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Interjet records record growth on routes between Canada and Mexico

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Interjet records record growth on routes between Canada and Mexico

Monday, November 11, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group

MEXICO CITY — Interjet Airlines’ service between Canada and Mexico has seen record year-over-year passenger traffic results for October 2019.

The airline saw overall passenger traffic for 10 months ended October 2019 increase by 70% to more than 363,000 passengers carried between the two countries.

Combined load factors from Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto were 83.6% for the same 10-month period.

Passenger traffic from Montreal to Cancun grew to 67,121 for an increase of over 137% year-over-year, while overall traffic between Toronto and Cancun increased 81% to 69,080 passenger trips.

Load factors on the Vancouver to Mexico City flights spiked by 91.2%, with passenger traffic increasing 12.7%.

“We have experienced tremendous growth between Canada and Mexico since we started flying between the two countries just over two years ago,” said Julio Gamero, Interjet’s Chief Commercial Officer. “As we look to adding service and frequency, we expect the same if not more demand for our service. Our competitive prices, free checked bags on select fares, more legroom between seats and excellent onboard service will continue to keep up the fastest growing international airline in Mexico.”

Air Canada to operate three services from Montreal with leased A330-200

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November 8, 2019

Air Canada plans to operate the following frequencies with A330-200 equipment leased from Air Transat during the winter 2019 and 2020 season (Routes Online, 07-Nov-2019):

  • Montreal-Cancun: Daily from 01-Dec-2019;
  • Montreal-Puerto Vallarta: Three times weekly from 15-Dec-2019;
  • Montreal-San Jose (Costa Rica): Four times weekly from 17-Dec-2019.

New Orleans and São Paulo Starting out of YUL this Winter

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MONTRÉAL, Nov. 4, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – New direct flights now confirmed for the winter season will soon be offered out of YUL Montréal–Trudeau International Airport, as the city continues to attract travellers from all over the world. Such a wide variety of available destinations continues to establish YUL as an important international hub.

Highlights for the winter:

  • Two new destinations will be added to YUL’s offering: New Orleans, Louisiana, reachable year-round via Air Transat (November 3), and São Paulo, Brazil, operated by Air Canada during the winter season as of December 11.
  • Accessible for the first time out of YUL by direct flight, São Paulo will offer business travellers an opportunity to easily reach one of the most important economic and industrial centres.
  • The winter season will also see an increase in the number of seats offered to several destinations, including 6% more to sun destinations and 12% more to Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Additionally, the international sector will experience 11% growth this winter.
  • Air Canada will add four weekly flights to its Montréal–Tokyo route, and will increase seating by 50%.
  • Air Transat will now operate its flight to Madrid year-round, while Austrian Airlines, a new carrier that just joined the YUL family on April 29, will offer its Montréal–Vienna service during the winter season.
  • Corsair will fly to Paris year-round, while Air Canada will increase service on its Montréal-Lyon route to four flights weekly.

SOURCE Aéroports de Montréal

Travellers are discovering Canada’s in-terminal airport hotels

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MARK STACHIEW Updated: November 1, 2019

Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel room
Canadian travellers are discovering the advantages of staying at airport hotels, like the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel. HANDOUT PHOTO / FAIRMONT HOTELS

Once the domain of desperate travellers stranded by weather delays or in need of a quick place to sleep before connecting to another flight, in-terminal airport hotels are upping their game and a lot of people are choosing them for reasons beyond necessity.

“Airport hotels, once viewed as just for stopovers and one-night stays, have started to upgrade their offerings to provide luxurious stress-free stays to kick off or end your vacation, creating a seamless experience from hotel to flight,” said Sabrina Bhangoo, Director of Public Relations for Marriott in Canada.

“This trend is not only happening here in Canada but also the U.S. The New York Times, recently highlighted various amenities that airport hotels are adopting to make their properties more attractive to guests.”

“Hotel airports are becoming increasingly popular and are among our busiest,” said France Savard, the senior public relations coordinator for Germain Hotels, which includes the Alt brand. “We currently have two, in Halifax and Toronto Pearson, and actually we will have a third one by the end of 2020 or early 2021 at the Ottawa Airport.”

Savard noted that a lot of travellers are starting their vacations a day early with a night’s stay at airport hotels, especially if they are boarding early morning flights to sun destinations. For people who live further out of town, getting to the airport on time can be impossible so staying at the airport makes it easier and many hotels offer convenient parking packages making it affordable to leave their cars there while they are away.

