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Flair Airlines Expands East: Bringing Eastern and Atlantic Canada Jet Service and Competitive Airfares

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Canada’s only independently owned low-cost carrier, Flair Airlines, adds new flights to Ottawa, Saint John, Charlottetown and returns to Halifax

Edmonton, Alberta, Feb. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Flair is excited to announce its 2020 summer schedule which will expand service into Eastern and Atlantic Canada starting May 2020.  New destinations will include Ottawa, ON; Saint John, NB, Charlottetown, PEI; as well as a returning service to Halifax, NS.

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Sarah Riches, Director of Commercial for Flair Airlines states: “Our Mission is to make air travel accessible, affordable and desirable for all. Eastern and Atlantic Canada have long been plagued by high airfares and undesirable service. Simply put, they have been paying too much for too little and we believe its time for change.”  Jim Scott, CEO of Flair Airlines reports, “We are committed to connecting more Canadians with their families and friends across the country. Our expanded routes into Ottawa and the Atlantic Maritimes are exciting and displays the need Canadians have for affordable air travel.  Having flown nearly one million passengers in 2019 and with plans to fly 1.5 million in 2020, we are proud to be expanding our reach further across the country.”

Passengers aren’t the only ones excited for Flair to start service in their hometowns. Airports were also quick to welcome and offer their support. “Airlines like Flair have changed the aviation landscape worldwide by delivering lower-cost unbundled fares” said Mark Laroche, President and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority. “Every passenger has the choice to pay for the options they value, such as seat assignments, checked bags, as well as in-flight food and beverage. Flair Airlines is a welcome addition to YOW’s offering.”

Saint John Airport President and CEO, Derrick Stanford, expressed similar excitement. “We’re delighted that Flair Airlines has selected Saint John as their exclusive New Brunswick destination. We’re dedicated to finding Saint John travellers the best possible value and options, and with Flair’s unique pricing model almost anyone can afford to fly.”

At the heart of Flair’s new markets is a commitment to support local communities and businesses.  From promoting tourism to placing local food and beverage product on board, Flair strives to contribute to the economic growth of the communities it serves.

“It’s exciting to see Flair return to Halifax Stanfield this summer, providing our passengers with even more choice for travel between Ontario and Nova Scotia,” said Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. “The addition of Ottawa as a second destination will complement Flair’s service between Halifax and the Toronto area over the past two years. We know their service offering is appealing to people of all ages and provides a stronger connection between our communities, driving inbound tourism and economic growth – it’s a real win-win.”

Adding Charlottetown to Flair’s route network has also sparked excitement and encouragement. “We are pleased to welcome Flair Airlines as our newest airline partner to Charlottetown,” said Doug Newson, CEO at Charlottetown Airport Authority. “Flair has impressively grown their fleet and route network since their launch in 2017, and we are excited to be a part of this latest expansion into Atlantic Canada.”

In addition to their new Atlantic routes, Flair has also relaunched service between Calgary and Kelowna, a route that passengers voiced their interest in heavily.

To celebrate their new summer schedule and destinations, Flair is offering introductory one-way fares between Toronto and Ottawa starting as low as $59 and fares between Toronto and Saint John for as little as $79 including all taxes and fees (limited seats available for a limited time).

The first new route commences service on April 16 between Calgary and Kelowna, followed by Toronto to Halifax on May 14, Ottawa on June 16, Charlottetown on June 26 and Saint John on June 25.

Details of Flair’s new service:

Service BetweenService OfferedWeekly FrequencyService Run-Time
Toronto, ON to Halifax, NSThursday and Sunday2 x per week, growing to 6xMay 14th, 2020 – October 24th, 2020
Toronto, ON to Saint John, NBTuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sundays4 x per weekJune 25th, 2020 – October 24th, 2020
Toronto, ON to Charlottetown, PEIMonday, Wednesday and Friday3 x WeekJune 26th, 2020 – October 24th, 2020
Toronto, ON to Ottawa, ONMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday7 x WeekJune 16th, 2020 – October 24th, 2020
Edmonton, AB to Ottawa, ONMonday, Thursday and Saturday3 x WeekJune 18th, 2020 – October 24th, 2020
Calgary, AB to Ottawa, ONWednesday, Friday and Sunday3 x WeekJune 17th, 2020 – October 24th, 2020
Ottawa, ON to Halifax, NSMonday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday6 x WeekJune 17th, 2020 – October 24th, 2020
Calgary, AB to Kelowna, BCMonday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday5 x WeekApril 16, 2020 – October 24th, 2020

