Regina, Saskatoon airports not on listing for worldwide flights

While international flights can fly to more Canadian airports this summer, Saskatchewan won’t be on the map.

Five more Canadian destinations will open to international flights on August 9, including Quebec City, an airport similar in size to Regina and Saskatoon.

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It left the YQR and YXE airport authorities at a loss as to why one of them was not selected.

“We have COVID tests on site today. We have a customs office. I just don’t understand why we don’t have the ability to get these direct services or even make an appointment available, ”said James Bogusz, President and CEO of the Regina Airport Authority.

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“And I just don’t understand why they now have two airports in this one province, but our province doesn’t have any airports that can support cross-border services,” said Bogusz.

But even if international flights won’t land in Saskatchewan, additional connectivity is welcome as summer events take place across the country.

“We hope that maybe people will fly to Calgary and then come over to visit us, but that makes it a little trickier. We don’t want to be left out, ”said Steve McLellan, CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.

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The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce said most summer visitors are crossing the land border and are confident that there are plans for air passengers in the near future.

Transport Canada said the five airports selected were based on short-term operational capabilities of the public health and border services, as well as the ability to act as a supply-relief valve for the four major airports.

Saskatoon and Regina airport authorities said they will be keeping in touch with Transport Canada to see when a reopening schedule for international routes can be made.

“And the sooner we know what it takes to safely receive and receive traffic from Saskatoon, the sooner we can prepare,” said Stephen Maybury, Skyxe President and CEO.

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Both said passenger traffic has tripled as people travel again.

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