Plaza Premium Lounge continues Canadian expansion with two renovated airport lounges and new Root98 dining experience

The award-winning airport lounge network reopens the doors to its Toronto Pearson Terminal 1 Domestic and Vancouver US Transborder lounges, adding more ways to make travel better during the country’s busiest travel season

Pictured: YVR Vancouver Renovated US Transborder Lounge

(Toronto, November 24, 2022) Plaza Premium Lounge (PPL) is excited to announce two updates to its hospitality airport services with the opening of newly renovated lounges in Terminal 1 Domestic departures at Toronto Pearson International Airport and at Vancouver International Airport servicing US departures. The newly renovated lounges have arrived just as PPL sees a 570% increase in its airport lounge services across its Canadian network as compared to November 2021. In addition, Plaza Premium Group (PPG) has added Root98, the group’s premium airport dining destination to Vancouver’s US transborder terminal to suit every traveler’s needs during the holiday travel season.

“We are excited to unveil these newly renovated lounges at a time when travelers need it the most”,  said Pascal Bélanger, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Operations for Plaza Premium Group. “The mission of Plaza Premium has always been to offer guests an elevated and comfortable airport experience no matter their ticket status and with the reopening of our T1 Domestic and US Transborder lounges, this will help us to further democratize the airport lounge experience for those traveling to and through Canada’s largest cities”.

Pictured: YYZ Toronto Pearson Renovated T1 Domestic Lounge

YYZ Toronto Pearson Renovated T1 Domestic Lounge

Conveniently located  just past security screening, the new lounge now expands to over 4,900 square feet and can seat up to 120 guests. Comfortable sofas and leather covered swivel chairs provide the ultimate relaxing environment while plush carpeting, soft lighting and high-end design features present a warm and inviting environment. Guests will receive premium hospitality services and amenities such as WI-FI, charging stations, flight information displays, TV services, shower room, baby changing stations, printing and photocopying services* and much more. 

“It’s always a pleasure to work with like-minded partners, and Plaza Premium’s focus on the passenger is on full display in its newly renovated lounge at Toronto Pearson,” said Ian Clarke, Chief Financial Officer and Acting Head of Commercial and Business Partnerships at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “Just in time for the traditionally busy holiday travel season, Plaza Premium’s new lounge is a welcomed addition to Toronto Pearson that will contribute strongly to our end goal of continually elevating the passenger experience.”

New to the Plaza Premium Lounge network in Canada, the T1 Domestic Lounge will be the first to offer guests the opportunity to upgrade their entry fee to gain access to a newly added exclusive VIP area. This new service located in the lounge will provide guests with their very own private oasis by reserving a dedicated seating area that includes elevated privacy thanks to elegant partitions and dividers, special snacks, premium beverages selection, shower access and dedicated bar. The new VIP service can be added on to a guest’s entry fee for as little as CAD $19.99.

Guests can now indulge in a wide variety of cuisines, from Asian to American, through dishes crafted to perfection. Plaza Premium Lounge offers all guests the experience to enjoy freshly made meals while catering to all dietary choices upon request such as: vegetarian, gluten-free, a dedicated kids menu and more. All guests visiting the lounge can expect to receive complimentary coffee, tea and soft drinks and have the opportunity to browse through a selection of house beer and wine. While visiting the full-service bar, travelers can also indulge with a Premium Pour menu that includes delicious signature cocktails.*

Pictured: YVR Vancouver Renovated US Transborder Lounge

YVR Vancouver Renovated US Transborder Lounge

The newly renovated lounge in the US Transborder Terminal has been expanded to accommodate 132 guests, double the amount based on its previous layout thanks to an added 2,000 square feet

Upon entering, the new lounge offers a restorative environment with the help of a contemporary and refined design featuring clean-lined wood paneling,  soft neutral tones, and forest green accents to reflect the natural environment of Vancouver.  Unique screen partitions, a feature ceiling over the bar and unique light fixtures add a touch of brass, elevating the space to exude refined luxury. A thoughtful floor plan design of the main lounge has a variety of zones, including a dining area, as well as a lounge area and bar, creating a natural focal point for the space. Clusters of lounge seating are spaciously located, offering guests a non-intrusive atmosphere and a sense of privacy. New amenities include a nursing room along with added shower rooms, a full service bar featuring premium drink offerings* and an updated dining menu. 