Every major airport in Canada is surrounded by hotels, but only a few of them are located right within the heart of the airport terminal. From West to East, here are the in-terminal hotels where travellers can stay in this country:

Fairmont Vancouver Airport

The Jetside Lounge at Fairmont Vancouver Airport offers views that planespotters love. HANDOUT PHOTO / FAIRMONT HOTELS

Not only does Vancouver’s airport regularly bring home awards, but so does the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel. It’s been named the top Airport Hotel in North America by the Skytrax World Airport Awards for six years in a row. This luxury hotel features all the amenities you expect from a Fairmont property including high-end dining options, a pool, gym and spa, but also carries on the Fairmont tradition of offering afternoon tea, but with a nod to its airport setting. As you sip your tea and nibble on your biscuits, you get a close-up view of airport operations, thrilling planespotters of all ages.

Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel

Edmonton Airport’s Renaissance hotel is hugely popular with travellers. HANDOUT PHOTO / MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

The Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel is the city’s newest CAA/AAA 4 Diamond Hotel and is the only Renaissance in the world attached to an airport terminal. Its soundproofed rooms are perfect for guests who need to sleep any time of day, no matter what time zone their bodies think they are in. Aimed at both business and leisure travellers, the Renaissance has all the amenities travellers need including a fitness facility, pool and the ultra-modern Halo Bar and Bistro.

Calgary Airport Marriott Hotel

The Calgary Airport Marriott has been completely redesigned. HANDOUT PHOTO / MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

A lot ot travellers that stay at airport hotels are secret planespotters. Marriott knows that which is why guests who stay on this airport’s seventh floor receive an in-room telescope so they can watch the planes come and go. Conveniently located between the international and domestic terminals, the Calgary Airport Marriott Hotel offers comfortable rooms that offer your choice of mountain, city or runway views. The hotel is also home to the Yakima Social Kitchen and Bar which serves locally-sourced cuisine based on Aboriginal, Asian and North American influences, all of which can be washed down with selections from their all-Canadian craft beer collection.

Delta Hotel by Marriott Calgary Airport In-Terminal

No matter what time you check in to Calgary Airport’s Delta Hotel, you can take advantage of their 24-hour room service. HANDOUT PHOTO / MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

If the Marriott is full, Calgary’s airport offers a second in-terminal option, the Delta which is actually across the street from the main terminal attached to it by an all-weather pedestrian overpass. It has all of the comforts and amenities you would expect from a modern hotel. Their parking packages are especially attractive for people who want to stash their car somewhere while they are away.

Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport

If you need a nice place to stay at Canada’s biggest airport, the Sheraton Gateway Hotel is one of your options. HANDOUT PHOTO / MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

Toronto’s traffic is notorious so if you need to get to Pearson for an early-morning flight, it means having to leave your house at some ungodly hour. It can be even worse depending on where in the GTA you are coming from. The Sheraton Gateway Hotel is the ideal place to avoid that headache by staying the night before your departure. Integrated into Terminal 3, the hotel is easy to get to as it’s a short hop to the airport’s UP Express station, the train that whisks passengers to Pearson from Union Station downtown.

Alt Hotel Toronto Airport

Alt Hotels spotlight local artists through the altexpo, a pictures mosaic that greets you as you enter the hotel. HANDOUT PHOTO / ALT HOTELS

Technically, this hotel isn’t in the airport terminal, but it’s connected to Pearson by Terminal Link, the rail line that connects the airport’s terminal buildings so passengers can seamlessly step from the hotel to the airport via the adjacent Viscount Station. Alt hotels are known for being comfortable and paying attention to small details, like having no set checkout times when guests book directly with them which is convenient if you have a flight that leaves later in the day.

Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel

If you like watching planes come and go, you’ll spend a lot of time in the lounge at Montreal airport’s Marriott. HANDOUT PHOTO / MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

Sitting atop the U.S. departures terminal of Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, the Montreal Airport Marriott Hotel is a newly-renovated, contemporary hotel that is a comfortable option for travellers who need to stay at the airport. If you want to relax before or after your flight, the hotel is home to a first-class spa and, as you would expect in a city that’s known for its love of food, its Bijou Resto and Bar serves international dishes to suit every palate, but don’t forget to try their poutine.

