Category: Air Transat

‘It’s about stability’: Unifor union president supports Air Canada’s bid for Transat

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By Julien Arsenault – The Canadian Press – 17 July 2019

An Air Transat plane is seen as an Air Canada plane lands at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal on Thursday, May 16, 2019.
An Air Transat plane is seen as an Air Canada plane lands at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal on Thursday, May 16, 2019.Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press

The largest private-sector union in the country says Air Canada is employees’ best option when it comes to the purchase of Quebec tour operator Transat A.T.

Unifor president Jerry Dias argued in an open letter Wednesday that while takeovers can work against employees’ best interest, his union is backing the option that offers the most stability and job security.

WATCH: Air Canada in exclusive talks to takeover Air Transat

Last month Transat’s board of directors approved a takeover offer by Air Canada over other bidders, though the $520-million deal faces legal and regulatory scrutiny along with resistance from major Transat shareholders.

The announcement came three days after Ottawa greenlighted Onex Corp.’s proposed $3.5-billion acquisition of WestJet Airlines Ltd. on June 24.

READ MORE: Federal transport minister approves sale of WestJet to Onex at price reduced by 737 Max issues

Dias said in a phone interview Wednesday that hedge funds have little stake in protecting companies in the long-term and frequently wind up selling off profitable parts before abandoning ship.

“They bust up the company, they sell off the assets,” he said. “At least a company like Air Canada has a long history, and they’re not going anywhere.”

“For me it’s about stability. It’s about a common-sense business model that keeps people employed instead of an industry that’s based on making a quick buck,” Dias said.

Unifor represents more than 4,000 sales and customer service agents at Air Canada, but no employees at Transat, where about half of the 5,000 workers are unionized.

READ MORE: Air Canada to buy Transat for $520 million

Other unions representing machinists, flight attendants and pilots on both sides of the pending purchase say it is still too early to weigh in.

The two companies say the deal will likely close early next year. It must pass the scrutiny of the Competition Bureau and win over major Transat shareholders.

Letko, Brosseau and Associates, the Montreal-based travel company’s largest stakeholder at just under 20 per cent, has stated its opposition to the $13-per-share purchase price.

The Quebec Federation of Labour Solidarity Fund and the Caisse, which hold 11.56 per cent and 5.83 per cent, respectively, have not yet made their opinions public.

© 2019 The Canadian Press

Air Transat obtains ISO 14001 certification for its head office

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MONTREAL, July 16, 2019 /CNW/ – Air Transat, Canada’s number one leisure airline, has achieved ISO 14001:2015 certification for its head office. The distinction conferred on the building at 5959 Côte-Vertu Boulevard in Montreal is the culmination of a long process by the company to implement a system for environmental management and continuous improvement of its sustainability practices.

“We have just taken another significant step forward, and are very proud of this accomplishment, which reflects all of the environmental efforts made by our team,” says Air Transat President Jean-François Lemay. “For more than 10 years now, we’ve been incorporating environmentally responsible practices into our operations, and their success and benefits depend largely on our employees’ commitment and diligence in ensuring their application day after day.”

Scope of the environmental management system (EMS)
Air Transat’s environmental management system applies to its head office, comprising the administrative offices and maintenance centre, and includes building management as well as landscaping. The carrier’s environmental policy focuses on five primary challenges: greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy use, solid-waste production, hazardous materials, and wastewater. Mitigation targets for each are clearly stated, and all operations are standardized according to environmentally responsible practices supervised by the EMS team.

Those practices encompass a host of energy-optimization initiatives, which have included installation of a solar wall at the head office to lower energy consumption and GHG emissions, and banning of all single-use plastics in the cafeteria. Air Transat was awarded the highest level of certification, Level 3 – Performance, by the Quebec government under its ICI ON RECYCLE! Program, for its Montreal headquarters in 2011, 2014 and 2017. The building was also the first ever in Canada to be certified LEED Platinum in the Existing Buildings category.

A committed team
Securing the ISO 14001 certification required training and coaching for all employees working at the head office, with the key driver of this successful endeavour being the longstanding commitment and dedication of the senior executive team and all personnel toward sustainability principles. The ISO audit identified employee pride in the company’s environmental stewardship efforts among Air Transat’s strengths, along with the organization’s engagement and structure, which are conducive to improved environmental performance.