Bookings are now available for the newly announced routes for booking until October 24th, 2020.  Learn more at or connect with Flair on social media @flairairlines

Nova Scotia – Heavy snow disrupts morning travel, closes schools

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Snow-covered roads are making for poor driving conditions this morning

CBC News · Posted: Feb 12, 2020

A car slid off the road early this morning on the corner of Mumford Road and Joseph Howe Drive. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

Heavy snow has blanketed most of Nova Scotia, closing schools, delaying flights and making for poor road conditions this morning.

Police are reporting a handful of minor collisions today and the Nova Scotia RCMP are warning drivers to take their time.

“Keep some distance between you and the car in front of you to make sure that if something was to happen, you have time to react,” said Cpl. Lisa Croteau.

Schools in the Halifax region, the Annapolis Valley, the Chignecto-Central region, the South Shore, the Cape Breton-Victoria region and multiple CSAP schools are closed today.

The snow has also delayed the opening of universities around the province including Cape Breton University, Mount Saint Vincent, Dalhousie’s three campuses and multiple NSCC locations.

Roads near Lake Echo and across the province were snow covered Wednesday morning. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

Some flights at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport are also delayed or cancelled. It’s best to check your flight before heading out.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for most of the province, except for Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburne counties.

In total, the national weather service is expecting 10 centimetres of snow to fall by the end of the morning.

More snow is expected on Thursday with the possibility of mainland Nova Scotia receiving another 10 to 15 centimetres.

Schools closed, flights cancelled as storm moves through the Maritimes

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The Canadian Press Staff – Published Friday, February 7, 2020

Halifax airport

Storm-weary travellers rest at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Feb. 7, 2020. A storm prompted a slew of flight delays and cancellations at the region’s largest airport.

HALIFAX — Schools across the Maritimes were closed today amid a messy mix of ice pellets, freezing rain and snow, courtesy of a storm that moved into the region overnight.

Freezing rain warnings remained in effect across Nova Scotia, where driving was treacherous during the morning commute.

Some government offices delayed opening and many flights were cancelled at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and at the Charlottetown Airport.

Despite the icy conditions, relatively few power outages were reported across the region.

Across P.E.I., the freezing rain warnings included references to snow and ice pellets.

And while temperatures were expected to rise throughout the day in Nova Scotia and P.E.I., the forecast is calling for strong winds in the evening that will usher in colder temperatures.

Marine Atlantic, the ferry service that links Nova Scotia with Newfoundland, cancelled sailings scheduled for tonight and was warning the same thing could happen on Saturday morning.

Between 20 and 45 centimetres of snow was expected to fall over central and northern New Brunswick by Saturday, with the southern reaches of the province expected to get coated in freezing rain for much of today.

Meanwhile, residents across entire island of Newfoundland and the southern tip of Labrador are being warned to brace for freezing rain, snow, ice pellets, rain and strong winds today and into the evening.

Government officials are warning that the ugly mix of strong winds and ice buildup could lead to prolonged power outages.

On the Avalon Peninsula, which includes St. John’s, another 15 centimetres of snow is in the forecast for an area still digging out from a storm last month that dumped more than 75 centimetres of snow on the city — forcing a week-long emergency shutdown.

The snow is expected to be whipped around by gusts on Saturday reaching 110 kilometres per hour along parts of the island’s east coast.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 7, 2020.Suzette Belliveau@SBelliveauCTV

Airport is trying to get planes out, but it’s challenging in these conditions. They’re watching the wind tonight too, which could be an issue. @CTVAtlantic

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Indide the observation deck at the airport stranded passengers are relaxing on mats and blankets provided by the airport. @CTVAtlantic @HfxStanfield

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It’s a sea of red and yellow on the flights boards. Here at @HfxStanfield very few flights are departing and no flights are arriving this morning. @CTVAtlantic

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In this Fall River subdivision one resident tells me he thinks there’s about an inch of ice on the road right now. Freezing rain started around the dinner-hour last night. You can hear the trees rattle with ice when a gust of wind comes by. @SBelliveauCTV

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Clearing crews say they rather work in snow than these icy conditions @CTVAtlantic

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School is cancelled today in the ⁦@CBVRCE_NS⁩ , and ⁦@cbuniversity⁩ is closed for the morning – reassessing by 11:30.

