Canadian Airlines Must Follow Air Canada’s Example and Pay Airline Workers for Time Worked: CUPE

May 20, 2022

VANCOUVER, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CUPE’s Airline Division, which represents 15,000 flight attendants at nine Canadian airlines, says other major carriers like WestJet, Air Transat and Sunwing must follow the example set by Air Canada earlier this week, and pay flight attendants for time spent on the ground during delays at Pearson Airport.

“Our members are working just as hard on the ground to keep passengers safe and comfortable as they are in the air, and deserve to be paid-in-full for every minute they’re at work in uniform”

“We were happy to get an agreement this week to ensure an hour worked is an hour paid for our members at Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge,” said Wesley Lesosky, president of CUPE’s Airline Division and also president of CUPE’s Air Canada Component. “This is what can happen when the union and the employer come together: we can find solutions that benefit everybody.”

While policies differ from airline to airline, generally speaking, flight attendants are paid significantly less – or not at all – for their time on the ground. The issue has boiled over in recent months, as understaffing at Canadian airports has led to delays of two to three hours during the security screening and deplaning processes.

“Our members are working just as hard on the ground to keep passengers safe and comfortable as they are in the air, and deserve to be paid-in-full for every minute they’re at work in uniform,” said Rena Kisfalvi, secretary-treasurer of CUPE’s Airline Division and president of CUPE 4055, which represents flight attendants at Sunwing.

CUPE has been raising the issue of flight attendants essentially working for free even as they perform work duties in uniform on the ground.

“Air Canada has stepped up,” said Lesosky. “Now, it’s time for the other carriers to follow suit.”

Air Transat Unveils Its Ambitious Winter 2022-2023 Program

The airline is diversifying and expanding its winter offering to the South, the United States and Europe by leveraging its growing network

MONTREAL, May 19, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ –  Air Transat, named World’s Best Leisure Airline in 2021 by Skytrax, is proud to announce today that it is diversifying and expanding its international offering for winter 2022–2023. For the first time in its history, it will fly to more than 350 destinations worldwide, about 50 of which will be served by its own aircraft and some 300 others through its exclusive virtual interlining service, connectair by Air Transat, as well as its code-sharing agreements.

“Our customers want and need to travel,” says Michèle Barre, Vice President, Network, Revenue Management and Pricing of Air Transat. “Our response to their expectations is unique, of high quality and rich in options. We are offering an unprecedented range of destinations on four continents for this coming winter as we continue to develop and strengthen our air network.”

Air Transat continues to grow in Quebec while consolidating its position in Ontario and the Atlantic provinces with flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, the United States, Canada and Europe.

Sunshine at will: more options for the South from Montreal and Toronto

Air Transat will offer direct flights from eight cities across the country: Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, London, Halifax and Moncton. In addition to its flights to the South, Air Transat will also offer vacationers a selection of packages at more than 290 properties.

Out of Montreal, Air Transat will expand its services on the South, including to Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico (to Puerto Vallarta and Cancun), as well as in the Dominican Republic, to Punta Cana. It will also operate direct flights to Guadeloupe, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Panama, the Caribbean, and El Salvador, as well as Cuba, where direct flights to Havana are back in service.

Travellers out of Toronto will also have plenty of choice to enjoy the sun and beaches of the South. Air Transat will offer direct flights to Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the United States, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, the Dominican Republic and St. Maarten.

From Quebec City, nine sun destinations will be accessible by direct flight to Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

Weekly Flights – South

DestinationFrom MontrealFrom Quebec CityFrom Toronto
ACAPULCO – Mexico1
CANCUN – Mexico14510
CARTAGENA – Colombia32
CAYO COCO – Cuba423
FORT-DE-FRANCE – Martinique2
GUANACASTE – Costa Rica33
HAVANA – Cuba3
HOLGUIN – Cuba314
LA ROMANA – Dominican Republic11
MONTEGO BAY – Jamaica36
POINTE-A-PITRE – Guadeloupe2
PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti1
PUERTO PLATA – Dominican Republic414
PUERTO VALLARTA – Mexico512
PUNTA CANA – Dominican Republic12510
RIO HATO – Panama22
SAMANA – Dominican Republic412
SAN JOSÉ – Costa Rica33
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico11
SAN SALVADOR – El Salvador1
SANTA CLARA – Cuba322
ST. MAARTEN – St. Maarten21
VARADERO – Cuba424

Major increase in service to the United States

Air Transat is also pursuing its ambitious development in the U.S. market, announcing a major increase in its offering from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando and resuming its direct flights to Tampa. It will also maintain its service to New Orleans and extend service to Los Angeles year-round.

Weekly Flights – U.S.

