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.

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“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.

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

Canada Jetlines Successfully Completes Necessary Transport Canada Demonstration Flights

July 08, 2022

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Canada Jetlines Operations Ltd. (NEO: CJET) (“Canada Jetlines”) the new all-Canadian, leisure airline, is proud to announce successful completion of all demonstration flights for Transport Canada in the process to obtain its Air Operator Certificate (AOC). On July 5, 2022, Canada Jetlines operated a flight from the Region of Waterloo International airport to Greater Moncton Roméo Leblanc International airport and back, to the satisfaction of Transport Canada inspectors.

“We are extremely proud of our operations team for successfully completing this comprehensive program with Transport Canada. There are only a few administrative items for Transport Canada to complete before issuing the AOC, which is expected to be completed within the next two weeks”Tweet this

“We are extremely proud of our operations team for successfully completing this comprehensive program with Transport Canada. There are only a few administrative items for Transport Canada to complete before issuing the AOC, which is expected to be completed within the next two weeks,” shared Eddy Doyle, CEO of Canada Jetlines. “As a start-up during the pandemic, we emphasize preparation and collaboration. We are currently staffed and equipped to accommodate and welcome guests to travel with Canada Jetlines.”

With the aim to begin airline operations in the next few weeks, Jetlines intends to begin ticket sales imminently. Please visit www.jetlines.com to learn more, sign up for email updates, and follow on all social media platforms to join the Canada Jetlines family.

About Canada Jetlines

Canada Jetlines is a well-capitalized leisure focused air carrier, utilizing a growing fleet of Airbus 320 aircraft targeting launch in the summer of 2022, subject to Transport Canada approval. The air carrier was created to provide Canadians with value vacation choices and convenient travel options to fly to fantastic leisure destinations within Canada, the U.S.A., Cuba, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua, Bahamas, and other Caribbean nations. 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. The efficient aircraft design merged with the experience of the all-Canadian management team, allows for accessible flight options without sacrificing quality or convenience. The carrier will use a state-of-the-art web booking platform, making the turnkey solution available to consumers, travel agents, and tour operators, with the capability of generating revenue on reservations and ancillary sales with the aim to provide more revenue opportunities to current and future agent partners and all the work that they do. We look forward to working with you to create memorable travel experiences for consumers. To learn more, please visit www.jetlines.com and follow on all social media platforms for news and updates.

Flair Airlines to Launch Service from Kitchener-Waterloo to Montreal

  • Service to Montreal from Kitchener-Waterloo begins July 7
  • Flights will be non-stop, twice weekly, and starting at $29
  • New route is part of Flair’s recent base expansion at Region of Waterloo International Airport

Edmonton, Alberta, May 3, 2022 – Flair Airlines, Canada’s everyday low fare airline, continues its growth in Kitchener-Waterloo with the announcement of service to Montreal-Trudeau International Airport. The non-stop route will connect Kitchener-Waterloo to Montreal twice weekly. Flair has recently announced a base expansion at Region of Waterloo International Airport, and today’s announcement is part of the expansion.

Beginning on July 7, passengers can travel twice weekly between the two cities. “Kitchener-Waterloo continues to be an important market for Flair, and we look forward to starting service to Montreal from the airport,” said Garth Lund, Chief Commercial Officer, Flair Airlines. “We know the importance of accessible and affordable travel and with fares starting at $29, we’re excited to offer even more choice to residents of Kitchener-Waterloo.”

“Montreal has long been one of our community’s top Canadian destinations. In 2020 more than 85,700 residents travelled to Montreal by air to conduct business, study, vacation, or visit family,” said Karen Redman, Chair of the Region of Waterloo. “This new service will enhance the ability for local companies and institutions to attract talent and provide residents with more convenient travel options to Montreal. We look forward to welcoming Flair’s non-stop service to Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.”

Flair’s recent base announcement includes an additional aircraft to be based out of the airport, offering the option of new destinations for passengers.

One-way fares, including taxes and fees, begin at $29 to Montreal from Kitchener-Waterloo. There are limited seats and availability for the fares. All routes are available for booking at flyflair.com.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s leading low-fare airline and its greenest airline, on a mission to provide affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve over 30 cities across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. For more information, please visit flyflair.com.

Official opening of the new domestic arrivals building at the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF)

Region of Waterloo, ON – April 21, 2022, the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) officially opened a new domestic arrivals building. The building is one piece of the airport’s $35 million Airport Terminal Expansion Project currently underway. 

