Canadian Forces Snowbirds release 2021 Show Schedule

December 8, 2020 – Moose Jaw, Sask. – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Today the Canadian Forces (CF) Snowbirds are releasing their tentative schedule for the 2021 Show Season, which will celebrate their 50th Anniversary.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this schedule is subject to change. The CF Snowbirds are committed to the health and safety of their audiences and will adhere to the highest level of COVID-19 precautions. The team will work with each air show and event to ensure COVID-19 measures are in place for both the Snowbirds team and the general public.

As Canada’s iconic air demonstration team, the CF Snowbirds inspire the public by highlighting the extraordinary skill, professionalism, teamwork, and diversity of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Quotes

“We are looking forward to celebrating our 50th season with Canadians in 2021. We are going to ensure that we follow recommended health measures in order to see our fans again in a safe environment this season.”            

Lieutenant-Colonel Denis Bandet, Commanding Officer 431 Air Demonstration Squadron

Quick facts

  • The CF Snowbirds have been entertaining audiences across North American since 1971 and are excited to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2021.
  • The CF Snowbirds’ show is the result of six months of intensive preparation and training and consists of over fifty different formations and maneuvers.
  • 431 Air Demonstration Squadron consists of approximately 80 personnel, 24 of whom comprise the show team that travels during the show season. The CF Snowbirds’ demanding schedule is met through the dedicated teamwork of not only the Royal Canadian Air Force pilots and technicians, but also the entire home team in 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, the squadron’s home base.

2021 Snowbirds Schedule

DateLocation
June
5 ‑ 6To be announced
9North Bay, Ontario
12 ‑ 13To be announced
19 ‑ 20Niagara Falls, New York, USA
22Hanover, Ontario
24To be announced
26Bagotville, Quebec
July
1Ottawa, Ontario
5Thompson, Manitoba
17Boundary Bay, British Columbia
18White Rock, British Columbia
21Terrace, British Columbia
24 ‑ 25Springbank, Alberta
31‑ 1To be announced
August
6 ‑ 8Abbotsford, British Columbia
21Gander, Newfoundland
22Conception Bay South, Newfoundland
25Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
29 ‑ 30Debert, Nova Scotia
September
2Brantford, Ontario
4 ‑ 6Toronto, Ontario
8Kingston, Ontario
11 ‑ 12Gatineau, Quebec
15Stratford, Ontario
18 ‑ 19Mirabel, Quebec
25 ‑ 26Sacaramento, California, USA
October
2 ‑ 3Huntington Beach, California, USA
9 ‑ 10San Francisco, California, USA
16 ‑ 17To be announced

Abbotsford Airport hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic

From Abbotsford News – link to source story

Airport manager Parm Sidhu
Airport manager Parm Sidhu believes airport is in a great position to thrive when normalcy returns

TYLER OLSEN, Dec. 7, 2020

Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) is one of the largest economic drivers in the city. And as more flights have been added in recent years, it has become an increasingly important part of the region’s social and economic transportation infrastructure.

In 2019, traffic at YXX exceeded one million passengers for the first time. It was a major milestone and capped five years of exponential growth that saw passenger numbers double during that period.

Then came 2020. The pandemic has hit many industries and sectors hard, but few have had to deal with as many changes as the air transportation sector.

Borders have been closed. Unprecedented travel restrictions have been imposed. And many people have either been scared to travel or – as conventions are cancelled, meetings are moved online, and tourist destinations close – just found themselves with no need to do so.

But despite all that turmoil, airport general manager Parm Sidhu believes the airport is in a position to thrive when normalcy resumes.

“We believe we’re going to have a significant role to play in the recovery period,” he says. “We believe ultra-low-cost carriers will continue to make travelling affordable and accessible for Canadians.”

Domestic flights – always YXX’s bread and butter – have continued into and out of the airport. Regular destinations still include Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton and Toronto, with a restoration of many previous destinations anticipated to be added during the pandemic recovery cycle..

Passenger numbers in 2020 are forecast to be only about one-third of what they were in 2019, with about 323,000 people expected to pass through the terminal.

But while everyone is expecting COVID-19 to continue to impact business throughout the winter, Sidhu expects a bounce-back year as 2021 progresses.

“If you look at the data from other parts of the world over the summer … the pent-up demand for visiting friends and family is going to be significant,” Sidhu said, noting that the airport’s ultra-low-cost carrier-focused business model revolves around precisely those types of travellers. “We do believe our business model is going to be excellent for the recovery.”

