Fly like a pro. Experience Air Canada Jetz.

From Air Canada – 23 May 2020

While our favourite sports teams are on hiatus, we’re bringing our special fleet of Air Canada Jetz Airbus A319 aircraft to you.

Beginning June 1st, we’re introducing our Air Canada Jetz aircraft on select flights between Toronto – Montreal and Toronto – Ottawa.

Flights will be departing from prime gate locations and begin boarding only 25 minutes before departure. The aircraft features only 58 seats, as compared to the 120 seats on our mainline A319s – an exclusive offering and spacious cabin configuration providing more comfort and less waiting time when boarding and deplaning.

Air Canada Jetz Express seats

Air Canada Jetz A319s feature in-seat power and on-board Wi-Fi (available for purchase)

Air Canada Jetz Express seat map

Featuring only 58 seats for quicker boarding and deplaning

Air Canada Jetz Express seats angle

Spacious recliner seats with 42-49 inch seat pitch, as compared to our mainline A319 Business Class pitch of 37 inches.

WestJet Update: 10 May • Schedule to 4 July 2020

From Westjet – 10 May 2020

WESTJET UPDATES SCHEDULE FROM JUNE 5 THROUGH JULY 4, 2020 

WestJet has updated its schedule from June 5 through to July 4, 2020 to address significantly reduced guest demand for air travel while continuing to keep critical economic lifelines open for essential travel and cargo. At this time, WestJet is also extending its temporary transborder and international route suspensions through June 25, 2020. Guests with travel booked after June 5 through July 4, will be proactively notified of their options. Full schedule details are available on westjet.com

It is through the hard work and dedication of teams across WestJet that we continue to provide safe, on-time air travel throughout Canada. We thank all WestJetters and our airport partners for their support during this time. For information on WestJet’s COVID-19 response including health, safety and cleaning protocols, visit the WestJet COVID-19 site here

Domestic route suspensions from June 5 through July 4, 2020 

Market Previous frequency 
Vancouver – Nanaimo 2x daily 
Vancouver – Comox 1x daily 
Vancouver – Regina 4x weekly 
Vancouver – Saskatoon 1x daily 
Vancouver – Winnipeg 3x daily 
Vancouver – Fort St. John 1x daily 
Vancouver – Cranbrook 1x daily 
Vancouver – Ottawa 2x daily 
Vancouver – Montreal 6 to 13x weekly 
Vancouver – Halifax 6x weekly 
Kelowna – Victoria 12x weekly 
Calgary – Prince George 1x daily 
Calgary – Ottawa 2x daily 
Calgary – Montreal 2x daily 
Calgary – London, ON 1 to 2x daily 
Calgary – Halifax 3x daily 
Calgary – St. John’s 1x daily 
Edmonton – Comox 8x weekly 
Edmonton – Victoria 20x weekly 
Edmonton – Kelowna 7x daily 
Edmonton – Grande Prairie 13x weekly 
Edmonton – Yellowknife 1x daily 
Edmonton – Saskatoon 3x daily 
Edmonton – Regina 3x daily 
Edmonton – Winnipeg 20x weekly 
Edmonton – Ottawa 4x weekly 
Edmonton – Montreal 3x weekly 
Edmonton – Halifax 10x weekly 
Edmonton – St. John’s 4x weekly 
Winnipeg – Ottawa 1x daily 
Winnipeg – Regina 1x daily 
Winnipeg – Halifax 1x daily 
Toronto – Victoria 4x weekly 
Toronto – Regina 10x weekly 
Toronto – Saskatoon 12x weekly 
Halifax – Montreal 2x daily 

The following domestic markets will have a new seasonal start date: 

Market New start date 
Calgary – Quebec City 6-Jul-20 
Calgary – Charlottetown 5-Jul-20 
Winnipeg – Montreal 5-Jul-20 
Toronto – Kelowna 5-Jul-20 
Toronto – Sydney, NS 5-Jul-20 

WESTJET CARGO DELIVERS FLOWERS FOR MOTHER’S DAY

While we may be physically distancing, we know moms will still be feeling the love today. Over the last three weeks, WestJet Cargo has helped deliver 15 tonnes of flowers across Canada — just in time for Mother’s Day.

