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YKF prepares for bump in post-COVID domestic travel

YKF prepares for bump in post-COVID domestic travelYKF prepares for bump in post-COVID domestic travel

Region of Waterloo International Airport

Originally Posted on Skies Magazine

March 1, 2021 – As soon as COVID-19 travel restrictions are relaxed, the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) will be poised to connect area residents with the rest of the country. Over the last six months, the airport has announced airline partnerships that will serve 10 new destinations from east to west.

Last September, Pivot Airlines announced plans to provide scheduled air service from YKF to Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor and Montreal.

In addition, YKF announced on Feb. 10 that ultra-low-cost carrier Flair Airlines would soon be landing at the airport, offering non-stop domestic service to Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Halifax, multiple times per week. Flair said it will begin offering service at YKF on May 1.

While YKF has certainly felt the impact of the pandemic, its general manager, Chris Wood, said there have been some bright spots along the way. In November 2020, the facility had the highest traffic numbers of any Canadian airport. It even beat out the country’s largest international airports, thanks to its 13,619 takeoffs and landings – most of them due to flight school activity at the airfield.

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