“Airports play a vital role in the prosperity of communities by connecting people and businesses with the world,” said Tim Louis, Member of Parliament for Kitchener–Conestoga, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities. “An expanded domestic air terminal will help the airport to comfortably and reliably accommodate the increasing number of travelers arriving to and departing from the Region of Waterloo. Our Government’s investment will help to sustain a dynamic local economy, create jobs and ensure the region remains a great place to live and work.”

In 2022, more than 700,000 passengers are expected to travel through YKF. The new domestic arrivals building is the first step in improving the passenger experience. The expanded facility enables the airport to handle three Boeing 737 aircrafts at one time – two domestic and one international arrival. The building is another step toward the airport managing the increased passenger volumes created by Flair Airlines. This June, Flair will expand non-stop service to 12 destinations from YKF, adding Charlottetown, P.E.I, Saint John, N.B. and Deer Lake, N.L.

“The Region of Waterloo International Airport continues to drive growth, talent attraction and investment throughout our community. As a result of the Airport Master Plan adopted by Council in 2017 and Flair Airlines’ increased service, the airport is expanding and has added over 500 jobs,” said Karen Redman, Chair of the Region of Waterloo. “We are excited to celebrate the opening of our new domestic arrivals building, the first of many milestones to come.”

The expansion is part of YKF’s 20-year Airport Master Plan which was approved by Regional Council in 2017. The $375 million plan consists of five development stages. Each is triggered by a pre-set annual passenger volume. Upon approval, planning began to accommodate 500,000 passengers a year.

“YKF is one of Flair’s largest Canadian bases. We are excited about our important partnership with the airport and our expanded summer schedule,” said Garth Lund, Chief Commercial Officer, Flair Airlines. “This facility will allow our guests to collect their bags faster and spend more time with their friends and family. We look forward to welcoming even more passengers to Kitchener-Waterloo as the airport grows.”

The Government of Canada invested $8.1 million towards this project through the Canada Community-Building Fund (CCBF). CCBF provides permanent, stable funding for municipal infrastructure across Ontario, supporting local projects that have a direct community benefit. The fund is delivered annually by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario to all municipalities excluding the City of Toronto. The Region of Waterloo has leveraged $208.7 million in CCBF funding since the fund was established in 2005 and its most recent project is the largest investment to date under the Regional Airports category.

In July 2022, phase two of construction will begin to reconfigure the existing terminal building and enhance the passenger experience. Self-service kiosks and common use airline counters will improve check-in. A third security line will speed passenger screening. A new baggage system, with a self-service bag drop and expanded sort area, will streamline baggage handling. The current anticipated completion date is spring 2023.

Federal review threatens Flair Airlines’ licence

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Stephanie Villella, CTV News Kitchener Videographer • March 30, 2022

Travelers line up at a Flair Airlines counter at the Region of Waterloo International Airport on March 30, 2022. (Dan Lauckner/CTV News)

An airline that operates out of the Region of Waterloo International Airport is under review by the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Flair Airlines is facing turbulence as to whether or not its Canadian controlled.

On March 3, the transportation agency released its preliminary ruling, finding that the Edmonton-based carrier is not, in fact, Canadian owned.

If a final ruling is confirmed, the airline’s licence to operate could be suspended or cancelled.

John Gradek, a faculty lecturer at the McGill Aviation Management Program calls it a “predicament.”

“It sort of is a risk and I hope the Kitchener–Waterloo Airport Authority has some insurance on their program,” he said.

The review comes as the region spends $44 million to expand the Region of Waterloo International Airport to accommodate more passengers and planes.

The region credits Flair for the airport’s passenger growth.

“We are aware of the preliminary ruling and are monitoring the situation,” a spokesperson for the region said in a statement. “At this point in time, no action is required by the region. Flair will respond to the decision and the CTA will determine if any actions are needed to be taken by the organization. Flair has demonstrated the viability of YKF and the interest of travelers in our market area to use YKF as a gateway to other destination.”

Gradek said he recommends the region holds off on signing anymore contracts with Flair.

“Since the airport has invested capital to support Flair and that money is coming from taxpayers … my view is, I would not be looking at contracting any major expenditures on airport improvements until the [Canadian Transportation Agency] has concluded their investigation,” Gradek said.

