Toronto Pearson hosts ground-breaking ceremony for Runway 06L/24R rehabilitation

25 April 2022 – TORONTO, ONTARIO – This morning, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority’s (GTAA) President and CEO, Deborah Flint, welcomed The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Canada’s Minister of Transport, to Toronto Pearson for a ground-breaking ceremony to mark one of the largest runway rehabilitation projects in the airport’s history. Runway 06L/24R, Pearson’s second-busiest runway, will be temporarily closed to late fall for a complete rehabilitation. Modern innovation and advanced planning will allow Pearson to complete the project in eight months, and with a more sustainable approach.

First built in the 1960s, this 3-km runway requires a complete rehabilitation due to the wearing down of its concrete sub-structure because of weather conditions, use and time. This project will extend the life of the runway by 30 years and enhance the safety of the runway. The project will include the use of recycled materials and upgrades to 1,800 LED lights, which will help enhance safety and reduce its carbon footprint. Other environmentally friendly construction practices include using crushed concrete from the runway pavement removal for the sub-base and base materials, and recycled milling asphalt materials on approach roads in the vicinity of the runway.

About the Temporary closure of Runway 06L/24R

Like all major infrastructure, our runways need regular maintenance to keep them safe.

Starting in early April 2022, Pearson will temporarily close east/west runway 06L/24R, the airport’s second-busiest runway, for a full rehabilitation.

This project will be one of the largest runway repair projects in the airport’s history. The work will be completed in phases and will last to late Fall.

First built in the 1960s, this 3-km runway needs to be fully repaired due to the wearing down of its concrete sub-structure because of weather conditions, use and time. This project will extend the life of the runway by 30 years and enhance the safety of the runway.

Project overview

The work is scheduled to start in early April 2022 and last to late Fall 2022. Impacts will vary with the nature of the work and how it affects operations.

We are working in close partnership with our industry partners and construction contractor to deliver a project that minimizes impacts.

Despite these efforts, communities near the airport, including those who typically have fewer aircraft overhead, can expect more aircraft noise during the project.

It is important to remember, there is no permanent airspace change associated with this project and any impacts are temporary and only for the duration of the project.

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Leadership change coming to Edmonton International Airport

April 28, 2022 | News Releases

Tom Ruth, President and CEO, Edmonton International Airport.

Tom Ruth, President and CEO, Edmonton International Airport.

The Board of Directors for Edmonton Airports announced today that Tom Ruth has decided to leave his position as President and CEO at the end of 2022. During his nine-year tenure, Tom has been a visionary leader, inspiring major changes, growth and innovation, and imagining something much bigger than a traditional airport.

Under his leadership, EIA has seen significant growth in both passenger and air cargo service, connecting the Edmonton Metropolitan Region with direct flights to over 50 destinations within Canada, the US and Europe and cargo to and from Asia. Tom has also advanced development of the Airport City Sustainability Campus at EIA, with more than $1.3 billion dollars in private investment, including hotels, a casino, shopping centres, major business and innovation developments including its five-year Innovation Expansion strategy. Tom has overseen the development of technology and agriculture accelerators connecting local and international businesses to new markets. As a leader in sustainability, EIA will soon welcome Airport City Solar, the largest solar farm at an airport in the world. Tom also provided strong and stable leadership during the pandemic and he consistently put health and safety first as he led the airport through COVID-19.

“I’m so proud to work with such a strong team of dedicated, passionate employees at our airports. It has been an honour and a pleasure to lead Edmonton International Airport and Villeneuve Airport for the past nine years, and when my time wraps at the end of 2022 I will look back and treasure this time in my career. We have accomplished so much together at our airports creating positive economic impact and sustainable jobs within our vibrant Edmonton Region. We grew air service and international cargo capacity, attracted more than a billion dollars of private investment to our region and accelerated our bold ESG initiatives even during the challenges of COVID. I want to thank everyone at both Edmonton International and Villeneuve Airports for their continued tireless dedication in supporting the noble vision of creating accelerated economic prosperity for everyone in the Edmonton Metro Region.”
– Tom Ruth, President and CEO, Edmonton International Airport