The airport hasn’t only been surviving; it’s been laying the groundwork for continued growth and success once the world gets back to normal – whenever that may be.

YXX recently spent $5 million on expanding its terminal and is in the midst of an $8.5 million expansion for its bag room that will streamline baggage-handling operations for the airlines.

“People won’t necessarily see that improvement, but the airlines, the ground-handling agents and the capacity and throughput of that bag room will be set up for success for a long, long time,” Sidhu says. “We’ll continue to invest in infrastructure as passengers come back.”

Sidhu noted that many of the people taking flights into and out of Abbotsford aren’t locals, but choose the airport because of the low fares. And those people end up contributing to Abbotsford’s economy.

“A growing airport means the region is vibrant and growing. This is one of the most livable regions in North America.”

The airport isn’t just all about jets and airplanes, though.

In recent years, it has become a hub for bus travel. Prior to COVID-19, there were five shuttle buses a day running between the airport and SkyTrain, giving those without a car, or those who wanted to leave their vehicle at home, an easy way to get to their flight. There are now bus connections to downtown Vancouver from the airport, which has also become the Abbotsford stop for EBus’s routes between the Interior and Metro Vancouver.

Those new links further build a foundation for future growth.

“The ground transportation is also vital,” he says. “One thing is having the ultra-low-cost fares … but you need a supporting ecosystem of low-cost parking and ground transportation and we have that.”

Around 1,500 employees, many in well-paying jobs that require higher education, are employed at the airport.

Many large aerospace companies also call the airport home: Conair, Chinook Helicopters, Marshall Aerospace, Cascade Aerospace, Shell Aerocentre, Alpine Airtech, Westview Aviation, Coastal Pacific Aviation, Campbell Helicopters, Bakerview Aviation and Sequoia Helicopters all have facilities on the 1,250-acre site.

In August, the U.S. military awarded a contract worth as much as $374 million to Cascade and Marshall to maintain the military’s KC-130J Super Hercules aircraft for at least the next five years.

And the area’s aerospace cluster continues to grow: there has been a new greenfield development each year since 2015.

“We’re an economic enabler and we partner with people who want to invest here in land and buildings,” Sidhu says. “These investments – the new hangars and new buildings – bring jobs here.”

While there have been fewer passengers this year, the airport’s runways remain extremely busy. Indeed, it’s one of the top-five airports in Canada based on the number of aircraft movements.

Sidhu says there has been a noticeable increase in the number of private corporate jets flying into the airport.

The airport is itself owned and run by the City of Abbotsford; the city purchased it two decades ago for the low sum of just $10. These days, it consistently turns a profit, allowing it to use those funds to improve the site for passengers and airlines.

YXX is home to many events, including one of the top 10 airshows in the world, the Abbotsford International Airshow. Many of those have been cancelled or restricted visitors over the last year, but Sidhu anticipates their return as soon as next year.

“We do see light at the end of the tunnel,” Sidhu says. “It’s a long tunnel, but there is light.”

2 dozen WestJet flights added to airline’s COVID-19 notification list in Calgary

From CTV News – link to source story

Michael Franklin, CTV News Calgary, Senior Digital Producer – Wednesday, December 2, 2020

WestJet says 24 flights since Nov. 20 that arrived and departed from Calgary had guests that tested positive for COVID-19. (File)

CALGARY — WestJet Airlines is notifying guests who flew on a number of its flights within the past two weeks about their possible contact with COVID-19.

The airline provided an updated list on its website, adding 24 flights arriving or departing from Calgary International Airport since Nov. 16. Several of the flights involved U.S. destinations while three came from Mexico.

A third of the flights also came through YYC on Nov. 22, data indicates:

  •  Nov. 28 – Flight 2247 from Puerto Vallarta (PVR) to Calgary, rows 10 to 16;
  •  Nov. 28 – Flight 155 from Calgary to Edmonton, rows 10 to 16;
  •  Nov. 27 – Flight 3229 from Calgary to Edmonton, rows 6 to 12;
  •  Nov. 27 – Flight 1403 from Phoenix (PHX) to Calgary, rows 4 to 10;
  •  Nov. 26 – Flight 205 from Winnipeg to Calgary, rows 11 to 17;
  •  Nov. 26 – Flight 155 from Calgary to Edmonton, rows 5 to 11;
  •  Nov. 26 – Flight 3225 from Calgary to Edmonton, rows 4 to 10;
  •  Nov. 26 – Flight 1403 from Phoenix (PHX) to Calgary, rows 15 to 21;
  •  Nov. 23 – Flight 613 from Ottawa to Calgary, rows 1 to 7;
  •  Nov. 23 – Flight 3101 from Calgary to Fort St. John (YXJ), no information on rows;
  •  Nov. 23 – Flight 658 from Calgary to Toronto, rows 1 to 7;
  •  Nov. 23 – Flight 669 from Toronto to Calgary, rows 5 to 11;
  •  Nov. 22 – Flight 3455 from Calgary to Abbottsford (YXX), rows 14 to 19;
  •  Nov. 22 – Flight 238 from Edmonton to Calgary, no information on rows;
  •  Nov. 22 – Flight 1510 from Calgary to Los Angeles (LAX), no information on rows;
  •  Nov. 22 – Flight 1511 from Los Angeles (LAX) to Calgary, no information on rows;
  •  Nov. 22 – Flight 139 from Calgary to Vancouver, rows 2 to 8;
  •  Nov. 22 – Flight 155 from Calgary to Edmonton, rows 4 to 10;
  •  Nov. 22 – Flight 1403 from Phoenix (PHX) to Calgary, rows 7 to 13;
  •  Nov. 22 – Flight 2311 from Cancun (CUN) to Calgary, rows 6 to 12;
  •  Nov. 21 – Flight 2313 from Cancun (CUN) to Calgary, rows 22 to 28;
  •  Nov. 20 – Flight 119 from Calgary to Vancouver, rows 4 to 10;
  •  Nov. 20 – Flight 3171 from Calgary to Comox (YQQ), rows 3 to 9;
  •  Nov. 20 – Flight 3144 from Fort McMurray (YMM) to Calgary, rows 13 to 19.

WestJet says it is releasing information on the rows that could have come into close contact with the positive cases of the disease so guests can take proper precautions.

While the Canada-U.S. border remains closed to all land crossings until at least Dec. 21, air travel between the two countries is allowed, provided travelers self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

COVID-infected flights fall sharply across Canada

From Toronto Sun – link to source story

Bryan Passifiume  •  Nov 23, 2020

Pearson International airport was practically vacant at Terminal 1  except for a few international flyers  on Thursday April 2, 2020. Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network
Toronto Pearson International Airport on April 2, 2020. PHOTO BY JACK BOLAND /Toronto Sun

Only five international and six domestic flights with passengers infected with COVID-19 landed at Canadian airports last week.

That’s compared to 44 international and 60 domestic flights recorded the week previous, according to publicly available data from Health Canada.

Five of the six domestic flights occurred on Nov. 16 — Swoop 406 between Toronto and Abbotsford, PAL Airlines 1902 between Quebec City and Sept-Iles, Jazz 8280 between Vancouver and Prince Rupert, Air Canada 341 between Ottawa and Vancouver, and Air Canada 209 between Calgary and Vancouver.

The sixth flight was Air Canada 428 from Toronto to Montreal on Nov. 17.

Internationally, only two infected flights originated from the United States,  both from Chicago — United 4552 to Toronto on Nov. 16 and Air Canada 7596 to Montreal on Nov. 17

Other international flights include Air Canada 989 from Cancun to Montreal and Rouge 1994 from Mexico City to Toronto — both on Nov. 17 — and Turkish Airlines 17 from Istanbul to Toronto on Nov. 18, the only non-North American flight to carry COVID-positive passengers.

Calgary, home to the federal government’s pilot program testing international arrivals for COVID-19, recorded no infected passengers over the past week, down from two the week previous.

Turkish Airlines has carried the most COVID-19 infected passengers of any international carrier over the past two weeks — seven to Toronto and one to Montreal.

Health Canada only posts data online from the past two weeks, and does not list how many passengers on board tested positive, only — when available — listing ranges of row numbers of where the person may have sat.

Data on infections comes from a variety of sources, states Health Canada, including contact tracing and information from local public health authorities.

Thirty-six infected domestic and international flights landed in Toronto since Nov. 8, the highest in Canada, while 24 landed at Vancouver, 19 at Montreal and six at Calgary.

Since March, only four Canadian airports — Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver — are permitted to accept international flights, with some exceptions.