Alt Hotel Halifax Airport

Alt Hotel’s Halifax airport hotel is attached directly to the terminal building by an all-weather walkway. HANDOUT PHOTO / ALT HOTELS

Canadian-owned and family-operated, Alt Hotels describe itself as “no frills chic,” providing guests what they need without the extra fluff and their Halifax airport destination is no exception. They are noted for having beds that are super comfortable and because guests always ask where to buy their beddings, linens and pillows, they point them to, the Quebec-based retailer that supplies them.

– Mark Stachiew is a Montreal-based freelance writer who shares travel news and tips at and curates a collection of cool travel gear at

Air Transat previews its summer 2020 offering, with new Europe, U.S. destinations

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Friday, October 25, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group

MONTREAL — Air Transat has unveiled its full program for summer 2020, with 150 flights a week to 27 European cities and more flights to the South and the U.S.

New summer destinations include Copenhagen, Faro and San Diego and New Orleans in the U.S.

The airline has boosted the number of destinations available from Montreal and Toronto, plus numerous domestic and connecting flights will benefit travellers across the country.

“The arrival of our Airbus A321neoLRs marks the dawn of a new era for us,” says Transat’s Chief Operating Officer, Annick Guérard. “Along with our wide-body fleet, these aircraft help us become more flexible by increasing the options to reach Europe from major Canadian airports. Travellers win big, with more holiday choices and increased frequencies.”

She says TGV AIR will be back in the summer of 2020, following its successful debut in 2019. In partnership with SNCF, France’s national rail service, Air Transat clients can combine a flight to Paris with rail travel from Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. That way, travellers can access 18 French cities as well as Brussels, Belgium. “Our priority is to give tourists choices,” says Guérard. “Many of our customers took advantage of this service this year.”

Here are the highlights of Air Transat’s summer 2020 schedule…


In summer 2020 Air Transat will operate 24 flights a week to the United Kingdom from Toronto, five more than in 2019, including two daily flights to London in high season.More news:  “Don’t shy away from selling Hawaii”: Agents get the latest updates at ALOHA Canada 2019

The airline will have five flights to Manchester and five to Glasgow each week. Most of these destinations will be available to travellers flying from Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, thanks to connecting flights.

In total, Air Transat will offer direct flights to 15 European cities from Toronto. It will also operate flights from Montreal to London five times a week.

From Montreal Air Transat will operate 17 flights a week to Paris, three more than in 2019, and will once again feature Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Toulouse and Basel-Mulhouse.

Most of these French destinations will also be available from Quebec City, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

In total, Air Transat will have direct flights to 20 European cities from Montreal.

Earlier this month Air Transat announced new direct service between Montreal and Copenhagen. Running 2x/weekly from June 16 to Sept. 20, 2020, it’s the only nonstop service between the two cities.

Air Transat will also fly to Paris from Toronto five times a week.

The airline will operate four direct flights a week to Paris from Quebec City, one more than in 2019. It will also keep its flights from Quebec City to Montreal, thus offering Quebec City travellers access to 16 European cities.More news:  “You can count on us”: Cuba specialist Hola Sun has perks for agents & clients this winter

From Vancouver, Air Transat will fly three times a week to Amsterdam, Manchester and London. It will also offer 12 flights a week to Toronto and seven flights a week to Montreal, making the majority of its European destinations available to its West Coast customers.

Air Transat will also offer 58 flights a week to Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Croatia from Toronto and Montreal, including one flight to Faro for the first time in the summer of 2020.



Air Transat continues to enhance its domestic flight program for travellers looking for a connecting flight to Europe.

From Vancouver, the airline will offer 12 flights a week to Toronto and a daily flight to Montreal. From Calgary, it will fly to Toronto and Montreal four times a week, respectively. In addition, there will be 14 flights a week between Toronto and Montreal, and four between Quebec City and Montreal.



In 2020 Air Transat will have 30 flights a week from Toronto to 10 South destinations.

From Montreal, Air Transat will offer 50 flights a week to 16 destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and the U.S., including Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, San Diego and New Orleans.

Air Transat will also offer flights to Punta Cana, Cancun and Fort Lauderdale from Quebec City.


YUL Has Welcomed 15.7 Million Passengers Since the Beginning of the Year

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MONTRÉAL, Oct. 25, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – ADM Aéroports de Montréal has released its operating results at September 30, 2019, showing that passenger traffic is still growing strongly, particularly in the international sector. Over the last nine months, the number of passengers at YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport increased by 4.8% over the same period last year and EBITDA (excess of revenues over expenses before financial expenses, taxes and depreciation and impairment of property and equipment) totalled $284.7 million.

