Airline’s increases travel options across Atlantic with new non-stop flight
CALGARY, April 30, 2019 /CNW/ – As the carrier with the most transatlantic flights from Halifax, WestJet today began its new non-stop service between Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) and Dublin Airport (DUB).
“Today’s flight between these important tourism and business markets reinforces our commitment to investing in Halifax as an Atlantic gateway to Europe,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer. “WestJet continues to support the efforts of the government of Nova Scotia to enhance trade, tourism and grow economies in the province and the UK. To our guests on both sides of the Atlantic, go raibh maith agat, thank you.”
WestJet has served the city of Halifax since 2003 and has seen 160 per cent growth in flights to and from Halifax Stanfield. This summer the airline will operate non-stop service to 15 cities with an average of 28 departures per day from Halifax.
“Adding nonstop flights to key markets is a sign of confidence in our province and region,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We’re pleased to see WestJet’s commitment to this new link, which helps support our Nova Scotia-Europe Engagement Strategy and efforts to grow our economy.”
“We’re so pleased WestJet continues to demonstrate confidence in our airport, our region and our future with the introduction of this new non-stop service to Dublin,” said Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. “We have grown into an Atlantic Canadian hub airport where travellers can conveniently connect to, from and through Europe and beyond. We thank WestJet for their continued investment and expansion of their service at Halifax Stanfield and to passengers who make these flights a success.”
WestJet has operated to Dublin, Ireland since 2014 and on June 1 will bring one of its first three Dreamliner aircraft to the city with nonstop service from Calgary.
Air Transat W19 A321neo LR Trans-Atlantic network as of 28APR19
By Jim Liu | Posted 29 April 2019
Air Transat in last week’s schedule update filed planned Airbus A321neo LR European service for winter 2019/20 season, from late-October 2019. Planned A321neo LR Trans-Atlantic routes and frequency as of 28 APR 19 as follows.
Toronto – Glasgoweff 30OCT19 2 weekly Toronto – London Gatwickeff 22OCT19 1 daily Toronto – Manchestereff 04NOV19 2 weekly Toronto – Portoeff 03NOV19 1 weekly
Additional routes to be filed in the next few weeks. With the exception of Glasgow, winter operation for routes listed above is scheduled until 30 APR 20.
WestJet discontinues Halifax – Boston service in early-June 2019
By Jim Liu |Posted 29 April 2019
WestJet from early-June 2019 is discontinuing Halifax – Boston service, reflected in recent schedule update. This daily service operated by WestJet Encore Dash8-Q400 aircraft is now scheduled until 02 JUN 19.
WS3712 YHZ 1240 – 1332 BOS DH4 D WS3713 BOS 1850 – 2134 YHZ DH4 D
No other information provided from source. Canadian Aviation News
CALGARY — WestJet Airlines Ltd. has announced cancellations and schedule changes on some of its routes as the airline deals with the continued grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft.
Flights between Halifax and Paris have been suspended from June 3 through Aug. 2, and WestJet says guests will be rebooked either through Calgary, non-stop on its Boeing Dreamliner jets to Paris, or with one of its partner airlines through Toronto, Montreal or New York.
Flights between Edmonton and Ottawa, and Edmonton and Montreal, have also been suspended for most of June, and WestJet says guests will be rebooked through either Calgary or Toronto on WestJet-operated flights.
Service between Toronto and Kelowna, B.C., and Vancouver and Regina will also be suspended for much of June.
Transport Canada banned the 737 Max from Canadian airspace as part of an international response to the fatal March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane.
WestJet says in a news release that it has adjusted flight times on some routes or substituted larger aircraft with fewer flights, but that it needed to suspend a small number of routes where no alternative aircraft were available.
“Although the Max comprised over 1,000 monthly departures in our June schedules, by adjusting our aircraft lease returns and the planned installations of our premium seats, we have been able to cover more than 700 of the flight routes where the Max was originally scheduled, with other aircraft,” Chief Operating Officer Jeff Martin said Sunday in a post on the company’s website. ADVERTISING
“I thank our WestJet teams for their dedication as they continue to work hard to get our guests to their destinations.”
