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  • Swoop inaugurates the first commercial flight from Hamilton to Puerto Vallarta

    Press Release Swoop celebrates its first of four inaugural flights to Mexico. Flight WO660 departs John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM) at 8:00 a.m. EST and arrives at the Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR) at 12:28 p.m. CST. This is the first time an airline has offered service to Puerto Vallarta from the Hamilton International Airport. Travellers can also enjoy flights from Hamilton to Cancun beginning January 14, 2019 and Abbotsford to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán beginning January 12,…

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  • Canadian ultra-low-cost-carrier to take off in 2019

    Press Release An investor group led by Tim Morgan, today announced that it will launch a Canadian ultra-low-cost-carrier service in 2019, bringing affordable, low-cost air travel to millions of Canadians by this time next year. Backed by significant financial commitments from a consortium of Canadian investors and Indigo Partners, LLC, a leading private equity firm specializing in the aviation industry, Enerjet, a licensed Canadian carrier, will be rebranded, expanded and transformed into an affordable air-travel choice for Canadian travelers. This…

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  • Air Canada named Best Long Haul Airline in the Americas

    AirlineRatings.com ranking recognizes product ratings and safety record Air Canada has been named the Best Long Haul Airline in the Americas for 2018 by AirlineRatings.com, an airline safety and product rating agency that promotes excellence in the industry. AirlineRatings.com gives Air Canada its top seven-star rating for both safety and product. “Air Canada’s strategic focus has been on long-haul, international flying through our expanded global network and this recognition by the well-respected AirlineRatings.com is welcome affirmation of our success. The rating is…

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  • Switchfly and WestJet partner on multi-source travel packaging

    Transforming travel for new markets and traveller expectations Switchfly, a travel commerce company for direct channel booking, and WestJet, a leading Canadian airline, are partnering to better manage and expand WestJet’s ability to dynamically package flight and hotel to all destinations. WestJet will offer its guests a more complete travel experience while increasing ancillary revenue. “Switchfly will enable WestJet to offer our guests the freedom to create their own unique travel experiences through access to a global selection of hotels…

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  • Survey shares advice from travel advisors on dealing with bumping from oversold flights

    A new survey by global luxury travel agency network Virtuoso imparts advice from professional travel advisors on how to cope with airline disruptions, including the much reported-on bumping situation that occurred on board United Flight 3411 in April. Virtuoso advisors recommend a multifaceted approach to protecting passengers from being bumped involuntarily, and insights on what to do if passengers unexpectedly find themselves in that situation. Respondents to the newest Virtuoso Flash Survey reveal their top tips for guarding against bumping:…

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  • WestJet announces intent to launch ultra-low-cost carrier

    WestJet has announced its intention to launch a new, ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) in Canada subject to agreement with its pilots and any required regulatory approvals. Service is expected to start in late 2017 with an initial fleet of 10 high-density Boeing 737-800s designed by the airline that first brought low-cost air travel to Canada in 1996. The ultra-low-cost carrier will provide Canadians with no-frills, lower-cost travel options. “We have built WestJet from its low-cost, regional roots into a renowned, international airline with service to…

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  • YVR celebrates record passenger growth with Air Canada

    Air Canada represents 50 per cent of YVR passengers Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is celebrating a record-breaking year in passenger growth, welcoming over 18.8 million passengers between January and October—representing a year-over-year growth rate of 9.5 per cent, putting YVR on track to reach 22 million passengers in 2016. This increase is largely recognized in Air Canada’s expansion of their transpacific hub out of YVR, representing approximately 50 per cent of passengers at YVR and serving over 55 destinations worldwide. “Air Canada…

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  • Beijing Capital Airlines rolls out new Vancouver-Qingdao-Hangzhou service

    Press and promotional conferences held simultaneously to announce the new service Beijing Capital Airlines simultaneously held a press conference and promotional conference in Vancouver on Nov. 24, 2016 during which the carrier promoted its soon-to-be-launched Vancouver-Qingdao-Hangzhou service. The Chinese airline will formally kick off the new Vancouver-Qingdao-Hangzhou service on December 30. The new international route between China and Canada serviced by an Airbus A330 wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft will operate every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, allowing travelers to enjoy non-stop service…

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  • WestJet to launch service from Sudbury, Northern Ontario’s largest city

    WestJet has announced it will begin daily service between the Greater Sudbury Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport starting February 3, 2017. Operated by WestJet’s regional airline, WestJet Encore, the service will increase to three daily flights in May 2017. “WestJet is enriching lives and liberating Canadians coast to coast from the high cost of air travel,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “As Canada’s low-fare leader, we are offering residents of Greater Sudbury the opportunity to fly more affordably and connect seamlessly into our expanding…

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  • WestJet launches its status match to gold

    Offer now available to all airline and travel rewards program members WestJet has announced it will offer members of any airline or travel rewards program the opportunity to obtain gold status in its WestJet Rewards program. This represents the third time WestJet has offered the matching program to frequent Canadian flyers and the first time WestJet has offered status match to all airline and travel rewards top-tier program members. “In six years, we have built a loyalty program that we believe…

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