“Tom’s impact on Edmonton Airports goes well beyond simple numbers and statistics. He’s been a game-changer. Our Board, our economic development partners, governments, our regional mayors and the entire community have benefited immensely from his leadership, his vision and his ability to imagine what’s possible and make it happen. Thanks to Tom’s leadership, EIA is well-positioned to take advantage of our bold plans for growth and innovation in the coming years.”
– Joan Hertz, Chair of the Board of Directors, Edmonton Airports

A global search for Tom’s successor will be launched immediately, starting with an RFP for an executive search firm to be issued in the coming days. Edmonton Airports is a unique and special place and the Board will be looking for a unique person to fill this special role, someone who is ready to soar with us, to build on the great foundation that’s been built, and capitalize on the tremendous opportunities ahead.

“Our President and CEO doesn’t just run an airport. They make things happen. They are a trailblazer. They drive performance and achieve results. And they do that while inspiring people inside Edmonton Airports and with our external partners. Tom will be leaving big shoes to fill.”
– Joan Hertz, Chair of the Board of Directors, Edmonton Airports

There will be many opportunities in the months ahead to recognize and celebrate Tom’s many contributions not only to Edmonton Airports but to the entire Edmonton Metro Region. In the meantime, Tom will remain front and centre as President and CEO, working closely with the Board on the search for his successor, continuing to lead all aspects of Edmonton Airports, and helping guide the transition to the next leader.

About Edmonton International Airport
Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is a self-funded, not-for-profit corporation driving economic prosperity for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. EIA is Canada’s fifth-busiest airport by passenger traffic and the largest major Canadian airport by land area. EIA’s Airport City Sustainability Campus is home to companies focused on tourism, entertainment, cargo logistics, manufacturing, sustainability, and technology development and commercialization. As a result, EIA generated an economic output of over $3.2 billion and supported over 26,000 jobs pre-pandemic. At its core, EIA believes equity and diversity is a strength and creating an inclusive space is both a privilege and is a fundamental responsibility. For more information, please visit:

magniX Announces Milestone in NASA Program to Accelerate Electric Flight Technologies for Commercial Aviation – Dash 7 from Air Tindi

De Havilland Canada Dash 7 Selected in Novel Collaboration with NASA, AeroTEC and Air Tindi

Source Air Tindi

EVERETT, Wash., April 28, 2022 /CNW/ — magniX, a manufacturer of electric propulsion systems for aircraft, today announced two key industry partners, AeroTEC and Air Tindi, for its NASA Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration (EPFD) project. Through magniX the NASA program aims to demonstrate electric propulsion technology to power a hybrid De Havilland Canada Dash 7 aircraft, with first flight planned for 2025.

Air Tindi, a commercial operator from Yellowknife, Canadian Northwest Territories, will provide the aircraft. AeroTEC of Seattle, Washington, USA is a leader in integrating electric propulsion on airplanes, and will design, modify, and flight-test the demonstrator aircraft at its Flight Test Centre at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington.

The retrofitted DHC-7 aircraft will be powered by two PT6 engines and two magniX magni650 electric propulsion units (EPUs). The distributed propulsion system is designed to reduce operating costs and noise while increasing power efficiency. The prototype has the potential to accelerate the introduction of hybrid electric flight technologies for commercial aviation.

“magniX has proven its leadership in clean, electric aviation with the ground-breaking flights of the eBeaver and eCaravan,” said Dominique Spragg, Chairman of magniX. “This collaboration with AeroTEC highlights the Pacific Northwest as leaders in sustainable aviation and our joint commitment to showcase the core technologies that will power the future of commercial aviation.”

Advancing Electric Flight

NASA is accelerating the learnings of the integrator and providing valuable data and insights to the industry from a certification, regulatory and planning aerospace perspective. NASA’s prior research and knowledge on electrification will be “operationalized” through this demonstration. The demonstration flight is part of a multi-year program, after NASA awarded magniX $74.3 million in 2021 to rapidly advance Electrified Aircraft Propulsion (EAP) technologies through ground and flight-testing demonstrations over five years. magniX will also collaborate with other NASA projects on EAP development, flight test instrumentation and data analysis.

