTA in Fall 2020, following the Air Canada cancellation of regional flight service at airports around the country.

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Introducing a new air carrier in Kingston was a massive undertaking that paid off for all parties. “While the loss of Air Canada daily flight service was disappointing, it presented the opportunity to accelerate talks with other carriers and to provide the community with affordable and safe flight service through FlyGTA,” said Winterstein.

Earlier this week, the city invited air carriers to submit proposals about what they might bring to the regional Eastern Ontario market. The Request for Information places priority on creating an east-west network.

Says Winterstein, “We have a beautiful facility. We have competitive rates. We have a wide and interested service area, ideally situated between Toronto and Ottawa. When the world is ready for it, we plan to have the flight service Kingstonians want and deserve to see.”

The deadline to respond to the RFI is Jan. 6, 2021.