In keeping with Vancouver’s green initiatives, sustainability has been carefully woven throughout every aspect of the design approach. Locally sourced reclaimed and FSC certified wood products are used throughout the space, as well as upholstery and solid surface countertop materials containing recycled materials. 

Pictured: YVR Vancouver Root98 Marketplace

YVR Vancouver Root98 Restaurant 

Root 98 is Plaza Premium Group’s premium airport dining experience. A herbs and seeds inspired dining concept, it is designed to suit and accommodate every traveler’s dining tastes and needs by offering an international culinary selection. Taking reference from the word’s “origin” and “beginning,” “route” is a play on the airport journey travelers will embark on, while “98” pays homage to the year Plaza Premium Group was founded. The concept places emphasis on the theater of artistically plated dishes through live preparation experiences and a combination of delightful flavors. Bringing light to the importance of well-being, health and nutrition education is weaved into the design to promote better eating habits and lifestyle changes.

Benefiting from a corner location, the design is open and inviting, enticing the traveler to sit down or make a purchase to go. Behind the front counters, packaged goods for purchase are displayed in a décor punctuated by green potted plants. A bronze canopy frames each of the spaces, and colorful graphics illustrate the concept inspiration.

The new Root98 location features two components. The Marketplace invites travelers to sit down, relax and take in a warm meal before embarking on their journey while the Grab & Go offers a variety of healthy and tasty packaged meals to take on the go and enjoy either in flight or upon arrival.

Hours of operation:

YYZ Toronto Pearson Renovated T1 Domestic Lounge  05:30 am – 20:30 pm daily

YVR Vancouver Renovated US Departures Lounge 05:00 am -20:00  pm daily

YVR Vancouver Root98 Restaurant 05:00 am -20:00  pm daily

The new Toronto T1 Domestic Lounge, Vancouver US Transborder Lounge and Vancouver Root98 restaurant is now open to global travelers and passes are available to purchase via Plaza Premium Lounge website

To access high resolution images, please click here.

*Services for an additional fee

The Plaza Premium Network in Canada

The new YYZ lounge joins the existing network of Plaza Premium Lounges in Ontario, being the 6th full-service lounge in Toronto. With additional lounges located conveniently across Canada in Vancouver (YVR), Edmonton (YEG), Montreal (YUL) and Winnipeg (YWG); Plaza Premium Lounge is continuing to serve its mission of making travel better with accessible airport lounges available to all types of travelers, regardless of flight class. With optimal offers, partnerships and deals to access the lounge, travelers will always have a way to escape into bliss before takeoff. 

About Plaza Premium Lounge

Plaza Premium Lounge is the world’s first and largest award-winning independent airport lounge network. It offers all travelers, regardless of airlines or class of travel, a lounge experience in a class of its own.  The brand’s footprint spans over 70 major international airports and includes Greater China (Hong Kong, Macao, mainland, Taiwan), Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore), Australia, Americas (Brazil, Canada), Europe (Finland, Italy, U.K.), India and the Middle East (Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates).

The brand has been awarded the “World’s Best Independent Airport Lounge” for five consecutive years from 2016 to 2021 at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, the global benchmark of aviation excellence. In 2020, Plaza Premium Lounge in Rome was voted “Europe’s Leading Airport Lounge” and Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai “Middle East’s Leading Airport Lounge by World Travel Awards 2020 & 2021 for two consecutive years. In 2020, the brand was successfully awarded ISO 9001:2015 for its Hong Kong Headquarters, proving the quality management in providing airport lounge services.