The audit also acknowledged the company’s outstanding communications efforts in raising employee awareness and informing them about environmentally responsible practices, by means of recurring campaigns and a diverse array of communications tools. Lastly, given that its EMS promotes continuous improvement, Air Transat remains fully committed to continuing its many efforts in favour of exemplary environmental performance.

Mach Clarifies Transat’s Rejection of its Superior Proposal

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MONTREAL, July 9, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Contrary to recent media reports, Group Mach Inc. (“Mach”) wishes to clarify that it never withdrew its superior Amended Proposal (as defined below), instead the Board of Directors of Transat Inc. (TSX: TRZ) (“Transat” or the “Company”) rejected said proposal by rendering it null and void upon entering into the arrangement agreement with Air Canada dated June 27, 2019 (the “Arrangement Agreement”), thus not respecting one of the conditions of our Amended Proposal to the effect that Transat not sign a definitive acquisition agreement with Air Canada.  As such, Mach’s formal amended superior proposal to the attention of the Board of Directors of Transat dated June 25, 2019 to acquire all issued and outstanding voting shares of Transat at a price of $14.00 cash per share (the “Amended Proposal”) became null and void. Of note, notwithstanding that our superior Amended Proposal was not conditional on financing and the expiration of the exclusivity period with Air Canada on June 26, 2019, the Board of Directors of Transat did not respond to our Amended Proposal and decided instead to execute the Arrangement Agreement.  Based on the foregoing, Mach will not submit a superior proposal as defined under the Arrangement Agreement.

Air Transat is synonymous with Sun to travellers from Quebec

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Carrier strengthens its position as a leader in holiday travel this winter with new flight to New Orleans and year-round service to Spain

MONTREAL, July 4, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat is pleased to present travellers from Quebec with its enhanced Sun destinations program for winter 2019–2020, including the southern United StatesMexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America, and Europe. The lineup includes a brand-new destination, New Orleans, Louisiana, available as of November with twice-weekly direct service. Named the 2019 World’s Best Leisure Airline by Skytrax, Air Transat will become the only carrier to offer direct flights from Montreal to this festive destination.

With new Airbus A321neoLR aircraft added to its fleet in time for winter operations this year, Air Transat will have greater flexibility to offer travellers a broader range of destinations. The company will feature a total of 42 South and Europedestinations out of Montreal, and 13 out of Quebec City.

On the Europe front, the carrier will now serve Spain’s Costa del Sol year-round, with direct service to Malaga from Montreal (two flights a week), and will also fly to Madrid starting in December (two direct flights weekly).

New Sun destinations 
Air Transat will put increased focus on Florida travel this winter, continuing its Orlando service (three direct flights per week) and adding frequency to Fort Lauderdale, with direct flights now available daily out of Montreal during the peak season. The carrier will also boost frequency on its Quebec City–Fort Lauderdale route, offering five direct flights a week.

Also out of Montreal, Air Transat will be enriching its Dominican Republic program with one additional direct flight each week to Puerto Plata (for a total of five direct flights a week), as well as adding another flight to Montego Bay, Jamaica(four direct flights per week). Cuba will be more accessible for travellers flying out of Quebec City, with the addition of direct service to Holguin, for a total of two direct flights weekly.

Europe in winterIn addition to the Costa del Sol and Madrid in Spain, Air Transat will continue serving Portugal this winter, with direct flights to Lisbon. It will also maintain its daily direct service between Montreal and Paris. And beginning in mid-December, residents of the Quebec City region will enjoy twice-weekly direct service to the French capital.

Discovering Canada and Europe with domestic and connecting flights
Air Transat’s domestic flights, which link some major Canadian cities, will allow Quebecers to explore other regions in Canada as well as transatlantic destinations accessible via connecting flights.The airline will continue its daily direct flights between Montreal and Toronto, and three direct weekly flights linking Montreal and Vancouver.