Swoop Takes Off From Toronto Pearson Airport

The airline kicks off its winter schedule with inaugural flights from YYZ
bringing its ultra-low fares to Canada’s largest city

TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2020 /CNW/ – Today Swoop launched its operations at Toronto Pearson Airport, safely completing flights from Toronto to destinations in Montego Bay, Edmonton, Kelowna and Halifax. The inaugural operations continue this week with additional flights to destinations such as Abbotsford and Cancun.  

Swoop and GTAA representatives see off the ultra-low fare airline's inaugural flight from Toronto Pearson International Airport. Pictured left to right: Julien Carron, John Sharp and Craig Bradbrook of GTAA, alongside Charles Duncan, Colleen Ham and Bert van der Stege of Swoop. (CNW Group/Swoop)
Swoop and GTAA representatives see off the ultra-low fare airline’s inaugural flight from Toronto Pearson International Airport. Pictured left to right: Julien Carron, John Sharp and Craig Bradbrook of GTAA, alongside Charles Duncan, Colleen Ham and Bert van der Stege of Swoop. (CNW Group/Swoop)
Swoop President, Charles Duncan and GTAA Chief Operations Officer, Craig Bradbrook celebrating Swoop’s inaugural flights out of Toronto Pearson International Airport. (CNW Group/Swoop)
Swoop President, Charles Duncan and GTAA Chief Operations Officer, Craig Bradbrook celebrating Swoop’s inaugural flights out of Toronto Pearson International Airport. (CNW Group/Swoop)

This begins the airline’s winter schedule which includes the return to Kelowna International Airport and the addition of non-stop service to popular sun destinations. With its accessible and affordable airfares, Swoop is connecting more Canadians in the GTA with a safe and responsible travel option.

“We are excited to be able to bring our ultra-low cost carrier model to Toronto and serve Canada’s largest city,” says Charles Duncan, President, Swoop. “We know that Canadians are cautious about travelling, and with the significant health and safety measures we have put in place, travellers can rest assured that their safety is our top priority.”

“We’re pleased to welcome Swoop to Toronto Pearson, offering yet another choice for our valued passengers,” says Deborah Flint, President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “Toronto Pearson is committed to offering an enjoyable airport experience that is focused on health from curb to boarding and back again.”

The airline’s scheduled winter service from Toronto Pearson International Airport includes direct flights to Kelowna, Abbotsford, Halifax and Edmonton. Popular sun destinations are also available such as Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa Bay, Montego Bay and Cancun supported by Swoop Getaways flight plus hotel packages, powered by Expedia. As part of its winter schedule and Swoop’s commitment to the region, the airline will continue to serve Hamilton with multiple flights per week to Edmonton and Abbotsford.

“In a challenging year like we are having, we want to help Canadians connect with family and friends or travel south safely this winter season, which is why we are proud to offer direct, non-stop flights, and Getaways all at an affordable price tag,” states Duncan.

Some of the health and safety measures Swoop has introduced includes stricter boarding processes allowing for shorter queue wait times, traveller screening measures, increased sanitization, and enforcing face masks to be worn for the duration of the flight.

Additionally, every transborder and international round-trip Swoop flight and Getaways booking now includes no-charge COVID-19 travel insurance coverage. This complimentary coverage is automatically included on eligible bookings at time of purchase for bookings made on and after October 15, 2020, for travel until April 24, 2021, and is valid for up to 21 days. One-way travel is excluded.

The start of its winter schedule marks the next step in Swoop’s recovery efforts while remaining true to its mission of offering accessible and affordable air travel to Canadians. As the country’s largest ultra-low cost carrier, the airline is uniquely positioned to help drive industry recovery with price-sensitive travellers.

Highlights about Swoop’s service from Toronto for travel between October 25, 2020 – April 24, 2021 are outlined below. Schedules are subject to change due to travel advisories, health and safety conditions and traveller demand. For peace of mind, travellers can purchase ModiFly, which allows them to make a one-time change to the date and time of their booking.

  • Toronto and Abbotsford will operate up to 6x weekly, with service every day except Saturday
  • Toronto and Edmonton will operate 6x weekly with service every day except Saturday
  • Toronto and Kelowna will operate up to 4x weekly with service on Monday, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Toronto and Halifax will operate daily
  • Toronto and Las Vegas will operate up to 4x weekly on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Toronto and Orlando will operate up to 5x weekly on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Toronto and Tampa Bay will operate up to 4x weekly on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Toronto and Cancun will operate up to 5x weekly, with service on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Toronto and Montego Bay will operate up to 5x weekly, with service on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

For more information, please visit www.flyswoop.com

Swoop airline ends some flights from Hamilton airport

From Global News – link to story

By Don Mitchell Global News ~ September 4, 2020

A Boeing 737 (737-800) jetliner, belonging to low-cost carrier Swoop, lands at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, on Tues., Feb. 26, 2019.
A Boeing 737 (737-800) jetliner, belonging to low-cost carrier Swoop, lands at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, on Tues., Feb. 26, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Larry MacDougal

Low-cost carrier Swoop airlines will soon have only a single destination to and from Hamilton International Airport as the airline cancelled routes due to struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an e-mail to Global News, the carrier revealed that its eight flights weekly to and from Abbotsford, B.C., and six to and from Halifax will be no longer as of Oct. 23.

