Air Transat Unveils Its Ambitious Winter 2022-2023 Program

The airline is diversifying and expanding its winter offering to the South, the United States and Europe by leveraging its growing network

MONTREAL, May 19, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ –  Air Transat, named World’s Best Leisure Airline in 2021 by Skytrax, is proud to announce today that it is diversifying and expanding its international offering for winter 2022–2023. For the first time in its history, it will fly to more than 350 destinations worldwide, about 50 of which will be served by its own aircraft and some 300 others through its exclusive virtual interlining service, connectair by Air Transat, as well as its code-sharing agreements.

“Our customers want and need to travel,” says Michèle Barre, Vice President, Network, Revenue Management and Pricing of Air Transat. “Our response to their expectations is unique, of high quality and rich in options. We are offering an unprecedented range of destinations on four continents for this coming winter as we continue to develop and strengthen our air network.”

Air Transat continues to grow in Quebec while consolidating its position in Ontario and the Atlantic provinces with flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, the United States, Canada and Europe.

Sunshine at will: more options for the South from Montreal and Toronto

Air Transat will offer direct flights from eight cities across the country: Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, London, Halifax and Moncton. In addition to its flights to the South, Air Transat will also offer vacationers a selection of packages at more than 290 properties.

Out of Montreal, Air Transat will expand its services on the South, including to Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico (to Puerto Vallarta and Cancun), as well as in the Dominican Republic, to Punta Cana. It will also operate direct flights to Guadeloupe, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Panama, the Caribbean, and El Salvador, as well as Cuba, where direct flights to Havana are back in service.

Travellers out of Toronto will also have plenty of choice to enjoy the sun and beaches of the South. Air Transat will offer direct flights to Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the United States, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, the Dominican Republic and St. Maarten.

From Quebec City, nine sun destinations will be accessible by direct flight to Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

Weekly Flights – South

DestinationFrom MontrealFrom Quebec CityFrom Toronto
ACAPULCO – Mexico1
CANCUN – Mexico14510
CARTAGENA – Colombia32
CAYO COCO – Cuba423
FORT-DE-FRANCE – Martinique2
GUANACASTE – Costa Rica33
HAVANA – Cuba3
HOLGUIN – Cuba314
LA ROMANA – Dominican Republic11
MONTEGO BAY – Jamaica36
POINTE-A-PITRE – Guadeloupe2
PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti1
PUERTO PLATA – Dominican Republic414
PUERTO VALLARTA – Mexico512
PUNTA CANA – Dominican Republic12510
RIO HATO – Panama22
SAMANA – Dominican Republic412
SAN JOSÉ – Costa Rica33
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico11
SAN SALVADOR – El Salvador1
SANTA CLARA – Cuba322
ST. MAARTEN – St. Maarten21
VARADERO – Cuba424

Major increase in service to the United States

Air Transat is also pursuing its ambitious development in the U.S. market, announcing a major increase in its offering from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando and resuming its direct flights to Tampa. It will also maintain its service to New Orleans and extend service to Los Angeles year-round.

Weekly Flights – U.S.

DestinationFrom MontrealFrom Quebec CityFrom Toronto
FORT LAUDERDALE – Florida957
LOS ANGELES – California3
MIAMI – Florida5
NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana2
ORLANDO – Florida624
TAMPA – Florida2

Easy access to Europe: London year-round from Montreal and Marseille for the holidays

As for Europe, Air Transat will offer direct flights between Montreal and France, Portugal and Spain, as well as England, and offer year-round flights to London. It should also be noted that it will now offer its non-stop flights to Marseille for the holidays until January 8, 2023, and the following day for the flight back to Montreal.

In addition, there will be direct flights from Toronto to the United Kingdom, Portugal, the Netherlands, Scotland, and Italy, as well as from Quebec City to France.

