New shopping area : YQB opens two new food concessions and an event zone for the Carnaval de Québec

QUÉBEC CITY, Oct. 7, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), along with its new partners from Blaxton Pub & Grill, Brûlerie Rousseau by Nourcy, and the Carnaval de Québec, is proud to open its new commercial area. Travellers from the city and elsewhere will be able to enjoy delicious food and drinks from these two popular local banners while they wait for their flight. They will also have the chance to explore the fascinating history of the Carnaval de Québec at the festival’s exclusive exhibition in the new event zone.

From left to right : Nicolas Nourcy, owner of Nourcy and operator of Brûlerie Rousseau par Nourcy, his mother Danielle Dussault, Patrick Roy, General manager of the Remparts de Québec, Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, Bonhomme Carnaval and the associate owners of the Blaxton Aéroport de Québec (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
From left to right : Nicolas Nourcy, owner of Nourcy and operator of Brûlerie Rousseau par Nourcy, his mother Danielle Dussault, Patrick Roy, General manager of the Remparts de Québec, Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, Bonhomme Carnaval and the associate owners of the Blaxton Aéroport de Québec (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
Blaxton Aéroport de Québec at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
Brûlerie Rousseau par Nourcy at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, and Bonhomme Carnaval inside the exhibition on the Carnaval de Québec (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, and Bonhomme Carnaval inside the exhibition on the Carnaval de Québec (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)

“We are very pleased to officially welcome Blaxton Pub & Grill, Brûlerie Rousseau par Nourcy, and the Carnaval de Québec to YQB. All three organizations are the pride and joy of the region. It is our hope that these two new food concessions and the event zone will create a distinctive experience for travellers passing through the terminal, and will encourage people from Québec City and beyond to travel from YQB. We are working hard to make your airport as attractive as possible and to make it a place that reflects the colours and flavours of our beautiful region,” said Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport.

“Blaxton Québec Airport is the first resto-bar to serve travellers at YQB in nearly 25 years. We are expanding the food options at Québec City’s airport, and we’re proud to enhance travellers’ customer experience. Created through a $1 million investment, our new restaurant seats over 160 people and is open daily from morning to night. We are very pleased to respond to a need that YQB passengers have been expressing for years, and we hope they will appreciate this new opening,” said Bassem Oueslati, co-owner of Blaxton Québec Airport.

“We’re delighted to have been able to partner with Brûlerie Rousseau et Nourcy to create an exclusive concept for Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. Our goal is to offer fast and efficient service and outstanding products worthy of the country’s most refined third-wave cafés. I’m pleased to be contributing to this new project, and to fulfill passengers’ desire to see a Québec coffee banner in the terminal,” said Nicolas Nourcy, owner of Nourcy and operator of Brûlerie Rousseau par Nourcy.

“Carnaval de Québec is delighted to inaugurate the new event zone at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport with an exhibition specially prepared for this unique location. For the next two years, I invite locals and tourists to discover (or rediscover) the rich history of my festival and see some of its magical highlights from years past as they wait to board. You’re going to love the mementos, photos showing the origins of the Carnaval, the evolution of its effigies, posters from different eras, and some of its amazing winter activities,” said Bonhomme Carnaval, the King of the party.

Located directly across from the exit of the security checkpoint, the new commercial area, with its two new food concessions and event zone, joins a RELAY convenience store, The Loop Duty Free, and an A&W restaurant to enhance the airport’s commercial offering.

About Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB)

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

WestJet and Korean Air enhance codeshare agreement with addition of WestJet codeshare on flights to Seoul, South Korea

CALGARY, AB, Oct. 7, 2022 /CNW/ – WestJet and Korean Air today have expanded their long-standing codeshare agreement with the placement of WestJet’s codeshare on Korean’s flights between both Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Vancouver International (YVR) in Canada and Incheon International Airport (ICN) in Seoul, South Korea.

