Category: Montreal YUL

Construction begins on the REM station at YUL

Provided by ADM Aéroports de Montréal/CNW

MONTRÉAL, July 19, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – ADM Aéroports de Montréal today held a groundbreaking ceremony to officially launch construction of the future Réseau express métropolitain (REM) station at YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. The first REM metro car will enter the station in 2023.

Groundbreaking ceremony to officially launch construction of the future Réseau express métropolitain (REM) station at YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. (CNW Group/Aéroports de Montréal)
Groundbreaking ceremony to officially launch construction of the future Réseau express métropolitain (REM) station at YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. (CNW Group/Aéroports de Montréal)

The construction of the REM station is part of a much larger project, the cityside development program, which will include rebuilding the multi-level parking complex and the drop-off/pick-up zones at YUL, access infrastructures that are at the end of their useful life and at full capacity. A new space, YULtransit, will also be built underground where modes of public transport will converge.

Representing an investment of more than $2.5 billion from ADM, this program is one of the largest private infrastructure projects in Québec and marks a new milestone in the history of Montréal-Trudeau Airport.

To support execution of the work, ADM has awarded the project management contract to a consortium composed of firms with specialized expertise: Pomerleau, SNC-Lavalin and Kiewit (PSK Construction). As partners of the program, they will be mandated to identify opportunities for optimizing the schedule and phasing of the work while ensuring that impacts on passenger service are minimized.

Highlights

  • The construction of the REM station will be completed in 2023;
  • The REM will transport users from downtown to the airport in around 20 minutes;
  • ADM will assume the $250 million investment related to the construction of the REM station;
  • The installation of technical equipment (platform screen doors, rails, electric power supply, communication and control systems, etc.) will be carried out as part of the REM project;
  • Excavation to build the station will be at a depth of 35 meters under the multi-level parking complex;
  • The capacity of the new YUL drop-off/pick-up zones will be tripled;
  • The multi-level parking complex will be completely covered by a green roof with solar panels;
  • Depending on current needs, sufficient spaces will be reserved for electric vehicles at the front-end of the new multi-level parking complex as soon as it opens;
  • The project will be built in keeping with sustainable building standards with the goal of obtaining Envisioncertification.

Quotes:

“We are delighted to begin construction of the REM station. For over 25 years, we have been waiting for our international airport to be connected to downtown Montréal by an efficient rail link. This structuring project is the first step in an ambitious redevelopment of our access infrastructures that will enable us not only to respond adequately to the growth of passenger traffic at YUL, but also to improve the inter-modality of the airport site to make it more accessible for the benefit of travellers, as well as to put an end road congestion challenges.” –Philippe Rainville, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montréal. 

“Today, we are starting to build a new gateway to our metropolis and marking an important step in the realization of the REM. In just a few years, Quebecers will have access to an extensive, reliable and frequent transportation network to get to the airport, regardless of traffic. For visitors, this will be a new, fast and efficient link to the heart of the city’s activities on modern metro cars with a unique view of the city.” –Macky Tall, President and Chief Executive Officer of CDPQ Infra.

“This station will significantly reduce travel times between downtown and the airport. I have no doubt that business people, tourists and the Greater Montréal population will appreciate this new service that will make it easier to travel to and from Montréal. Anyone travelling in the world today values this type of accessible mobility between an airport and downtown and we are delighted to have such a service coming to Montréal.” –Benoit Dorais, President of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal

“The Government of Québec is proud to be marking this important step that will enable citizens and visitors to move around on the REM, a modern, efficient and electric public transit infrastructure. Thanks to the REM, users will be able to travel easily between the city centre and YUL without having to worry about traffic congestion. This is an additional step to improve mobility in the greater metropolitan area by facilitating the inter-modality and interconnection of various modes of transportation.” –François Bonnardel, Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Estrie Region

“Our government understands the importance of public transit and that is why we are investing heavily in structuring projects such as the REM and the Montréal Metro blue line. The REM will benefit communities in the Greater Montréal region and enable travellers and tourists passing through the airport to reach downtown through an accessible and integrated public transit system.” –The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

Air Canada / Air Canada rouge Winter 2019 Long-Haul changes as of 16 July 2019

News provided by RoutesOnline.com – link to full article

By Jim Liu – Posted 17 July 2019

Air Canada in the last few weeks filed additional changes to its long-haul operation for winter 2019/20 season, including service operated by Air Canada rouge. Latest adjustment as of 16 July 2019 as follows.

