Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport (YQM) Newsletter - January 2021 Newsletter

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Happy New Year to all our airport clients, partners and stakeholders!

In the “Canadian airport world” the first few months of the year are always the most challenging financially with fewer passengers traveling through the airport and significant additional costs due to the need to undertake snow clearing and related activities to maintain our airfield, parking lots, etc.

Our airport counterparts in warmer climates tend to not have such escalated costs at this time of the year and instead benefit from increased seasonal passenger activity. Unfortunately, in 2021 as a result of the ongoing pandemic, YQM will have no direct flights to sunny climates when we would typically see a dozen or so such flights per week between the February and May timeframe.

We expect the first quarter of 2021 will be extremely challenging given the ongoing minimal amount of travel taking place (Passenger traffic remains 90% lower than what we would normally see) so a double whammy in terms of depressed revenues and increased costs.

In December 2020, the Government of Canada did announce some potential financial relief to airports such as ours that will definitely help us to mitigate such impacts and continue to navigate our way through the pandemic. This will be critical given that activity at Canadian airports is unlikely to start recovering until vaccines are administered to a majority of the Canadian population and quarantine requirements and travel restrictions are significantly reduced or eliminated.

Although we do not yet have all the details, we expect that in 2021 YQM should be able to partake of and benefit from announced federal programs. 

As a small airport in the Canadian aviation sector, such financial relief from the federal government during this ongoing period of uncertainty is very welcomed and we would like to thank our MP Dominic LeBlanc, MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor and Transport Minister Marc Garneau for their assistance in establishing these programs.

Looking forward to a gradual recovery of Canadian aviation sector activity and a return to a more normal world. Wishing everyone a TERRIFIC 2021!

Bernard LeBlanc  

COVID-19 Update

Along with every other public area, YQM is taking pro-active extra steps to keep travellers, visitors and staff as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have increased cleaning of public spaces and are taking other precautions to help to ensure everyone’s safety.

With that said, this situation is changing daily and we ask that all travellers, visitors and staff keep themselves updated on current restrictions.

We will continue to update our website and social media channels with pertinent information.

In the meantime, please find the latest information on COVID-19 on the Government of Canada website or Government of New Brunswick website.

Passenger Flight Schedule for January

Air Canada to Toronto (YYZ) has daily service, departure time is at 5:55 a.m. Montreal (YUL) has daily service, departure time is at 4:40 p.m. From January 12 to 31 an additional Montreal (YUL) flight will be added, departure time will be at 6:25 a.m. 

PAL Airlines operates flights to Deer Lake (YDF) then onto St John's (YYT), Newfoundland, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays (departure time 7:50 p.m. weekdays and 5:55 p.m. on Sundays). Wabush (YWK) flights operate Tuesdays and Thursdays, departing at 2:45 p.m. 

Porter Airlines flights are temporary suspended in all markets and expected to resume March 29.

For the most up-to-date schedule, click here: https://cyqm.ca/flight-info/flights/

YQM Recognized For Its Airport Health Accreditation 

We're pleased to share that Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport's commitment to health and safety has been recognized by Airports Council International - World (ACI-World) and we're now accredited by its Airport Health Accreditation program. For more details: http://bit.ly/2WphYjd3

Deer Lake and Wabush Added As New Destinations Offered By PAL Airlines 

Since January 5th, it is now possible to fly not only to St John's, Newfoundland, but also to Deer Lake and Wabush from Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport thanks to PAL Airlines. These two new routes will link other communities for business and leisure and were added to the St John's route that began last September.

To read the full news release: http://ow.ly/NOJ350CITbW

Atlas Air Scheduled Several Times In January

With the Chinese New Year around the corner, we will be seeing Atlas Air's Boeing 747 come pick up fresh lobster to be shipped to China. Each flight should have approximately 75 tons of lobster from our region! Always a treat to see on our apron! Anticipated dates are January 5, 7, 12, 14, 19 and 26. These dates could change. Estimated landing time will be at 2 p.m. 

Mike Garland Celebrates His 35 Years Of Service

Mike Garland received his 35 years of service pin and YQM swag as a firefighter for the airport authority. Mike is a firefighter at the airport and was employed by Transport Canada prior to the airport authority taking responsibility for airport operations in September 1997. Thank you for your years of service Mike and congratulations from all of us! In the photo, left is Mike Garland and right is Bernard LeBlanc.

Airport Terminal Access: Physical Distancing And Safety Measures In Place

Wearing a face mask is required in all public areas of the terminal building. Everyone must wear a face mask unless they are a child under the age of two or if they cannot wear one for medical reasons.

To minimize contact and respect physical distancing, the airport terminal will continue to be reserved for airport workers and travellers. We are asking those who are picking up or dropping off a traveller to wait outside the terminal building in our cell phone waiting area. If a traveller requires assistance, we are asking that only one person, wearing a mask, go inside to help.

All airport authority staff are screened, including temperature checks prior to the start of every shift.

This press release was sourced from Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport on 12-Jan-2021.