Transport Canada has officially confirmed that Regina International Airport – YQR – has regained its international designation and will retain it until at least March 2023
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“As the 15th busiest airport in the country and the airport of the capital Saskatchewan, it is critical that Regina be designated an international airport,” said James Bogusz, President and CEO of the Regina Airport Authority.
“This international designation increases awareness of the airport and will help expand business opportunities throughout southern Saskatchewan.”
Air travel has been severely restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic and in January 2021 the federal government revised the list of airports to be designated “international”. Many have been removed, including YQR.
Since then, the airport has been working to regain and maintain its international status.
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YQR said while the airport was able to resume cross-border, Mexican and Caribbean flights in late 2021, the return of the official designation “international” is helping YQR receive more international flights, attract new routes and maintain border operations.
“While it is good to see the designation returning, it should not have been removed by the federal government in the first place,” said Trade and Export Development Secretary Jeremy Harrison.
“As the airport for our provincial capital, it is critical that YQR can offer our businesses and residents greater choice of travel destinations, and the international designation will support that.”
Transport Canada will provide information on how YQR can maintain the designation beyond 2023.
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