Martin said WestJet remains committed to the routes and will resume flights when it can.
Transport Minister Marc Garneau closed Canadian skies to the Max 8 on March 13 over safety concerns arising from the flight path of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 that bore startling parallels to a fatal Lion Air crash off the coast of Indonesia on Oct. 29, killing a combined 346 people.
WestJet had 13 Max 8s in operation when the planes were pulled from service, but has said it has no plans to cancel orders for 37 more Max jetliners.
Air Canada — where 24 Max 8s make up about 10 per cent of its main 243-plane fleet — said last week that the company has “protected 96 per cent of planned flying” through measures that include consolidating flights on larger planes and extending leases on aircraft planned to exit the fleet.
It was the flight that Stephanie Ray and her twins won’t soon forget.
“When it was all over I sent my husband a text saying, ‘Thank goodness, this could have ended up so much differently.’
“The captain was very calm and the entire crew did a great job.”
Her children Skyler and Storme McNeil sat safely beside her aboard Air Canada Flight 614 on Monday night at about 9 p.m. The plane had slid off a runaway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and had come to rest in a snowbank, she said. The trio had been waiting to deplane for about two hours, after travelling most of the day from Victoria, B.C.
The Chronicle Herald could not immediately reach anyone for comment at the Halifax airport. But the airport’s Twitter account did confirm an incident did occur on the runway.
Runway 05/23 currently closed due to aircraft from arriving flight AC 614 unable to make it to gate. TSB advised and sending a local team to assess. AC may choose to deplane passengers & transport to terminal in interim. More info posted as available.
Ray said that nobody appeared to be hurt but several people were rattled by the incident
“It was quite rough coming in. They engaged what I thought was the brakes full on and the plane started turning.
“A lot of women were crying. There was no big bang but it was a bit scary initially.”
She said the runway was closed following the landing. She said buses were in the process of being sent to the plane to deliver passengers to the airport.
CBC reported Monday night that flight operations resumed at the airport by about 8:30 p.m.
Multiple flights unable to land at Halifax due to 100% iced-over runways, now diverting to Fredericton and Ottawa. Controllers just joked there isn’t enough hotel space in Fredericton to hold the swarm of passengers unexpectedly now spending the night there.3:39 PM – Mar 4, 2019T
Provided by Transportation Safety Board of Canada /CNW
Dartmouth, NS, 4 March 2019 /CNW/ – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Nova Scotia, following a landing incident involving an Air Canada Boeing 767. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.
The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.
TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2019 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines released its 2019 schedule for Stephenville, N.L., with 48 round-trip flights operating between Halifax, beginning May 4, 2019, through January 8, 2020, with schedules varying by season.
“We are ready to begin our sixth year of service in Stephenville,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “It is an important route for locals and an opportunity for visitors to access a unique area of the province.”
“We are pleased Porter Airlines recognizes the importance of the Stephenville Airport as a critical transportation hub for Western Newfoundland,” said Joe Sheen, Chair of the Board of Directors.
Travellers can discover the beauty of Newfoundland’s west coast, enjoying the distinct local culture and many amazing outdoor activities, when flying Porter to Stephenville.
Flights also connect with Ottawa and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on the same aircraft. Other destinations in the Porter network are accessible from these points.
“This service will support increased visitation, business travel, and investment, enhancing the economic well-being of the region,” said Brenda Martin, CEO and Airport Manager.
Christmas season flights were introduced for the first time in 2017, after four years of popular summer service. The 2019 schedule is planned as follows:
7 round-trip flights (Saturdays; May 4 – June 15)
23 round-trip flights (Wednesdays and Saturdays; June 19 – September 4)
11 round-trip flights (Saturdays; September 7 – November 16)
7 round-trip flights (Wednesdays and Saturdays; December 18 – January 8)
Flights are currently available for booking on Porter’s website and through travel agents. Complete schedule information is available at www.flyporter.com.
Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating®.
The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Stephenville, N.L., Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago(Midway), Boston and Washington (Dulles), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Orlando-Melbourne, Fla.
Vacation packages are available from Porter Escapes at www.porterescapes.com, or call (855) 372-1100 for more information.
Toronto to Fredericton, Moncton, Thunder Bay and Montreal to St. John’s flights to be operated with Airbus A319
Capacity added between Montreal and St. John’s and between Calgary and Halifax with larger aircraft
MONTREAL, Feb. 14, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced strategic changes to Eastern Canada including upgrading Air Canada Express regional aircraft to larger Air Canada Rouge aircraft with inflight amenities on its flights from Toronto to Fredericton, Moncton and Thunder Bay, and from Montreal to St. John’s.
“Air Canada is upgrading key Eastern Canada routes currently operated with all-economy regional aircraft by deploying larger Air Canada Rouge jets which offer a choice of two cabins, wi-fi and in-flight entertainment streamed to personal devices,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada. “We are pleased to add more travel options to and from Newfoundland and Labrador by increasing capacity on our flights to St. John’s via our Montreal hub which offers excellent connections to and from our extensive North American and global network. With our varied and flexible fleet, we are also adding capacity to our popular Calgary-Halifax seasonal flight with larger mainline Airbus A320 aircraft, with connections in Calgary conveniently linking eastern and western Canada.”
Customers also collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits.
2 daily Air Canada Rouge A-319 flights effective June 5
2 daily Air Canada Rouge A-319 flights effective June 1
3 daily Air Canada Rouge A-319 flights effective May 1
3 daily Air Canada Rouge A-319 flights effective May 1
1 daily Air Canada A -320 flight effective May 14
Following the recently finalized Capacity Purchase Agreement between Air Canada and Chorus Aviation, Air Canada is optimizing its fleet within its network strategy and deploying the aircraft best-suited to the communities it serves as it modernizes and simplifies its regional fleet.
Airline increases weekly flights by 40% and adds its seventh aircraft to the fleet
CALGARY, Jan. 22, 2019 /CNW/ – Today Swoop released its full summer schedule with non-stop flights available for booking from April 28, 2019through October 26, 2019. Along with three new destinations of London ON, Kelowna BC and Oakland CA, the schedule boasts five new domestic markets, two new transborder markets and an extension of two international routes.
The new domestic markets include service between London and Halifax six times per week and daily service from London to/from Abbotsford and Edmonton. Service between Kelowna and Winnipeg will be offered three times a week. The schedule also sees the return of the seasonal route between Abbotsford and Winnipeg four times per week.
Edmonton will enjoy increased transborder capacity with thrice-weekly flights to/from Oakland and a weekly flight to/from Orlando.
Internationally, Swoop will continue its Hamilton service to Montego Bayand Cancun, with a weekly return flight throughout the summer.
Amongst the routes that will end for the summer are Hamilton to Puerto Vallarta and Tampa Bay, and Abbotsford to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán. Edmonton to Mesa will take a short hiatus and suspend service at the end of May before resuming October 5, 2019.
“The summer 2019 schedule focuses on realizing economies of scale,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “We have created a schedule that leverages our existing network while expanding to a limited number of strategic destinations. Our travellers having been eager for the summer schedule, and we are delighted to have now released the full details.”