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A slew of cancellations and delays at @HfxStanfield this morning. Check the status of your flight before driving to the airport today. Roads are full of slush & ice this morning. @CTVAtlantic

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Halifax Airport is helping stranded travellers, by providing blankets and mattresses to those who are storm stayed.@CTVAtlantic @C100FM

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Many flights cancelled or delayed this morning for both arrivals and departures, at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.@CTVAtlantic @C100FM

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TGIF! You may want to give yourself some extra time this morning as most vehicles are going to have to be “De-iced”.@CTVAtlantic @C100FM

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Canada allowed grounded Boeing 737 Max jets to fly — without passengers — at least 160 times

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Airlines can get permission to fly if ‘very strict conditions’ met

Ashley Burke · CBC News · Posted: Feb 03, 2020

Canada grounded Boeing 737 Max planes in March following 2 deadly crashes. Transport Canada is making exceptions for ferry flights for maintenance, storage or training purposes. None of these flights are allowed to carry passengers. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Canada has allowed at least 160 flights to criss-cross North America using Boeing 737 Max jets since grounding the fleet for commercial use almost a year ago. 

Transport Minister Marc Garneau banned the planes from Canada’s airspace in March after two crashes within five months in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people, including 18 Canadians. Satellite data showed both planes experienced significant flight control problems. Garneau said he won’t lift restrictions on the planes until all of Canada’s safety concerns have been addressed. 

CBC News analyzed flight data that shows Canadian airlines have continued to fly the jets for the past 11 months, often multiple times a week. The flights include four hours in the air over Canada from Windsor to Vancouver and shorter hauls such as Montreal to Trois-Rivières, Que., and Abbotsford, B.C., to Calgary.

Transport Canada said no passengers were on board any of the flights. The department said it has been allowing Air Canada, WestJet and Sunwing to fly the planes for maintenance, storage, or pilot training under certain conditions. Only certain pilots with specialized training and briefings of the 737 Max are allowed to operate the aircraft.

The flights came as a shock to some families in Canada whose loved ones died on a 737 Max.

“It feels like a slap in the face,” said Chris Moore who lost his 24-year-old daughter in the Ethiopian Airlines crash. “Your loved one has died due to that plane and they’re still gearing up for the day when it’s ungrounded.”

Paul Njoroge, who lost his wife, 3 children and mother-in-law on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. (Njoroge family)

Paul Njoroge lost his wife, three young children, and mother-in-law in that same crash. He’s also concerned for the safety of the pilots in the air and Canadians on the ground.

“It’s shocking to me that they are still flying,” said Njoroge. “It just tells me that these people will never stop playing or juggling with human life.” 

“You cannot say it’s not safe for passengers, but still allow the plane to fly. If you’ve grounded the plane, it has to remain grounded.”

‘Ferry flights’ exempted

When Garneau banned the jets on March 13, the notice to airmen stated it was “necessary for the protection of aviation safety and the public.” But the notice also made exemptions for “ferry flights” that take off or land in Canada. 

CBC News pulled data from flight tracking website FlightRadar24 to see where Canadian 737 Max planes have been spotted in the skies since grounded.

An analysis reveals that Air Canada has been flying its Boeing 737 Max fleet the most often. Between March 14 and Jan. 16, Air Canada flew 121 times, in comparison to 29 times for WestJet and 12 for Sunwing.

In at least 27 instances, Air Canada took off or landed in Marana, Ariz. In some cases, flying more than five hours straight.

“Those aircraft movements were required for maintenance purposes, including to relocate them to the southern desert where they can be stored more safely,” said Air Canada in a statement to CBC News. 

Air Canada also said it’s using the ferry flights as an opportunity to keep pilot certifications current for those who train frontline pilots.


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WestJet said its ferry flights were for maintenance and storage space. Sunwing said it proactively grounded its fleet before Canada made it mandatory. Since then, the airline confirmed it moved several 737 Max aircraft from large, busy airports to outside storage facilities. 