From Montreal – 42 South and Europe destinations

SouthNumber of flights (in peak season)
Caribbean
Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe2 direct flights a week
Port-au-Prince, Haiti2 direct flights a week
Montego Bay, Jamaica4 direct flights a week
Fort-de-France, Martinique2 direct flights a week
Saint-Martin/St. Maarten1 direct flight a week
Central and South America
Cartagena, Colombia2 direct flights a week
San Andres, Colombia1 direct flight a week
Liberia, Costa Rica2 direct flights a week
San José, Costa Rica2 direct flights a week
Roatan, Honduras2 direct flights a week
Rio Hato, Panama2 direct flights a week
El Salvador, Salvador1 direct flight a week
Cuba
Cayo Coco4 direct flights a week
Cayo Largo2 direct flights a week
Cayo Santa Maria4 direct flights a week
Havana1 direct flight a week
Holguin5 direct flights a week
VaraderoDaily direct flights
Dominican Republic
La Romana2 direct flights a week
Puerto Plata5 direct flights a week
Punta CanaDaily direct flights
Samana3 direct flights a week
Santo Domingo1 direct flight a week
Mexico
Acapulco1 direct flight a week
Cancun / Riviera MayaDaily direct flights
Cozumel1 direct flight a week
Puerto Vallarta3 direct flights a week
United States
Fort Lauderdale, FloridaDaily direct flights
Orlando, Florida3 direct flights a week
New Orleans, Louisiana2 direct flights a week
San Juan, Puerto Rico1 direct flight a week
EuropeNumber of flights (in peak season)
France
ParisDaily direct flights
Italy
Rome2 flights a week via Toronto (until mid-January)
Portugal
Faro1 flight a week via Toronto
Lisbon2 direct flights a week and 2 flights a week via Toronto
Porto1 flight a week via Toronto
Spain
Barcelona2 flights a week via Toronto (until mid-January)
Madrid2 direct flights a week
Malaga2 direct flights a week
United Kingdom
Glasgow2 flights a week via Toronto
London7 flights a week via Toronto
Manchester3 flights a week via Toronto

From Montreal – Domestic flights

CanadaNumber of flights
TorontoDaily direct flights
Vancouver4 direct flights a week

From Quebec City – 13 South and Europe destinations

SouthNumber of flights (in peak season)
Cuba
Cayo Coco2 direct flights a week
Cayo Santa Maria2 direct flights a week
Holguin2 direct flights a week
Varadero3 direct flights a week
Dominican Republic
La Romana1 direct flight a week
Puerto Plata1 direct flight a week
Punta Cana4 direct flights a week
Samana1 direct flight a week
Florida
Fort Lauderdale5 direct flights a week
Orlando2 direct flights a week
Mexico
Cancun / Riviera Maya4 direct flights a week
Puerto Vallarta1 direct flight a week
Europe
Paris, France2 direct flights a week

Air Transat is synonymous with Sun to travellers in Western Canada

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The airline is strengthening its position as a leader in holiday travel this winter with new flights to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Florida

MONTREAL, July 4, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat is pleased to present travellers in Western Canada with its enriched winter 2019-2020 program for Sun destinations in Central AmericaMexicoFlorida, the Caribbean and Europe. Named the 2019 World’s Best Leisure Airline by Skytrax, Air Transat will be introducing beachgoers from the Vancouver area to new destinations in Florida, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Travellers will have a choice of 20 South and Europe destinations from Vancouver. The most scenic beaches in the South will be accessible to passengers flying out of Calgary, Victoria, Edmonton and Winnipeg as well.

New destinations and more flights to the most popular Sun destinations  
The addition of new Airbus A321neoLRs to its fleet next winter will allow the carrier greater flexibility to offer a wider choice of destinations to travellers. As of December, Air Transat will become the sole company to fly direct from Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale, Florida (two direct flights a week), while also adding departures to Liberia and San Jose, Costa Rica, (two flights a week) as well as a direct flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Along with its new destinations from Vancouver, Air Transat will enhance its flight program from Calgary, adding another direct flight to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a total of four direct flights a week.  

Europe in winterFrom Vancouver, several of Canadians’ favourite European Sun destinations—such as Faro and Lisbon in Portugal and Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga in Spain—will be readily accessible via Montreal and Toronto. Flying through Toronto or Montreal, passengers will also be able to holiday in LondonGlasgow and Manchester in the United Kingdom too, as well as in Paris, France. 