Weekly Flights – Europe

DestinationFrom MontrealFrom Quebec CityFrom Toronto
FARO – Portugal1
GLASGOW – United Kingdom2
LISBON – Portugal22
LONDON – United Kingdom37
MALAGA – Spain2
MANCHESTER – United Kingdom2
MARSEILLE – France2
PARIS – France121
PORTO – Portugal1

In Canada

Air Transat will also operate domestic flights between Montreal and Toronto as well as between Montreal and Vancouver.

Weekly Flights – Domestic

DestinationNumber of flights
MONTREAL–TORONTO7
MONTREAL–VANCOUVER6

Global network expansion

To enable Canadians to simplify their travel itinerary and increase international connections, Air Transat is enhancing its offering with trusted partners through its code-sharing agreements as well as its virtual interlining service, connectair by Air Transat. In total, more than 350 destinations are available for booking.

The innovative connectair by Air Transat platform lets travellers combine Air Transat’s flights with those of seven partner airlines for more than 240 additional destinations in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America and Canada.

The winter 2022–2023 flight program is available for booking today on the airtransat.com and transat.com websites and from all travel product distributors. New destinations will be announced in a few weeks. See you in June!

About Air Transat

Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted World’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international and Canadian destinations, striving to serve its customers with enthusiasm and friendliness at every stage of their trip or stay, and emphasizing safety throughout. 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., a world-renowned holiday travel provider that achieved Travelife certification in 2018 in recognition of its sustainability commitments.

Recent distinctions and awards

  • World’s Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards
  • Named to Forbes World’s Best Employers List
  • Best Tour Operator and Favourite Overall Supplier at the Agents’ Choice Awards presented by Baxter Travel Media
  • Ranked as Canada’s 21st best corporate citizen by Corporate Knights

Flair Airlines to Launch Service from Kitchener-Waterloo to Montreal

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Flair Airlines

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

Aecon partnership finalizes contract for the MontrĂ©al-Trudeau International Airport REM Station project in QuĂ©bec

TORONTO, May 5, 2022 /CNW/ – Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE) announced today that Connect CitĂ©, a 50/50 general partnership between Aecon and EBC in which Aecon is the lead partner, has finalized a $219 million contract with ADM AĂ©roports de MontrĂ©al to build the MontrĂ©al-Trudeau International Airport RĂ©seau express mĂ©tropolitain (REM) Station project in QuĂ©bec. Aecon’s share of this contract will be added to its Construction segment backlog in the second quarter of 2022, with additional scope and related pricing being finalized through a collaborative process in the coming months.

Aecon partnership finalizes contract for the Montréal-Trudeau International Airport REM Station project in Québec (CNW Group/Aecon Group Inc.)
Aecon partnership finalizes contract for the Montréal-Trudeau International Airport REM Station project in Québec (CNW Group/Aecon Group Inc.)

The scope of work includes construction, project management, and commissioning of the station shell and associated buildings to enable the concurrent REM project to access the site and complete equipment installations to commence operations. Construction will commence in the second quarter of 2022.

The station is a significant addition to MontrĂ©al’s transit system and will be a critical hub for the 67-kilometre REM network, a project in which Aecon is also currently playing a key role in executing. Upon completion, it will take approximately 25 minutes to travel from the station to downtown, with faster and more frequent all-day service.

“The REM network will improve mobility and connect communities across the Greater MontrĂ©al Area with faster and more sustainable transit, and we look forward to working with ADM and our partner to deliver this world-class project,” said Jean-Louis Servranckx, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aecon Group Inc. “This project further strengthens our presence in QuĂ©bec, as we continue to pursue significant opportunities across the province to build the critical infrastructure required to meet the needs of future generations.”

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About Aecon

As a Canadian leader in construction and infrastructure development with global expertise, Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE) strives to be the number one Canadian infrastructure company and is proud to be recognized as one of the Best Employers in Canada. Aecon safely, profitably, and sustainably delivers integrated solutions to private and public-sector clients through its Construction segment in the Civil, Urban Transportation, Nuclear, Utility, and Industrial sectors, and provides project development, financing, investment and management services through its Concessions segment. Join our online community on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram @AeconGroup.