“We approach these necessary transfers with an abundance of caution, conducting thorough risk assessments and only using senior pilots who were briefed on responses to any potential anomalies. All these flights operated without incident,” said Sunwing in a statement. 

Flights must be approved, follow ‘very strict conditions’

Transport Canada said in order for ferry flights to be approved, airlines must follow “very strict conditions”: 

  • Only advanced pilot evaluators are allowed to fly.
  • Pilots must get specialized briefings and training including on a 737 Max simulator.
  • Additional crew is on board all flights and a mandatory third pilot.
  • They can only fly in certain weather conditions.

Larry Vance, former Transportation Safety Board aviation crash investigator, said he has no concerns with the 737 Max flying under this criteria.

“These are not flying bombs about to explode,” said Vance. “They’re not gonna start dropping out of the sky on people. These are very safe airplanes flown under those conditions. 

“They’re only flown by the best of the pilots with briefings. Anything that might go wrong with the airplane they know how to handle it.”

Vance added that planes are like cars — if left idle they deteriorate, and need to be in the air to stay in top shape.

Victims’ families meeting with transport minister

That doesn’t comfort Moore and Njoroge, who question why the planes can’t be restored for service if and when Canada declares them safe for passengers. 

“That tells you a lot about the regulatory authorities promoting the industry instead of promoting safety, instead of safeguarding the lives of human beings.” said Njoroge.

“I don’t understand why they would use that as an excuse to fly,” said Moore.

Families of the Ethiopian Airlines crash victims say they are meeting with Garneau on Feb.12. Njoroge plans on asking Garneau to keep the planes on the ground — no exemptions.

Canada is continuing to independently review and validate changes to the Boeing 737 Max.

Transport Canada has four areas of concern that it wants addressed before the fleet can return to service including: acceptable levels of pilot workload, architecture of the flight controls, minimum training required for crew members, and aircraft performance, according to Garneau’s briefing binder obtained through an access to information request. 

“I certainly understand how the families feel,” Garneau said today, commenting on the story before entering the Commons chamber.

“We look at every single one of these ferry flights very carefully, where it’s going to go and who’s going to be on board and what training and preparation they’ve had before we accept and doing it.”

“I want to tell everybody that we’re not going to put these planes back into Canadian skies to fly passengers until we’re 100 per cent satisfied.

Nova Scotia’s lobster industry fears prolonged effects of coronavirus outbreak as exports halted, prices drop

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Fishing boats, loaded with traps, head from port in West Dover, N.S. on Nov. 26, 2019.ANDREW VAUGHAN/THE CANADIAN PRESS

The coronavirus outbreak is causing job losses at seafood plants and hitting lobster dealers on Nova Scotia’s south shore, as cargo flights to China are grounded and the price of the province’s most valuable shellfish tumbles.

A month ago, China appeared to be a land of endless opportunity for Nova Scotia’s $1-billion lobster industry, with fishers collecting record returns for their catches and exports to the Asian country growing to historic levels.

Then, as travel restrictions and lockdowns in some cities were imposed in China in an effort to contain the virus, known as 2019-nCoV, lobster orders dried up almost overnight. The shore price, or price paid to lobster fishers for their catch, fell from a record high of $10.50 a pound to $8 a pound on Nova Scotia’s south shore last week, and is expected to keep falling.

“It’s like having a balloon and somebody just pulled all the air out of it,” said Michael Cotter, owner of Cotter’s Ocean Products, based in Lockeport, N.S. “We are all panicking. We haven’t put a lobster in a box in two weeks. It’s come to a dead stop.”

About 65 per cent of Mr. Cotter’s lobsters are shipped live to China, which has left him scrambling to find work for his 20 employees. Other smaller seafood processors in the province have already begun issuing layoff notices.

China continues to report thousands of new cases of the virus and says the death toll has reached 361, with total confirmed cases in the country at more than 17,000. There have been 146 cases outside China, with four confirmed in Canada.

China’s impact on Atlantic Canada’s seafood industry is huge. In the first 11 months of 2019, $409-million worth of live lobster was shipped to China, according to Statistics Canada – making the country the top international buyer for Canadian shellfish and surpassing the United States for the first time.

Some seafood dealers are trying to dump their lobster on European and U.S. markets, but buyers there are watching the price fall because of the oversupply, and are delaying placing their orders, Mr. Cotter said.

