Media Release

Kingston Airport welcomes FLYGTA visitors

KINGSTON, ONT./ Aug. 31, 2020 — The City and Tourism Kingston are pleased to announce that FLYGTA will add Kingston to its list of premier Ontario destinations beginning Sept. 10 – the first stage in working toward potential daily air service to and from downtown Toronto and a link to the Porter Airline network.

“We are thrilled that our beautiful airport will welcome visitors who will arrive aware of and primed to follow our COVID-19 measures and who will come ready and excited to support our local restaurants, artisans, hotels, attractions, and so much more!” says Megan Knott, Executive Director of Tourism Kingston.

FLYGTA flights from Toronto will be offered Thursday to Sunday.

Visitors will be advised of Kingston’s COVID-19 precautions and will be able to access a range of Kingston experiences through specialized packages that combine return airfare with accommodations and regional attractions, providing the ultimate fall getaway.

“It is our mission to promote the local tourism industry, but the number one priority of every Canadian at this time is public health. This is why the City and Tourism Kingston have worked closely with FLYGTA to ensure that every safety measure is in place so that when regional travellers arrive they know what will be expected of them while staying in Kingston,” says Knott.

Learn more about how partners are working together to ensure a safe experience for all.

In June, Air Canada announced it would discontinue flight service at approximately 40 regional airports, including Kingston, due to COVID-19. Through FLYGTA, Kingston residents can now fly to downtown Toronto, arriving at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on Toronto Island. With capacity limited to eight passengers, this new air service provides safe and efficient travel for the 30-minute flight between Kingston and Toronto.

“We waited for an ideal time to return to service,” says Chris Nowrouzi, CEO of FLYGTA Group. “With most of the province in stage three and Ontarians looking for additional travel options, we remain dedicated to serving the needs of Kingston and the regional traveller. We encourage Ontarians to explore our flights and packages and hope together we can support the safe return of Canadian tourism.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome FLYGTA to Kingston!” says Mayor Paterson. “This partnership will benefit our city’s economic recovery and provide our residents with a fast and convenient link to Toronto. It’s exciting to see how the expansion of our airport is creating new opportunities for air travel to and from Kingston.”

Airport Manager Aron Winterstein notes that talks with FLYGTA began prior to the pandemic, and that the City is enthused with the announcement and what it could mean for the future of flight service at the airport.

“This is an important first step to resume regular flight services and creates an invaluable link between our airport and Porter Airlines, which is based at Billy Bishop Airport. We look forward to safely welcoming passengers back,” he says.

About the City of Kingston
Kingston's vision of being a smart, livable and leading city is fast becoming reality. History and innovation thrive in our dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy distance from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative startups and all levels of government, Kingston's high quality of life offers access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.

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Media contact for the City of Kingston: For more information contact the communications and customer experience department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300 or [email protected]

About Tourism Kingston
Tourism Kingston’s mission is to be the best-in-class, four-season tourism destination. Tourism Kingston’s vision is to generate increased overnight visitation that outpaces provincial industry results, by working closely with our community partners and executing against Tourism Kingston’s strategic sales plan in the following sales pillars: film, meetings and conferences, travel trade, sport tourism, and destination marketing, all fully supported by the Visitor Information Centre.

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Media contact for Tourism Kingston: For more information, contact Megan Knott, Executive Director Tourism Kingston, at 613-453-4603 or [email protected]

About FLYGTA Group

FLYGTA Group offers private jets, tourism flights, air medical evacuations, and travel agency solutions. Headquartered at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, FLYGTA Group has multiple locations in Southern Ontario, and operates the Visit Canada, as well as the travel websites. FLYGTA Group has a strong focus on safety, disruptive technologies, and operational excellence.

Media contact for FLYGTA Group: Cameron Thomas, Director of Media Relations, Pennant Media Group, 416-660-9801