Sunwing customers can discover the best of South America in San Andrés, now available to book in Canada

Vacationers can enjoy laidback Colombian getaways with Decameron this winter

TORONTO, Aug. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This winter, Sunwing is inviting Canadians to discover San Andrés, a brand-new destination for the tour operator offering vacationers the quintessential island paradise off the coast of Nicaragua in the Caribbean Sea. Available to book now, San Andrés is well-known to travellers in Colombia for its rich culture, white-sand beaches, coconut palms, year-round summer weather and some of the best diving conditions in the world, with easy access to restaurants and bars in town for local flavour.

Plus, Canadian customers can now enjoy the full all inclusive vacation experience in San Andrés with Decameron All Inclusive Hotels & Resorts, the only resort brand offered through Sunwing on the island with six properties within minutes of the Caribbean Sea, downtown San Andrés and the airport.

“To continue offering Canadians more opportunities to vacation to paradise under our wing, we’re thrilled to be adding more diverse destinations to our lineup that our customers can book this winter, including San Andrés in Colombia,” says Lyne Chayer, General Manager, Sunwing Vacations Québec. “With beautiful beaches, natural cays that are great for diving and snorkelling, sunny skies and welcoming people, plus access to six Decameron properties offering an intimate resort getaway, we’re excited for our customers to experience the richness of Colombia in this beach destination this winter, and share in our love of San Andrés.”

With multiple cays, sandbanks and greenspace to explore, San Andrés is a hub for nature lovers. Sunseekers can discover the popular shores of Playa Spratt Bight, while ocean lovers will find a true paradise for underwater adventures in the “Sea of Seven Colours” with nearly 40 diving sites and well-preserved coral reefs. Plus, Botanic Gardens is a sprawling space in the island’s centre where the vegetation dates back to the dinosaur era.

San Andrés is also home to an incredible multicultural community blending Anglo-Caribbean Raizal and Colombian cultures with local restaurants, bars and boutique shops with authentic Colombian keepsakes.

As an untouched paradise and exciting new ground for Sunwing customers, travellers can book their getaways at six Decameron properties on the island, including Decameron MarazulDecameron MarylandDecameron AquariumDecameron San LuisDecameron Los Delfines and Decameron Isleno, ideal choices for the ultimate laidback escape.

Customers can expect the same variety of amenities and services with Decameron in San Andrés that the brand is known for in the other popular destinations it serves, including Mexico, Jamaica and Panama. Families can soak up the sun by the pool or the beach or adventure the seas together during resort-offered water sport activities like kayaking, windsurfing and snorkelling, plus mini scuba diving courses in the pool. Couples can find their zen with soothing face and body treatments at the spa on property or relax by the beach bar with a drink in hand, while groups will love the variety of dining options and á la carte restaurants with international favourites, revel in day-to-night entertainment or take advantage of modern accommodations that suit their group’s needs.

Sunwing customers can book San Andrés today for travel starting December 14, 2022 with a direct flight from Montréal on Wednesdays, with the potential to add more for the winter season as customer demand evolves.

For even more peace of mind, customers can purchase one of Sunwing’s comprehensive travel coverage options ahead of their winter getaways.

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.

Pacific Heliport Services Completes $1.7M Upgrade at Vancouver Harbour Heliport

Richmond, B.C. August 10th, 2022 – With support from the Province of British Columbia’s Airport Assistance Program (“BCAAP”) under the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Pacific Heliport Services, (“PHS”) a wholly owned subsidiary of Helijet International Inc., has completed a major $1.7M upgrade of the public use intermodal heliport in downtown Vancouver, on the south shore of Burrard Inlet.

Credit to Larry Goldstein Photography

The upgrade project entailed the design, fabrication and installation of two primary bridgeway connections to the floating heliport, along with numerous related facility and shoreline improvements within the heliport lease areas. The project construction was unique in that no in-water works were conducted throughout the project term, mitigating any environmental concerns to marine life and the natural habitat.

Located within walking distance of Vancouver’s downtown core, and part of a transportation hub with connections to SeaBus, SkyTrain, bus network, and a cruise ship terminal, the heliport plays an instrumental role in facilitating government business, private sector commerce and tourism offerings.