At the Halifax Stanfield International Airport Authority, the main regional hub to ship live seafood to China, planes are sitting on the ground, unable to move their cargo.

“Last week, we were notified by one of our cargo air carriers, Skylease, that they were temporarily stopping direct shipments to China due to impacts in that market from coronavirus,” said Tiffany Chase, director of public affairs and marketing for the airport.

“This affects two to three weekly cargo flights containing seafood products that normally go out of Halifax Stanfield to the Chinese market.”

Each of those cargo flights can carry up to 100 tonnes of live lobster when full, which means there’s a lot of extra lobster sitting in salt-water storage tanks in Nova Scotia right now. Lobster can be kept alive in storage for several months, but there are concerns about how that affects the shellfish quality as the coronavirus fallout drags on.

Some lobster fishers, watching this troubling bottleneck, have already begun cutting back the number of times they’re going out each week to collect from their traps. While the Lobster Council of Canada is urging calm, some captains are bracing for an extended downturn, cancelling orders for new boats and holding off on buying new gear.

Skylease says it expects its cargo flights will be affected “at least for the next few weeks.” During peak times, such as the weeks leading up to the Lunar New Year, up to seven or eight weekly cargo flights from Skylease and other companies leave Halifax directly for Asian markets with seafood products.

Meanwhile, Nova Scotia Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell is trying to reassure those in the seafood business that the Chinese slowdown is just a “temporary blip.” He believes that the lobster industry can ride out the coronavirus by relying on other markets in Asia and Europe.

Mr. Cotter, who has worked in the province’s seafood industry for 40 years, isn’t so sure. He thinks it will be a long time before lobster exports to China pick up again. With lobster seasons in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland set to reopen within a few months, he’s worried more shellfish will soon be dumped onto an already flooded market.

“People don’t realize how much this is hurting us, big time. We can’t sit on all those lobsters,” he said. “The price is going to keep going down. If we don’t have China, I don’t know what’s going to happen. Its put a chaos into the whole industry.”

WestJet strengthens Atlantic gateway with new Halifax-Manchester service

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Airline announces additional route connecting Eastern Canada to the United Kingdom

CALGARY, Jan. 17, 2020 /CNW/ – Today, WestJet is forging another connection across the Atlantic into the United Kingdom with the announcement of new non-stop service between Halifax, N.S., and Manchester U.K. beginning June 5, 2020. This summer, WestJet will operate more than 300 seasonal departures from Halifax to London (Gatwick) and Glasgow, Scotland.

WestJet strengthens Atlantic gateway with new Halifax-Manchester service (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet strengthens Atlantic gateway with new Halifax-Manchester service (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s seasonal service between Halifax Stanfield (YHZ) and Manchester Airport (MAN) will operate four-times weekly on the airline’s Boeing 737-700. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s seasonal service between Halifax Stanfield (YHZ) and Manchester Airport (MAN) will operate four-times weekly on the airline’s Boeing 737-700. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“WestJet is continuing to invest in our Atlantic gateway, connecting Nova Scotia to the world and the world to Nova Scotia in new ways,” said Charles Duncan, WestJet Chief Strategy Officer. “The U.K. is Nova Scotia’s largest in-bound tourism market and our newest investment connects the province to new sources of tourists.”

“WestJet’s addition of another European connection strengthens the Atlantic Gateway and will help grow our economy. It will lead to more trade and investment opportunities, as well as help attract more students, immigrants, and visitors to Nova Scotia and the entire Atlantic region,” said Premier Stephen McNeil.

Manchester Airport is considered the global gateway to northern England and offers easy access to and from its historic city centre.  With its evolved industrial heritage, the city is perfect for exploring thanks to its culture, love of football, restaurants and pubs. In addition, WestJet guests will have 16 more destinations to choose from out of Manchester on Virgin Connect, one of the largest regional carriers in Europe.

WestJet’s seasonal service between Halifax Stanfield (YHZ) and Manchester Airport (MAN) will operate four-times weekly on the airline’s Boeing 737-700. Flights are timed for convenient connectivity across WestJet’s network into and out of Halifax.

WestJet has served Halifax since 2003 and has seen 300 per cent growth in flights to and from Halifax Stanfield and now serves 16 cities with an average of 60 daily inbound and outbound flights per day from Halifax.