Highlights – passengers

  • YUL is continuing to welcome more and more travelers: 6.0 million passengers in the third quarter of 2019 (+3.2%) and 15.7 million in the first nine months of 2019 (+4.8%).
  • The increase was especially strong on the international side, with this sector posting a 7.0% increase in passenger traffic for the quarter under review. The transborder sector also contributed to the growth in the third quarter, while the domestic sector saw a slight decrease.
  • In the third quarter of 2019, commercial air movements at YUL dipped by 1.3%, reflecting an increase in the number of passengers per flight. For the first nine months of the year, the decline was 1.2%.

Financial results at a glance: 

  • EBITDA was $109.7 million in the third quarter of 2019, an increase of $2.8 million (+2.6%) over the same period in 2018. For the first nine months of the year, EBITDA was $284.7 million, up $28.3 million (+11.0%) compared to the corresponding period in 2018.
  • ADM’s capital investments totalled $107.6 million during the quarter and $224.1 million in the first nine months of 2019. Investments in YUL and YMX were financed by cash flows from operations.
  • Consolidated revenues amounted to $195.4 million in the third quarter of 2019, an increase of $10.8 million (+5.9%). Total revenues at September 30, 2019 increased by 11.1%. This increase is mainly attributable to the increase in passenger traffic, higher AIF rates, and a gain on the disposal of assets.
  • Operating expenses for the quarter under review were $53.9 million, an increase of $3.1 million (+6.1%). For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, operating expenses increased by $16.5 million to $169.1 million (+10.8%). This variance is mainly due to mitigation costs incurred to maintain a high level of service for travelers in a context of infrastructure under-capacity, as well as to implementation costs related to initiatives to enhance competitiveness.

“The first nine months of the year produced excellent results. The addition of new destinations leaving from YUL, such as Vienna and Bordeaux, and the keen interest of tourists in the charms of our city contributed to the increase in passenger traffic. YUL had a very busy summer season with more than 2 million passengers welcomed per month in July and August 2019. I’d like to thank all the employees of ADM and the airport community who are constantly going the extra mile to ensure a high quality of service and a pleasant experience for all travellers,” said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montreal.

All information about these financial results is available online.

In recent months, various initiatives have been deployed:

  • Many new destinations were announced in recent months. YUL now has an enhanced offering of destinations to be discovered with the addition of routes to New Orleans (Air Transat), Vienna (Austrian Airlines), Sao Paulo (AC), and Bordeaux (AC), to name a few.
  • ADM announced the creation of an ecological park located north of the YUL airport site in the Saint-Laurent borough. More than 2 million square feet of land will be preserved and landscaped for the benefit of the entire community.
  • At the annual Airports Council International – North America conference, YUL renewed its “Airport Carbon Accreditation” certification (optimization level), which underscores its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint. YUL has held this prestigious certification since 2017 and has renewed it every year since then.

Air Transat flight makes emergency stop in Paris before continuing to Montreal

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An Air Transat sign is seen Tuesday, May 31, 2016 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

The Canadian Press – Published Sunday, October 20, 2019

MONTREAL — More than 300 passengers resumed their journey to Montreal Sunday after their Air Transat flight from Italy had to make an emergency landing in France.

The airline says flight TS571 took off from Venice Saturday but had to make an emergency stop at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport due to a technical problem with a floor heating panel.

Spokeswoman Debbie Cabana says the landing went smoothly and the health of the passengers was not compromised.

The 310 passengers spent the night in Paris and departed for Montreal Sunday morning in a different aircraft.

Cabana says the passengers will be eligible for compensation.

Air Transat introduces flights to San Diego, enhances U.S. offering

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  • Introduction of the only direct route between Montreal and San Diego
  • New Orleans to be offered all year round in 2020
  • More flights to Florida from Montreal and Quebec City

MONTREAL, Oct. 15, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat, named the World’s Best Leisure Airline by Skytrax, will launch the only direct flight between Montreal and San Diego, California, in the summer of 2020. In addition, in light of the great interest in New Orleans, a new destination Air Transat will be offering for the first time this winter, the airline will extend its flights to the summer of 2020. Finally, more flights to Florida from Montreal and Quebec City will be added to the program.

Air Transat introduces flights to San Diego, enhances U.S. offering (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)
Air Transat introduces flights to San Diego, enhances U.S. offering (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)

“We are enriching our offering to the western and southern United States, in line with growing travellers’ expectations,” says Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer of Transat. “The North American tourism market is strong, and as the No. 1 leisure airline in Canada, we are happy to increase our destinations and frequencies, all while strengthening our Montreal hub.”