Discovering more destinations with domestic and connecting flights
Air Transat’s domestic flights, which link some major Canadian cities, will allow British Columbians to explore other regions in Canada as well as South and transatlantic destinations accessible via connecting flights. The airline will continue its five direct weekly flights between Vancouver and Toronto and four direct weekly flights between Vancouverand Montreal.

From Vancouver: 20 South and Europe destinations

SouthNumber of flights (during peak season)
Costa Rica
Liberia2 flights a week
San Jose2 flights a week
Cuba
Cayo Santa Maria1 flight a week via Toronto
Holguin1 flight a week via Toronto
Varadero1 flight a week via Toronto
Dominican Republic
Puerto Plata1 flight a week via Toronto
Punta Cana1 direct flight a week and 3 flights a week via Toronto
Florida
Fort Lauderdale2 direct flights a week
Jamaica
Montego Bay, Jamaica1 flight a week via Toronto
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera Maya3 direct flights a week
Puerto Vallarta4 direct flights a week
EuropeNumber of flights (during peak season)
France
Paris3 flights a week via Montreal
Portugal
Faro2 flights a week via Toronto
Lisbon2 flights a week via Montreal
Spain
Barcelona1 flight a week via Toronto (until mid-January)
Madrid1 flight a week via Montreal (as of December)
Malaga1 flight a week via Montreal
United Kingdom
Glasgow4 flights a week via Toronto
London5 flights a week via Toronto
Manchester1 flight a week via Toronto

From Vancouver: domestic flights

Canada
Toronto5 direct flights a week
Montreal4 direct flights a week

From Victoria: 2 South destinations

MexicoNumber of flights (during peak season)
Cancun-Riviera Maya1 direct flight a week
Puerto Vallarta1 direct flight a week

From Calgary: 2 South destinations

SouthNumber of flights (during peak season)
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera Maya3 direct flights a week
Puerto Vallarta4 direct flights a week

From Edmonton: 3 South destinations

MexicoNumber of flights (during peak season)
Cancun-Riviera Maya3 direct flights a week
Huatulco1 direct flight a week
Puerto Vallarta3 direct flights a week

From Winnipeg: 4 South destinations

CubaNumber of flights (during peak season)
Varadero1 direct flight a week
Dominican Republic
Punta Cana1 direct flight a week
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera Maya3 direct flights a week
Puerto Vallarta3 direct flights a week

Key Economic Stakeholders Congratulate Air Canada and Transat SA on their Skytrax Awards and on Signing their Merger Agreement

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MONTREAL, July 4, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Aéroports de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, the Conseil du patronat du Québec and the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec congratulate Air Canada and Transat SA for having been named Best Airline in North America and Best Leisure Airline in the World, respectively, at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards held at the 53rd International Paris Air Show Le Bourget in France, and for having reached a milestone merger agreement to combine their respective businesses.

“We are proud to see two Montreal-based carriers recognized as amongst the very best in the world. The Skytrax World Airline Awards are global, highly regarded recognitions which are based on passenger satisfaction surveys of more than 21 million global travellers. Over the last five years, the number of passengers at Montreal-Trudeau has increased by nearly 40% and with this combination of two home-grown champions, we expect that growth to even accelerate to reinforce the position of Montreal as a world class hub,” said Phillippe Rainville, President, Aéroports de Montréal.

“That Air Canada and Transat have both won these awards several years running is a testament to the attractive product offerings and commitment to customer service excellence from these Montreal champions. We are pleased to see that the combination of Air Canada and Transat will create a Montreal-based global leader in leisure, tourism and travel distribution, offering choices to more destinations than ever from Montréal, more connecting traffic and promoting two-way tourism to and from the city,” said Yves Lalumière, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal.

“The Air Canada acquisition of Transat would strengthen one of Montreal’s flagship companies, which has to navigate an extremely competitive global landscape. The commitment to maintaining decision-making power regarding Transat’s activities in Montreal also bodes well for job creation in the city. This is good news for our economy,” said Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.