According to the agency, to be licensed, an airline must be incorporated in Canada, at least 51 per cent of voting interests must be owned and controlled by Canadians, and it must be controlled in fact by Canadians.

A Miami-based company called 777 Partners owns part of Flair Airlines and provides aircrafts to it.

“Not only are they an equity provider, they’re also a major provider of aircrafts, and that’s what’s causing concern,” Gradek said.

In a statement to CTV News, Flair’s CEO and President, Stephen Jones said, “Flair Airlines is a Canadian airline and is controlled by Canadians both in law and in fact. Flair Airlines, at all times, operates its business in compliance with the laws and regulations governing air transportation in Canada.”

“Flair is here for the long term and is committed to finally bring sustainable, affordable airfares to the people of the Kitchener-Waterloo region. Customers can absolutely book with confidence, and we look forward to welcoming them aboard this summer.”

The airline has 60 days from March 3 to respond to the transportation agency’s preliminary report.

Canada Jetlines Unveils First Aircraft During VIP Event

TORONTO, ON, March 23, 2022 – Canada Jetlines Operations Ltd. (NEO: CJET) (“Canada Jetlines”) the new, all-Canadian, leisure carrier today unveiled its first A320 aircraft to an intimate group of potential investors, media, friends, family, travel industry partners, including tourism boards, airports, travel agents, hotels, and payment solution providers. The private event took place at the Chartright Air Group Fixed Based Operation (FBO) facility at the Region of Waterloo International Airport (CYFK).

The VIP debut gave attendees an exciting first ever look at the Recaro 3530 seat – a first for any Canadian air carrier — the seat is an important feature of the Airbus A320 onboard experience. Attendees were able to tour the airline’s first aircraft and meet the Canada Jetlines executive team and board of directors, who provided more insight on the carrier’s timeline towards take-off. The team revealed progress towards an innagural flight in July to magnificent travel destinations in Florida and the Caribbean.

“We are thrilled to welcome guests to be able to see and touch the Canada Jetlines brand in person! As we are now in the final stages of the licensing process, we are closer than ever to taking to the skies and what to show the world what we have in store,” stated Eddy Doyle, CEO of Canada Jetlines.

About Canada Jetlines

Canada Jetlines is a well-capitalized leisure focused carrier, utilizing a growing fleet of Airbus320 aircraft starting in early 2022, subject to Transport Canada approval. The carrier was created to provide Canadian consumers with more value choices and travel options to fly to coveted sun and leisure destinations in the U.S., Caribbean, and Mexico. 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. The efficient aircraft design merged with the experience of the all-Canadian management team, allows for accessible flight options without sacrificing quality or convenience. The carrier will use a state-of-the-art web booking platform, making the turnkey solution available to Travel Agents, Tour Operators, and consumers, with the capability of generating revenue on reservations and ancillary sales. We aim to provide more revenue opportunities to express our gratitude to current and future agent partners and all the work that they do. We look forward to working with you to create memorable travel experiences for consumers. To learn more, please visit http://www.jetlines.com and follow on all social media platforms for news and updates.

Waterloo Region says arrival of Flair Airlines has boosted local air traffic

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The exterior of the Region of Waterloo International Airport in Breslau.

Jennifer K. Baker, CTV News Kitchener Writer-Reporter • March 15, 2022

The Region of Waterloo is crediting Flair Airlines with a “record-breaking” increase in local passenger traffic.

Regional officials said 171,828 people travelled through the Region of Waterloo International Airport in 2021, representing a 245 per cent boost over the previous year.

The region added that was a direct result of Flair Airlines.

The carrier currently offers nine non-stop destinations out of Waterloo Region: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg, along with Cancun, Mexico and Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida. Three new destinations will be added in June 2022: Charlottetown, Deer Lake and Saint John, New Brunswick.

The airport also pointed to the success of its flight training school.

“YKF is the busiest general aviation airport in Ontario. Flight training has always accounted for over half of our aircraft movements,” said Chris Wood, the airport’s general manager, in a media release. “We are the proud home of the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre, one of Canada’s largest professional flight training schools. General aviation built this airport and will continue to thrive as we grow.”

A planned expansion at the airport is currently underway and is expected to be complete in 2023.

According to Statistics Canada, The Region of Waterloo International Airport was also ranked as the sixth busiest Canadian airport with 133,293 aircraft movements in 2021. The region said that was a result of the pandemic which grounded most commercial flights. The airport has previously been ranked the 15th or 16th busiest airport in Canada.