This is WestJet’s first reciprocal codeshare with an Asian partner.  With WestJet’s “WS” code now active for sale on Korean’s flights to Seoul, guests have more opportunities than ever before to combine WestJet and Korean flights to meet their trans-Pacific travel needs.

“It’s incredibly exciting for WestJet to codeshare on flights across the Pacific to Asia for the first time.  We’ve had a strong codeshare with Korean since 2012 and we’re very pleased to be taking this important step with a world-class partner like Korean,” said John Weatherill, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer.  “We’re looking forward to the new opportunities our now reciprocal codeshare will bring to consumers travelling between Canada and Asia.” 

The WestJet codeshare is now available through WestJet’s website and call centre, and through all WestJet’s travel agent partners.  WestJet Rewards members will be entitled to earn and redeem WestJet Dollars on these WestJet codeshare tickets.

“We are delighted to expand our codeshare partnership with our long-standing partner WestJet, and look forward to delivering unparalleled services across the Pacific to our valued customers,” said Tae Joon Kim, Korean Air Senior Vice President and Head of International Affairs & Alliance. “We remain committed to bridging Canada, Korea and Asia through our hub at Incheon Airport.”

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.

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit www.westjet.com.

About Korean Air

Serving the world for more than 50 years, Korean Air is one of the world’s top 20 airlines, carrying more than 27 million passengers in 2019, pre-COVID. With its global hub at Incheon International Airport (ICN), the airline serves 120 cities in 43 countries on five continents with a modern fleet of 155 aircraft and over 20,000 professional employees.

Korean Air’s outstanding performance and commitment to the highest level of safety and customer service was further highlighted during the pandemic; the airline was granted numerous awards including 2021 Airline of the Year and 2022 Cargo Operator of the Year by Air Transport World, and a 5-star COVID safety rating from Skytrax.

Korean Air is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, and has grown into one of the largest transpacific airlines through its joint venture with Delta Air Lines.

Dedicated to providing Excellence in Flight, Korean Air’s vision is to be a respected leader in the world airline community.

For more information about Korean Air, please visit www.koreanair.com

Hope Air and Canada Jetlines Partner to Provide Low-Income Patients with Access to Vital Medical Care

6 October 2022

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Canada Jetlines Operations Ltd. (NEO: CJET) (“Canada Jetlines”) the newest, all-Canadian, leisure airline announces a partnership with Hope Air – Canada’s only national charity providing flights, accommodations, meals, and ground transportation to those in financial need who require travel for medical care far from home. Canada Jetlines will support Hope Air operations with free flights for Hope Air’s patients, staff, and volunteers.

“Our team is excited to partner with Hope Air to bring vital care to those that require medical attention away from home”

“As Hope Air continues to scale our mission to support Canadians with access to care, we recognize the limitations for those traveling out of rural communities. We are proud to have the commitment of Canada Jetlines from day-one of their operations and are grateful that they recognize the importance of supporting Canadians who must travel for vital medical care,” says Mark Rubinstein, Chief Hope Officer at Hope Air.

“Our team is excited to partner with Hope Air to bring vital care to those that require medical attention away from home,” shared Eddy Doyle, CEO of Canada Jetlines. “We understand the importance of community and corporate social responsibility as a national airline. Not only is it critical for us to succeed in our business by successfully serving travellers – we aim to succeed by doing “good” and exerting positive impact beyond our customer reach.”

Canada Jetlines commenced operations out of its travel hub at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) with its first scheduled route into Calgary International Airport (YYC) on September 22, 2022. The carrier has started with biweekly flights, operating Thursdays and Sundays out of Toronto (YYZ) to Calgary (YYC) from 07:55am — EST 10:10am MST and returns from Calgary (YYC) to Toronto (YYZ) 11:40am MST – 17:20 EST. Frequency will increase to three flights per week, Thursdays through Sundays, in time for the holidays.