“The merger of these two Quebec companies will support job creation and Quebec’s economic development. In addition to increasing tourism, which is very important for many of our regions, the merger of Air Canada and Transat will create new business opportunities for the innovation and aerospace strategic sectors,” said Yves-Thomas Dorval, President and CEO of the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ).

“We welcome the agreement concluded between these two major companies and the growth potential this combination represents. The possible synergies between the two airlines should ensure a greater access to more international destinations and connection options to passengers coming from or going to regional airports throughout Québec,” said Stéphane Forget, President and CEO of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec.

Air Transat is synonymous with Sun to travellers in Ontario

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The airline is strengthening its position as a leader in holiday travel this winter with new Sun destinations in the South and Europe

MONTREAL, July 4, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat is pleased to present travellers in Ontario with its winter 2019-2020 program for Sun destinations in South and Central AmericaMexicoFlorida, the Caribbean and Europe. The addition of new Airbus A321neoLRs to its fleet next winter will allow the carrier greater flexibility to offer a broader choice of destinations to travellers. Named the 2019 World’s Best Leisure Airline by Skytrax, Air Transat will offer 36 destinations in the South and Europe from Toronto. The most scenic beaches in the South will be accessible to passengers flying out of Ottawa, London and Hamilton as well.

More flights to the most popular Sun destinations  
Toronto region beachgoers will be spoilt for choice between 25 favourite Sun destinations in 10 different countries. From London, Ontario, Air Transat will add a new direct flight to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. And from Hamilton, there will be a new direct flight to Santa Clara, Cuba, as well as a second weekly direct fight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Europe in winterFrom Toronto, along with its daily flight to London, United Kingdom, Air Transat will offer two direct flights a week all year long to Glasgow and Manchester, UK, respectively. Plus, the airline will extend to mid-January its flights to Barcelona, Spain, and Rome, Italy, with two direct flights a week to each city. Travellers will be able to fly to Portugalfrom Toronto, with two weekly direct flights to Lisbon, and one direct flight to Porto. It is also good to know that Air Transat is the only airline offering a direct flight from Toronto to Faro, in the Algarve, during the winter (one flight a week).

Discovering Canada and Europe with domestic and connecting flights 
Air Transat’s domestic flights, which link some major Canadian cities, will allow Ontarians to explore other regions in Canada as well as transatlantic destinations accessible via connecting flights. The airline will continue its daily flights between Toronto and Montreal, in addition to its five weekly direct flights between Toronto and Vancouver.

From Toronto: 36 South and Europe destinations

SouthNumber of flights (during peak season)
Caribbean
Montego Bay, Jamaica4 direct flights a week
St. Maarten1 direct flight a week
Cuba
Cayo Coco4 direct flights a week
Cayo Largo1 direct flight a week
Cayo Santa Maria4 direct flights a week
Holguin4 direct flights a week
Santiago de Cuba                  1 direct flight a week
Varadero6 direct flights a week
Dominican Republic
La Romana1 direct flight a week
Puerto Plata4 direct flights a week
Punta CanaDaily direct flights
Samana1 direct flight a week
Santo Domingo1 direct flight a week
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera MayaDaily direct flights
Cozumel1 direct flight a week
Huatulco1 direct flight a week
Puerto Vallarta2 direct flights a week
South and Central America
Cartagena, Colombia1 direct flight a week
Liberia, Costa Rica2 direct flights a week
San Jose, Costa Rica2 direct flights a week
Roatan, Honduras2 direct flights a week
Rio Hato, Panama2 direct flights a week
United States
Fort Lauderdale, Florida5 direct flights a week
Orlando, Florida3 direct flights a week
San Juan, Puerto Rico1 direct flight a week
EuropeNumber of flights (during peak season)
France
ParisDaily flights via Montreal
Italy
Rome2 direct flights a week (until mid-January)
Portugal
Faro1 direct flight a week
Lisbon2 direct flights a week and 2 flights a week via Montreal
Porto1 direct flight a week
Spain
Barcelona2 direct flights a week (until mid-January)
Madrid3 flights a week via Montreal
Malaga3 flights a week via Montreal
United Kingdom
Glasgow2 direct flights a week
LondonDaily direct flights
Manchester2 direct flights a week