Montreal – Frankfurt 787-9 replaces A330-300 during following: 01DEC19 – 08DEC19, 18DEC19 – 05JAN20
Toronto – Frankfurt AC876/877 aircraft changes, 787-9 replaced by following:
27OCT19 – 30JAN20 777-200LR
31JAN20 – 27MAR20 777-300ER

Toronto – Vienna Planned seasonal frequency adjustment from 7 to 5 weekly unchanged. 787-8 replaces -9 from 27OCT19 to 04FEB20 (-8 previously scheduled for entire winter season)
Toronto – Zurich eff 27OCT19 787-9 continues operating (A330-300 previously filed 27OCT19 – 30NOV19)
Vancouver – London Heathrow 27OCT19 – 16DEC19 787-9 replaces 777-300ER (787-9 in W18 operated in November only)

Air Canada rouge changes:
Toronto – Bogota eff 03DEC19 Increase from 6 to 7 weekly, 767 operating (previously scheduled from 17DEC19)
Toronto – Cartagena eff 14DEC19 A321 replaces A319, increase from 2 to 3 weekly

Previously reported Mainline changes:
Calgary – London Heathrow Selected dates in Feb 2020 scheduled with 777-300ER aircraft, replacing 787-9
Montreal – Brussels eff 26OCT19 787-9 replaces previously filed -8
Montreal – Casablanca 
27OCT19 – 14NOV19 767-300ER replaces A330-300, 3 weekly
eff 07DEC19 Increase from 3 to 4 weekly for winter season

Montreal – Rome Routine seasonal suspension from 31DEC19 to 29FEB20; Previously filed 787-8 service to be replaced by following:
28OCT19 – 30NOV19 787-9
02DEC19 – 30DEC19 A330-300
01MAR20 – 27MAR20 A330-300

Montreal – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 
eff 11DEC19 3 weekly 787-9, new route
Montreal – Shanghai Pu Dong eff 27OCT19 787-9 continues to operate this route, replacing -8
Montreal – Tokyo Narita eff 27OCT19 787-9 continues to operate this route, replacing -8
Toronto – Dubai eff 27OCT19 Increase from 3-4 weekly to 5 weekly, 787-9 operating
Toronto – Milan Malpensa eff 27OCT19 Service converted from year-round to summer seasonal. Previously planned 3 weekly 767 in W19 cancelled 
Toronto – Mumbai 
eff 27OCT19 Seasonal service resumption. Service operates 3 weekly from 27OCT19 to 06DEC19, instead of 4 weekly. 777-200LR operating
Toronto – Rome eff 27OCT19 A330-300 replaces previously filed 787-8. Routine seasonal suspension scheduled from 05JAN20
Toronto – Santiago de Chile – Buenos Aires Ezeiza eff 27OCT19 777-300ER replaces 787-9 in NW18, 5-6 weekly
Toronto – Sao Paulo Guarulhos eff 27OCT19 787-9 continues to operate 1 daily, replacing previously filed 777-300ER
Toronto – Seoul Incheon eff 27OCT19 787-8 replaces -9, service operates 6 weekly for entire W19, instead of 4-6 weekly
Vancouver – Auckland eff 12DEC19 4 weekly 787-8, new route
Vancouver – Hong Kong eff 27OCT19 450-seater 777-300ER continues operating in W19, replacing previously filed 787-9

Previously reported rouge changes:
Toronto – Quito eff 08DEC19 3 weekly 767, new route

Sunwing announces return of twice-weekly direct flights from Montreal to Havana

Provided by Sunwing Vacations Inc/Globe Newswire

TORONTO, July 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sunwing is making it easier for Montreal residents to explore Cuba’s capital, Havana, this coming winter. For the first time since 2012, the tour operator is offering a direct flight service twice a week on Mondays and Fridays from Montreal to Havana, from December 13, 2019 until March 13, 2020. With the addition of this returning route, Montreal travellers have more choices than ever for their tropical getaway, with 28 of the tour operator’s most popular destinations available from their doorstep this winter.