Visit Jetlines.com to view the flight schedule and to learn more. Travellers can book reservations and vacation packages with preferred travel agents who can earn up to 10% commission on all base fares when contracted directly with the airline. Follow Canada Jetlines on all social media platforms and follow #CanadaJetlines for the latest news.

About Canada Jetlines
Canada Jetlines is a leisure focused air carrier, which will utilize a growing fleet of Airbus 320 aircraft to provide Canadians with value vacation choices and convenient travel options. Canada Jetlines will provide exciting vacation packages to iconic Canadian destinations and beyond via strong partnerships with airports, CVB’s, tourism entities, hotels, hospitality brands, and attractions. With a projected growth of 15 aircrafts by 2025, Canada Jetlines aims to offer the best-in-class operating economics, customer comfort and fly-by-wire technology, providing an elevated guest centric experience from the first touchpoint.

Air Canada Cargo Announces Expansion of Freighter Network into The United States, Adds New Latin American Route

    MONTREAL, October 6, 2022 – Air Canada Cargo today announced that starting in November, it will expand its freighter network into the United States for the first time, with flights to Dallas and Atlanta. The addition of these key US markets is a significant milestone for Air Canada Cargo and allows Air Canada Cargo to provide dedicated, reliable service to customers in key markets, and allowing easy connection to other markets through our global hub in Toronto.

    Air Canada Cargo is also expanding its presence in Latin America with service to Bogota.

    “These additional routes allow us to expand the reach of our freighter network to key US markets, and conveniently connect cargo in the USA to Canada, Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific with our freighter service. The additional growth of our freighter fleet allows us to continue to expand to better serve our global customers and we remain committed to supporting global economies and supply chains with reliable transportation moving critical goods,” said Matthieu Casey, Managing Director, Commercial, at Air Canada Cargo.

    In addition to the eight converted Boeing 767 freighters already announced, Air Canada Cargo continues to expand its freighter fleet, with two factory-built 767-300F that will enter service in 2023 and two Boeing 777 freighters that will enter service in 2024.

    About Air Canada Cargo

    Air Canada Cargo is an award-winning provider of air cargo services. It is Canada’s largest air cargo provider as measured by cargo capacity, with a presence in over 50 countries and self-handled hubs in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago, London, and Frankfurt. As the dedicated air freight division of Air Canada, Air Canada Cargo offers reliable air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s domestic and international passenger flights, cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighter aircraft, and trucking services. For more information, please visit: aircanadacargo.com 

    About Air Canada

    Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 50 airports in Canada, 47 in the United States and 69 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. 

    Sunwing marks its return to Atlantic Canada with winter schedule announcement for six airports

    Tour operator offering convenient weekly flights from Halifax, Moncton, Fredericton, St. John’s, Deer Lake and Gander starting in January

    TORONTO, Oct. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Amid the Canadian government’s removal of all border and travel measures, Sunwing is pleased to announce its return to Atlantic Canada this winter season, with convenient weekly flights from six airports beginning in January until May. Sunwing’s resumption of winter flights from airports in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland comes after a difficult two years brought on by the pandemic and resulting travel restrictions, and is a signal of the tour operator’s ongoing commitment to eastern Canada and offering its residents seamless travel options from their local airport of choice.

    “It’s been a difficult few years for the entire travel industry, particularly in New Brunswick and Newfoundland where long-lasting travel restrictions have unfortunately prevented us from offering our winter flight program since March 2020, much to our disappointment,” said Deana Murphy, Vice President of Retail Sales for Sunwing. “Now that all travel measures have been lifted as of October 1, 2022, we are excited to be back and doubling down on our commitment to the regions with weekly winter flights to a variety of popular sun destinations.”

    Sunwing’s winter schedule announcement for Halifax in Nova Scotia, Moncton and Fredericton in New Brunswick, and St. John’s, Deer Lake and Gander in Newfoundland comes on the heels of the tour operator’s recent winter schedule announcement for four larger airports across the country, and amid increasing customer demand for winter travel that is seeing capacity growing by more than 140% over last year.
     