DestinationFrom MontrealFrom Quebec CityFrom Toronto
FORT LAUDERDALE – Florida957
LOS ANGELES – California3
MIAMI – Florida5
NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana2
ORLANDO – Florida624
TAMPA – Florida2

Easy access to Europe: London year-round from Montreal and Marseille for the holidays

As for Europe, Air Transat will offer direct flights between Montreal and France, Portugal and Spain, as well as England, and offer year-round flights to London. It should also be noted that it will now offer its non-stop flights to Marseille for the holidays until January 8, 2023, and the following day for the flight back to Montreal.

In addition, there will be direct flights from Toronto to the United Kingdom, Portugal, the Netherlands, Scotland, and Italy, as well as from Quebec City to France.

Weekly Flights – Europe

DestinationFrom MontrealFrom Quebec CityFrom Toronto
FARO – Portugal1
GLASGOW – United Kingdom2
LISBON – Portugal22
LONDON – United Kingdom37
MALAGA – Spain2
MANCHESTER – United Kingdom2
MARSEILLE – France2
PARIS – France121
PORTO – Portugal1

In Canada

Air Transat will also operate domestic flights between Montreal and Toronto as well as between Montreal and Vancouver.

Weekly Flights – Domestic

DestinationNumber of flights
MONTREAL–TORONTO7
MONTREAL–VANCOUVER6

Global network expansion

To enable Canadians to simplify their travel itinerary and increase international connections, Air Transat is enhancing its offering with trusted partners through its code-sharing agreements as well as its virtual interlining service, connectair by Air Transat. In total, more than 350 destinations are available for booking.

The innovative connectair by Air Transat platform lets travellers combine Air Transat’s flights with those of seven partner airlines for more than 240 additional destinations in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America and Canada.

The winter 2022–2023 flight program is available for booking today on the airtransat.com and transat.com websites and from all travel product distributors. New destinations will be announced in a few weeks. See you in June!

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 achieved Travelife certification in 2018 in recognition of its sustainability commitments.

Recent distinctions and awards

  • World’s Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards
  • Named to Forbes World’s Best Employers List
  • Best Tour Operator and Favourite Overall Supplier at the Agents’ Choice Awards presented by Baxter Travel Media
  • Ranked as Canada’s 21st best corporate citizen by Corporate Knights

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:

WestJet
Operated Flights
Air Transat “TS”
Codeshare
Applied
Connection
Via
Air Transat Operated Flights
WestJet “WS” Codeshare Applied
Deer Lake
St. John’s
Halifax
Sydney
Fredericton
Moncton
Charlottetown
Montreal
Quebec City 
London, ON
Ottawa
Thunder Bay
Toronto
Winnipeg
Regina
Saskatoon
Boston
N.Y. LaGuardia
Montreal

Toronto
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 www.westjet.com

Major renewal for Transat’s Board of Directors

MONTREAL, April 27, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – The Transat A.T. Inc. Board of Directors, whose 10 members were elected at the Corporation’s Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders today, has been renewed over the past 12 months with the arrival of five new officers. In addition to Annick Guérard, who was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat on May 27, 2021, the company welcomed Julie Tremblay and Daniel Desjardins, who joined the Board on January 1, 2022, and Valérie Chort and Stéphane Lefebvre, who sit on the Board effective today.

Transat’s Board of Directors now includes Raymond Bachand, Lucie Chabot, Valérie Chort, Daniel Desjardins, Annick Guérard, Susan Kudzman, Stéphane Lefebvre, Ian Rae, Philippe Sureau and Julie Tremblay.

“They are all extremely qualified individuals, both in terms of their management experience and their exhaustive knowledge of the specific elements required for the governance of a large public company,” said Raymond Bachand, Chairman of the Board, Transat. He added: “Their strengths and skills will be called upon to facilitate the implementation of Transat’s Strategic Plan alongside the executive team and Transat’s employees. I am also pleased to point out that Transat’s Board of Directors has equal representation by women and men.”

All the directors elected today were already members of the Board, with the exception of Ms. Chort and Mr. Lefebvre, who are members as of today.

Valérie Chort is Vice-President, Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability, for RBC and Executive Director of the RBC Foundation. For over 25 years, she has helped businesses, governments and non-government organizations proactively manage environmental and social risks and create value through purpose-led ESG strategies. Prior to joining RBC in 2015, Ms. Chort spent 14 years with Deloitte as Americas Leader for Sustainability and Climate Change, and Partner with Deloitte’s Enterprise Risk Services. She previously held positions in consulting, industry and government. Ms. Chort holds two bachelor of science degrees from the University of Ottawa, one in biochemistry and the second in applied science in chemical engineering. 

Stéphane Lefebvre was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Cirque du Soleil in December 2021, after having served in many executive positions with the international entertainment company, including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. He has more than 30 years of experience in strategic repositioning and change management, combined with expertise with Canadian and U.S. capital markets and in corporate governance. Mr. Lefebvre was previously Chief Financial Officer at CAE Inc., where he worked for 20 years. He began his career as a chartered accountant at Price Waterhouse, first working in auditing, then consulting, specifically on merger/acquisition and insolvency cases. Mr. Lefebvre is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and holds a bachelor of business administration degree from HEC Montréal.