Sunwing Vacations Inc.

Celebrating its 500th anniversary this year, the capital city of CubaHavana has a rich history and fascinating heritage to uncover. Visitors will feel like they’ve travelled back in time as they stroll along the cobblestone streets of Old Havana, lined with picturesque Baroque architecture and classic American cars. Travellers can even follow in the footsteps of famous author Ernest Hemingway, who called the city home for over 20 years, by discovering some of his favourite old haunts on a Sunwing Experiences excursion.

Sam Char, Executive Vice President for Sunwing Travel Group in Quebec, commented on the news, “We are excited to once again be offering Montreal residents the popular direct flight service to Havana. As the world’s largest vacation provider to Cuba we’re thrilled to be offering even more vacation options in this varied destination that has a perennial appeal for our customers in Quebec.”

President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montréal, Philippe Rainville, was pleased to welcome the new route, “We are delighted that our partner, Sunwing, is once again offering a direct flight to Havana, the historic heart of Cuba and a place that is especially popular with Quebecers. The addition of this flight further broadens air service from YUL for the benefit of all travellers looking for a little warmth during the long winter months.”

Sunwing offers a range of accommodation options in and around Havana, from laidback resorts by the beach to hotels in the heart of the city. Travellers who take advantage of the new direct flight service may choose to stay at Bravo Club Arenal, located just a short 20-minute drive from Old Havana where guests can soak in the local culture or kick back and relax poolside with a refreshing mojito. Vacationers could also opt for the Hotel Atlantico, offering the best of both worlds with a beautiful beach area and a complimentary shuttle service to downtown Havana.

All Sunwing vacation packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back and relax while on board, with award-winning inflight service, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy on board selection of snacks and light meals including the Tex Mex Grilled Chicken Wrap inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Passengers also benefit from a generous complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance. For additional perks, including priority check-in and security line access*, customers can upgrade to Elite Plus from just $50 per sector.

For more information or to book, visit www.sunwing.ca or contact your travel agent.

*Available at select Canadian airports.

Short staffing, deviation from standard procedures led to May 2018 loss of separation near Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

Provided by Transportation Safety Board of Canada/CNW

DORVAL, QC, July 10, 2019 /CNW/ – In its investigation report (A18Q0069) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) found that short staffing and a deviation from standard procedures by air traffic controllers led to a May 2018 loss of separation between an Air Transat Airbus A310 and a Cessna 421 light twin-engine aircraft near the Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

On 16 May 2018, both aircraft were inbound to land at the Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. The Airbus was coming from the west and was to fly north of the airport and land on Runway 24R, while the Cessna was inbound from the northeast and was to land on Runway 24L. A loss of separation between the two aircraft occurred when both aircraft were approximately 18 nautical miles northeast of the airport. At the closest point, the two aircraft came within 500 feet vertically and 1.7 nautical miles laterally of each other. Normally the aircraft should be separated by at least 1000 feet vertically or 3 nautical miles laterally.

Although seven controllers and a shift supervisor would have normally been scheduled to work that evening, absences and illness reduced that number to three controllers and a supervisor. As a result, six sectors of airspace normally divided among the controllers needed to be combined and controlled by just three—which in turn increased each of their areas of responsibility, as well as their workload and its complexity.

The TSB’s investigation also found that, with the Cessna approaching from a sector to the northeast, control responsibility for it was not transferred to the next sector according to standard procedure. As a result, a controller-in-training responsible for the receiving sector, was not initially aware of the presence or intentions of the Cessna until it entered his airspace, and as a result did not have an opportunity to develop a plan to deal with the converging traffic. Also during this time, the instructor, who was both the shift supervisor and responsible for the trainee, was distracted by other tasks and wasn’t able to accurately monitor the developing situation.