To learn more: www.plazapremiumlounge.com 

Air Transat announces its summer 2023 program

  • 275 flights weekly to more than 40 destinations
  • Increased flight frequency through fleet optimization

MONTREAL, Nov. 21, 2022 /CNW/ – Air Transat announces its summer 2023 program today, which will feature 275 flights a week to more than 40 destinations at the height of the season. The airline will strengthen its position in Europe, increase the number of connections to the South and the United States as well as enhance its domestic service. The airline will also service over 265 additional destinations through partnerships with other carriers, mainly with its expanding network of codeshare agreements and its exclusive platform connectair by Air Transat.

“This flight program is perfectly in line with our mission, which is to encourage discovery and foster openness, whatever the destination or the reason for traveling,” said Michèle Barre, Vice-President, Network, Revenue Management and Pricing, Air Transat. “From an operational standpoint, the more efficient use of our aircraft allows us to increase the frequency of flights and regain a capacity similar to what we had prior to the pandemic.”

Europe… over and over

At the height of the season, the airline will offer 88 direct flights weekly to 19 European destinations from Montreal. Out of Toronto, 73 direct flights a week are scheduled to 15 cities in Europe. Finally, from Quebec City, three weekly direct flights are scheduled to Paris and one to London.

Number of weekly direct flights to Europe*

DestinationFrom
Montreal
From
Quebec City
From
Toronto
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands34
ATHENS, Greece44
BÂLE-MULHOUSE, Switzerland2
BARCELONA, Spain43
BORDEAUX, France5
BRUSSELS, Belgium3
DUBLIN, Ireland6
FARO, Portugal1
GLASGOW, United Kingdom7
LAMEZIA, Italy1
LISBON, Portugal55
LONDON, United Kingdom7114
LYON, France5
MADRID, Spain4
MALAGA, Spain2
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom6
MARSEILLE, France6
NANTES, France4
NICE, France3
PARIS, France1437
PORTO, Portugal34
ROME, Italy77
TOULOUSE, France5
VENICE, Italy21
ZAGREB, Croatia3
*At the height of the season

United States: Florida and California increasingly accessible

From Montreal, Air Transat will offer a total of 16 direct flights each week to the United States, including four to Fort Lauderdale, three to Orlando, and three each to Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In addition, out of Toronto, seven direct flights will depart every week, including four to Fort Lauderdale and three to Orlando. From Quebec City, the company will again offer one direct weekly flight to Fort Lauderdale.

Number of weekly flights to the United States*

DestinationFrom
Montreal
From
Quebec City
From
Toronto
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida414
LOS ANGELES, California3
MIAMI, Florida3
ORLANDO, Florida33
SAN FRANCISCO, California3
* At the height of the season

South: greater frequency

In keeping with the desires of Canadian seekers of sand, sun and sea, Air Transat will once again offer a selection of its most popular destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean departing from Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto.

Number of weekly flights to the South*

DestinationFrom
Montreal
From
Quebec City
From
Toronto
CANCUN, Mexico717
CAYO COCO, Cuba31
HOLGUIN, Cuba22
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica11
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti1
PUERTO PLATA, Dominican Republic22
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico22
PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic717
SAMANA, Dominican Republic21
SANTA CLARA, Cuba11
VARADERO, Cuba32
* At the height of the season

Domestic flights still popular

Encouraged by consumer response to travel within Canada, Air Transat will continue to offer numerous domestic flights out of Montreal and Toronto next summer.

Number of weekly domestic flights*

City-pairNumberof flights
MONTREAL–CALGARY7
MONTREAL–QUEBEC CITY3
MONTREAL–TORONTO10
MONTREAL–VANCOUVER7
* At the height of the season

About Air Transat

Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted North America’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international, transborder and Canadian destinations. 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. (TSX: TRZ). To find out more, visit airtransat.com.