Details of WestJet’s service between Halifax and Manchester, U.K.:

10:45 p.m.8:10 a.m. (+1)June 5, 2020-
October 24,
9:45 a.m.11:52 a.m.June 6, 2020-
October 24,

WestJet is also proud to partner with Discover Halifax and Halifax International Airport Authority on its Stopover Halifax program. The program opens the door for arriving and connecting passengers at Halifax Stanfield to experience more of the city by booking it as a stopover from seven hours to seven days at no additional airfare.

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“I applaud WestJet for opening new routes through Halifax to the United Kingdom,” said Kody Blois, Member of Parliament, Kings-Hants. “This new seasonal service will help draw additional tourists to the province and further drive economic growth in the region. Stanfield International Airport itself is a major employer in our local community that will directly benefit from this significant investment by the airline.

“This exciting new direct flight to Manchester will further open the Halifax skies to tourists, business and more than a few soccer fans,” said Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality. “Whatever their ultimate travel destination, we welcome visitors arriving from Manchester to take full advantage of their time in Halifax and Nova Scotia.”

“We’re thrilled to add Manchester to a growing list of European cities connected by non-stop service at Halifax Stanfield,” said Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. “WestJet continues to be a great partner who supports the development of our East Coast Hub, providing more choice to our passengers. We look forward to welcoming the first visitors on this new service later this year with our unique Maritime hospitality.”

“It’s great to start 2020 with the news that WestJet will be commencing direct services to Manchester Airport from Halifax,” said Julian Carr, Manchester Airport, Aviation Director. “We are delighted to have another North American route in our portfolio, giving our 29.5 million annual passengers more choice and connectivity to get across the Atlantic and beyond. Not only will this route provide the North of England direct access to a great city like Halifax, but the service will also open a host of other Canadian cities which we don’t currently serve. It’s another clear indication of the role we play in connecting the northern powerhouse to key international hubs.”

“We are thrilled with the addition of the new route from Halifax to Manchester which will make it even easier for travellers to explore the North of England and beyond,” said Paul Gauger, Senior Vice President The Americas, VisitBritain, the national tourism agency for Britain. “We hope that the new flights, along with our message of welcome and great value, inspires even more visitors from Canada to book a trip to Britain right now.”

Flight bound for Israel makes emergency landing in Halifax

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BY GRAEME BENJAMIN GLOBAL NEWSPosted January 10, 2020 5:06 am

The Boeing 777 was scheduled to arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel just before 4 a.m. local time.
 The Boeing 777 was scheduled to arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel just before 4 a.m. local time. Halifax Stanfield International Airport Webcam

A flight bound for Israel from New York had to make an emergency landing at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport Thursday night.

The El Al Israel Airlines flight was forced to land in Halifax at around 11 p.m. after a report of smoke in the cockpit.

The Boeing 777 was scheduled to depart Newark at 9 p.m. A.T. and arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel just before 4 a.m. local time.

Halifax Fire and Emergency says there were no injuries and their services were not needed.

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TSB has options for investigation after WestJet plane skids off Halifax runway, spokesman says

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A firefighter stands on the steps of a Westjet aircraft that skidded off the runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, on Jan. 5, 2020.ANDREW VAUGHAN/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Three investigators from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada are trying to determine why a passenger jet skidded off the end of a runway at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport on the weekend.

WestJet Flight 248 landed in the midst of a snowstorm just after noon on Sunday and overshot Runway 14 with 172 passengers and seven crew members aboard.

There were no injuries and it remains unclear whether the Boeing 737 was damaged when it came to a stop on a grassy area about 50 metres beyond the runway.

“There was preliminary information that there was no apparent damage to the aircraft,” board spokesman Chris Krepski said in an interview. “The maintenance organization for WestJet will take a closer look at the aircraft.”

Krepski said the board has three main options as it moves forward with its investigation.

The board could conduct a comprehensive investigation and submit a full report with recommendations. It could also submit a shorter report based on a limited probe, or it could simply add basic details to its database if investigators determine there is nothing that would contribute to transportation safety.

“Right now, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada continues to gather information and we’ll assess that information to determine what the scope of an investigation might be,” Krepski said.