Shortly thereafter, the controller-in-training noticed the Cessna on the display and the required separation was re-established. Both aircraft then landed without incident.

The Board is not aware of any safety action taken following this investigation.

See the investigation page for more information.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail 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.

Makivik Corporation and Inuvialuit Regional Corporation Complete Transaction to Unite First Air and Canadian North as Strong, Sustainable Pan-Arctic Airline

Provided by Makivik Corporation/CNW

OTTAWA, July 10, 2019 /CNW/ -Makivik Corporation and Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) are pleased to announce that they have completed the transaction to merge First Air and Canadian North into a strong, sustainable Pan-Arctic airline. This means that First Air and Canadian North will be able to begin the process of integrating their operations, with further details on the timing and duration of this process to be released very soon. 

The unified Canadian North will continue to meet and exceed the expectations of the people and organizations that rely on the availability of safe, reliable and cost-effective air service. Johnny Adams, who is currently Executive Chairman of First Air, will serve as Executive Chairman of the merged airline. Patrick Gruben, the current Chairman of Inuvialuit Development Corporation and Chairman of Canadian North, will assume the role of Vice-Chairman. Together, they will provide steady, northern-focused guidance and oversight to the merged airline on behalf of all Northerners.

As a 100% Inuit-owned airline, Canadian North’s overarching mission will be to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of people and goods to, from and within Inuit Nunangat, with the potential to expand its service to even more destinations in the future. It will strive to lead the aviation industry as a top employer, with continued focus on recruiting Inuit and other Indigenous team members for excellent careers within this sector. Through these efforts, it will contribute to the development of a stronger and more dynamic northern economy for the benefit of current and future generations.

“The completion of this merger transaction signifies an important step forward for the people of the north,” said Johnny Adams, Executive Chairman. “A unified pan-Arctic airline that provides sustainable passenger and cargo service will help to improve the lives of Northerners through the economic growth that it will enable and career opportunities it will create.” 

“This is truly an Inuit-led solution that will drive additional investment and growth within the northern communities we serve while making the air travel we depend on more sustainable and efficient,” said Patrick Gruben, Vice-Chairman.  

The new Canadian North will serve a combined network of 24 northern communities, from its southern gateways of Ottawa, Montreal and Edmonton, with seamless interline connections to destinations throughout Canada, the United States and beyond. It will also be the premier provider of air charter services for large resource sector clients requiring dependable, efficient and economical fly-in/fly-out charter services, as well as charter flights across North America for sports teams, cruise lines and large groups.

Air Transat is synonymous with Sun to travellers from Quebec

Provided by Transat A.T. Inc/CNW

Carrier strengthens its position as a leader in holiday travel this winter with new flight to New Orleans and year-round service to Spain

MONTREAL, July 4, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat is pleased to present travellers from Quebec with its enhanced Sun destinations program for winter 2019–2020, including the southern United StatesMexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America, and Europe. The lineup includes a brand-new destination, New Orleans, Louisiana, available as of November with twice-weekly direct service. Named the 2019 World’s Best Leisure Airline by Skytrax, Air Transat will become the only carrier to offer direct flights from Montreal to this festive destination.

With new Airbus A321neoLR aircraft added to its fleet in time for winter operations this year, Air Transat will have greater flexibility to offer travellers a broader range of destinations. The company will feature a total of 42 South and Europedestinations out of Montreal, and 13 out of Quebec City.

On the Europe front, the carrier will now serve Spain’s Costa del Sol year-round, with direct service to Malaga from Montreal (two flights a week), and will also fly to Madrid starting in December (two direct flights weekly).

New Sun destinations 
Air Transat will put increased focus on Florida travel this winter, continuing its Orlando service (three direct flights per week) and adding frequency to Fort Lauderdale, with direct flights now available daily out of Montreal during the peak season. The carrier will also boost frequency on its Quebec City–Fort Lauderdale route, offering five direct flights a week.