The carrier’s only remaining destination from John C. Munro will be service to Edmonton, which will operate up to four times weekly with service on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

The news comes a day after the carrier revealed its new operations out of Pearson International Airport in Toronto, which go into effect on Oct. 25, two days after the Hamilton flights discontinue.

A number of the airline’s flights to sun destinations, like Cancun, Las Vegas and Orlando, will also now operate out of Toronto.

“Our winter schedule is in response to a growing rebound in travel, as we know travellers are eager to plan their next getaway,” president Charles Duncan said in a release on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Larissa Mark told Global News the changes were based on the airline’s pandemic recovery plan and are indicative of current demand from the airline.

“We will continue to serve the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport as we feel this is a market that has served Swoop well and still holds opportunities for us,” Mark said.

“We are thankful for the continued support of the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport now and during our first two years of operation.”

Dina Carlucci, director of business development and customer experience for the Hamilton airport, told Global News that the move away from John C. Munro was not “good news,” making for “a tough week” for the airport.

“It’s unfortunate news,” Carlucci said.

“Very much positioned around the pandemic and looking at recovery strategies that are going to align with travel demand for them.”

Swoop first signed up with the airport in 2018 as a subsidiary of WestJet and flew to nine destinations across Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Jamaica.

With the changes, the airport is down to only two passenger carriers, Swoop and WestJet, with the latter still operating five flights to Calgary every week.

Prior to the pandemic, Carlucci says the passenger side of the airport’s business was doing well, hitting the one-million mark at the end of 2019.

“We were well on our way to likely meeting or exceeding the one-million mark for 2020,” Carlucci said. “COVID hit and all of a sudden from the second quarter onward our numbers slid.”

Despite passenger capacity being down 92 per cent in the spring, amid the pandemic, Carlucci says the airport is still benefitting from its diversity in other businesses, including cargo, maintenance and repair operations.

© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Swoop Releases Winter Flying, Invites Canadians to Explore New Destinations From Toronto Pearson Airport

The ultra-low fare airline expands domestic service to include Kelowna and Toronto and adds service to popular sun destinations

CALGARY, AB, Sept. 2, 2020 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop released its winter schedule, unveiling the new markets the ultra-low fare airline will serve as it begins operations from Toronto Pearson International Airport on Oct. 25, 2020.

Swoop’s winter schedule includes the restart of operations at Kelowna International Airport and the addition of non-stop service to popular sun destinations. These consist of flights from Toronto to Montego Bay, Cancun, Las Vegas, Orlando and Tampa Bay.  

“Our winter schedule is in response to a growing rebound in travel, as we know travellers are eager to plan their next getaway,” says Charles Duncan, President, Swoop. “We remain committed as ever to making affordable air travel accessible for Canadians who are looking to reconnect with family and friends over the holidays or are looking for a change in scenery this winter.”

With safety as its number one priority, Swoop has implemented a robust set of measures to safeguard a safe and healthy travel and work environment for its travellers and crew. This includes stricter boarding processes allowing for shorter queue wait times, traveller screening measures, increased sanitization, and enforcing face masks to be worn for the duration of the flight.

“It is time to travel again, and that can be done responsibly and safely,” states Duncan. “We are focusing our efforts on encouraging travel with our ability to provide ultra-low fares to price-sensitive travellers.”

“These new destinations from Swoop provide passengers with more choice,” says Craig Bradbrook, Chief Operating Officer, Greater Toronto Airports Authority.  “Together with our airline and agency partners, we remain committed to providing a safe, hygienic and efficient travel experience, so passengers can travel with confidence through Toronto Pearson.”  

“We are very pleased to see Swoop return to YLW for the winter travel season,” says Sam Samaddar, Director, Kelowna International Airport. “This ultra-low fare airline has great opportunities for Kelowna residents to visit family and friends or enjoy a winter getaway with four weekly flights to Toronto served by good arrival and departure times.”