“The EPFD project provides an exciting collaboration with industry partners to advance electrified aircraft propulsion in order to expedite the use of hybrid electric systems for commercial air-travel,” said Lee Noble, NASA’s Director of Integrated Aviation Systems Program. “Introducing these innovative electric propulsion technologies for existing and next-generation aircraft will help meet the aviation community’s future sustainability goals.”

A Mission to Serve Vulnerable Communities

“We are incredibly inspired by the partnership forged with magniX, NASA, and AeroTEC on the EPFD project,” said Chris Reynolds, President at Air Tindi. “We currently fly the Dash 7 with passengers and cargo to remote regions in Canada. Many of these communities are exposed to food insecurity due to high energy prices and a lack of infrastructure. We see this partnership as an opportunity to change this dynamic, and positively impact these regions by reducing CO2 emissions and dependence on fossil fuels.”

“AeroTEC’s mission is to accelerate the evolution of aerospace by partnering with innovative companies like magniX as an aircraft integrator to develop and ultimately certify new technologies,” said Lee Human, President & CEO of AeroTEC. “We are honoured to have been selected by magniX and NASA as the integrator on the EPFD project. This is not only a major win for AeroTEC, but a win for Washington State, which is rapidly becoming the nation’s leader in the advancement of sustainable aviation technologies.”

About magniX

Headquartered in Everett WA, magniX is dedicated to enabling an era of clean and affordable commercial air travel with all-electric propulsion. magniX offers a range of revolutionary solutions including all-electric motors – which produce zero emissions and increased efficiency for various aviation applications. For more information, please visit

About NASA

The Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration project is a part of NASA’s Integrated Aviation Systems Program (IASP) which conducts flight-oriented, system-level research and technology development to mature and transition advanced aeronautic technologies into future air vehicles and operational systems. IASP focuses on the execution of highly complex flight tests and related experiments to support all phases of NASA’s aeronautics research.

About AeroTEC

AeroTEC develops, tests and certifies new aircraft products, using innovative and scalable development, test and certification techniques to help aerospace companies everywhere bring their products to market quickly, easily and efficiently. For more information, please visit

Air Transat and WestJet launch Transatlantic codeshare

MONTREAL and CALGARY, AB, April 28, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Today, Air Transat and WestJet have launched a new transatlantic codeshare. WestJet’s “WS” code is now activated for sale on select Air Transat operated flights to/from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and Croatia. Connections via Montreal and Toronto are now available for flight dates beginning May 17, 2022.

On May 4, 2022, Air Transat’s “TS” code will be activated on select WestJet flights, and from that date Air Transat will also offer itineraries connecting select WestJet flights with appealing Air Transat European destinations. 

“We are very excited to launch this codeshare agreement with WestJet,” said Michèle Barre, Vice President, Network, Revenue Management and Pricing of Air Transat.  “The complementarity of our respective networks allows us to offer more alternatives to our customers, providing them with a quality and affordable product. This partnership is part of Air Transat’s development strategy, enhancing our long-standing presence in the transatlantic market.”

“This new codeshare with Air Transat complements our growing global network, allowing WestJet to offer guests exciting new destinations in Europe,” said John Weatherill, Chief Commercial Officer, WestJet.  “As our guests return to travel, these new options will connect North America and Europe in new ways and benefit guests on both sides of the Atlantic.” 

With this new codeshare, guests now have more options for their transatlantic travel, and will enjoy conveniences such as a single purchase for connecting flights, the ability to check in for all flights at their first departure, and baggage checked through to their final destination.

Once activated, both Air Transat and WestJet codeshare ticket sales will be available via the carriers’ websites and call centers, as well as via major GDS systems and travel agencies.