ADM AĂ©roports de MontrĂ©al Announces its Financial Results at March 31, 2022

MONTREAL, May 5, 2022 /CNW/ – ADM AĂ©roports de MontrĂ©al today announced its consolidated operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022. These results are accompanied by passenger traffic data for YUL MontrĂ©al-Trudeau International Airport.

Highlights

Passenger volumes at YUL totalled 2.2 million in the first quarter of 2022. This was 413.9% higher than the corresponding period in 2021 and equal to 47.9% of passenger volumes in the first quarter of 2019. The arrival of the Omicron variant dampened growth in the first two months of the quarter but passenger volumes began to increase sharply in March, reaching nearly 60% of the level of the corresponding month in 2019. It is important to mention that with the recovery in March, YUL served 106 destinations, a record since the start of the pandemic, compared to 131 destinations served in 2019.

EBITDA (the excess of revenues over expenses before financial expenses, taxes and depreciation and impairment of property and equipment and share in the results of a joint venture, see the “Non-GAAP Measures” section for more information) was $35.0 million for the quarter under review, an increase of $45.8 million over EBITDA for the same period in 2021.

Capital investments totalled $16.0 million in the first quarter of 2022 compared with $17.8 million in the corresponding period of 2021. Investments in the airport program, still limited to essential projects, was $11.0 million in 2022 ($16.2 million in 2021) while the amount invested in the airport’s REM station, net of a $10.1 million grant (nil in 2021), was $5.0 million in 2022 ($1.6 million in 2021). Investments at YUL and YMX in 2022 were financed by operating activities as well as by funds available at the beginning of the year.

Quote

“The results for the first three months of the year bode well for ADM AĂ©roports de MontrĂ©al, which is well positioned for a recovery of its activities as the summer season begins. With one million passengers arriving in March, a first since the very beginning of the crisis, and quarterly highs in international and transborder traffic, travellers have a renewed interest in flying. The easing of border measures will also help to accelerate this trend. The challenges remain significant for ADM, but the return of several routes to popular destinations by our airline partners will allow YUL to regain momentum, raise the profile of Montreal and renew its role as an international air traffic hub,” said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of ADM AĂ©roports de MontrĂ©al.

Financial results

Consolidated revenues were $102.8 million in the first three months of 2022, an increase of
$63.7 million, or 163.0%, compared with the same period in 2021. These positive results are directly related to the recovery in passenger traffic that gradually began in the last half of 2021.

Operating expenses for the quarter under review were $47.0 million, an increase of $10.2 million, or 27.7%, compared with the same quarter in 2021. This change is mainly related to the increase in operating expenses related to passenger services due to the gradual recovery of operations. In addition, ADM has met the eligibility criteria in 2022 for the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program. This grant for the period under review amounts to $3.2 million and is recorded as a reduction in salaries. For the corresponding period in 2021, ADM had taken advantage of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program in the amount of $5.7 million.

Transfers to governments (payments in lieu of taxes to municipalities [PILT] and Transport Canada rent) amounted to $20.8 million for the period under review, representing 20.2% of the Corporation’s total revenues (compared to $13.1 million, and 33.5%, respectively, for the corresponding period in 2021).

Depreciation and impairment of property and equipment and right-of-use assets decreased slightly to $39.2 million in the first three months of 2022, a decline of $1.2 million, or 3.2%, from 2021.

Net financial expenses totalled $31.6 million at March 31, 2022, a decrease of $0.8 million, or 2.3%, compared with the same period in 2021. This change is primarily due to consent fees incurred in the first quarter of 2021 and higher interest income on surplus cash, partially offset by interest expense related to the Series S bonds issued in April 2021.

As at March 31, 2022, the deficiency of revenues over expenses was $35.6 million, an improvement of $47.9 million, or 57.4%, from $83.5 million for the same period in 2021.

Financial situation

ADM’s net debt as at March 31, 2022 was $2.43 billion compared with $2.45 billion as at December 31, 2021, see the “Non-GAAP Measures” section for more information.

