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Newfoundland-based PAL Airlines to fly out of Sydney

The J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport which will not have any air service as of Jan. 11, 2021. Carla Arsenault, president and CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership, said a number of stakeholders have come together to rally for the air service to remain at the Sydney airport and will be rolling out two initiatives in the next few days, including an emotional video message to the Prime Minister and a petition. Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post
The J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport is shown in this file photo. Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post

There is a new airline coming to town.

Mike MacKinnon, CEO of the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport, announced in a tweet Wednesday afternoon that PAL Airlines will be flying out of Sydney as of May 31.

The regional air carrier will be offering three Sydney-to-Halifax flights a week.

A source at the St. John's, N.L.-based airline told the Cape Breton Post it will also be adding air service to Charlottetown, P.E.I., as well as Saint John, Fredericton and Bathurst, N.B.

PAL Airlines currently offers flights to Moncton as well as Montreal and several other cities in Quebec.

Additional cities in Quebec are also slated to be added to the carrier’s flight service.

According to the company's website, the airline made its start in Newfoundland and Labrador 45 years ago. Originally a renowned Atlantic Canadian flight school, it has grown into one of the largest independent airlines operating in Eastern Canada. Their core services now include scheduled flights, air charter and air cargo services.

The airline says over the years it has earned a solid reputation for safety and service and has received globally recognized awards for reliability.

There have not been any flights operating out of the Sydney airport since WestJet temporarily suspended service in November and Air Canada in January.

In March, WestJet announced it would be resuming flights in June and Air Canada is currently taking bookings for flights scheduled to resume at the same time.

Sharon-Montgomery-Dupe is a health and breaking news reporter at the Cape Breton Post. 


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