Subject to connectivity between their scheduled flights, Air Transat and WestJet will both offer the following transatlantic routings:

Operated Flights
Air Transat “TS”
Air Transat Operated Flights
WestJet “WS” Codeshare Applied
Deer Lake
St. John’s
Quebec City 
London, ON
Thunder Bay
N.Y. LaGuardia

France:  Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes, Nice 

Italy:  Lamezia, Rome

Spain: Malaga  

Portugal:  Faro

Switzerland: Basel-Mulhouse

Croatia: Zagreb

About Air Transat

Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted World’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international and Canadian destinations, striving to serve its customers with enthusiasm and friendliness at every stage of their trip or stay, and emphasizing safety throughout. It is renewing its fleet with the greenest aircraft in their category as part of a commitment to a healthier environment, knowing that this is essential to its operations and the magnificent destinations it offers. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., a world-renowned holiday travel provider that has achieved Travelife certification in 2018 in recognition of its sustainability commitments.

About the WestJet Group of Companies 

In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic.

Since the start of the pandemic the WestJet Group of Companies has built a layered framework of safety measures to ensure Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline’s Safety Above All hygiene program. During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium.

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit

YQB reveals its 2021 results – Everything is set to bounce forward with confidence and determination

QUÉBEC, April 28, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ -Today, after two years of a global pandemic that brought its momentum to a screeching halt, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) unveiled its 2021 results, which show encouraging indicators of recovery. All signs are pointing towards a quick rebound.

Bouncing forward with determination

If there is one indicator that does not lie, it is passenger traffic, and in 2021, the passengers clearly bucked the forecasted trends. At the beginning of the year, as border restrictions multiplied, YQB anticipated a historic drop in passenger traffic. Far from the 1.8 million passengers it saw in 2019 and the 535,000 that visited in 2020, the airport expected to receive as few as 100,000 people for this second year of the pandemic. Thanks to intense work to speed up the recovery, the airport ended up receiving three times more passengers than expected—353,203—thus limiting its losses to $29.6 million. For 2022, forecasts suggest that the airport could see between 700,000 and 1,000,000 passengers.

Throughout 2021, there were numerous positive announcements about routes to Québec City. These were not a matter of luck, but rather the outcome of ongoing collaboration among YQB, the airlines, and all those with a stake in the economic and touristic development of the greater Québec City area. For the summer of 2022, YQB is showing an excellent recovery rate for its seat offerings. With the newly announced flights, the airlines are offering the same number of seats as in 2019.

“Carriers are sending a clear signal: Québec City is worth it. And passengers from the area can also play their part simply by showing up! Now that we can start travelling again, it is essential that people from the greater Québec City area fly out of YQB. This is the only way to show our airlines that they’re right to trust us. In the meantime, our teams are continuing to work hard to ensure the success of all of our new routes. We are ready to bounce forward with determination, confidence, and a strong commitment to our employees, our community, and our region,” said Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of YQB.

Bouncing forward with confidence

Until we have fully recovered, YQB must do everything it can to keep its head above water. That is why, in 2021, YQB concluded a financing agreement allowing it to take on $150 million in debt from private financial institutions. This amount is deemed sufficient to ensure the delivery of essential services and carry out the necessary infrastructure projects until it returns to profitability.

By 2024–2025, YQB is expected to see the same traffic levels as in 2019. However, losses may reach $100 million by the time the company returns to profitability.

It is important to remember that right from the start of the pandemic, when revenues were clearly dwindling, all sources of expenses were scrutinized. The goal was to continue providing an essential service to the public 24/7 by limiting cumulative losses. 

Despite the challenges it faced, the organization made the strategic choice not to increase airport improvement fees and general aviation fees in 2022, for the fifth consecutive year. Although these decisions will have an impact on the bottom line, the airport authority determined that they would promote recovery. 

In addition, there is an ambitious recovery plan underway to diversify YQB’s revenues and enable the organization to further play its role as an economic driver for the region.

Bouncing forward as a team

Like the good news announced throughout the past year, the organization’s future success will depend on the continued collaboration of governments and regional partners.