Details of Swoop’s summer schedule:
Total One-WayPrice From†
Edmonton and Hamilton
Edmonton and Abbotsford
Hamilton and Halifax
Hamilton and Winnipeg
Daily except Saturday
Hamilton and Abbotsford
Edmonton and Winnipeg
Daily except Saturday
New Domestic Markets
London and Halifax
Daily except Saturday(starts May 24, 2019)
London and Abbotsford
Daily(starts May 24, 2019)
London and Edmonton
Daily(starts April 28, 2019)
Abbotsford and Winnipeg
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri(starts May 24, 2019)
Kelowna and Winnipeg
Mon, Wed, Fri (starts May 24, 2019)
Edmonton and Mesa
Wed, Sat(ends May 25, 2019 andresumes October 5, 2019)
Edmonton and Las Vegas
Abbotsford and Las Vegas
Hamilton and Las Vegas
Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun
Hamilton and Fort Lauderdale
Hamilton and Orlando
Mon, Wed, Sat
Hamilton and Tampa
Wed, Thu, Sat(ends May 22, 2019)
New Transborder Markets
Edmonton and Oakland
Tue, Thu, Sun(starts May 26, 2019)
Edmonton and Orlando
Sat(starts June 1, 2019)
Hamilton and Montego Bay
Hamilton and Puerto Vallarta
Sat(ends May 18, 2019)
Hamilton and Cancun
Abbotsford and Puerto Vallarta
Mon, Sat(ends May 20, 2019)
†Every day low fares. Lower promotional fares may be available during select travel periods.
Edmonton “Swoop’s growing list of Canadian and US routes from EIA is an investment in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport. “Popular destinations and low fares are creating exceptional travel options while supporting tourism and business growth in our region.”
Kelowna “We are excited to welcome Swoop to YLW,” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director. “Having an ultra-low-cost-carrier in Kelowna is an incredible opportunity for the community, as it opens up doors to travellers from all over the country.”
London “Today’s announcement is wonderful news for London and our region of Ontario,” said Mike Seabrook, CEO of London International Airport. “We’re focused on being the “Easy and Comfortable” airport and Swoop’s new service is a perfect fit. Our passengers will be able to get to more destinations with direct flights the easy and comfortable way.”
Abbotsford “I’m pleased to congratulate Swoop on their 2019 summer schedule, providing new daily service to London, Ontario from YXX and the extension of international service to Las Vegas twice weekly for the summer season,” said Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun. “This is great news for travellers from across our region and I look forward to seeing Swoop continue to expand their flight options at YXX for our growing city and region.”
Halifax “We’re so pleased to have a new connection between Halifax and southern Ontario,” said Joyce Carter, President and CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. “The addition of another ultra low-cost route will provide more opportunities for travellers to connect with family and friends across the country and allow us to welcome even more visitors to the East Coast this summer.”
Winnipeg “We are pleased to work with Swoop to add more flights and destinations to meet customer needs at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “Our community continues to grow and benefit with these additions and we’re excited that this summer, travelers will have new options to enjoy all that Winnipeg has to offer.”
Oakland Bryant L. Francis, Director of Aviation at the Port of Oakland notes, “It is with a great deal of enthusiasm that I welcome Swoop and its new service to Oakland International. It is very exciting to begin 2019 with the announcement that OAK’s global roster of destinations will extend to Canada for the first time. We trust that business and leisure travelers in both metropolitan areas will benefit from this new connectivity, and we look forward to growing with our partners at Swoop as they expand further into US and Canadian markets.”
Orlando “Swoop’s decision to expand service from Edmonton to Orlando is one we applaud,” said Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “Enhancing Canadian service options provides our friends to the north a greater opportunity to enjoy all that Orlando and Central Florida have to offer.”
Hamilton “Swoop’s announcement is another great milestone for the Airport as it expands its year-round program for passengers traveling from Hamilton,” said Cathie Puckering, President & CEO of John C. Munro HamiltonInternational Airport. “The increased frequencies in domestic travel will offer customers more opportunities to explore Canada from coast to coast. In addition, Swoop’s service from Hamilton will continue this summer to several U.S. and international markets such as Las Vegas, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Cancun and Montego Bay and is an exciting development for our customers with summer travel plans to these popular destinations.”
OTTAWA, Jan. 17, 2019 /CNW/ – The number of overnight visits from both within Canada and international markets is projected to increase by 2.0 per cent in 2019, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Travel Markets Outlook reports.