Today’s announcement reflects the next step in Swoop’s recovery plans. The airline has remained operational throughout the pandemic, adjusting its network to reflect fluctuating demand. Since July, Swoop has successfully ramped up its flyingengaged airport partners across North and Central America and announced the start of new operations at Toronto Pearson Airport. 

Highlights of Swoop’s winter schedule operating between Oct. 25, 2020 – Apr. 24, 2021, can be found below. Winter flying from Edmonton, with service to six destinations, was previously announced. Traveller demand, travel advisories, and health and safety conditions will be monitored over the coming weeks and months, which may cause adjustments to this schedule. For added flexibility, Swoop travellers have the option to purchase ModiFly, which grants them a one-time date and time change to their booking.

  • Toronto and Abbotsford will operate up to 6x weekly, with service every day except Saturday
  • Toronto and Edmonton will operate 6x weekly with service every day except Saturday
  • Toronto and Kelowna will operate up to 4x weekly with service on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Toronto and Halifax will operate daily 
  • Toronto and Las Vegas will operate up to 4x weekly on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday 
  • Toronto and Orlando will operate up to 5x weekly on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Toronto and Tampa Bay will operate up to 4x weekly on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Toronto and Cancun will operate up to 5x weekly, with service on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Toronto and Montego Bay will operate up to 5x weekly, with service on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Edmonton and Hamilton will operate up to 4x weekly with service on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday 
  • Edmonton and Abbotsford will operate up to 14x weekly with double daily service. 
  • Edmonton and Mesa will operate up to 4x weekly with service on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Edmonton and Las Vegas will operate up to 4x weekly with service on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday 
  • Edmonton and Puerto Vallarta will operate 2x weekly, with service on Tuesday and Saturday 
  • Edmonton and Mazatlán will operate 2x weekly with service on Wednesday and Saturday

For more information visit www.flyswoop.com

Four additional B.C. domestic flights added to COVID-19 exposure list

News from the Vancouver Sun – link to story

By law, anyone arriving in B.C. from outside Canada is required to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms over a period of 14 days from their arrival.

Stephanie Ip, Vancouver Sun ~ Aug 18, 2020

A Swoop airplane is seen in this undated handout photo. WestJet Airlines Ltd. says Swoop, its new ultra-low-cost carrier, will launch on June 20. The airline will begin with six weekly flights between Abbotsford, B.C., and Hamilton and six weekly flights between Hamilton and Halifax. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, WestJet *MANDATORY CREDIT*
COVID-19 exposure alerts have been issued for four additional flights either arriving in or departing from B.C. HANDOUT, WESTJET

COVID-19 exposure alerts have been issued for four additional flights either arriving or departing from B.C.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control added four domestic flights to its coronavirus exposure list on Monday, warning passengers that a positive COVID-19 case was on board.

Those flights include:

  • Aug. 2: Swoop Flight 202, Abbotsford to Edmonton
  • Aug. 3: Flair Flight 8101, Vancouver to Calgary, Row 20 to 26
  • Aug. 8: WestJet Flight 123, Vancouver to Calgary, Row 20 to 25
  • Aug. 9: WestJet, Flight 171, Edmonton to Vancouver, Row 23 to 29

Row information was only given for three of the four flights; it is unknown where the positive case was located on the Swoop flight.

By law, anyone arriving in B.C. from outside Canada is required to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms over a period of 14 days from their arrival.

Cascade Aerospace Awarded Contract with the Government of The People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Ministry of Defence

ABBOTSFORD, BC, July 21, 2020 /CNW/ -Cascade Aerospace, an operating unit of IMP Aerospace & Defence, is pleased to announce that it has won the publically tendered contract to perform structural and special inspection (6 yearly) and other maintenance work for one of the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) C-130B aircraft.

Bangladesh Airforce C130B (CNW Group/Cascade Aerospace Inc.)

Beginning in fall of 2020, Cascade will perform the structural inspection, the special inspection, overhaul components and provide additional maintenance work in accordance with the BAF’s Maintenance Program. This marks the first contract between Cascade Aerospace and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Cascade is looking forward to establishing a long term relationship supporting BAF’s fleet.

All work will be completed in Abbotsford, Canada.

Contract was signed by Directorate General Defense Purchase (DGDP) of Bangladesh and Cascade Aerospace on June 30, 2020.