WestJet Update: 20 April – Updates Domestic Flight Schedule

From WestJet

WESTJET UPDATES DOMESTIC FLIGHT SCHEDULE FROM MAY 5 THROUGH JUNE 4  

WestJet is making changes to its domestic flight schedule, removing approximately 4,000 weekly flights or 600 daily flights from May 5 through June 4, 2020. These changes are required to address significantly reduced guest demand during the COVID-19 crisis.   

While some city pairings have been temporarily removed, we continue to serve the 38 Canadian airports to which we currently operate, ensuring that those with essential travel requirements can get where they need to be and that cargo goods like blood, medical products and food supplies can continue to flow.   

The overall demand for travel remains fluid during this ongoing pandemic and we continue to evaluate further reductions. Bookings and full schedule details are available at westjet.com. All transborder and international routes remain suspended at this time through June 4, 2020.   

For guests with travel booked after May 5 through June 4, we are proactively notifying them of their options.  

The following city pairs have been temporarily removed from May 5-June 4, 2020:  

Market  Previous frequency  
Vancouver – Nanaimo  2x daily  
Vancouver – Comox  1x daily  
Vancouver – Regina  4x weekly  
Vancouver – Saskatoon  5x weekly  
Vancouver – Winnipeg  3x daily  
Vancouver – Fort St. John  1x daily  
Vancouver – Cranbrook  1x daily  
Vancouver – Ottawa  1x daily  
Vancouver – Montreal  6x weekly  
Kelowna – Victoria  12x weekly  
Calgary – Prince George  1x daily  
Calgary – Ottawa  2x daily  
Calgary – Montreal  13x weekly  
Calgary – London, ON  1x daily  
Calgary – Halifax  17x weekly  
Edmonton – Comox  6x weekly  
Edmonton – Victoria  20x weekly  
Edmonton – Kelowna  7x daily  
Edmonton – Grande Prairie  13x weekly  
Edmonton – Yellowknife  1x daily  
Edmonton – Saskatoon  3x daily  
Edmonton – Regina  3x daily  
Edmonton – Winnipeg  20x weekly  
Edmonton – Ottawa  2x weekly  
Edmonton – Halifax  5x weekly  
Winnipeg – Ottawa  1x daily  
Winnipeg – Regina  1x daily  
Winnipeg – Halifax  1x daily  
Toronto – Victoria  4x weekly  
Toronto – Edmonton  5 to 7x daily  
Toronto – Regina  10x weekly  
Toronto – Saskatoon  12x weekly  

REPATRIATION FLIGHT SCHEDULE 

WestJet has the following international repatriation flights scheduled: 

  • April 20, 2020 from Georgetown (GEO), Guyana to Toronto (YYZ)  
    Departs 3:30 p.m. (local) arrives 9:54 p.m.  
  • April 20, 2020 from Grand Cayman (GCM) to Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) to Toronto (YYZ) 
    Departs 12:00 p.m., 3:13 p.m. (local), arrives 6:16 p.m. 
  • April 23, 2020 from Guatemala City, Guatamala (GUA) to Toronto (YYZ) 

FLEXIBLE CHANGE/CANCEL POLICY   

  • More details on our policies are available here

AFFECTED FLIGHTS – visit the blog (updated) 

Ottawa airport facing ‘devastating decline’ due to COVID-19

News from CBC News – link to story and VIDEOs

Officials say it could be years before service to some destinations returns

Hillary Johnstone · CBC News · Posted: Apr 03, 2020

The Ottawa airport on April 3, 2020. (Francis Ferland/CBC)

Officials at the Ottawa International Airport say the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a “devastating decline” in traffic, and it could be years before the airport serves some destinations once again.

Revenues at the Macdonald–Cartier International Airport have “all but disappeared” in the wake of the pandemic, forcing it to halt spending on some projects, according to the airport authority’s president and CEO, Mark Laroche.

“The Government of Canada’s travel restrictions and recommendations took their toll on our operation very quickly,” Laroche said in a statement Friday morning.

