The Region of Waterloo International Airport will become the new home of Pivot Airlines, which plans to offer flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Windsor from the Breslau location.
There are no dates set for the start of service.
Regional council this week approved a partnership deal with the airline, which is currently based in Mississauga.
“I think my company wants to make a big commitment to the region and the airport. I just want for the people in the Region of Waterloo to accept pivot as one of those airlines [which they trust],” said Brock Henderson, vice-president of operations control for Pivot Airlines.
“COVID-19 has forced other bigger carriers to make some tough economic decisions like pulling out of some cities. So, we’re looking at the cities they pulled out of for regional service in Ontario, like Kingston for instance. We’re also looking at what else we can do in Northern Ontario, because Northern Ontario has really been hurt by reduction in in a lot of scheduled flights,” he added.
While the plan is to offer flights to four cities, more may be added depending on demand. Prices of flights are expected to range from $90 to $250 depending on the level of service provided.
In addition to bringing more travel options, Pivot’s arrival also provides employment opportunities.
Chris Wood, the airport’s general manager, says Pivot will be moving their entire operations here, creating more jobs in the community, adding he is very happy with the deal.
“The impact is going to be massive, not only the ability for people to fly to these different destinations but they also want to move their entire operation here so their mechanics, their pilots, and all of their office staff as well – so this will become their home,” said Wood. “It’ll be another head office of a company based here in our region, so that’s bringing not just a lot more jobs in the airport, but the entire company is going to be shifting here. Eventually, the majority of their staff will be based here.”
The airport has seen a number of operators offer domestic and international flights over the year. The likes of Northwest Airlines, American Airlines, Nolinor and Nextjet have come and gone. The region has developed an airport master plan in an attempt to boost service at the operation, which has been losing millions of dollars.