WestJet expands August schedule, updates July flying

From WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership 

Schedule highlights airline’s continued service to 39 Canadian cities from coast-to-coast

Airline’s stringent health and safety measures ensure Canadians can travel safely to 48 destinations

CALGARY, AB, July 13, 2020 /CNW/ – WestJet today released its updated August schedule featuring more than 200 daily flights to 48 destinations across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe. The schedule features service to 39 domestic airports and further highlights the airline’s commitment to ensuring air service and regional connectivity is available to Canadians from coast-to-coast.

The updated schedule is supported by the layered framework WestJet has built to ensure Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline’s Safety Above All hygiene program. The airline continues to provide flexibility in booking, change and cancellation policies for guests.

“With the many safeguards and procedures in place, we are certain Canadians can safely resume travel to destinations across our network,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “We continue to adapt our schedule to meet the needs of our guests and through our continued investments economies can begin to recover with the support of domestic tourism driven by air travel.”

Between July 15 through to September 4, 2020, WestJet will increase domestic frequencies and offer operations to 48 destinations including 39 in Canada, five in the U.S., two in Europe, one in the Caribbean, one in Mexico.

The airline will reintroduce non-stop Dreamliner service from Calgary to London (Gatwick) and Paris effective August 20, 2020 and will continue to serve five key transborder destinations including Atlanta, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York (LaGuardia) and Orlando. The airline will also offer service to Cancun, Mexico and will resume operations once-weekly to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Continued von zur Muehlen, “Despite these headwinds, we are committed to ensuring air travel remains affordable and accessible to Canadians from coast-to-coast during this difficult time. While an increase in flying is a positive sign, we are prudently monitoring our guests loads to ensure we are managing our airline and the health of our guests and crew responsibly.”

The August schedule reflects approximately a 10 per cent increase in flying from July, but a decrease of 75 per cent less flying from August 2019. It also includes select frequency reductions and temporary domestic route suspensions between stations across Canada due to continued border closures and provincial travel restrictions.  

At this time, the airline is planning on operating the following domestic routes and frequencies from July 16 to September 4. The below frequencies represent peak service within this time frame:

ALBERTA AND NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Calgary-Abbotsford2x daily
Calgary-Comox1x daily
Calgary-Cranbrook4x weekly
Calgary-Fort St. John2x daily
Calgary-Kamloops1x daily
Calgary-Kelowna3x daily
Calgary-Nanaimo1x daily
Calgary-Penticton1x daily
Calgary-Vancouver7x daily
Calgary-Victoria2x daily
Calgary-Edmonton6x daily
Calgary-Fort McMurray3x daily
Calgary-Grande Prairie3x daily
Calgary-Lethbridge3x weekly
Calgary-Lloydminster2x weekly
Calgary-Medicine Hat2x weekly
Calgary-Yellowknife4x weekly
Calgary-Brandon3x weekly
Calgary-Regina3x daily
Calgary-Saskatoon3x daily
Calgary-Winnipeg3x daily
Calgary-Hamilton4x weekly
Calgary-Kitchener/Waterloo4x weekly
Calgary-Toronto6x daily
Edmonton-Comox2x weekly
Edmonton-Kelowna6x weekly
Edmonton-Vancouver3x daily
Edmonton-Victoria1x daily
Edmonton-Calgary6x daily
Edmonton-Fort McMurray6x weekly
Edmonton-Grande Prairie6x weekly
Edmonton-Regina5x weekly
Edmonton-Saskatoon6x weekly
Edmonton-Winnipeg6x weekly
Edmonton-Toronto3x daily
Fort McMurray-Calgary3x daily
Fort McMurray-Edmonton6x weekly
Grande Prairie-Calgary3x daily
Grande Prairie-Edmonton6x weekly
Lethbridge-Calgary3x weekly
Lloydminster-Calgary2x weekly
Medicine Hat-Calgary2x weekly
Yellowknife-Calgary4x weekly

BRITISH COLUMBIA AND YUKON

Abbotsford-Calgary2x daily
Comox-Calgary1x daily
Cranbrook-Calgary4x weekly
Fort St John-Calgary2x daily
Fort St John-Vancouver4x weekly
Kamloops-Calgary1x daily
Kelowna-Vancouver1x daily
Kelowna-Calgary3x daily
Kelowna-Edmonton6x weekly
Nanaimo-Calgary1x daily
Penticton-Calgary1x daily
Prince George-Vancouver3x daily
Terrace-Vancouver1x daily
Vancouver-Kelowna1x daily
Vancouver-Prince George3x daily
Vancouver-Terrace1x daily
Vancouver-Victoria2x daily
Vancouver-Calgary7x daily
Vancouver-Edmonton3x daily
Vancouver-Winnipeg6x weekly
Vancouver-Toronto4x daily
Victoria-Vancouver2x daily
Victoria-Calgary2x daily
Victoria-Edmonton1x daily