Also out of Montreal, Air Transat will be enriching its Dominican Republic program with one additional direct flight each week to Puerto Plata (for a total of five direct flights a week), as well as adding another flight to Montego Bay, Jamaica(four direct flights per week). Cuba will be more accessible for travellers flying out of Quebec City, with the addition of direct service to Holguin, for a total of two direct flights weekly.

Europe in winterIn addition to the Costa del Sol and Madrid in Spain, Air Transat will continue serving Portugal this winter, with direct flights to Lisbon. It will also maintain its daily direct service between Montreal and Paris. And beginning in mid-December, residents of the Quebec City region will enjoy twice-weekly direct service to the French capital.

Discovering Canada and Europe with domestic and connecting flights
Air Transat’s domestic flights, which link some major Canadian cities, will allow Quebecers to explore other regions in Canada as well as transatlantic destinations accessible via connecting flights.The airline will continue its daily direct flights between Montreal and Toronto, and three direct weekly flights linking Montreal and Vancouver.

From Montreal – 42 South and Europe destinations

SouthNumber of flights (in peak season)
Caribbean
Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe2 direct flights a week
Port-au-Prince, Haiti2 direct flights a week
Montego Bay, Jamaica4 direct flights a week
Fort-de-France, Martinique2 direct flights a week
Saint-Martin/St. Maarten1 direct flight a week
Central and South America
Cartagena, Colombia2 direct flights a week
San Andres, Colombia1 direct flight a week
Liberia, Costa Rica2 direct flights a week
San José, Costa Rica2 direct flights a week
Roatan, Honduras2 direct flights a week
Rio Hato, Panama2 direct flights a week
El Salvador, Salvador1 direct flight a week
Cuba
Cayo Coco4 direct flights a week
Cayo Largo2 direct flights a week
Cayo Santa Maria4 direct flights a week
Havana1 direct flight a week
Holguin5 direct flights a week
VaraderoDaily direct flights
Dominican Republic
La Romana2 direct flights a week
Puerto Plata5 direct flights a week
Punta CanaDaily direct flights
Samana3 direct flights a week
Santo Domingo1 direct flight a week
Mexico
Acapulco1 direct flight a week
Cancun / Riviera MayaDaily direct flights
Cozumel1 direct flight a week
Puerto Vallarta3 direct flights a week
United States
Fort Lauderdale, FloridaDaily direct flights
Orlando, Florida3 direct flights a week
New Orleans, Louisiana2 direct flights a week
San Juan, Puerto Rico1 direct flight a week
EuropeNumber of flights (in peak season)
France
ParisDaily direct flights
Italy
Rome2 flights a week via Toronto (until mid-January)
Portugal
Faro1 flight a week via Toronto
Lisbon2 direct flights a week and 2 flights a week via Toronto
Porto1 flight a week via Toronto
Spain
Barcelona2 flights a week via Toronto (until mid-January)
Madrid2 direct flights a week
Malaga2 direct flights a week
United Kingdom
Glasgow2 flights a week via Toronto
London7 flights a week via Toronto
Manchester3 flights a week via Toronto

From Montreal – Domestic flights

CanadaNumber of flights
TorontoDaily direct flights
Vancouver4 direct flights a week

From Quebec City – 13 South and Europe destinations

SouthNumber of flights (in peak season)
Cuba
Cayo Coco2 direct flights a week
Cayo Santa Maria2 direct flights a week
Holguin2 direct flights a week
Varadero3 direct flights a week
Dominican Republic
La Romana1 direct flight a week
Puerto Plata1 direct flight a week
Punta Cana4 direct flights a week
Samana1 direct flight a week
Florida
Fort Lauderdale5 direct flights a week
Orlando2 direct flights a week
Mexico
Cancun / Riviera Maya4 direct flights a week
Puerto Vallarta1 direct flight a week
Europe
Paris, France2 direct flights a week

Air Transat is synonymous with Sun to travellers in Western Canada

Provided by Transat A.T. Inc/CNW

The airline is strengthening its position as a leader in holiday travel this winter with new flights to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Florida

MONTREAL, July 4, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat is pleased to present travellers in Western Canada with its enriched winter 2019-2020 program for Sun destinations in Central AmericaMexicoFlorida, the Caribbean and Europe. Named the 2019 World’s Best Leisure Airline by Skytrax, Air Transat will be introducing beachgoers from the Vancouver area to new destinations in Florida, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Travellers will have a choice of 20 South and Europe destinations from Vancouver. The most scenic beaches in the South will be accessible to passengers flying out of Calgary, Victoria, Edmonton and Winnipeg as well.