In March 2021, ADM obtained a consent from its bondholders to amend the master trust indenture thereby relieving it temporarily of its obligations to comply with or satisfy certain covenants required by the master trust indenture for the years 2021 and 2022. This temporary waiver was requested due to the persisting uncertainty surrounding the significant decline in passenger traffic and flight activity resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Passenger traffic

For the first quarter of 2022, traffic at YUL totalled 2.2 million passengers, an increase of 413.9% compared to the same period in 2021. International traffic increased by 530.6%, transborder (U.S.) saw a growth of 856.7%, while domestic recorded an increase of 236.7% compared to the first quarter of 2021.

Passenger traffic in the first three months of 2022 represents 47.9% of the traffic in the corresponding period of 2019, i.e. 50.8% domestic, 43.3% transborder and 48.3% international.

About Aéroports de Montréal
ADM Aéroports de Montréal is the airport authority for the Greater Montreal area responsible for the management, operation and development of YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, which is certified 4 stars under the Skytrax World Airport Star Rating program, and YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel.

Air Transat and WestJet launch Transatlantic codeshare

MONTREAL and CALGARY, AB, April 28, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Today, Air Transat and WestJet have launched a new transatlantic codeshare. WestJet’s “WS” code is now activated for sale on select Air Transat operated flights to/from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and Croatia. Connections via Montreal and Toronto are now available for flight dates beginning May 17, 2022.

On May 4, 2022, Air Transat’s “TS” code will be activated on select WestJet flights, and from that date Air Transat will also offer itineraries connecting select WestJet flights with appealing Air Transat European destinations. 

“We are very excited to launch this codeshare agreement with WestJet,” said Michèle Barre, Vice President, Network, Revenue Management and Pricing of Air Transat.  “The complementarity of our respective networks allows us to offer more alternatives to our customers, providing them with a quality and affordable product. This partnership is part of Air Transat’s development strategy, enhancing our long-standing presence in the transatlantic market.”

“This new codeshare with Air Transat complements our growing global network, allowing WestJet to offer guests exciting new destinations in Europe,” said John Weatherill, Chief Commercial Officer, WestJet.  “As our guests return to travel, these new options will connect North America and Europe in new ways and benefit guests on both sides of the Atlantic.” 

With this new codeshare, guests now have more options for their transatlantic travel, and will enjoy conveniences such as a single purchase for connecting flights, the ability to check in for all flights at their first departure, and baggage checked through to their final destination.

Once activated, both Air Transat and WestJet codeshare ticket sales will be available via the carriers’ websites and call centers, as well as via major GDS systems and travel agencies.

Subject to connectivity between their scheduled flights, Air Transat and WestJet will both offer the following transatlantic routings:

WestJet
Operated Flights
Air Transat “TS”
Codeshare
Applied
Connection
Via
Air Transat Operated Flights
WestJet “WS” Codeshare Applied
Deer Lake
St. John’s
Halifax
Sydney
Fredericton
Moncton
Charlottetown
Montreal
Quebec City 
London, ON
Ottawa
Thunder Bay
Toronto
Winnipeg
Regina
Saskatoon
Boston
N.Y. LaGuardia
Montreal

Toronto
France:  Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes, Nice 

Italy:  Lamezia, Rome

Spain: Malaga  

Portugal:  Faro

Switzerland: Basel-Mulhouse

Croatia: Zagreb

About Air Transat

Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted World’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international and Canadian destinations, striving to serve its customers with enthusiasm and friendliness at every stage of their trip or stay, and emphasizing safety throughout. 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., a world-renowned holiday travel provider that has achieved Travelife certification in 2018 in recognition of its sustainability commitments.

About the WestJet Group of Companies 

In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic.

Since the start of the pandemic the WestJet Group of Companies has built a layered framework of safety measures to ensure Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline’s Safety Above All hygiene program. During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium.

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit www.westjet.com

Air Canada Celebrates Earth Day by Dedicating Sustainable Aviation Fuel to Four Flights Through Its Leave Less Travel Program

  • The combustion of SAF on these four flights will reduce the GHG emissions by approximately 39 tonnes of CO2e, the equivalent of two rounds trips between Ottawa and Vancouver by car

MONTREAL, April 22, 2022 /CNW/ – Air Canada announced today that it will dedicate Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to four commercial flights departing from San Francisco to its major hubs in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal.