The heliport also provides emergency life-saving medical services for the local region. It is certified by Transport Canada for both day and night operations, it serves the BC Ambulance Service for St. Paul’s Hospital and the North Shore’s Lions Gate Hospital and is listed as an asset on the Critical Infrastructure list maintained by Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC).

“I want thank the Province for their funding and support of this project, as well as our many industry and private sector clients who supported our BCAAP funding application,” said Danny Sitnam, President and CEO, Helijet and PHS. “I also want to thank the Harbour Heliport Society and the numerous helicopter air operators that use this heliport facility. These upgrades are a reflection of our commitment to them and the safety of the millions of passengers who travel with us each year.”

Seventy-five per cent ($1,279,000) of the project financing for the $1.7m airside build was provided by BCAAP, with Pacific Heliport Services providing the remaining 25 per cent. The project was a design-build contract awarded and completed by FRB Construction Systems, a company owned, operated and based in British Columbia.

“The provincial government is committed to helping airports and air facility operators across the province make the safety and capacity upgrades they need to better serve their customers and communities,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “We recognize the vital role this terminal and Pacific Heliport Services plays in the region, and through BCAAP, we’re pleased to have made this important upgrade possible while at the same time supporting BC’s construction sector and the work carried out by BC-based FRB Construction Systems.”

About Helijet and PHS

Helijet International is a privately held Canadian-owned aviation solutions company based in British Columbia, Canada, and is recognized as North America’s largest helicopter airline, carrying well over 2.4 million guests in the past 35 years. In addition to its scheduled helicopter services, Helijet is the Province of British Columbia’s longest standing and largest air service provider of dedicated medically equipped helicopters. Helijet provides exclusive-use helicopter and fixed-wing services to world-renowned sport fishing resorts, public service and energy companies throughout the west coast of British Columbia and North America.

Helijet’s wholly owned subsidiary, Pacific Heliport Services, Ltd., (“PHS”) is Canada’s largest privately managed Heliport operator, overseeing the downtown Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo’s Transport Canada-certified heliports. Helijet and PHS have been recognized by communities and aviation associations alike as a socially responsible and forward-thinking aviation company that deeply engages with the communities it serves. Helijet and PHS are committed to introducing and integrating zero-emission vertical lift technologies and related infrastructure into the communities that it serves to meet future urban air mobility commercialization. For more information, visit www.helijet.com.

About: BCAAP

The British Columbia Air Access Program (BCAAP) provides funding to assist B.C. aviation facilities, including airports, heliports and water aerodromes, to improve infrastructure and environmental performance. Through this cost-sharing program, facility operators can invest in safety, social improvements (such as improved medevac) and climate / environmental projects that help strengthen local, regional and provincial economies. BCAAP encourages funding partnerships with Indigenous, local, regional and federal governments, as well as agencies and private-sector organizations. For more information, visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/funding-engagement-permits/funding-grants/aviation-infrastructure-funding.

Canadian North announces appointment of Michael Rodyniuk as President and Chief Executive Officer

July 8, 2022

Ottawa, ON – The Board of Directors of Bradley Air Services Ltd., which operates as Canadian North Airlines, are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Rodyniuk as President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian North, effective July 15, 2022. 

Mr. Rodyniuk joins Canadian North with over three decades of widely-respected leadership experience within the airline industry, most recently serving as Vice President, Specialty Assets for Willis Lease Financing Corporation, a leading lessor of aircraft engines and other equipment. He has also served as Chief Executive Officer & President of West Wind Aviation and Chief Executive Officer & President of First Nations-owned Wasaya Airways LP, where he led the delivery of essential passenger and cargo services to remote northern communities. Prior to this, he has held senior leadership roles with Gavarnie Holding, LLC (overseeing its former Hawaii Island Air subsidiary), the aviation division of Exchange Income Corporation, the Winnipeg Airport Authority, WestJet, ZIP (a former low-cost subsidiary of Air Canada) and SR Technics (a global maintenance, repair and overhaul provider), has held management roles with United Airlines and American Airlines and has background as a commercial pilot, having begun his aviation career flying for Sea Island Air, based out of the South Terminal in Vancouver. Mr. Rodyniuk is also the Chairman of the Board for WestCaRD (an aerospace-focused research and development / economic development agency based at Winnipeg International Airport). 