To that end, the federal government has announced that it will provide nearly $17 million in funding to support YQB’s recovery. For its part, the Québec government, through the Ministry of Tourism, has supported YQB to the tune of $2 million. These funds are intended to support the development of direct international routes to Québec City.

In addition to the financial support from government sources, the business community has been overwhelmingly supportive of the airport’s goals; the airport’s recovery plan has received 94% support from the greater Québec City area business community. This mark of confidence encourages the team to work even harder to remain a lever for growth for the region. 

“We were faced with great challenges in 2021. Yet week after week, the teams at YQB adapted and steadily pursued their goal of multiplying successes so that the organization would be able to bounce forward as soon as possible,” said André Boulanger, Chairman of the YQB Board of Directors. “As we look back, we can see that the hard work of our teams and partners has brought a lot of good news to the people of the greater Québec City area. I would like to thank all YQB’s employees, its management team, and its directors for their contributions during the ups and downs of this eventful year. As the recovery takes shape, and as air traffic gradually picks up, I truly believe that we have made all the necessary efforts to ensure that YQB emerges from this pandemic on the best possible footing,” he concluded.


  • 353,203 passengers came through YQB in 2021—three times more than the expected 100,000 passengers
  • YQB hopes to see 1 million passengers in 2022
  • Return to 2019 passenger traffic levels (1.8 million) expected in 2024 or 2025
  • Deficit of $29.6 million in 2021, and estimated losses of approximately $100 million by the time profitability is restored
  • Enhanced service for summer 2022:
    • New routes to Europe: London and Paris
    • New carrier: Air France
    • New flights to Western Canada: Calgary and Vancouver
    • Return of U.S. carriers: American Airlines and United
    • Continuation of flights to sun destinations: Cancún, Fort Lauderdale, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, and Varadero
  • Opening of the Blaxton Aéroport de Québec bar-restaurant and the Brûlerie Rousseau café, by Nourcy, planned for this summer

About Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB)

YQB is managed by Aéroport de Québec Inc., a non-profit, non-share capital corporation, responsible for the airport’s management, operation, maintenance, and development since November 1, 2000. Around a dozen carriers offer flights from YQB to destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe, and daily flights to the main hubs in eastern North America.

Series of penalties issued as part of Transport Canada’s investigation into the Montréal-Cancun flight of December 30, 2021

Transport Canada

MONTRÉAL, April 28, 2022 /CNW/ – The safety and security of travellers and transportation workers is paramount to Transport Canada.

Following Transport Canada’s investigation into the Montréal-Cancun flight of December 30, 2021, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, announced today that the majority of non-compliant passengers have received penalties.

Transport Canada has issued a total of 42 penalties to 37 of the 154 passengers, including 18 penalties for non-compliance of vaccination status, and 24 penalties for not respecting instructions to wear a mask. The total value of these penalties, which could reach a maximum of $5,000 each, is $59,500.

Since January 4, 2022, Transport Canada has been conducting an investigation to determine whether the Aeronautics Act, regulations or requirements pertaining to aviation safety and security were contravened during that flight. If non-compliance is identified, Transport Canada ensures that all appropriate enforcement actions are taken. The results of the investigation will determine if further sanctions will be issued in connection with this flight.


“Aviation rules are not to be taken lightly. With this investigation, we want to send a clear message: the behaviour of some passengers on the Montréal-Cancun flight of December 30 was unacceptable, and it is not tolerated. Transport Canada will continue to ensure that all aviation rules are followed at all times.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

Quick facts

  • The December 30, 2021, flight from Montréal to Cancun that Transport Canada is investigating carried a total of 154 passengers.
  • Under the applicable Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, all passengers must be fully vaccinated to board a flight departing from Canada and must comply with the instructions of crew members regarding the wearing of masks.
  • All passengers aboard a flight are subject to all civil aviation regulations and requirements. A passenger can receive more than one penalty if they have contravened more than one of the regulations or requirements.
  • Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Canada, public health authorities and the Canadian aviation industry, including operators, airports and unions, have worked together to implement measures to reduce the spread of the virus and protect workers and travellers.

Associated links

Transport Canada is online at