From Toronto: domestic flights

Canada
Vancouver5 direct flights a week
MontrealDaily direct flights

From London: 3 South destinations

Dominican RepublicNumber of flights (during peak season)
Puerto Plata1 direct flight a week
Punta Cana1 direct flight a week
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera Maya1 direct flight a week

From Hamilton: 6 South destinations

SouthNumber of weekly flights (during peak season)
Cuba
Cayo Coco1 direct flight a week
Cayo Santa Maria1 direct flight a week
Varadero1 direct flight a week
Dominican Republic
Puerto Plata1 direct flight a week
Punta Cana2 direct flights a week
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera Maya2 direct flights a week

From Ottawa: 7 South destinations 

SouthNumber of weekly flights (during peak season)
Cuba
Cayo Coco1 direct flight a week
Cayo Santa Maria1 direct flight a week
Varadero1 direct flight a week
Dominican Republic
Puerto Plata1 direct flight a week
Punta Cana3 direct flights a week
Samana1 direct flight a week
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera Maya2 direct flights a week

Air Transat is synonymous with Sun to travellers from the Maritimes

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MONTREAL, July 4, 2019 /CNW/ – Air Transat is pleased to present travellers from the Maritimes with its Sun destinations program for winter 2019-2020. Named the 2019 World’s Best Leisure Airline by Skytrax, Air Transat will offer direct service to 10 South destinations out of Halifax, and to four departing from Moncton, from February 15 to April 30, 2020. Vacationers will enjoy easy access to the beaches of Cuba, the Dominican RepublicMexicoJamaica, and Florida.

From Halifax – Direct service to 10 South destinations

SouthNumber of flights (in peak season)
Cuba
Cayo Coco1 direct flight a week
Cayo Santa Maria1 direct flight a week
Holguin1 direct flight a week
Varadero1 direct flight a week
Florida
Fort Lauderdale1 direct flight a week
Orlando2 direct flights a week
Jamaica
Montego Bay1 direct flight a week
Mexico
Cancun / Riviera Maya3 direct flights a week
Dominican Republic
Puerto Plata1 direct flight a week
Punta Cana4 direct flights a week

From Moncton – Direct service to four South destinations

SouthNumber of flights (in peak season)
Cuba
Varadero1 direct flight a week
Florida
Orlando1 direct flight a week
Mexico
Cancun / Riviera Maya1 direct flight a week
Dominican Republic
Punta Cana2 direct flights a week

Canada’s Airlines, Airports Among World’s Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get Worse

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By Daniel Tencer 4 July 2019

Under a new “passenger bill of rights,” airlines will be able to leave passengers stuck on the tarmac for longer than the current standard.
An airplane taking off at Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International
An airplane taking off at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

MONTREAL ― Canadian airports and airlines are some of the worst performers worldwide when it comes to flight delays, and new federal rules that allow passengers to be stuck on the tarmac for longer could make things worse.

All but one of Canada’s major airlines rank in the bottom half for on-time performance in a new survey from travel data provider OAG. 

Canada’s best performer, WestJet, ranks 57th out of 125 airlines surveyed, with 77.1 per cent of all flights arriving on time. The country’s worst performer, Sunwing, ranks as the second-worst airline in the world, 124th out of 125, with only 57.8 per cent of flights on time.

Sunwing experienced numerous flight glitches in recent years, including major delays in Toronto and Montreal in April, 2018, that led to a fine from the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Canada's Airlines, Airports Among World's Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get

Looking at airports, Canada doesn’t fare much better. Our best airport, in Grande Prairie, Alta., ranks 108th out of 505 airports surveyed.

Toronto’s two commercial passenger airports, Pearson and Billy Bishop, rank as the two worst airports in Canada and among the worst in the world ― 475th and 489th, respectively.

Interestingly, there is a yawning east-west divide, with western Canadian airports performing better than others.

Canada's Airlines, Airports Among World's Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get

The survey comes as Canada is about to launch a new “passengers’ bill of rights” that some critics say will make it easier for airlines to delay flights.

Under the new regulations, airlines will be able to keep passengers stuck on the tarmac for up to three hours, plus an additional 45 minutes if the airline believes takeoff is imminent.

