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  • An unforgettable year for Canada’s airlines: A look back at 2019

    Press Release TORONTO — It was a whirlwind 12 months for airline acquisition news. And it all started with one particularly surprising week in May. On May 13 WestJet announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement for its acquisition by Onex Corporation for an all-cash deal worth $5 billion. On May 16, three days later, Air Canada and Transat said they were in negotiations, with the upshot that Air Canada was looking to buy Transat for some $520…

  • Baggage Liability Limits Increase for Air Travellers

    Press Release GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 27, 2019 /CNW/ – Starting December 28, 2019, limits of liability of the Montreal Convention will increase. Based on this rise, air passengers who travel internationally will now have the right to compensation for damages for lost or damaged baggage of up to 1,288 Special Drawing Rights (the International Monetary Fund’s unit of accounting) or approximately CAN $2,300. Airline international obligations for lost, damaged or delayed baggage are set out in Montreal Convention, a treaty that has the force of law for most…

  • Porter Escapes Packages Now Available on FlyPorter.com

    Press Release Porter Escapes vacation packages are now available on the Porter Airlines website, flyporter.com. This new integration provides a seamless approach to combining Porter flights with hotels and local attractions. A carefully-curated list of partners makes it easy for travellers to save when building custom getaways. “Porter Escapes has always offered a unique range of travel options, including sophisticated urban getaways, seasonal ski trips and golf vacations,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “Integrating…

  • Air Canada, WestJet push back return of Boeing 737 Max until early spring

    Press Release TORONTO — Canada’s two biggest airlines are keeping the grounded Boeing 737 Max off their flight schedules for at least the next two months in a move that could impact passengers already slated for spring getaways and cut down on flight options for travellers looking to book. Air Canada said it recently opted to push back the return of the Boeing jet through March 31. WestJet said it has pulled its 13 Max planes from the schedule until…

  • WestJet most punctual airline in Canada, report says

    Press Release Air Canada placed 20th behind big U.S. carriers, British Airways and Air China WestJet Airlines Ltd. ranks as the most punctual airline in Canada, according to a travel data provider. And the Calgary-based carrier placed sixth among airlines in North America last year, OAG said in its annual report examining on-time performance. The report also lists WestJet at No. 15 among low-cost carriers worldwide, with 79 percent of its flights on-time. Air Canada squeaked into the punctuality league, placing 20th…

  • WestJet Launches Toronto-Roatan Weekly Service

    Press Release WestJet launched its new weekly Toronto-Roatan route Sunday. The new service will depart Toronto on Sundays at 9;30am arriving at 1:11 pm and depart Roatan Sundays at 1:10om, arriving in Toronto at 7:27 pm. “In the last five years, there has been a 60 percent increase in the number of Canadians travelling to Roatán,” said Alexander Leon, Trade Commissioner, Canadian Embassy for Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua. “Tourism is one of the sectors that most directly and positively…

  • Canada Jetlines signs letter of intent with Global Crossing Airlines

    Press Release VANCOUVER — Canada Jetlines is teaming up with a developing U.S.-based charter airline in an effort to recoup its losses. The news comes less than two months after Canada Jetlines announced the resignation of its CEO and layoffs for almost its entire staff. It’s also less than a month after the would-be ultra-low-cost carrier filed a multimillion-dollar suit against several defendants including airline entrepreneur and WestJet co-founder David Neeleman. Canada Jetlines says it has entered into a letter…

  • Hotel Intel: Renovated and retopped, Le Germain is an ode to 1960s Montreal

    Press Release Closed for one year for a top-to-bottom overhaul, Le Germain has a new top of six glass stories of deluxe rooms and suites. All news of Germain Hotels is thrilling and the fact that the latest opening is in Montreal makes it even better. Technically, the gradual opening over the past two months reflects a reopening. The establishment has been closed for one year for an overhaul from bottom to top — and it even added a new…

  • Pan Pacific Hotels Group Expands Footprint in North America With Latest Addition in Toronto

    Press Release SINGAPORE, Dec. 11, 2019 /CNW/ — Pan Pacific Hotels Group puts another footprint in North America with the rebranding of The Westin Prince Hotel to Pan Pacific Toronto. Pan Pacific Toronto will be the fifth hotel for Pan Pacific Hotels Group in North America, joining other hotels in Vancouver, Whistler in British Columbia and Seattle. Mr. Choe Peng Sum, Chief Executive Officer, Pan Pacific Hotels Group, said, “We are delighted to fly the Pan Pacific flag in Toronto. As an international brand, Pan Pacific will bring to the hotel…

  • Air Canada Completes Installation of Satellite Connectivity Across Full Air Canada Rouge Fleet

    Press Release MONTREAL, Dec. 17, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada said today that Rouge Wi-Fi high-speed satellite-based connectivity provided by Gogo is now available across the entire Air Canada Rouge fleet of 65 aircraft that fly globally and across North America. “Customers now can access Rouge Wi-Fi high-speed internet connectivity on their own devices whenever they are on board an Air Canada Rouge aircraft anywhere in the world, giving everyone the ability to stay connected to email, surf the web, or stream their…

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