New destinations and more flights to the most popular Sun destinations  
The addition of new Airbus A321neoLRs to its fleet next winter will allow the carrier greater flexibility to offer a wider choice of destinations to travellers. As of December, Air Transat will become the sole company to fly direct from Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale, Florida (two direct flights a week), while also adding departures to Liberia and San Jose, Costa Rica, (two flights a week) as well as a direct flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Along with its new destinations from Vancouver, Air Transat will enhance its flight program from Calgary, adding another direct flight to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a total of four direct flights a week.  

Europe in winterFrom Vancouver, several of Canadians’ favourite European Sun destinations—such as Faro and Lisbon in Portugal and Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga in Spain—will be readily accessible via Montreal and Toronto. Flying through Toronto or Montreal, passengers will also be able to holiday in LondonGlasgow and Manchester in the United Kingdom too, as well as in Paris, France. 

Discovering more destinations with domestic and connecting flights
Air Transat’s domestic flights, which link some major Canadian cities, will allow British Columbians to explore other regions in Canada as well as South and transatlantic destinations accessible via connecting flights. The airline will continue its five direct weekly flights between Vancouver and Toronto and four direct weekly flights between Vancouverand Montreal.

From Vancouver: 20 South and Europe destinations

SouthNumber of flights (during peak season)
Costa Rica
Liberia2 flights a week
San Jose2 flights a week
Cuba
Cayo Santa Maria1 flight a week via Toronto
Holguin1 flight a week via Toronto
Varadero1 flight a week via Toronto
Dominican Republic
Puerto Plata1 flight a week via Toronto
Punta Cana1 direct flight a week and 3 flights a week via Toronto
Florida
Fort Lauderdale2 direct flights a week
Jamaica
Montego Bay, Jamaica1 flight a week via Toronto
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera Maya3 direct flights a week
Puerto Vallarta4 direct flights a week
EuropeNumber of flights (during peak season)
France
Paris3 flights a week via Montreal
Portugal
Faro2 flights a week via Toronto
Lisbon2 flights a week via Montreal
Spain
Barcelona1 flight a week via Toronto (until mid-January)
Madrid1 flight a week via Montreal (as of December)
Malaga1 flight a week via Montreal
United Kingdom
Glasgow4 flights a week via Toronto
London5 flights a week via Toronto
Manchester1 flight a week via Toronto

From Vancouver: domestic flights

Canada
Toronto5 direct flights a week
Montreal4 direct flights a week

From Victoria: 2 South destinations

MexicoNumber of flights (during peak season)
Cancun-Riviera Maya1 direct flight a week
Puerto Vallarta1 direct flight a week

From Calgary: 2 South destinations

SouthNumber of flights (during peak season)
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera Maya3 direct flights a week
Puerto Vallarta4 direct flights a week

From Edmonton: 3 South destinations

MexicoNumber of flights (during peak season)
Cancun-Riviera Maya3 direct flights a week
Huatulco1 direct flight a week
Puerto Vallarta3 direct flights a week

From Winnipeg: 4 South destinations

CubaNumber of flights (during peak season)
Varadero1 direct flight a week
Dominican Republic
Punta Cana1 direct flight a week
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera Maya3 direct flights a week
Puerto Vallarta3 direct flights a week

Key Economic Stakeholders Congratulate Air Canada and Transat SA on their Skytrax Awards and on Signing their Merger Agreement

Provided by Aéroports de Montréal/CNW

MONTREAL, July 4, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Aéroports de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, the Conseil du patronat du Québec and the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec congratulate Air Canada and Transat SA for having been named Best Airline in North America and Best Leisure Airline in the World, respectively, at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards held at the 53rd International Paris Air Show Le Bourget in France, and for having reached a milestone merger agreement to combine their respective businesses.