Michael Rodyniuk has been named the new president and CEO of Canadian North Airlines. (Photo courtesy of Canadian North & Nunatsiaq News)

Canadian North’s Board has completed an extensive recruitment process and has selected Mr. Rodyniuk in recognition of his proven leadership skills he has developed through diverse senior roles within the aviation industry, his experience working with Indigenous communities and stakeholders and his understanding of the essential nature and unique challenges of northern and remote air service. All of these factors make him an excellent fit to lead Canadian North. His appointment comes at an important time for Canadian North, as it emerges from the pandemic and it continues to deliver crucial air services throughout its vast northern network. Mr. Rodyniuk will work to ensure Canadian North maintains safe and reliable operations and provides the best possible service and care to everyone who depends on it, while being prepared to quickly capitalize on opportunities that emerge. 

Rashwan Domloge, who has served as Interim President & CEO of Canadian North since April, 2022 in addition to his role as Vice-President, Maintenance & Engineering, will work with Mr. Rodyniuk to ensure a quick and seamless leadership transition. After this transition is complete, Mr. Domloge will continue to serve as Vice-President, Maintenance & Engineering. The Bradley Air Services Ltd. Board sincerely thanks Mr. Domloge for his dedicated leadership during this interim period. 

“Canadian North’s scheduled and charter flights are a vital lifeline for the people and communities we serve across Inuit Nunangat and other parts of Canada,” said Johnny Adams, Executive Chairman of Canadian North. “We look forward to the knowledge, insight and leadership abilities that Michael will bring to our organization as we focus on improving our business in a post-pandemic environment. 

 About Canadian North: 

Canadian North is a 100% Inuit-owned airline that connects people and delivers essential goods throughout Canada’s North – safely, reliably and always with friendly and caring customer service. Canadian North Airlines services 25 communities within Nunavut, Nunavik and the Northwest Territories, as well as Ottawa, Montréal and Edmonton, with a versatile fleet of Boeing 737 and ATR 42 aircraft. Canadian North is also the premier charter services provider for large resource sector clients requiring dependable, efficient and economical fly-in/fly-out air service and it operates flights across North America and beyond for sports teams, cruise lines, tour operators and many others. Canadian North is wholly-owned by Makivik Corporation and Inuvialuit Development Corporation.

Central Mountain Air is pleased to announce the appointment of Trevor Wakefield as Chief Operating Officer.

(Smithers, BC August 8th, 2022)

Central Mountain Air is pleased to announce the appointment of Trevor Wakefield as Chief Operating Officer effective August 8, 2022.

As COO, Mr. Wakefield will provide leadership and will work closely with the Executive team on the execution of CMA’s overall strategic plans. Trevor began his aviation career over 25 years ago as a line pilot flying for a western-based cargo and passenger operator, flying routes within Northern BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Joining Canadian North Airlines in 2001, he held various positions including Training Captain, Director of Safety, Senior Director of Operations, and Vice President of Operations. As an approved Transport Canada Operations Manager, Trevor’s core values include Safe Operations, Regulatory Compliance, Fiscal Accountability, and Workplace Culture. After leaving Canadian North in late 2019, Trevor took over as President and Accountable Executive of a Calgary-based charter airline. During this tenure, he built an entirely new operations and maintenance team, re-established operational capability with Transport Canada, and successfully launched revenue operations in the summer of 2021.

“With over 35 years of operations, CMA has a proven history of providing safe, reliable, and cost-effective air travel services to passengers, businesses, communities and organizations we serve either via our scheduled flights, charter flights, or medevac flights. I am excited and honored to join the Central Mountain Air team and look forward to working with the various teams and communities throughout western Canada,” said Trevor Wakefield.

“Trevor’s depth of operational experience and broad skill set will accelerate our growth mandate and execution of our overall strategy I am delighted to welcome Trevor to the CMA family and look forward to his contributions and leadership,” said Douglas McCrea, President and Founder. “

About Central Mountain Air Ltd.   

Established in 1987, CMA is a Western Canadian privately owned and operated company. CMA provides scheduled flights to ten communities, cargo to eight communities, and charter flights throughout British Columbia, Alberta, and Western Canada. For more information, and to learn about CMA’s enhanced COVID-19 safety procedures, visit www.flycma.com.   