    “We are thrilled to return to Atlantic Canada and share our winter flight lineup, which will help make it easier for our customers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland to head to the tropics this winter season,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “We have a longstanding commitment in eastern Canada and are proud of being able to connect residents across the region with flights to a wide selection of destinations, including customer favourites such as Cancun, Punta Cana and Varadero, plus newer destinations being offered out of Halifax this year, including Cayo Largo, Cuba and Melbourne, Florida. With travel rebounding and demand for all inclusive travel continuing to rise, we encourage our customers to book early to save more under our wing during the peak winter travel months.”

    Halifax, NS flight schedule
    DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
    Cayo Coco1x weekly11-Jan-202326-Apr-2023
    Cancun1x weekly08-Jan-202330-Apr-2023
    Cayo Largo1x weekly10-Jan-202325-Apr-2023
    Holguin1x weekly08-Jan-202330-Apr-2023
    Montego Bay1x weekly09-Jan-202301-May-2023
    Melbourne1x weekly10-Feb-202328-Apr-2023
    Puerto Plata1x weekly10-Jan-202325-Apr-2023
    Punta Cana2x weekly06-Jan-202329-Apr-2023
    Santa Clara1x weekly05-Jan-202327-Apr-2023
    Varadero2x weekly05-Jan-202329-Apr-2023
        
    Moncton, NB flight schedule
    DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
    Cayo Coco1x weekly11-Feb-202329-Apr-2023
    Cancun1x weekly09-Feb-202327-Apr-2023
    Montego Bay1x weekly12-Feb-202330-Apr-2023
    Puerto Plata1x weekly10-Feb-202328-Apr-2023
    Punta Cana1x weekly11-Feb-202329-Apr-2023
    Varadero2x weekly10-Feb-202328-Apr-2023
        
    Fredericton, NB flight schedule
    DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
    Cayo Coco1x weekly14-Feb-202302-May-2023
    Cancun1x weekly13-Feb-202301-May-2023
    Punta Cana1x weekly08-Feb-202326-Apr-2023
    Santa Clara1x weekly14-Feb-202302-May-2023
        
    St. John’s, NL flight schedule
    DestinationDayFromTo
    Cayo Coco1x weekly16-Mar-202304-May-2023
    Cancun1x weekly17-Mar-202305-May-2023
    Montego Bay1x weekly19-Mar-202307-May-2023
    Punta Cana1x weekly20-Mar-202308-May-2023
    Varadero1x weekly18-Mar-202306-May-2023
        
    Deer Lake and Gander, NL flight schedule
    DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
    Punta Cana1x weekly22-Mar-202303-May-2023
    Varadero1x weekly21-Mar-202302-May-2023
        

    Residents of Atlantic Canada can take advantage of limited-time savings of up to 40% on select all inclusive vacation packages during Sunwing’s Save More Event, on now. For a reimagined boutique vacation experience, Halifax customers can visit Memories Cayo Largo, a new family-friendly resort in Cayo Largo nestled along Cuba’s southern coast and known for warmer temperatures year-round. Atlantic Canada customers planning a couples retreat or adults only escape will enjoy visiting Planet Hollywood Adult Scene Cancun An Autograph Collection All Inclusive Resort Adults Only. Located on a pristine beach on the shores of Costa Mujeres in Mexico, the resort offers plenty of opportunities to lounge in the sun and savour the international cuisine at the a la carte restaurants, before enjoying the star-worthy entertainment in the evenings. Meanwhile, for a sun and sand getaway the whole family will love, Be Live Collection Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic offers plenty of water activities, amenities including an on-site kids club and butler service, and spacious accommodations including swim-out suites.

    Savings apply to select vacation packages when booked by November 6, 2022 for travel between November 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023*. For even more value, customers can purchase one of Sunwing’s Worry Free insurance plans and enjoy added peace of mind on their next getaway to the tropics.