“We are proud to see two Montreal-based carriers recognized as amongst the very best in the world. The Skytrax World Airline Awards are global, highly regarded recognitions which are based on passenger satisfaction surveys of more than 21 million global travellers. Over the last five years, the number of passengers at Montreal-Trudeau has increased by nearly 40% and with this combination of two home-grown champions, we expect that growth to even accelerate to reinforce the position of Montreal as a world class hub,” said Phillippe Rainville, President, Aéroports de Montréal.

“That Air Canada and Transat have both won these awards several years running is a testament to the attractive product offerings and commitment to customer service excellence from these Montreal champions. We are pleased to see that the combination of Air Canada and Transat will create a Montreal-based global leader in leisure, tourism and travel distribution, offering choices to more destinations than ever from Montréal, more connecting traffic and promoting two-way tourism to and from the city,” said Yves Lalumière, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal.

“The Air Canada acquisition of Transat would strengthen one of Montreal’s flagship companies, which has to navigate an extremely competitive global landscape. The commitment to maintaining decision-making power regarding Transat’s activities in Montreal also bodes well for job creation in the city. This is good news for our economy,” said Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.

“The merger of these two Quebec companies will support job creation and Quebec’s economic development. In addition to increasing tourism, which is very important for many of our regions, the merger of Air Canada and Transat will create new business opportunities for the innovation and aerospace strategic sectors,” said Yves-Thomas Dorval, President and CEO of the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ).

“We welcome the agreement concluded between these two major companies and the growth potential this combination represents. The possible synergies between the two airlines should ensure a greater access to more international destinations and connection options to passengers coming from or going to regional airports throughout Québec,” said Stéphane Forget, President and CEO of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec.

Canada’s Airlines, Airports Among World’s Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get Worse

News provided HuffingtonPost.ca – link to full article – with a hint from P.N.

By Daniel Tencer 4 July 2019

Under a new “passenger bill of rights,” airlines will be able to leave passengers stuck on the tarmac for longer than the current standard.
An airplane taking off at Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International
An airplane taking off at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

MONTREAL ― Canadian airports and airlines are some of the worst performers worldwide when it comes to flight delays, and new federal rules that allow passengers to be stuck on the tarmac for longer could make things worse.

All but one of Canada’s major airlines rank in the bottom half for on-time performance in a new survey from travel data provider OAG. 

Canada’s best performer, WestJet, ranks 57th out of 125 airlines surveyed, with 77.1 per cent of all flights arriving on time. The country’s worst performer, Sunwing, ranks as the second-worst airline in the world, 124th out of 125, with only 57.8 per cent of flights on time.

Sunwing experienced numerous flight glitches in recent years, including major delays in Toronto and Montreal in April, 2018, that led to a fine from the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Canada's Airlines, Airports Among World's Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get

Looking at airports, Canada doesn’t fare much better. Our best airport, in Grande Prairie, Alta., ranks 108th out of 505 airports surveyed.

Toronto’s two commercial passenger airports, Pearson and Billy Bishop, rank as the two worst airports in Canada and among the worst in the world ― 475th and 489th, respectively.

Interestingly, there is a yawning east-west divide, with western Canadian airports performing better than others.

Canada's Airlines, Airports Among World's Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get

The survey comes as Canada is about to launch a new “passengers’ bill of rights” that some critics say will make it easier for airlines to delay flights.

Under the new regulations, airlines will be able to keep passengers stuck on the tarmac for up to three hours, plus an additional 45 minutes if the airline believes takeoff is imminent.

Currently, Canada has no government-enforced limits on tarmac delays, but airlines themselves had standards built into their tariffs. The industry standard was 90 minutes, which is also what a Senate committee recommended be the rule in the new passenger bill of rights. The government rejected that recommendation.