Toronto Pearson celebrates re-opening of second-busiest runway following eight-month rehabilitation

The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Federal Transport Minister, joined GTAA President and CEO Deborah Flint for a ribbon cutting to officially re-open Runway 06L/24R

TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2022 /CNW/ – The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport, today announced the re-opening of Runway 06L/24R, the airport’s second-busiest runway, after an eight-month rehabilitation. The project is one of the largest in Pearson’s history and required careful planning and coordination, which began over a year-and-a-half ago, to ensure safety and minimal disruption for passengers and nearby communities.  

The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Federal Transport Minister, joined GTAA President and CEO Deborah Flint, along with local elected officials, the many GTAA teams responsible for the rehabilitation, and representatives from Dufferin Construction and Avia NG for a ribbon-cutting to mark the re-opening.

“It’s great to see the reopening of Runway 06L/24R after eight months of rehabilitation,” said Minister Alghabra. “As the busiest airport in Canada and one of the busiest in North America, the return of this runway at Pearson Airport will keep air passengers moving safely and smoothly in and out of the GTA. As the air sector continues to move through post-pandemic recovery, investments like this one in our transportation infrastructure will help us ensure that we maintain a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector.”

“This runway is more than a marvel of modern engineering, as amazing as it is,” said Ms. Flint. “It paves the way for the next 30 years of YYZ stimulating Canada’s economy by facilitating trade, foreign direct investment, tourism and business. This runway is more than a place where planes land and take off; it’s emblematic of a brighter future, both for Toronto Pearson and Canada through the global connections and economic activity it enables.

“I  thank the many GTAA teams and external partners involved in the planning and implementation of this complex project and delivering it safely, on time and on budget,” Ms. Flint continued. “My particular thanks go to Minister Alghabra and the federal government for the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program funding awarded to Pearson earlier this year, which partially funded this  project.”

Runway 06L/24R rehabilitation fast facts:

  • First built in the 1960s, the 3-km runway needed to be fully reconstructed due to the wearing down of its concrete sub-structure as a result of weather, use and time.
  • This project extends the life of the runway by 30 years and enhances the safety of Pearson’s operations.
  • The work lasted eight months, from April to November 2022, but planning for this project, one of the largest in Pearson’s history, began over a year-and-a-half ago.
  • The  rehabilitation exemplifies Pearson’s commitment to environmental sustainability:
    • Concrete from the original runway was crushed and re-used for the new runway.
    • Upgrading 1,800 incandescent lights to LED lights as part of this project will help reduce Pearson’s carbon footprint and lower maintenance costs.
    • The construction of an on-site batch plant reduced the need to truck concrete to the rehabilitation site and reduced GHG emissions. 
    • Two of only three 12-foot pavers in existence in Canada were used for the rehabilitation, helping to reduce the overall timeline of the project and associated emissions.

For a selection of images of the rehabilitation work and the completed runway, please click here.

Image captions:

DSC_2292-Edit: From right: Deborah Flint, President and CEO, GTAA; Pat Neville, Vice President, Airport Development and Technical Services, GTAA; and Craig Bradbrook, Chief Operations Officer, GTAA stand on the newly re-opened Runway 06L/24R, Toronto Pearson’s second-busiest runway.

DSC_2051: Deborah Flint, President and CEO, and Pat Neville, Vice President, Airport Development and Technical Services, thank the GTAA teams and external partners responsible for delivering the rehabilitation of Runway 06L/24R on time and on budget.

DSC_2134: GTAA executives, along with the GTAA teams and representatives from Dufferin Construction and Avia NG responsible for the 2022 runway rehabilitation program, gathered on Runway 06L/24R to celebrate on November 18, the date of the project’s completion.