    *Terms and conditions apply.

    About Sunwing
    The largest integrated travel company in North America, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from airports across Canada to popular sun destinations across the U.S.A., Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. This scale enables Sunwing to offer customers exclusive deals at top-rated resorts in the most popular vacation destinations as well as cruise packages and seasonal domestic flight service. Sunwing customers benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey. The company supports the communities where it operates through the Sunwing Foundation, a charitable initiative focused on the support and development of youth and humanitarian aid.

    YVR introduces new program for travellers to reserve their place in line at security screening

    October 5, 2022 · Musqueam Territory / Richmond, B.C.

    Today, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) introduced YVR EXPRESS, a new program that allows travellers to reserve a spot at the security checkpoint ahead of their flight. The express bookings will provide a more balanced flow of passengers through security screening at YVR, helping reduce wait times for security checkpoints and creating a more predictable experience for both passengers and staff.

    “Innovation continues to be one of our greatest tools to deliver an exceptional experience for our passengers at YVR. We are thrilled to launch YVR EXPRESS, a free digital platform, to help passengers move through security screening more efficiently,” said Robyn McVicker, Vice President, Passenger Journey at Vancouver Airport Authority. “We continue to work with our airport partners to make improvements at YVR and are pleased with the level of collaboration to offer the option of advanced booking for security screening to our passengers.”

    YVR partnered with Copenhagen Optimization and CLEAR to customize the program and worked with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to support implementation. CATSA is the federal crown corporation responsible for all passenger security screening and YVR is committed to supporting the flow of passengers through this critical process.

    Through YVR EXPRESS, travellers add their flight information and the number of people in their party. The system automatically displays open booking times to choose from. Once a slot is selected, a QR code is sent via email for the travellers to present to airport staff at the security checkpoint within 15 minutes of their scheduled time.

    YVR EXPRESS is free to use and currently available for travel to the U.S. with flights scheduled between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the airport’s E gates. Travellers can schedule their appointment to enter security screening up to 72 hours ahead of their flight’s scheduled departure time or when they arrive at the airport, until 90 minutes before flight’s scheduled departure time.

    “Working with our partners, we aim to expand YVR EXPRESSS to our domestic and international security checkpoints at the airport over the coming months so that all travellers at YVR have more control over their travel journey,” said McVicker.

    Over the past several months YVR navigated various operational challenges amid increased travel demand and post-pandemic labour shortages. From January compared to August, daily passenger volumes increased approximately 170 per cent at the airport.

    While YVR has experienced some delays, congestion, and frustrated travellers, through the implementation of new technologies and continued collaboration with aviation and government partners, YVR has not experienced the level of operational disruption that has systemically impacted major airports worldwide through the summer.

    To learn more about YVR EXPRESS and to book a spot for security screening for travel to the U.S., visit www.YVR.ca/express.

    For additional efficiencies when travelling to the U.S. from YVR, US Customs and Border Protection (US CBP) has introduced Mobile Passport Control, an app that will speed up the journey to the U.S. from YVR.

    Mobile Passport Control (MPC) is a new app from US CBP that allows travellers to submit information digitally prior to moving through the border process, helping speed up the departures experience from YVR for those travelling to the U.S. The MPC app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App store and Google Play.

    Travellers returning to Canada from the U.S. or another international destination are reminded that while ArriveCAN is no longer mandatory, passengers can use the app to digitally submit their customs declaration in advance, helping save time through the border clearance process.

    ABOUT YVR

    Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a diverse global hub that connects people, cargo, data, and ideas and serves as a platform for our community to come together and thrive. We are motivated by supporting regional economic development and making a positive difference in the lives of British Columbians. We do this with a focus on serving our passengers, partners, workers, and community through digital modernization, climate leadership, reconciliation, and financial sustainability.