I believe it will take years to build our passenger numbers back to 2019 levels.- Mark Laroche, Ottawa International Airport Authority

“Early days saw a flurry of repatriation flights for our March Break passengers. However, as they wound down, we saw a devastating decline in aircraft movements to approximately five to 10 per cent of what they were at this time last year,” Laroche said.

On a typical day, 7,000 passengers arrive at or depart from the airport, but earlier this week only 430 passengers were registered to depart on 13 flights.

Earlier this week, the federal government announced passengers exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus will no longer be allowed to board planes or trains to travel between provinces or cities anywhere in Canada. 

Laroche noted Air Canada and WestJet have cut between 80 and 95 per cent of their flights, Porter has suspended service until June 1, and American carriers have suspended service to Ottawa “with few exceptions.” 

He said Lufthansa will not operate its planned service between Ottawa and Frankfurt, Germany.

“What does the future look like for our airport? It is hard to say with any precision. I can say with certainty, though, that it will not be business as usual for some time,” Laroche said.

The check-in area at the Ottawa International Airport is deserted during what would normally by the busy morning peak time. (Supplied by the Ottawa Airport Authority)

Recovery could take years

“I believe it will take years to build our passenger numbers back to 2019 levels. I cannot realistically promise that all 45 destinations served by YOW before the pandemic will return quickly, including our European air service.”

Many restaurants and stores at the airport have closed as passenger traffic drops, and officials are anticipating further closures.

WATCH: VIDEO – click on link

Mark Laroche, president and CEO of the Ottawa Airport Authority, says the number of daily outbound travellers has dropped from over 7,000 before the pandemic to a mere 430 passengers on March 31. 1:03

Laroche said the airport has “halted” spending on capital programs and reduced other spending by at least $35 million, which has a “significant impact on employment.”

Construction of the Alt Hotel Ottawa Airport will be delayed, and the introduction of new concessions at the terminal will “take significantly longer” than the two years originally set aside.

Officials said the airport is required to remain open since it is considered critical infrastructure in support of passenger and cargo movement, repatriation activities, federal government operations and Ornge air ambulance service.

Support to Canada’s Air Transportation Sector

From: Department of Finance Canada ~ 30 March 2020

Backgrounder

The Government of Canada recognizes the unprecedented disruption to the air transportation sector resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the beginning of the pandemic, air passenger traffic has declined significantly as governments around the world impose border restrictions and advise their citizens to avoid unnecessary travel as a measure to slow the progression of the disease.

Support to Airports

Airports rely on fees paid by airlines and passengers to sustain their operations. As passenger traffic declines, airports are seeing their revenues fall, while at the same time they need to ensure safe operations.

To help airports reduce cost pressures and preserve cash flow as they deal with the effects of COVID-19 on their revenue, the government is waiving rents paid on ground leases for the 21 airport authorities that form part of the National Airport System and that pay rent to the government. The government will waive rent payments for March 2020 through December 2020.  The government is also providing comparable treatment for PortsToronto, which operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, by waiving payments made to the federal government on revenues generated by the airport. This will provide relief up to $331.4 million, reflecting payments in the same period of 2018.

By waiving ground lease payments, the government is helping these airport authorities to preserve cash flow during the disruption. This will allow them to redeploy cash to help maintain their operations and to support recovery strategies. This approach is consistent with actions taken to support the sector during previous major disruptions, such as the SARS outbreak in 2003.

The 21 National Airport System airport authorities covered by this measure are not-for-profit, non-share capital corporations that pay rents to operate airports in Canada under long-term leases with Transport Canada. Rents are based on revenues earned from operating the airports and related lands, which are owned by the government.

The 21 airport authorities that will receive relief are:

  • St. John’s International Airport Authority
  • Gander International Airport Authority Inc.
  • Halifax International Airport Authority
  • Charlottetown Airport Authority Inc.
  • Saint John Airport Inc.
  • Greater Moncton International Airport Authority Inc.
  • Fredericton International Airport Authority
  • Aéroport de Québec Inc.
  • Aéroports de Montréal
  • Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority
  • Greater Toronto Airports Authority
  • Greater London International Airports Authority
  • Thunder Bay International Airports Inc.
  • Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.
  • Regina Airport Authority
  • Saskatoon Airport Authority
  • Edmonton Regional Airports Authority
  • Calgary Airport Authority
  • Prince George Airport Authority Inc.
  • Vancouver International Airport Authority
  • Victoria Airport Authority.