2022-04-22-1: The rehabilitation of Runway 06L/24R extends the life of the runway by 30 years and enhances the safety of Pearson’s operations. (Photo credit: Kevin Prentice)

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2022-06-02-3: Well in advance of the rehabilitation work, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority worked closely with NAV CANADA, airlines and many other partners to ensure safety and minimal impacts to passengers and nearby communities. (Photo credit: Kevin Prentice)

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DSC_6161-Edit: Toronto Pearson’s Runway 06L/24R is one of Canada’s busiest runways, facilitating trade, foreign direct investment, tourism and business. (Photo credit: Kevin Prentice)

About the Greater Toronto Airports Authority

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is the operator of Toronto – Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Canada’s largest airport and a vital connector of people, businesses and goods. Toronto Pearson has been named “Best Large Airport in North America serving more than 40 million passengers” for five years in a row by Airports Council International (ACI), the global trade representative of the world’s airports. In recognition of its Healthy Airport program, ACI also awarded Toronto Pearson the “Best hygiene measures in North America” award two years running, and Toronto Pearson was the first Canadian airport to receive ACI’s global health accreditation for its response to COVID-19.

Toronto Pearson Cleared for takeoff: A runway rehab to remember

November 17, 2022

Pearson’s second busiest runway reopens after successful rehabilitation project

We’re proud to share that the rehabilitation of Runway 06L/24R, the airport’s second busiest runway, has successfully concluded on time and on budget.

Beginning in April this year, work began to repair general wear and tear from weather, use and time, and with the completion of the project, the life of the runway has been extended by 30 years – all thanks to the many employees and external partners who were involved in delivering this project! The success of the project could not have been possible without their hard work, collaboration and expertise, and we commend their efforts.

This morning, a celebration and ribbon cutting on the runway was held with GTAA President & CEO Deborah Flint, Chief Operating Officer Craig Bradbrook and Vice President, Airport Development and Technical Services Pat Neville to recognize the employees and partners who helped play a part in the project and mark the runway’s reopening. The GTAA also thanks the Government of Canada for its support as the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program partially funded this project.

Please join us in applauding all who played a role, because this was a runway rehab to remember!

GTAA Reports 2022 Third Quarter Results

TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2022 /CNW/ – The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (“GTAA”) today reported its financial and operating results for the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2022. Passenger activity significantly increased by 6.5 million or 135.1 per cent to 11.2 million and by 18.9 million or 273.7 per cent to 25.7 million during the third quarter of 2022 and the first nine months of 2022, respectively, when compared to the same periods of 2021. Passenger activity increased given the easing of pandemic-related travel restrictions and pent-up travel demand compared to the same periods of 2021.

“Over the course of the summer, Toronto Pearson went from one of the world’s most shut down major airports to one of its busiest,” said Deborah Flint, President and CEO, GTAA. “The delays and wait times experienced by passengers this summer have decreased dramatically, and we have seen better flow through the airport thanks to increased staffing by carriers and our partners in government, and a host of innovations aimed at smoothing processes.”

“I want passengers to know how much we value and appreciate their patience and loyalty. I commend our government and airline partners for the actions that have strengthened their operations and started to add more resiliency. Airport employees and partners have been working relentlessly on passengers’ behalf to improve their experience at Toronto Pearson. Airline delays and cancellations have improved and we’ve made significant progress by giving passengers more tools like launching our live dashboard, which allows passengers to check wait times for check-in counters, security screening, and customs and baggage,” continued Ms. Flint. “Our sights are now set squarely on working with partners and governments on both sides of the border to return resources at Pearson to meet demand today and in the future, particularly December holiday peak travel and Summer 2023.”


Passenger activity through Toronto Pearson and resultant revenues increased during the third quarter of 2022 and the first nine months of 2022, when compared to the same periods of 2021, due to the easing of the pandemic and travel restrictions, and pent-up travel demand, although the number of passenger and flight activity remains lower, when compared to the same periods in 2019.

Toronto Pearson generated net income for the second consecutive quarter since the second quarter of 2020 (the first full quarter of COVID-19).