    Government of Canada makes important investments at Waterloo Regional Airport

    Transport Canada

    WATERLOO, ON, Oct. 5, 2022 /CNW/ – The last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the importance of local airports to keeping communities connected to essential services and to each other. That’s why the Government of Canada is committed to supporting airports from coast to coast to coast.

    Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced that the Government of Canada is making important safety investments at the Waterloo Regional Airport.

    Through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program, the Government of Canada is providing the airport with $342,000 for the purchase of a 4×2 plow truck used to remove and control snow and ice.  

    This investment is in addition to the more than $3.9 million provided to the airport under the Program in May 2021, for the partial rehabilitation of Taxiways A and C, Apron IIIA, and aircraft stands.

    This funding will ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for residents, not only for personal and business travel, but also for access to routine and emergency medical care in larger centres.

    Quote

    “Regional airports like the Waterloo Regional Airport are critical to the communities they serve, whether it be for staying connected with loved ones, or for accessing critical services. This investment will make a real difference for Waterloo Regional Airport, and ensure the communities that rely on it continue to be able to access safe and reliable air transportation options.” 

    The Honourable Omar Alghabra
    Minister of Transport

    “Airports are instrumental to our economy; they are gateways for the flow of products and people. Today’s investment in the Waterloo Regional Airport to be used to remove and control snow and ice ensures that YKF is prepared for any inclement weather or conditions by keeping runways clear and passengers moving.”

    The Honourable Bardish Chagger
    Member of Parliament for Waterloo

    Quick Facts

    • As announced in the Fall Economic Statement 2020, the Airports Capital Assistance Program received a one-time funding top-up of $186 million over two years.
    • The Fall Economic Statement 2020 also announced the temporary expansion of eligibility for the Airports Capital Assistance Program to allow National Airports System airports with less than one million annual passengers in 2019 to apply for funding under the Program in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.
    • Since the Airports Capital Assistance Program started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested over $1.2 billion for 1,215 projects at 199 local, regional and National Airports System airports across the country. Funded projects include runway and taxiway repairs/rehabilitation, lighting enhancements, purchasing snow clearing equipment and firefighting vehicles as well as installing wildlife control fencing.

    Associated Link

    Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca

    Historic partnership between the WestJet Group and the Government of Alberta sets foundation for future of aviation growth across province

    WestJet Group designates Calgary as its exclusive global connecting hub, and will concentrate all 787 Dreamliner intercontinental flying to YYC Calgary International Airport

    Partnership to make Alberta the most cost-competitive aviation market in Canada, promote the province to the world, drive sustainability, enhance post-secondary programs, and improve skilled labour supply for the aviation sector

    WestJet Group to double its capacity in YYC before end of decade

    CALGARY, AB, Oct. 5, 2022 /CNW/ – The WestJet Group and the Government of Alberta today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership, focused on significantly advancing aviation across the province in support of a stronger economy and a long-lasting, sustainable future for Alberta’s aviation sector. As the airline furthers its growth strategy, WestJet will invest aircraft capacity, with an asset value in excess of seven billion dollars, in Calgary alone, through significant fleet commitments to be based within the province.

    WestJet will designate YYC Calgary International Airport as its single global connecting hub and will concentrate all intercontinental 787 Dreamliner flying in Calgary, unlocking opportunity for new routes within North America, to Europe, with the potential to reach Asia. Alongside the 787s, WestJet will grow its mid-range fleet and strengthen its North American offerings, with its commitment to double capacity in Calgary before the end of the decade.

    In addition to Calgary, WestJet plans to grow its network across other Canadian communities, strengthening its footprint in the east and in leisure travel across the entire country, consistent with its strategic plan released in June 2022 and its recent purchase announcement of 42 Boeing 737-10 MAX aircraft. 

    “Alberta has been WestJet’s home for 26 years and today’s historic agreement builds upon an existing foundation of low taxes and investment-friendly policies. As Western Canada’s home team carrier, Alberta is an area where we want to continue to invest to secure WestJet’s thriving future,” said Alexis von Hoensbroech, Chief Executive Officer, the WestJet Group. “Through the pandemic and onward, the Government of Alberta prioritized the importance and advancement of aviation and the visitor economy across the province and recognized that aviation is central to the economic diversification of Alberta.”