Currently, Canada has no government-enforced limits on tarmac delays, but airlines themselves had standards built into their tariffs. The industry standard was 90 minutes, which is also what a Senate committee recommended be the rule in the new passenger bill of rights. The government rejected that recommendation.

Airlines themselves have been pushing for longer tarmac delays. Air Canada extended its maximum tarmac time to four hours in 2018.

Additionally, it will be very difficult to get compensation from airlines in most cases where flights are delayed or passengers are denied boarding, said Gabor Lukacs, a prominent consumer advocate who has challenged airline practices in courts.

Watch: Here are the budget airlines in Canada. Story continues below.

Lukacs said he worries about the possibility of longer delays under the new rules because “when something becomes legal, they will do it. On the other hand, the counterargument is it’s in the airline’s best interest to get passengers to their destination as quickly as possible.”

Lukacs’ advocacy group, Air Passenger Rights, has accused the government of letting the airline industry dictate the new passengers’ bill of rights.

A spokesperson for Transport Minister Marc Garneau said the tarmac delay rule was decided “based on operational realities and international best practices. For example, in the United States, air carriers are required to offer the option to disembark after a three hour delay on domestic flights, and a four hour delay on international flights.”

While airlines frequently blame weather for flight delays, data from the U.S. federal government shows that extreme weather events are responsible for fewer than 5 per cent of flight delays in the U.S. The most common reason for delays was late-arriving aircraft, meaning flights delayed because earlier flights were delayed. This accounted for nearly 42 per cent of U.S. delays. Canada does not currently keep track of this type of data.

But Lukacs points out that Canada has much harsher weather than most of the U.S., so it may not be a fair comparison. And Toronto’s worst-in-the-country Billy Bishop Airport has unique issues to deal with because it’s on an island.

“This may be an apples to oranges comparison,” he told HuffPost Canada by phone.

Nonetheless, Canada’s poor weather doesn’t explain why Alaska Airlines has a higher on-time percentage than any Canadian airline (80.7 per cent) and is the third best among U.S. airlines.

Lukacs argues these on-time rankings are incomplete: There isn’t enough data to determine, for instance, whether it’s a particular airport or a particular airline that’s behind delays in a given place.

Either way, airlines should be taking bad weather into account when planning their schedules, Lukacs said.

“If airlines and airports ignore the weather realities, then you have guaranteed, built-in failure,” he said.

Air Transat Winter 2019 A321neo LR Toronto network as of 03 July 2019

News provided by RoutesOnline.com – link to full article

By Jim Liu, Posted 4 July 2019

Air Transat in mid-June 2019 filed additional changes to its planned Airbus A321neo LR operations out of Toronto, for winter season (27 OCT 19 – 30 APR 20). Latest adjustment includes the following.

Toronto – Glasgow 30OCT19 – 13DEC19 2 weekly (Previously listed for entire winter season)
Toronto – Lisbon 03NOV19 – 15DEC19 2 weekly (Also scheduled 1 weekly in April 2020; New A321neo LR route addition in W19)
Toronto – Manchester 06APR20 – 30APR20 1 weekly (Previously scheduled 2 weekly from 04NOV19)
Toronto – Porto 05APR20 – 26APR20 1 weekly (Previously scheduled from 03NOV19)
Toronto – Samana 05APR20 – 26APR20 1 weekly (Previously scheduled from 22DEC19)

Planned A321neo LR operation remains unchanged:
Toronto – London Gatwick eff 22OCT19 1 daily

Previously planned A321neo LR service for winter season has been removed, replaced by other aircraft type (A310 and/or A330). Listed below was schedule filing prior to mid-June 2019:
Toronto – Cancun 02NOV19 – 28APR20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 20DEC19 to 28MAR20)
Toronto – Cayo Coco 17FEB20 – 27APR20 1 weekly
Toronto – Holguin 03NOV19 – 15DEC19 1 weekly
Toronto – La Romana 21DEC19 – 25APR20 1 weekly
Toronto – Montego Bay 01NOV19 – 07APR20 1 weekly 
Toronto – San Jose (Costa Rica) 19DEC19 – 08MAR20 2 weekly
Toronto – Varadero 20DEC19 – 24APR20 1 weekly