Earnings before interest and financing costs and amortization (“EBITDA”) increased significantly during the third quarter of 2022 and the first nine months of 2022, when compared to the same periods of 2021, due to a large increase in operating activity and revenues and the prudent management of operating costs. Net income during the third quarter of 2022 and the first nine months of 2022 increased by $131.4 million to $73.7 million and $383.4 million to $80.6 million, respectively, when compared to the net losses of the same periods of 2021, due to the same reasons above.

Free cash flow increased during the third quarter of 2022 and the first nine months of 2022 by $128.3 million to $177.4 million and by $387.9 million to $288.0 million, respectively, when compared to the same periods of 2021, primarily driven by the significant increase in revenues over the increase in costs.

As a result of COVID-19, potential new variants and changing travel restrictions in place in Canada and around the world, together with the staffing and other challenges faced by the global aviation industry, there remains limited accurate long-term visibility on the future of travel demand. The GTAA cannot accurately predict the timing of a full recovery, or predict further growth. Management continues to analyze the extent and recovery plans of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has diminished. While the full duration and scope of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be known at this time, in the long-term the GTAA believes that full recovery will be achieved, and the pandemic will not have a material impact on the long-term financial sustainability of the Airport.

The GTAA’s September 30, 2022 financial results are discussed in more detail in the GTAA’s Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis, each for the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2022, which are available at www.torontopearson.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Canada Jetlines Announces New Service from Toronto Pearson to Melbourne Orlando International Airport

TORONTO, ON, NOVEMBER 10, 2022 – Canada Jetlines Operations Ltd. (NEO: CJET) (“Canada Jetlines”) the new, all-Canadian, leisure airline, has confirmed a new international nonstop service out of its travel hub at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Melbourne Orlando International Airport (MLB) in Florida.

The Canadian carrier’s second route into the United States will launch starting with two flights per week and increased frequency to follow. Located 50 miles southeast of Orlando, Melbourne connects Florida visitors to Orlando, Central Florida’s Space Coast and Cocoa Beach. The new service out of Toronto will be Canada Jetlines’ fourth nonstop route, following the announcement of Las Vegas. Operation of these flights are subject to final Federal Aviation Administration approval.

“Our Canada Jetlines family is thrilled to launch service to another exciting U.S. destination this winter – continuing expansion of our international network of convenient leisure and business travel,” stated Eddy Doyle, Chief Executive Officer of Canada Jetlines. “Canada is one of the top countries for international tourists to Central Florida and we are pleased to connect Canadians to their favorite sun-destinations as they begin to plan winter vacations.”

“We are delighted to welcome Canada Jetlines to the Melbourne Orlando International Airport,” said MLB Executive Director Greg Donovan. A.A.E. “Adding Canada Jetlines to our ever-growing roster of air service partners is an incredible win for MLB and the community we proudly serve. We are thrilled to offer this new service for visiting Canadians making it easy for our guests to enjoy all that the Space Coast and Central Florida have to offer. Between the added convenience for second homeowners or quick accessibility for our beloved ‘snowbirds’, the new service is well timed and appreciated.”

“The addition of Jetlines to the roster for MLB is another great route from Toronto, Canada, and a sign that the Space Coast is a hot destination internationally. We welcome them to the family and look forward to a long-lasting partnership!” said Peter Cranis, Executive Director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism.

Flights are scheduled to commence on Jan 19th, 2023, with tickets now on sale via Jetlines.com or contact your favorite Travel Agency. Canada Jetlines will operate the route with its growing fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft, including its recently announced second aircraft which is expected to be delivered by this December.

The announcement comes as work nears completion on the $72 million-dollar terminal renovation and expansion project at MLB. The project will provide major upgrades to the comfort and convenience of the MLB customer experience with the addition of 86,000 square feet of new facilities.

This new service will complement the airlines’ current operations of 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.