    The agreement between the airline and the Government of Alberta will see the government invest in developing Alberta’s aviation sector. It further lays out strategic, collaborative priorities to ensure provincial policies are aligned and in support of the development of the entire aviation industry in Alberta. The Government of Alberta and the WestJet Group will seek opportunities to address the overall cost-competitiveness challenges for the sector.

    “This is a blockbuster day for Alberta and a game-changer for our economy. Diversification and economic development are happening right here in Alberta,” said the Honourable Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta. “By choosing Calgary as its single global hub, locating its entire Dreamliner fleet here, and increasing its annual seat capacity by 80 per cent, WestJet will massively improve global connectivity, tourism and options for passengers.”

    “Today is a proud day for our organization as we continue to strengthen our home province with four distinct advantages: affordability, sustainability, infrastructure and people,” continued von Hoensbroech. “This agreement is a testament to WestJet’s commitment to our global hub airport in Calgary, as investments like this can only occur under the right commercial and operational environments. YYC Calgary International Airport is providing us that confidence and with these investments, Calgary can become North America’s most connected mid-sized city.”

    Partnership highlights:

    Affordability

    • Provide Travel Alberta with additional funding in support of travel and tourism efforts
    • Work to address the challenges associated with high aviation fuel prices for air passengers and industry
    • Advance Alberta’s status as a global aviation hub by enabling more to and from flights and more connecting passengers

    People

    • Improve access to pilot training with investment and expansion of the Mount Royal University pilot training program
    • Collaboration to ensure pilots are trained in Alberta with the appropriate technology and partnerships
    • Potential development of advanced commercial aviation training programs for aviation-related specialties, including a potential degree program
    • Funding of an annual hiring training grant to ensure support for training and other associated costs

    Sustainability

    • Commitment to the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) capacity at scale in Alberta as central to economic diversification and reducing carbon emissions from aviation
    • Commitment to assist WestJet in improving its own technology and software in support of a low-carbon future

    Infrastructure

    • Government of Alberta and the WestJet Group to seek opportunities to enable growth through strategic public and private investments that support aerospace and aviation sector needs

    Additional Quotes

    “For more than a quarter century WestJet has been a leader in Canada’s aviation sector and a critical part of our city’s economic growth and diversification. I can’t overstate the importance for companies in Calgary to be able to easily connect to other leading global business centres,” said Calgary Mayor, Jyoti Gondek. “Today is a prime example of effective collaboration between the City and the Province with a leading local company to make a major investment in our economic future and make Calgary a global aviation sector hub.”

    “It’s an exciting day for YYC and Alberta. WestJet’s decision to make YYC its single global hub demonstrates confidence in the Calgary airport and solidifies a major investment in the region and Alberta,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO, of The Calgary Airport Authority. “We are firmly committed to ensuring our hub carrier and strategic airline partner has the commercial and operational environment it needs to continue growing its business with YYC. We welcome the support for the future investment in the Alberta and Calgary air transportation sector announced today by WestJet and the Government of Alberta.”

    About WestJet  

    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. 

    For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.  

    Aeroplan launches HotelSavers, raising the bar for travel rewards yet again

    • Members can use points to book top hotel brands worldwide with up to 30% fewer points
    • 39 hotel brands across 11 chains to participate at launch
    • Another global first for Aeroplan, helping to cement its position as Canada’s go-to travel rewards program for travelers—both frequent and occasional

    MONTREAL, Oct. 5, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Aeroplan, Canada’s leading travel loyalty program, today launched HotelSavers, allowing members to book stays with Aeroplan points at preferential rates at a broad range of acclaimed hotels worldwide.