Airlines themselves have been pushing for longer tarmac delays. Air Canada extended its maximum tarmac time to four hours in 2018.

Additionally, it will be very difficult to get compensation from airlines in most cases where flights are delayed or passengers are denied boarding, said Gabor Lukacs, a prominent consumer advocate who has challenged airline practices in courts.

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Lukacs said he worries about the possibility of longer delays under the new rules because “when something becomes legal, they will do it. On the other hand, the counterargument is it’s in the airline’s best interest to get passengers to their destination as quickly as possible.”

Lukacs’ advocacy group, Air Passenger Rights, has accused the government of letting the airline industry dictate the new passengers’ bill of rights.

A spokesperson for Transport Minister Marc Garneau said the tarmac delay rule was decided “based on operational realities and international best practices. For example, in the United States, air carriers are required to offer the option to disembark after a three hour delay on domestic flights, and a four hour delay on international flights.”

While airlines frequently blame weather for flight delays, data from the U.S. federal government shows that extreme weather events are responsible for fewer than 5 per cent of flight delays in the U.S. The most common reason for delays was late-arriving aircraft, meaning flights delayed because earlier flights were delayed. This accounted for nearly 42 per cent of U.S. delays. Canada does not currently keep track of this type of data.

But Lukacs points out that Canada has much harsher weather than most of the U.S., so it may not be a fair comparison. And Toronto’s worst-in-the-country Billy Bishop Airport has unique issues to deal with because it’s on an island.

“This may be an apples to oranges comparison,” he told HuffPost Canada by phone.

Nonetheless, Canada’s poor weather doesn’t explain why Alaska Airlines has a higher on-time percentage than any Canadian airline (80.7 per cent) and is the third best among U.S. airlines.

Lukacs argues these on-time rankings are incomplete: There isn’t enough data to determine, for instance, whether it’s a particular airport or a particular airline that’s behind delays in a given place.

Either way, airlines should be taking bad weather into account when planning their schedules, Lukacs said.

“If airlines and airports ignore the weather realities, then you have guaranteed, built-in failure,” he said.

Taste The Fine Wine Of The Bordeaux Region With Air Canada’s New Seasonal Service From Montreal

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MONTREAL, July 4, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – With flight AC1908 landing today in Bordeaux, Air Canada marks the launch of new non-stop seasonal service from Montreal to its fifth destination in France. The service to the popular wine region runs between July 3 and September 8, 2019 three days a week.

Taste The Fine Wine Of The Bordeaux Region With Air Canada’s New Seasonal Service From Montreal (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Taste The Fine Wine Of The Bordeaux Region With Air Canada’s New Seasonal Service From Montreal (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“As the only network carrier to offer non-stop transatlantic service to Bordeaux, the addition of a fifth destination in France further enhances Air Canada’s competitive position in the French market. Our three weekly flights to Bordeauxprovide travellers unique access to the famed wine growing region and the popular Nouvelle-Aquitaine market. In addition to playing a special role in connecting Canada with many French-speaking communities around the world, our Montreal hub is increasingly popular among U.S. travellers who appreciate seamless connections to international destinations on Air Canada,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada.

“We are very pleased that Air Canada, our major partner, is further enhancing air services from Montréal by offering this route to a destination that is very popular with Quebecers,” said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal. “The Montreal-Bordeaux link will provide added direct access to this beautiful region of southwestern France, where discoveries and gourmet delights will be on the itinerary for travellers.”

Flights are timed to optimize connectivity to Air Canada’s extensive North American network, including major cities along the U.S. east coast including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, also allowing easy connections from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas. 

FlightFromToDepartArriveDays of operation
AC1908MontrealBordeaux8:00 p.m.8:50 a.m. (+1 day)Wed, Thu, Sat
AC1909BordeauxMontreal10:25 a.m.12:22 p.m.Thu, Fri, Sun

The flights are operated by Air Canada Rouge with a Boeing 767-300ER, featuring premium and economy cabins. All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.