Through its Leave Less Travel Program, Air Canada is sourcing its SAF from Neste, a leading producer of renewable fuels, which will provide the airline with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation FuelTM. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

Through its Leave Less Travel Program, Air Canada is sourcing its SAF from Neste, a leading producer of renewable fuels, which will provide the airline with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation FuelTM. Powering aircraft with SAF directly reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) at the source. These four flights will allow Air Canada to reduce emissions by approximately 39 tonnes of CO2e, compared with the combustion of conventional fossil jet fuel. This represents the equivalent of two rounds trips between Ottawa and Vancouver, or roughly 19,000 km, by car.

“Today we reaffirm our strong, ongoing commitment to sustainable aviation and reaching net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. Air Canada has been involved in the advancement and development of sustainable aviation fuel for a decade and we are proud to continue to lead the way in Canada when it comes to aviation climate action,” said Teresa Ehman, Senior Director, Environmental Affairs at Air Canada. “SAF is the main avenue by which Air Canada and the aviation industry as a whole will reduce their GHG emissions, as the industry continues to develop other aircraft technologies such as electric, hybrid or hydrogen aircraft at scale in a commercially meaningful way.

“The road to decarbonizing aviation requires a collective effort and is why Air Canada actively works with government, producers, and aviation stakeholders to accelerate and develop a commercial production of SAF in Canada. Because SAF will play an important role in decarbonizing the industry, we welcome corporate Canada to join our Leave Less Travel Program to increase the market demand for SAF in Canada as well as to reduce the environmental impacts of their business travel.”

Scheduled SAF Flights

Flight #RoutesScheduleFleet Type
AC738San Francisco-TorontoApril 22, 2022Boeing 737 Max-8
AC575San Francisco-VancouverApril 22, 2022Boeing 737 Max-8
AC8648San Francisco-CalgaryApril 22, 2022Mitsubishi CRJ-900
AC760San Francisco-MontrealApril 23, 2022Airbus A220-300

Leave Less Travel Program

With Air Canada’s Leave Less Travel Program, corporate customers can purchase SAF, carbon offsets or a combination of both to offset or reduce GHG emissions related to business travel and reduce their carbon footprint. This program is one of the many comprehensive initiatives being implemented as part of Air Canada’s Climate Action Plan and an additional step towards achieving the airline’s long-term goal of net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.

As part of its Climate Action Plan, Air Canada committed to invest $50 million in SAF and carbon reduction and removal technologies. According to IATA, SAF has the potential to provide a lifecycle GHG emissions reduction of up to 80% compared to conventional jet fuel.

Key SAF Collaborations:

  • Air Canada is a founding member of the newly launched  Canadian Council for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (C-SAF), a not-for-profit organization that aims to accelerate the commercial production and deployment of SAF in Canada.

  • Air Canada is a founding member of, and the first Canadian carrier to join the Aviation Climate Taskforce (ACT), formed to tackle the challenge of rising CO2 emissions from commercial aviation. Made up of ten global airlines and the Boston Consulting Group, the ACT was established to accelerate research and advance innovation related to emerging decarbonization technologies, including through the development of sustainable aviation fuels.

  • Air Canada is a signatory of the Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition. The coalition’s mission is to accelerate the deployment and use of SAF technologies to reach 10% of global jet aviation fuel supply by 2030.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking from the independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which in 2021 also named Air Canada as having the Best Airline Staff in North America, Best Airline Staff in Canada, Best Business Class Lounge in North America, as well as an Excellence award for its handling of COVID-19. Also in 2021, Air Canada was named Global Traveler’s Best Airline in North America for the third straight year. In January 2021, Air Canada received APEX’s Diamond Status Certification for the Air Canada CleanCare+ biosafety program for managing COVID-19, the only airline in Canada to attain the highest APEX ranking. Air Canada has also committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.