ONTARIO

Hamilton-Calgary4x weekly
Kitchener/Waterloo-Calgary4x weekly
London, ON-Toronto6x weekly
Ottawa-Calgary6x weekly
Ottawa-Toronto4x daily
Ottawa-Halifax2x weekly
Thunder Bay-Winnipeg2x weekly
Thunder Bay-Toronto6x weekly
Toronto-Vancouver4x daily
Toronto-Calgary6x daily
Toronto-Edmonton3x daily
Toronto-Regina3x weekly
Toronto-Saskatoon3x weekly
Toronto-Winnipeg3x daily
Toronto-London, ON6x weekly
Toronto-Ottawa4x daily
Toronto-Thunder Bay4x weekly
Toronto-Montreal4x daily
Toronto-Quebec City4x weekly
Toronto-Charlottetown6x weekly
Toronto-Deer Lake4x weekly
Toronto-Fredericton5x weekly
Toronto-Halifax3x daily
Toronto-Moncton5x weekly
Toronto-St. John’s (NL)1x daily

SASKATCHEWAN AND MANITOBA

Brandon-Calgary3x weekly
Regina-Calgary3x daily
Regina-Edmonton5x weekly
Regina-Toronto3x weekly
Saskatoon-Calgary3x daily
Saskatoon-Edmonton6x weekly
Saskatoon-Winnipeg2x weekly
Saskatoon-Toronto3x weekly
Winnipeg-Vancouver6x weekly
Winnipeg-Calgary3x daily
Winnipeg-Edmonton6x weekly
Winnipeg-Saskatoon2x weekly
Winnipeg-Thunder Bay2x weekly
Winnipeg-Toronto3x daily

QUEBEC

Montreal-Calgary6x weekly
Montreal-Toronto4x daily
Quebec City-Toronto4x weekly

ATLANTIC CANADA

Charlottetown-Toronto6x weekly
Deer Lake-Toronto4x weekly
Fredericton-Toronto5x weekly
Halifax-Calgary1x daily
Halifax-Ottawa2x weekly
Halifax-Toronto3x daily
Halifax- St. John’s (NL)1x daily
Halifax-Sydney2x weekly
Moncton-Toronto5x weekly
St. John’s (NL)-Toronto1x daily
St. John’s (NL)-Halifax1x daily
Sydney-Halifax2x weekly

At this time, the airline is planning on operating the following transborder and international routes from July 16 to September 4, 2020.

MarketPlanned frequency
Calgary – Los Angeles3x weekly
Calgary – Las Vegas2x weekly
Calgary – Atlanta4x weekly
Calgary – London Gatwick3 weekly effective August 20
Calgary – Paris2x weekly effective August 20
Vancouver – Los Angeles3x weekly
Toronto – LaGuardia5x weekly
Toronto – Orlando1x weekly
Toronto – Cancun1x weekly
Toronto – Montego Bay1x weekly

Temporary domestic route suspensions for July 16 – September 4, 2020.

MarketPrevious frequency
Vancouver – Nanaimo2x daily
Vancouver – Comox1x daily
Vancouver – Saskatoon1x daily
Vancouver – Cranbrook1x daily
Vancouver – Ottawa2x daily
Vancouver – Montreal13x weekly
Vancouver – Halifax6x weekly
Kelowna – Victoria2x daily
Calgary – Prince George1x daily
Calgary – London, ON2x daily
Calgary – Quebec City4x weekly
Calgary – Charlottetown4x weekly
Calgary – St. John’s1x daily
Edmonton – Yellowknife1x daily
Edmonton – Ottawa4x weekly
Edmonton – Montreal3x weekly
Edmonton – Halifax10x weekly
Edmonton – St. John’s4x weekly
Winnipeg – Regina1x daily
Winnipeg – Ottawa1x daily
Winnipeg – Montreal1x daily
Winnipeg – Halifax1x daily
Toronto – Victoria4x weekly
Toronto – Kelowna1x daily
Toronto – Sydney6x weekly
Halifax – Montreal2x daily