PortsToronto operates the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and pays an annual charge to Transport Canada based on the revenues it earns under the terms of its letters patent.  PortsToronto revenues include those generated from operating Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

WestJet: 29 March Update

Received directly from WESTJET

NETWORK AND SCHEDULE CHANGES – WestJet announces schedule updates through May 4 and select seasonal route start dates

On Thursday, March 26 WestJet marked the last day of our planned transborder (U.S.) and international (Europe, Mexico, Central America, Caribbean) flying due to the COVID-19 crisis and the closing of international borders.

This is a difficult time as we temporarily say goodbye to these airports that have helped WestJet grow beyond our domestic borders and brought the pleasure and ease of worldwide travel to millions of Canadians.

We thank all of our airport partners, our contractors and our guests for their support and we look forward to resuming flights when we emerge from these turbulent times.

INTERNATIONAL AND TRANSBORDER

As the crisis continues, we have now updated our international and transborder schedule to temporarily remove flying through May 4, 2020. For our guests who have booked their travel after April 22 through May 4, we are proactively notifying you of your travel options.

Seasonal international route starts dates have been updated as follows:

  • Toronto – Barcelona starts June 5, 2020
  • Calgary – Rome starts June 4, 2020
  • Halifax – Manchester has been cancelled for summer 2020. WestJet will be reaccomodating guests on Halifax – London (Gatwick)

DOMESTIC

Our domestic schedule has also now been updated through May 4. Details remain the same as communicated earlier this week (see schedule below) with the exception of Grande Prairie. Due to newly reduced airport operating hours, we have reduced the daily Calgary – Grand Prairie schedule by two flights. WestJet will continue to fly once daily. In addition, Edmonton – Grande Prairie has been suspended until further notice.

Select seasonal domestic routes will start July 3, 2020 including:

  • Calgary – Whitehorse
  • Calgary – Dawson Creek
  • Calgary – Windsor
  • Toronto – Deer Lake
  • Halifax – Gander

For our guests who have booked their travel prior to July 3, we are proactively notifying you of your travel options.

We understand the uncertainty our guests, WestJetters and partners face, and we thank them for their continued patience.

WestJet domestic schedule March 22 – May 4, 2020:

ALBERTA AND NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Domestic RoutePlanned Operations
Calgary-Abbotsford3x daily
Calgary-Comox2x daily
Calgary-Cranbrook2x daily
Calgary-Fort St. John2x daily
Calgary-Kamloops1x daily
Calgary-Kelowna4x daily
Calgary-Nanaimo1x daily
Calgary-Penticton1x daily
Calgary-Prince George1x daily
Calgary-Vancouver6x daily
Calgary-Victoria2x daily
Calgary-Edmonton6x daily
Calgary-Fort McMurray3x daily
Calgary-Grande Prairie1x daily (UPDATED)
Calgary-Lethbridge2x daily
Calgary-Lloydminster6x weekly
Calgary-Medicine Hat2x daily
Calgary-Yellowknife1x daily
Calgary-Brandon1x daily
Calgary-Regina4x daily
Calgary-Saskatoon4x daily
Calgary-Winnipeg4x daily
Calgary-Hamilton4x weekly
Calgary-Kitchener/Waterloo3x weekly
Calgary-Ottawa4x weekly
Calgary-Toronto5x daily
Calgary-Montreal3x weekly
Calgary-Halifax4x weekly
Edmonton-Kelowna1x daily
Edmonton-Vancouver2x daily
Edmonton-Calgary6x daily
Edmonton-Fort McMurray2x daily
Edmonton-Grande PrairieTemporarily postponed
Edmonton-Regina4x weekly
Edmonton-Saskatoon3x weekly
Edmonton-Winnipeg1x daily
Edmonton-Toronto1x daily