Air Canada to Present at the Canaccord Genuity 42nd Annual Growth Conference

MONTREAL, Aug. 8, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Amos Kazzaz, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Air Canada, will present at the Canaccord Genuity 42nd Annual Growth Conference in Boston, MA on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.

Internet: https://investors.aircanada.com/

WestJet enhances intra-B.C. connectivity with new service between Penticton and Vancouver

CALGARY, AB, Aug. 8, 2022 /CNW/ – WestJet today is welcoming the airline’s newest regional route with the announcement of service between Penticton, B.C., and Vancouver beginning in February of 2023. The route will strengthen critical intra-provincial connectivity for British Columbians and local businesses and is scheduled to operate six-times weekly on WestJet Link.

“The addition of new intra-provincial routes is critical as we invest in our presence in the West and look to strengthen our offerings to ensure British Columbians have more access to convenient and affordable air travel,” said Jared Mikoch-Gerke, WestJet Director of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs. “This new route marks the initial steps in our renewed committment to B.C., and will open up connections and opportunities for local businesses and residents as they recover from the difficult past few years.”

“This new service will not only connect British Columbians and all Canadians who will use this route, but will also create good local jobs and help grow our economy,” said The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport. “Our government operates the Penticton Airport to provide safe and reliable service for the Okanagan communities and today’s announcement will do just that.”

The new service will stimulate business and leisure travel between the cities with flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and makes WestJet the only airline serving both Calgary and Vancouver direct from Penticton.  Through the airline’s capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airline, all flights will be operated by WestJet Link, using a fleet of WestJet-branded 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft. 

“The expansion of WestJet service is another example of the growth that Penticton is experiencing,” said Mayor John Vassilaki. “As more and more people recognize the advantages of living and working here, the addition of more direct flights to Vancouver will benefit everyone – from tourists to businesspeople. I’m pleased WestJet sees the potential for growth and look forward to the partnership between the airline and the airport being a strong factor in our economic development.”

The expansion of service is the 11th destination within the WestJet Link network and will connect more guests in smaller communities to WestJet’s global network.

RouteStart DateFrequencyOperated byDepartureArrival
Vancouver – Penticton*Beginning February 17, 20236x Weekly (excluding Saturday)WestJet Link12:45 p.m.1:35 p.m.
Penticton – Vancouver*Beginning February 17, 20236x Weekly (excluding Saturday)WestJet Link2:05 p.m.2:55 p.m.

*new route

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“We are excited to see WestJet Link’s service continue to grow throughout the province and provide service to the southern Okanagan Valley. As the proud operators of WestJet Link, the expansion of this service is essential in providing additional connections for local businesses and British Columbians.”

–      Quentin Smith, Pacific Coastal Airlines President.

“This is great news for the entire Southern Okanagan region.  Not only does this open up easier access to people traveling from the lower mainland to enjoy the bounty of the Southern Okanagan, but it also adds greater flexibility for those who travel to Vancouver for business and pleasure.”

–      Jonathan McGraw, President of the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce.

“We are thrilled that WestJet is providing new opportunities for British Columbians to explore our beautiful province with the addition of this new exciting route,” said Walt Judas, CEO of TIABC. “The addition of YVR to YYF is a further enhancement to both leisure and business travel across our province and brings an exciting avenue for tourists from WestJet’s global network to connect to the beautiful Okanagan region from Vancouver.”

–      Walt Judas, CEO, TIABC

“We are very pleased for Penticton and area residents with this new service announcement from WestJet and partner, Pacific Coastal Airlines. Their new service announcement regarding Penticton to Vancouver, six-times weekly starting February 2023 continues to strengthen the relationship between WestJet and Penticton Airport along with the residents of the South Okanagan/Similkameen and its business community. We welcome the expanded service and look forward to the convenience this service brings.”

–     MLA Dan Ashton, Penticton 

“Connecting more people with more regions of BC through convenient and affordable air travel options is critical. This new service between Vancouver International Airport and Penticton will connect more British Columbians and visitors with the tremendous offerings of BC’s Southern Interior region. We applaud WestJet for strengthening their commitment to British Columbia—expanding air travel options in the province, in partnership with WestJet Link service operator Pacific Coastal Airlines” 

–    Mike McNaney, Vice President and Chief External Relations Officer, Vancouver International Airport

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. 

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 westjet.com.