GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB. – Central Mountain Air announced Tuesday the return of scheduled services to Grande Prairie and Edmonton at the end of June, including flights to Fort St. John.

Brian Grant, CEO of the Grande Prairie Airport, says connections to Prince George, High Level, and Fort St. John will be offered through the existing CMA network from Edmonton.

According to the schedule on the Central Mountain Air website, there will be three flights per week, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, departing Grande Prairie for Fort St. John.

“We have been working hard to reconnect our region with Edmonton, and we are fortunate to have a new air carrier join our market to provide additional options for air travel,” says Grant.

Since October, there hasn’t been a direct flight from Grande Prairie and Edmonton. Grant says this service will help business and government travel.

Grande Prairie Mayor Jackie Clayton says the Tuesday announcement is exciting news for the city and the region.

“Having a new carrier invest in our market demonstrates important confidence in our local economy and is going to increase accessibility and opportunity for our local businesses and residents,” says Clayton.

Grant says CMA will start with its 18 seat aircraft, but he believes there is potential to bring in larger planes in the future.

“They do have some scheduled aircraft arrivals that will be larger aircraft in the Dash 8 and the Dash Q-400, however right now they have a lot of the Q-400s that are due to come in as new aircraft, and they do have the Beech 1900s, which were ready to go immediately.”