BRITISH COLUMBIA AND YUKON

Domestic RoutePlanned Operations
Abbotsford-Calgary3x daily
Comox-Calgary2x daily
Cranbrook-Calgary2x daily
Fort St John-Vancouver1x daily
Fort St John-Calgary2x daily
Kamloops-Calgary1x daily
Kelowna-Vancouver3x daily
Kelowna-Calgary4x daily
Kelowna-Edmonton1x daily
Nanaimo-Calgary1x daily
Penticton-Calgary1x daily
Prince George-Vancouver3x daily
Prince George-Calgary1x daily
Terrace-Vancouver2x daily
Vancouver-Fort St John1x daily
Vancouver-Kelowna3x daily
Vancouver-Prince George3x daily
Vancouver-Terrace2x daily
Vancouver-Victoria2x daily
Vancouver-Calgary6x daily
Vancouver-Edmonton2x daily
Vancouver-Toronto3x daily
Victoria-Vancouver2x daily
Victoria-Calgary2x daily

ONTARIO

Domestic RoutePlanned Operations
Hamilton-Calgary4x weekly
Kitchener/Waterloo-Calgary3x weekly
London, ON-Toronto1x daily
Ottawa-Calgary4x weekly
Ottawa-Toronto5x daily
Ottawa-Halifax1x weekly
Thunder Bay-Winnipeg1x daily
Thunder Bay-Toronto1x daily
Toronto-Vancouver3x daily
Toronto-Calgary5x daily
Toronto-Edmonton1x daily
Toronto-Winnipeg3x daily
Toronto-London, ON1x daily
Toronto-Ottawa5x daily
Toronto-Thunder Bay1x daily
Toronto-Montreal5x daily
Toronto-Quebec City1x daily
Toronto-Charlottetown3x weekly
Toronto-Fredericton1x daily
Toronto-Halifax4x daily
Toronto-Moncton1x daily
Toronto-St. John’s1x daily

SASKATCHEWAN

Domestic RoutePlanned Operations
Regina-Calgary4x daily
Regina-Edmonton4x daily
Saskatoon-Calgary4x daily
Saskatoon-Edmonton3x weekly
Saskatoon-Winnipeg1x daily

MANITOBA

Domestic RoutePlanned Operations
Brandon-Calgary1x daily
Winnipeg-Calgary4x daily
Winnipeg-Edmonton1x daily
Winnipeg-Saskatoon1x daily
Winnipeg-Thunder Bay1x daily
Winnipeg-Toronto3x daily

QUEBEC

Domestic RoutePlanned Operations
Montreal-Calgary3x weekly
Montreal-Toronto5x daily
Montreal-Halifax1x weekly
Quebec City-Toronto1x daily

NEW BRUNSWICK

Domestic RoutePlanned Operations
Fredericton-Toronto1x daily
Moncton-Toronto1x daily

NOVA SCOTIA

Domestic RoutePlanned Operations
Halifax-Calgary4x weekly
Halifax-Ottawa1x weekly
Halifax-Toronto4x daily
Halifax-Montreal1x weekly
Halifax-St. John’s (Nfld.)2x daily
Halifax-Sydney1x daily
Sydney-Halifax1x daily

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Domestic RoutePlanned Operations
Charlottetown-Toronto3x weekly

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Domestic RoutePlanned Operations
St. John’s (Nfld.)-Toronto1x daily
St. John’s (Nfld.)-Halifax2x daily


The following links may also be helpful:

Air North Announces July Service Between Halifax and Whitehorse

Provided by Air North

WHITEHORSE, YT – 6 March 2020 – Today Air North, Yukon’s Airline announced a series of flights between Halifax, Nova Scotia and Whitehorse, Yukon.

This limited-edition route will operate between 9 July and 18 July 2020. The service is being introduced in order to support travel for Indigenous youth attending the 2020 North American Indigenous Games hosted in Halifax, NS this summer.

“We are excited to be able to provide service to Halifax this summer and connect with the Eastern coast of Canada. We believe it will offer many benefits, both for passengers across Canada and the Indigenous youth athletes,” says Benjamin Ryan, Air North’s Chief Commercial Officer.

