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Pascan airline begins direct flights between Moncton and St. John's Oct. 10. (CBC)

A new direct flight from the Greater Moncton International Airport is being called an economic boost for the region.

Quebec based regional airline Pascan made the announcement on Tuesday in Moncton.

The regular service between Moncton and St. John's will run Monday through Friday beginning on Oct. 10.

Rob Robichaud, the president and chief executive officer of the Greater Moncton International Airport, says this service is something he's been hoping to land for several years.

"If I had a nickel for every time I've been asked over the years, 'When are we getting service to St John's?' I'd be a very rich man," Robichaud said.

"And if I had a nickel for every time I had to say 'We're working on it,' I'd be doubly rich."

The flights will leave weekdays at 7 a.m. and arrive at 9:30 a.m. in St. John's. The return flight leaves St. John's at 6 p.m., landing at 7:30 p.m. in Moncton.

Dieppe Mayor Yvon Lapierre says the new service will benefit travellers and the entire greater Moncton area.

"I think it's great news for the whole southeast of New Brunswick any time you can add an airline," said Lapierre.

"It's great for Dieppe, obviously to see the airport continue to grow."

Pascan announces service to Quebec City

Pascan will also begin a weekend service between Moncton and Quebec City.

That flight will leave Moncton on Fridays at 8:15 p.m. and return to Moncton at 6:15 p.m. on Sundays.

Serge Charron, the president of Pascan, said the airline is committed to serving smaller regions.

"I strongly encourage residents and businesses to use this new air service when it starts," he said.

Passengers will fly on Pascan's newest aircraft, the ATR-42, which seats 42 passengers.

Robichaud says until now people travelling to St. John's have had to connect through Halifax.

"Use it or lose it," Robichaud warns travellers.

"If we choose to fly Pascan each time we travel to Newfoundland I have every confidence that we will have this service for years to come and that both Pascan, our community and our province will prosper for many, many years."