About Transat

Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Transat has achieved worldwide recognition as a provider of holiday travel particularly as an airline under the Air Transat 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. Transat has been Travelife-certified since 2018, 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 serves (TSX: TRZ). 

Dohop and Air Transat add three new carriers to connectair by Air Transat

The Dohop-powered virtual interline platform now offers more than 240 destinations 

London 20 April 2022 Dohop partner (www.dohop.com) Air Transat announced the arrival of three new partner airlines to connectair by Air Transat. By connecting Air Transat to Azores Airlines, Loganair, and SKY express, passengers can now book and travel to more than 240 additional destinations.

Launched in November 2021, connectair by Air Transat is Dohop’s latest airline-owned virtual interline platform. Thanks to partnerships with other carriers such as easyJet, Vueling, Avianca, and Pascan, the platform already offers a wide selection of connected journeys throughout Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. Passengers can book connecting flights across airline networks, including ancillaries, in a single booking process. Dohop services the connection in case of delays and disruptions, while airlines retain customer ownership.

“Air Transat’s continued focus on expanding its network through virtual interline is a testimony to its forward-thinking and innovative approach as an airline. We are delighted to be the facilitator of such developments,” added Sarah Hanan, Commercial Director at Dohop.

“connectair by Air Transat, our virtual interlining service exclusive to our airline in Canada, is a great, easy-to-use tool that enables us to quickly add trusted new partners and help travellers choose their dream holiday from an ever-expanding selection,” said Joseph Adamo, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Transat. “This initiative is in line with our desire to always stand out with an innovative approach focused on continuously improving the customer experience.”

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 Dohop 

Dohop is an Icelandic technology company with 17 years of experience in developing innovative solutions in aviation and travel. Our core technology focuses on helping people find and create connecting itineraries. Being at the forefront of digital innovation in virtual interline technology, Dohop has developed solutions such as Dohop Interline and Dohop Intermodal for forward-thinking airlines, alliances, and airports around the globe, including easyJet, Transavia, Air France, Eurowings, Vueling, and Air Transat. www.dohop.com

Air Transat resumes Amsterdam flights from YYZ, YUL

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By Travelweek Group • April 18, 2022

Air Transat resumes Amsterdam flights from YYZ, YUL

Air Transat resumes Amsterdam flights from YYZ, YUL 

MONTREAL — Air Transat is back in Amsterdam, after several months of forced suspension due to COVID-19.

The airline’s Toronto-Amsterdam route is now in service, with flights up to four times weekly at the peak of summer.

Air Transat will also offer a new direct service between Montreal and Amsterdam. Flights start May 5 and run through October, with up to three flights per week in high season, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Air Transat enhances its virtual interlining service: connectair by Air Transat

The carrier adds 3 new airline partners to its platform,
simplifying connections to more than 240 additional destinations

MONTREAL, April 13, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat, named World’s Best Leisure Airline in 2021 by Skytrax, is proud to enhance its exclusive virtual interlining service with the addition of three new European airline partners. Its innovative connectair by Air Transat platform now allows travellers to combine Air Transat flights with those of Azores Airlines, Loganair and SKY Express, bringing the total number of additional destinations available to over 240.

With this new offering, Canadian travellers can easily fly to several cities in England and Scotland, the Portuguese Azores islands and Greece. The platform already enables Air Transat passengers to combine flights to numerous destinations in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America, as well as in Quebec, thanks to partnerships with easyJet, Vueling, Avianca and Pascan.

connectair by Air Transat, our virtual interlining service exclusive to our airline in Canada, is a great, easy-to-use tool that enables us to quickly add trusted new partners and help travellers choose their dream holiday from an ever-expanding selection,” said Joseph Adamo, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Transat. “This initiative is in line with our desire to always stand out with an innovative approach focused on continuously improving the customer experience.”

The entire range of connections is now available in the airtransat.com search engine and through some flight aggregators. When booking, customers are redirected to the connectair.airtransat.com platform, which offers the best self-connection options and low fares for departure and destination cities using technology developed by Dohop. The booking also includes servicing in case of flight delay or cancellation, ensuring that travellers arrive at their destination as quickly as possible.

To learn more about connectair by Air Transat, travellers are invited to visit airtransat.com or watch this short video.

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.

Recent distinctions and awards

  • World’s Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards
  • Named to Forbes World’s Best Employers List
  • Best Tour Operator and Favourite Overall Supplier at the Agents’ Choice Awards presented by Baxter Travel Media
  • Ranked as Canada’s 21st best corporate citizen by Corporate Knights