Direct P.E.I.-Ottawa flight reinstated temporarily

Charlottetown will soon have direct air service to Ottawa once again, at least temporarily.

Complaints aired about Air Canada scheduling changes

Charlottetown will soon once again have direct air service to Ottawa, at least temporarily.

Air Canada cut the service back in November, but it will return for four months starting in June.

At the time, the airline also changed its schedule so that late-night connections, which used to arrive from Montreal at midnight, now get in from Toronto after 1 a.m.

"It may not seem much, but getting in at midnight versus getting in at 1:30 or 2:30 or 3 o'clock makes a big difference in your productivity level the next day," said Charlottetown MP Sean Casey.

Complaints started coming in even before the changes took effect, said Doug Newson, CEO of the Charlottetown Airport Authority.

"Absolutely, those comments started last summer when the schedule change was announced. So we've heard from travel agents, business travellers, even leisure travelers," said Newson.

He hopes the direct Ottawa flight becomes permanent.

Newson also wants Air Canada to improve its schedule to make it more convenient for Island travellers.

He said the company brought fewer passengers to P.E.I. this winter, in part because of the changes.