While Canadian households are expected to face growing economic and financial challenges heading into 2019, domestic travel volumes are still projected to increase. According to our travel intentions survey, a growing share of Canadian households plan to take a winter vacation, and among those, a slightly higher share plan to stay in Canada for their longest-duration trip. Meanwhile, growth from the U.S. and overseas markets is expected to strengthen in 2019, as travel price inflation eases and a favourable exchange rate for many international markets remains.
“Tourism activity in 2018 was weighed down by a number of factors, including rising travel prices, the weaker economic environment and lack of major events like those that happened in 2017,” said Greg Hermus, Associate Director for The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Tourism Research Institute. “Fortunately, 2019 should see stronger growth in tourism activity thanks to more modest increases in travel prices and easing uncertainty surrounding trade negotiations.”
The recently issued travel advisory for Canada from the Chinese government presents a downside risk to the tourism forecast. International markets represent the strongest growth prospects for overnight visits to the country and China is Canada’s second most important overseas market.
Regional Highlights Among the 10 Canadian cities covered in the Travel Markets Outlook: Metropolitan Focus, growth in overnight visits is expected to average between 1.6 per cent and 3.3 per cent this year. Vancouver will experience the strongest growth in 2019 and will be the only city where tourism activity expands by more than 3 per cent.
Halifax Travel to Halifax should be boosted by the city’s hosting the 2019 Memorial Cup and the World Under-19 Men’s Floorball Championships. Overnight visits are projected to average 2 per cent over the next few years.
Montréal Tourist activity in 2019 will be stimulated by the city’s hosting of World Summit AI—a major artificial intelligence summit. Events like this, coupled with major infrastructure coming into service and an expanding local economy, will help overnight visits to grow at a healthy clip over the next few years, averaging 2.3 per cent per year.
Québec City Québec City saw a strong increase in overnight visits in 2018, thanks to a boost from hosting the G7 Summit, strong growth from the U.S. and overseas markets, and a strong local economy. With continuing gains expected from international arrivals, overnight visits should expand at annual rates of growth of around 2 per cent over the next few years.
Ottawa The number of overnight visits to Ottawa fell in 2018 but should pick up this year, thanks to new infrastructure, and growth in international visits. Major investments such as renovations to the Ottawa International Airport terminal, and the addition of a light-rail station at the airport, are expected to pay dividends in the years to come.
Toronto Coming off a modest year, tourism activity in Toronto should pick up speed in 2019. The city has marketed itself as a stopover destination for international travellers and should see a rebound in U.S. and overseas visits this year. A major upgrade to its public transit system should benefit tourist activity in the years to come. Overnight visits are projected to increase by 2.6 per cent in 2019.
St. Catharines-Niagara Tourism activity in St. Catharines-Niagara region will benefit from the expanded direct air capacity in neighbouring Toronto. In all, overseas visits are expected to grow by a stronger 2.2 per cent in 2019 and will increase at a steady pace over the next few years.
Winnipeg Following strong growth in 2018, overnight visits to Winnipeg are expected to moderate this year. Tourism activity should get a strong boost in 2020 as Manitoba celebrates the 150th anniversary of its joining Confederation.
Calgary Pleasure travel will receive a boost with the city’s hosting of large events in 2019, including the Grey Cup and the Canadian Country Music Awards. In all, overnight visits to Calgary are expected to grow by 2.8 per cent this year.
Edmonton Edmonton will see growth of 2.3 per cent in overnight this year. Domestic visits should get a boost as the city hosts a leg of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Mixed Relay Series and the World Triathlon Series. Meanwhile, visits from the U.S. and overseas are projected to pick up speed.
Vancouver The projected robust economic growth in the province and strong influx of tourists from overseas markets will continue to be the major sources of growth for tourism in Vancouver. One potential challenge to future growth would be the worsening wildfires, which don’t directly impact Vancouver but leave a heavy lingering haze over the city and surrounding areas during fire season. In all, overnight visits are forecast to grow by 3.3 per cent this year.
FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — American Airlines is returning to Canada’s Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Nova Scotia (YHZ), with service from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and LaGuardia Airport in New York (LGA).