The future of COVID-19 surveillance is happening at Toronto Pearson

New report from the Innovation Economy Council highlights how the airport is using innovation to guide response to next phase of pandemic

TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2022 /CNW/ – A new report from the Innovation Economy Council titled “From Gateways to Sentinels: How airports can use detection to control infection,” is shining a light on the impact Toronto Pearson is having on the future of pandemic response. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions were a prominent measure used by governments to curb the spread of the virus. Two and a half years later, infectious disease experts, data specialists and others agree that there are some less impactful approaches that can be used and still deliver the needed protections.

The report highlights the role global airports are playing in early detection of new variants through Artificial Intelligence-driven early warnings, wastewater surveillance and more. Airports are no longer just gateways for travel but are valuable sources of vast amounts of data for public health policymakers to help make decisions. Toronto Pearson is embracing its position as Canada’s busiest airport to lead the way with innovations that can help shape the next stages of the pandemic.

Two wastewater surveillance programs have been initiated at the airport. First in January 2022, with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Public Health Ontario, and now through a pilot project funded by the National Research Council of Canada and the Industrial Research Assistance Program.  

This pilot project collects sewage samples from Terminals 1 and 3, as well as from a triturator reservoir that contains the combined wastewater of all planes that land at Pearson. Access to this unique sample of wastewater can help experts look for new strains of COVID-19, identifying it earlier than with traditional PCR testing.

Pearson is also supporting efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 through other innovative technology such as Spotlight-19© from ISBRG, a Toronto-based data analytics company. The device — currently under Health Canada review —is designed to detect COVID-19 infection using a special light that scans a fingertip and takes less than a minute to perform. Should testing be brought back in as part of pandemic response measures, this would be a non-invasive and inexpensive way to screen large numbers of people at airports and other large venues.

To mark the release of the report, a virtual panel discussion of experts will be held today between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. The discussion is open to the public.

About the Greater Toronto Airports Authority

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is the operator of Toronto – Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Canada’s largest airport and a vital connector of people, businesses and goods. Toronto Pearson has been named “Best Large Airport in North America serving more than 40 million passengers” for five years in a row by Airports Council International (ACI), the global trade representative of the world’s airports. In recognition of its Healthy Airport program, ACI has also awarded Toronto Pearson the “Best hygiene measures in North America” award for two years running, and Toronto Pearson was the first Canadian airport to receive ACI’s global health accreditation for its response to COVID-19. 

Canada Jetlines Announces First International Route from Toronto to Las Vegas

November 08, 2022

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Canada Jetlines Operations Ltd. (NEO: CJET) (“Canada Jetlines”) the new, all-Canadian, leisure airline, has confirmed international nonstop service out of its travel hub at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Las Vegas, Nevada through Harry Reid International Airport (LAS).

“We are incredibly excited to launch Canada Jetlines’ international services with a route to the entertainment capital of the world”

The carrier’s first route into the United States is scheduled to launch on January 19, 2023 with multiple frequencies per week. The new service from Toronto will be Jetlines’ third nonstop route to serve Canadians. Flights will commence in January 2023, with travel now on sale via Jetlines.com. Operation of these flights are subject to final Federal Aviation Administration approval.

“We are incredibly excited to launch Canada Jetlines’ international services with a route to the entertainment capital of the world,” shared Eddy Doyle, Chief Executive Officer of Canada Jetlines. “As we continue to expand our international network with our first route into the U.S., we look forward to beginning services in such a coveted tourist and convention destination such as Las Vegas.”

Canada Jetlines will operate this with its growing fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft, including its recently announced second aircraft which is expected to be delivered by this December. The announcement follows news that Canada Jetlines will commence Airbus A320 service from Toronto to Vancouver in December 2022.

This new service will complement the airlines’ operations of 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.

Visit Jetlines.com to book travel and follow Canada Jetlines on all social media platforms and keep up with #CanadaJetlines for the latest news. Travellers can reserve vacation packages with preferred travel agents, who can earn up to 10% commission on all base fares, when contracted directly with Canada Jetlines.

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. To learn more, please visit www.jetlines.com and follow on all social media platforms for news and updates.