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  • Porter Airlines Restarts Service Months after COVID Groundings

    Porter Airlines has returned to the skies after being grounded for almost 18 months due to COVID-19 public health and travel restrictions. “We currently have over 900 team members who have put in countless hours to get everything ready for our return to service, with more being recalled or hired every week,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. Flights to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Thunder Bay, Ont., were the first to resume on Sept. 8, followed by…

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  • Air Canada Enhances Trip Planning Tool for Customers

    Air Canada has expanded its Travel Ready hub, an interactive online tool to help those flying with the airline plan and prepare for upcoming trips. “We continue to develop practical solutions to help our customers be travel-ready, wherever they want to go. This includes assisting them in navigating the changing entry requirements set by countries in our global network by making all relevant information available in one convenient place,” says Lucie Guillemette, executive vice-president and chief commercial officer at Air…

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  • Survey Reveals Top Five Expectations of Canadian Business Travellers

    Canadian business travellers overwhelmingly want to return to travel, according to a new report commissioned by Sap Concur. A total of 3,850 business travellers in 25 global markets, including 250 in Canada, were surveyed. Here are the top five Canadian findings. 1. Canadian travellers are ready to get back in the air. Nearly nine in 10 Canadian business travellers are ready to resume travel in the next 12 months. This is driven by travellers’ belief that they will suffer if their…

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  • Billy Bishop Airport/Porter Airlines to Resume Commercial Airline Service

    PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, announced that commercial airline service to/from the downtown airport will resume September 8, 2021. Porter Airlines will start up again on that day. Porter Airlines will phase in its scheduled service to/from Toronto, offering flights to/from Montreal, Ottawa, and Thunder Bay on September 8, with eight more destinations offered the week of September 13. Air Canada is expected to restart its Montreal service in September as well. “PortsToronto is pleased to confirm that Billy Bishop Airport will resume commercial airline operations on September 8,…

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  • WTTC Campaign Shows Importance of International Travel

    A new campaign recently launched by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) calls on governments around the world to restart international travel and allow the world to “Reunite.” The campaign showcases the importance international travel has on individuals and businesses, and will hopefully encourage travellers to share with the world the positive impact travel makes to their lives and mental well-being, said the press release. “Reunite” will call on people from across the globe to share their own stories of…

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  • Canada Ending Hotel Quarantines for Vaccinated Residents

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is ending mandatory hotel quarantine for Canadians who are immunized and arriving to the country air. Health Minister Patty Hajdu said Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and essential workers who are fully vaccinated won’t need to spend three days isolating in a government-approved hotel. Rather, they’ll quarantine at home while awaiting results of a test on arrival. “The requirement to stay in a government-authorized hotel is being lifted for people who currently have the right of…

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  • Canada’s Flight Plan for Safe Travel Receives Support from Airlines, Airports

    Transport Canada has revealed its action plan to reduce the public health risks of COVID-19 while flying. The multi-layered system of safety protocols applies to both airports and planes. They include travel restrictions; mandatory use of face masks for passengers and crew; health checks prior to passenger boarding; temperature screening; restricted services and passenger movement during flights; and enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices. In airports, these designs and measures include enhanced air conditioning and filtration systems; frequent cleaning of high-touch…

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  • Canadian Airlines Open Up All Seats Ending Physical Distancing Onboard

    Canada’s two largest airlines have abandoned physical distancing rules on flights. Air Canada and WestJet are no longer keeping adjacent seats empty between passengers in economy class, including the middle seats in aisles. The return to pre-COVID-19 booking procedures came into effect July 1. The carriers announced they would start filling flights to full capacity a few days prior. Both cite the decision is in response to a pick up in air travel and is in line with the International…

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  • Sanitized Air Travel to Affect More than 70 Points in Passenger Journey: Report

    Dozens of areas in an airport could change after the coronavirus pandemic to restore confidence in flying, according to a leading aviation marketing consultancy firm. In its latest report, SimpliFlying details what it will be like to fly in the age of ‘sanitized’ travel, from check-in through arrival at the destination. Highlights of the multi-step approach to passenger safety include all bags to be ‘sanitagged,’ the touchless cabin, in-flight janitor and the end of the ‘30-minute turn.’ Beginning with online…

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  • Swoop carries its one-millionth traveller

    Press Release Swoop celebrated its one-millionth traveller on a flight from Edmonton to Hamilton earlier this week. William and Emily Burchat were surprised to be selected as the lucky recipients of a round-trip for two on Swoop and a commemorative, Swoop branded, model aircraft. The pair were travelling to Hamilton with their twin infant daughters who were meeting their grandparents for the first time. “It was an awesome experience. They were all super helpful, every single one of them,” said…

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