“As always, driving tourism to the Yukon is one of our primary focuses, and we look forward to welcoming visitors from the East Coast to the territory on our comfortable Boeing 737-500. We are also excited to stimulate tourism within the cities it connects with, creating opportunities for people from across Canada to travel to and from Halifax via our route system,” continues Mr. Ryan.

The service to Halifax will operate as an extension on two of the company’s current routes to Ottawa, ON and Vancouver, BC. Introductory fares from Whitehorse to Halifax will start at $399 one-way and are available for a limited time only.

Air North’s service between Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Ottawa will not face interruption by these flights, with scheduled service remaining between 30 May 2020 and 1 September 2020. The company also announced this week on social media their service between Yellowknife and Vancouver will resume 5 December 2020.

The current Whitehorse/Halifax schedule is as follows:

DateFlight Path
July 9, 17, 18Whitehorse > Yellowknife > Ottawa > Halifax
July 10Halifax > Ottawa > Vancouver > Whitehorse
July 12, 13Halifax > Ottawa > Yellowknife > Whitehorse
July 18Whitehorse > Vancouver > Halifax*

* Fuel stop in Winnipeg required.

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

Provided by Flair Airlines/Globe Newswire

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

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

Provided by Jaci Stevens (c) 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details of Flair’s new service:

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

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

Snow, freezing rain prompt flight cancellations in Montreal and Ottawa

News provided by The Globe and Mail – link to full story and updates


Eric Atkins. Transportation Report, December 30, 2019

People wait around during flight cancellations and delays at the Montreal Trudeau Airport on Dec. 30, 2019.ANDREJ IVANOV/THE GLOBE AND MAIL

An icy end to 2019 has thrown air travellers’ holiday plans into chaos, as snow and freezing rain caused the cancellation of dozens of flights in Ottawa and Montreal.

More than 70 departures were cancelled and several flights were delayed on Monday at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport amid freezing rain and snow. Marie-Claude Desgagnés, a spokeswoman for the Montreal hub, said the snowy weather in Ontario and the northeastern United States has slowed or stalled flights at the airport, Canada’s third-busiest.

Environment Canada issued a snowfall alert for Montreal and the surrounding region, warning of strong winds and saying 15 to 20 centimetres of snow could accumulate between Monday afternoon and Tuesday night. Ottawa is under a warning of freezing rain or ice pellets, hazards that could change to snow later on Monday, Environment Canada said.

Airlines and airport operators are advising travellers to call their carriers to check on the status of their flights, and to arrive at the airport well in advance of their flight to leave time for lengthy check-ins.

Krista Kealey, a spokeswoman for Ottawa International Airport, said airlines cancelled a combined 42 of 262 arrivals and departures amid freezing rain on Monday. Some flights were cancelled ahead of the storm, she said. “It’s the cumulative effect of what’s happening at other airports and the weather in other cities,” Ms. Kealey said. “The system, once it gets disrupted, there’s a ripple effect that goes through the system and it takes a while to get it back on track, but hopefully the freezing rain will stop and we can play catch-up.”

Peter Fitzpatrick, an Air Canada spokesman, said freezing rain poses a greater safety risk than snow because it gets into every niche on a plane and must be melted with de-icing fluid.

The storm caused the Montreal airport to limit Air Canada to 15 flights an hour on Monday, down from the usual 36 to 40, for safety reasons, he said. This meant the carrier had to select which flights to scrub. Typically, the airline will cancel shorter flights and protect long-haul flights on larger planes to avoid inconveniencing greater numbers of holiday travellers, and will try to fly bigger jets on other routes to get as many people to their destinations as possible. The airline also implemented its no-charge rebooking policy.

WestJet Airlines said it cancelled 33 Monday flights in Eastern Canada before the storm arrived, including three between Montreal and Toronto and one between Montreal and Calgary. “We continue to closely monitor the system and additional cancellations and delays are possible,” said Morgan Bell, a spokeswoman for the Calgary-based airline.

