Central Mountain Air says it will resume flights in Fort Nelson starting Feb. 18.
The company says twice weekly flights to Prince George will resume sooner than planned thanks to advocacy from regional government and business officials.
"Central Mountain Air applauds regional government officials and the Fort Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce for advocating so strongly for this vital connectivity," CEO Bob Cummings said in a statement Tuesday.
"The result has been that the BC provincial and federal governments worked through an approach to enable Central Mountain Air to continue to provide essential air service connectivity to Fort Nelson. These groups were eager to find a responsible solution and we admire their action."
Flight frequency will grow with more favourable travel guidelines and demand, the company said.
"Despite Covid-19, it is clear that there are still essential reasons people need to fly, and that the services are critical for ensuring the health and well-being of those on Northern communities," Cummings said. "Like everyone, CMA looks forward to the day COVID-19 is behind us and we are able to restore capacity to pre-Covid levels across northern B.C. further supporting these communities and facilitating access to the rest of the province on a regular basis."
The company said last month it was suspending service between the two cities until May due to a lack of government support.
"I am happy to see Fort Nelson retain this absolutely essential piece of their transportation networks," said MLA Dan Davies. "With much work between Mayor Foster, myself, meetings with the minister, and letters, we have seen the success of our labour. I will continue to lobby government to support our regional airports."
Said Cummings, "A silver lining out of this is CMA relationships have strengthened at local level as the various stakeholders groups have engaged with us to do right by their citizens and surrounding areas."
Fort St. John flights return to the schedule March 1.
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[Eds. note: Article updates with further comments from CEO Bob Cummings and MLA Dan Davies.]