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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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  • WestJet to Expand Service in Anticipation of Summer Demand for Travel

    WestJet is expanding its service in Western Canada. The Calgary-based airline will add 11 non-stop routes this summer. “As we look to the coming months with cautious optimism, we know our restart agenda will be pivotal to Canada’s economic recovery,” says WestJet president and CEO, Ed Sims. “Stimulating air travel benefits all Canadians and supports those hardest hit; with one in every 10 Canadian jobs tied to travel and tourism, the ripple effect benefits our whole country.” The flights will be offered up to three times a week in…

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  • WestJet Cancels More Domestic Flights as Seat Sales Slump

    WestJet is cutting service to another four Canadian cities due to fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Flights between St. John’s and Halifax, and London, Ont., and Toronto will be temporarily suspended as of March 21 and 22, respectively. WestJet Link service from Calgary to Lloydminster and Medicine Hat, Alta., will end around the same time. “We have continued to operate in the face of uncertainty as domestic and international travel restrictions and quarantines have caused demand to plummet,” said WestJet president and CEO, Ed Sims,…

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  • Canadian Airline Suspends Most Service in Atlantic Region

    WestJet flights to four cities in the Maritimes will be discontinued next month. The carrier will indefinitely suspend routes to Moncton and Fredericton, N.B., Sydney, N.S., and Charlottetown, P.E.I, on Nov. 2. The move will eliminate more than 100 flights weekly or almost 80 per cent of seat capacity from the region. “It has become unviable to serve these markets and these decisions were regrettably inevitable as demand is being obliterated by the Atlantic bubble and third-party fee increases,” says…

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  • Canadian Airline Revs Up for Summer with New Schedule, Cancellation Policy

    The country’s largest airline is ready for take-off, even if the advisory against non-essential travel remains in place for Canadians. Air Canada has released a new summer flight schedule to nearly 100 cities in North America and globally, at a time when some economies begin to open up. Within Canada, the schedule will increase to 58 routes in June from 34 in May, with more to be added in August and September. “As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, during…

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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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