In an e-mail, Sunwing Airlines said it expects delays but no cancellations because of the bad weather in Ontario and Quebec. “As a leisure vacation provider, it’s extremely rare to cancel our flights, and we are doing everything within our control to ensure our customers’ vacations plans are not disrupted,” Sunwing said.

Travellers out of Montreal are also bracing for a possible strike on Jan. 1 by the workers who fuel the planes at Trudeau and Mirabel airports. The employees of Swissport Canada, represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union, on Friday rejected a tentative contract proposal. The vote sets up a possible walkout on Wednesday.

Swissport said in a statement it is “surprised and disappointed” by the contract’s rejection. “Travellers, customers, stakeholders and airport authorities can rest assured that our team will dedicate every effort to reach an agreement and continue the refuelling service during this busy period as we go back to the negotiation table,” Swissport said.

YOW receives Accessibility Gold Rating from the Rick Hansen Foundation

Provided by Ottawa International Airport Authority/CNW

OTTAWA, Dec. 3, 2019 /CNW/ – To mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Ottawa International Airport Authority is thrilled to announce that the Ottawa International Airport (YOW) has received the “Accessibility Certified Gold” rating under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility CertificationTM (RHFAC) program.

RHFAC is the first program to rate meaningful access, based upon the holistic user experience of people with varying disabilities affecting their mobility, vision and hearing. To date, over 1,200 buildings have been rated through the program.

From the left: Samantha Proulx (Accessible Built Environment Specialist, ABE Factors Inc.) and Julie Sawchuk (Accessibility Strategist and Educator) (CNW Group/Ottawa International Airport Authority)
From the left: Samantha Proulx (Accessible Built Environment Specialist, ABE Factors Inc.) and Julie Sawchuk (Accessibility Strategist and Educator) (CNW Group/Ottawa International Airport Authority)
From the left: Sarah McCarthy (Rick Hansen Foundation), Krista Kealey (Ottawa International Airport Authority), Julie Sawchuk (Accessibility Strategist and Educator), Samantha Proulx (Accessible Built Environment Specialist, ABE Factors Inc.), and Mardelle Woods (Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador) (CNW Group/Ottawa International Airport Authority)
From the left: Sarah McCarthy (Rick Hansen Foundation), Krista Kealey (Ottawa International Airport Authority), Julie Sawchuk (Accessibility Strategist and Educator), Samantha Proulx (Accessible Built Environment Specialist, ABE Factors Inc.), and Mardelle Woods (Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador) (CNW Group/Ottawa International Airport Authority)

“The airport terminal, which opened in 2003, was built with accessibility in mind. As building code and accessibility standards have evolved over the years, along with the needs of the community, the Authority has endeavoured to not only keep up, but to exceed these standards as it strives to provide the best possible passenger experience,” said Mark Laroche, President and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority. “We are delighted to have achieved this exceptional level of certification which is a tribute to the Authority’s commitment to an accessible terminal for all passengers, employees and visitors.”

“My sincerest congratulations to the Ottawa International Airport on this remarkable achievement. Your commitment to creating an accessible environment for everyone who travels through the airport – whether it be employees, tourists, or people returning home – demonstrates a true leader in creating a Canada where everyone can go everywhere. Your leadership sets the bar for others across our country and the globe to follow suit,” said Rick Hansen, Founder, Rick Hansen Foundation.

RHFAC is a program that rates the level of meaningful access in commercial, institutional and multi-residential buildings and sites, offering a snapshot of the sites current level of accessibility. For YOW, notable accessibility features include:

  • A strategic wayfinding system that is consistent throughout the building;
  • A variety of seating options, with and without arm rests;
  • Universal washrooms with accessible features such as adult-size change tables and emergency call systems;
  • Roll-up, automatic drinking fountains;
  • A variety of flooring options, in particular carpeting that is easy to roll on; and
  • Parkade facility with accessible parking with direct access to the pedestrian walkways that lead to the elevator lobbies for safe movement.

The Authority is committed to continuing its efforts to ensure that as accessibility needs evolve, so too will the airport’s facilities.

For more information about the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility CertificationTM program, please visit the Rick Hansen Foundation website