“We are very pleased to welcome the first direct route to San Diego from Montreal,” adds Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal. “Thanks to our partner Air Transat, YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport will be offering a broader and enriched air service, with an increased frequency of flights to the southern and western United States. Quebecers will be able to enjoy a wide range of choices during the summer of 2020 with even more destinations to discover.”

San Diego: vacations under the sun on the Pacific coast

A growing number of travellers are drawn to San Diego and beyond in California. Located on the Pacific coast, San Diego is a world-class holiday destination, famous for its zoo, old town, romantic Coronado Beach and sunsets in the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. San Diego is also a good base for visiting Los Angeles, Disneyland and many national parks, including the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, a favourite among hikers.

Direct flights from Montreal to San Diego will be offered three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays, from June 15 to October 28, 2020.

New Orleans: all year round in 2020

Starting in November, Air Transat will offer two flights a week from Montreal to New Orleans, on Thursdays and Sundays. To respond to the high demand for this destination, the airline will be extending its service to next summer.

New Orleans is more popular than ever with Canadian tourists, and the city welcomes more visitors from Canada than from any other country, especially in the summer. This is not surprising, as New Orleans is a colourful, lively city, where music, local cuisine and history compete for travellers’ attention. It’s also a city of festivals: the Essence Festival (African music), the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival, the Satchmo SummerFest in honour of Louis Armstrong, and the New Orleans Oyster Festival, among others.

Florida: more flights to this iconic destination

Beloved by many Quebecers, Florida keeps attracting travellers of all ages, thanks to the scope of its offering. Next summer, Air Transat will add four flights a week to Fort Lauderdale—three from Montreal, and one from Quebec City. The latter will be the only direct flight between Quebec City and Fort Lauderdale during the summer season. Air Transat will also add two more flights from Montreal to Orlando.

The full Air Transat summer 2020 flight program will be announced shortly.

“Stink Fruit” Cargo Spoiled An Air Canada Flight

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Benzinga October 9, 2019

An Air Canada Rouge flight returned to Vancouver after the Boeing 767-300’s cabin filled with the odor from a shipment of durian fruit – whose odor is often compared to rotting meat.

Details from the flight on Air Canada‘s (TSX:AC)  low-cost subsidiary emerged in the incident report provided to FreightWaves by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSBC) on October 8.  

The troubles arose shortly after the 767 took off from Vancouver International Airport on September 17 with 245 passengers and eight crew, destined for Montreal. Crew members first noticed a “strong odor” while the aircraft was at 7,000 feet above sea level, according to the TSBC report.

The flight crew leveled off at 25,000 feet to troubleshoot the problem after failing to clear the smell from the cabin. They then declared a PAN-PAN, indicating an urgent but not immediately dangerous situation, “donned their oxygen masks and returned to land” in Vancouver, the TSBC report said.

The durian shipment in the forward cargo compartment was identified as the source of the odor and removed from the flight. The aircraft then returned to service. No injuries were reported.

Final thoughts:

The incident aboard the Air Canada Rouge flight isn’t the first time durian has caused problems as a cargo. The smell from two metric tons led to a temporary grounding of a flight in Indonesia in November 2018. 

Needless to say, the airline probably will think twice before accepting a shipment of the prized but noxious fruit. 

B.C. youth facing charges for making alleged online bomb threats aimed at Montreal airport: RCMP

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A 16-year-old from a small community in B.C.’s Southern Interior is facing charges for allegedly making online bomb threats aimed at an airport in Montreal.
 A 16-year-old from a small community in B.C.’s Southern Interior is facing charges for allegedly making online bomb threats aimed at an airport in Montreal. The Canadian Press

A B.C. youth is facing charges after allegedly making online bomb threats aimed at an airport in Quebec, RCMP announced on Friday.

According to police, Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport in Montreal received several false bomb threats via the internet during a month-long period.

Police say investigators were led to an Okanagan residence, in the small community of Enderby, where a search warrant was executed on a family home, with a 16-year-old youth being arrested.

“During the search warrant, investigators seized multiple electronic devices from the home that will be further examined by police,” said Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Const. Kelly Brett.

“Threats of this nature are taken very seriously by authorities and the consequences for this youth could be life altering.”

The teen is facing possible charges in relation to conveying false messages and harassing communications, say police. He was subsequently released from custody to appear at a later court date.