THUNDER BAY - Bearskin Airlines will be taking back to the skies in the Northwest next month after being grounded due to COVID-19 since March.
In a statement released on Thursday, the airline announced it will resume service between Thunder Bay, Dryden, Fort Frances, and Kenora on Sept. 14, offering one flight per weekday.
Service between Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, and North Bay will also be increased every other week to two flights daily and Sundays.
Connections will be available between all cities served in Northwestern and Northeastern Ontario.
New protocols are in place to protect staff and passengers, including a preboarding questionnaire, temperature checks for staff at the start of the shift, enhanced cleaning, temperature checks of passengers at all major airports, and staff and passengers are required to wear a mask in airports and inflight.
All aircraft are also fogged between flights using an Ultrascan solutions that kills germs.
The airline will also be offering reduced fares of as much as 50 per cent of the current cost of bus fare between Thunder Bay, Dryden, Fort Frances, and Kenora.
Discounts are also available on a limited number of seats between Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, and North Bay.
Discounts are available on flights booked before Sept. 4 and for travel through Nov. 30, 2020.
Bearskin was forced to suspend service to Northwestern Ontario destinations on March 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.