Runway 14 was reopened Sunday around 10 p.m. after the jet was towed away.

No injuries after WestJet aircraft skids off runway in Halifax

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By The Canadian Press – Sun., Jan. 5, 2020

Passengers disembark a Westjet aircraft that skidded off the runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Sunday. Flight 248 skidded off the end of the runway with 172 passengers and seven crew members aboard. A spokeswoman said no one was injured.  ANDREW VAUGHAN / THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX—A passenger jet skidded off the end of a runway at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport during a snowstorm on Sunday, but a spokeswoman for WestJet said there were no injuries.

The airline confirmed Flight 248 — en route from Toronto to Halifax — landed just after noon and overshot Runway 14 with 172 passengers and seven crew members aboard.

Photos from the scene suggest the Boeing 737-800 escaped major damage. However, the airport authority confirmed the aircraft was left disabled at the end of the runway.

Passenger Eric Wynne, a photographer with the daily Halifax Chronicle-Herald, said the landing was “a little chaotic.”

“It was a little more violent, in that I’m sure (the plane) had a bit of wind shear,” he said in an interview. “As we hit the tarmac, it was rocking, rolling side to side, but the aircrew kept it true and straight.”

Wynne said once the aircraft settled down, everything seemed normal — until the plane came to a stop.

“We saw snow-covered grass outside the windows,” he said. “And then the pilot came on and said we slid off the runway.”

The transition to the grassy area was a smooth one, Wynne said.

Airline passengers furious after diverted Halifax-Hamilton flight strands them in Montreal

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BY DAN SPECTOR GLOBAL NEWS Posted December 30, 2019

 A Hamilton-bound flight from Halifax was rerouted to Montreal as a cocktail of winter weather pelted Quebec and Ontario. As Global’s Dan Spector reports, the situation went from bad to worse as passengers tried to get to their final destinations and many are now seeking compensation.

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Dozens of flights at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport have been delayed or cancelled because of the weather, but one group of passengers was particularly angry.

Their Swoop flight was from Halifax to Hamilton, but they ended up having a long, anxiety-filled surprise visit to Montreal.

“It’s very frustrating. It’s a feeling of being abandoned and like they didn’t really care,” said Linda Withers, who was on the plane.

The flight left Halifax just after midnight Atlantic time, destined for Hamilton, before bad weather forced a diversion to Montreal. The plane landed at Trudeau airport just after 2:30 a.m.

“Basically, they gave us a number to call but it didn’t open till 8 o’clock Mountain Time when we were getting off the plan at around 3:00 a.m.,” Withers recounted.

The passengers say they were left guessing just how they’d get to Hamilton.

At about 5:30 a.m., Swoop sent an email to the passengers, saying transportation was scheduled for them at 7:00 a.m. Then, at 6:30 a.m, another email came in saying two buses would arrive to pick them up at 9:30 a.m. to drive them to Hamilton, but there wasn’t going to be enough room for everyone.

“They did the women-and-children-first thing; there was a pregnant lady who got on, which I totally agree with,” said Brad Durant, another passenger who had been visiting the Maritimes for the holidays.

Seeing she likely wouldn’t get on the buses, Withers decided to book another flight to London, Ontario.

“It got cancelled. So, my luggage is somewhere here in this airport and it’s probably going to go to London,” she told Global News.

Many of the passengers stood in the same airport hallway for hours while waiting, and some said airport staff were not welcoming to them.

“People were snapping,” said Durant. “There was a woman and a man at the information booth and they were mad that we were standing around, which was kind of insulting because at the point that happened we were there for about six hours.”

“They probably saw us as a bunch of squatters.”

A spokesperson for the airport said passengers were given water bottles by airport staff.

Finally, two more buses left for Hamilton around 12:30 p.m, 10 hours after the flight landed in Montreal.

“Now we have this seven-hour drive to go on and it’s very unpleasant,” said Durant, just before the bus left.

The passengers are demanding a refund.

In a statement, Swoop cited the bad weather and said “travelers were re-accommodated in accordance with our flight interruption policy,” and apologized for the frustration and inconvenience.

Withers says she may cancel her New Year’s Eve plans.

“I was supposed to go to Niagara Falls for the Bryan Adams concert,” she said. “I don’t know if I feel up to that right about now.”

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