    Aeroplan launches HotelSavers, raising the bar for travel rewards yet again (CNW Group/Air Canada)

    “When Canadians want to fly on points, they can already count on Aeroplan as Aeroplan credit card holders can redeem for Air Canada flight rewards for an average of 30% fewer points than if they used points for non-Aeroplan Canadian bank-based travel programs. However, no one has focused on delivering Canadians a great hotel rewards program – that changes today. With HotelSavers, we’re now offering Aeroplan members great options to book hotels using their points – without compromising the excellent value they’ve come to expect. HotelSavers is yet another way we’re investing to solidify Aeroplan as the go-to rewards choice for all Canadians who travel,” said Scott O’Leary, Vice President, Loyalty and Product at Air Canada.

    Members get great value for their points with HotelSavers, thanks to Aeroplan’s direct partnerships with hotels and exclusively negotiated redemption rates: savings in points are up to 30% versus non-HotelSavers hotels available on the member exclusive reservation platform. A simple rewards grid makes it easy to know how many points you need for stays at one of eight reward categories, ranging from economy to luxury. There are stays to suit every budget, from as few as 10,000 points per night for a standard room with no restrictions on room availability.

    Taxes are always included and all Aeroplan HotelSavers properties offer an option to book a refundable rate. Some HotelSavers properties also offer non-refundable options for even fewer points. Additionally, members have the option to redeem 50/50 (points plus cash) to pay for their stays.

    HotelSavers is launching with 39 world-class hotel brands for redemption, including some of the world’s most coveted hotels and unique properties, including:

    • (Luxury) Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, Taj Hotels, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels and others;
    • (Premium) Le Germain Hotels, Omni Hotels & Resorts, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, Pullman, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts and others;
    • (Midscale & Economy) Coast Hotels, Holiday Inn Hotels, Novotel Hotels & Resorts, Alt Hotels; Ibis and Ibis Styles;

    HotelSavers offers the best member value for Aeroplan points outside of flights. In addition, borrowing from the best of Aeroplan flight redemptions, there are aspirational “sweet spots” to uncover where value on hotels is even better than the typical value per point when purchasing flights.

    Examples of Canadian locations include five-star hotels like the Shangri-La Vancouver and the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, which can be booked for as little as 45,000 points and 35,000 points per night respectively; plus both the InterContinental Montreal and the Le Germain Charlevoix Hotel & Spa can be booked for as little as 25,000 points per night, all including taxes. For international locations, the Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii and the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in the Cayman Islands can be booked for as little as 75,000 points and 55,000 points per night respectively, including taxes. Members should look for the “HotelSavers” tag on properties and see the value for themselves.

    “As one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, we have more than 6,000 hotels and 17 brands globally to meet the needs and budgets for all types of travelers. From Holiday Inn Express to Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to InterContinental Hotels, we have a wide range of properties that allow our guests to craft the hotel experiences and rewards that work best for them. We are proud to now be able to offer Aeroplan members amazing value at many of our properties around the world through HotelSavers,” said Heather Balsley, SVP Global Loyalty and Partnerships, IHG Hotels & Resorts.

    “We pioneered the boutique hotel concept in Canada and we are honoured to extend our famous hospitality to even more Aeroplan members as one of the select few hotel groups in the world in the HotelSavers network. As the only genuinely Canadian hotel group in our country, working with Canada’s flag carrier, Air Canada, is a perfect pairing,” said Christiane Germain, Co-President, Germain Hôtels.

    Since relaunching in 2020, the Aeroplan program has continued to deliver world-class partnerships for its members. On top of its industry-leading, 45 airline partners for flight rewards, the program has expanded to retail partners like Starbucks and Ontario’s LCBO, and additional travel partners like Uber. With HotelSavers, Aeroplan has added over 7,000 points hotels around the world to choose from, giving members even more ways than ever to redeem their Aeroplan points.

    For more information, visit aircanada.com/hotelsavers.   

    About Air Canada

    Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 50 airports in Canada, 47 in the United States and 69 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.