Emergency diversion of Flair flight to Waterloo Region ‘a big scare,’ passenger says

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Passengers told to ‘Brace, brace’ as plane diverted to Toronto because of mechanical problem

By Catherine Thompson, Record Reporter | Monday, January 10, 2022

A Flair airlines plane prepares to land at Region of Waterloo International Airport.  DAVID BEBEE / WATERLOO REGION RECORD FILE PHOTO

WATERLOO REGION — A passenger on a Flair Airlines flight that made an emergency landing in Toronto last week after being diverted from Kitchener said the experience was “a big scare.”

“As we’re approaching Toronto, just minutes before the plane is about to touch down, an announcement is made to ‘Brace, brace, brace,’ and we were told, ‘Everybody get your heads down,’ ” recalls Neil McKinnon of the emergency landing on Jan. 4.

“I was running it through my head, ‘Well, this plane is crashing. Is this going to kill me?’ ” McKinnon said.

The plane landed safely, but stayed on the tarmac afterwards. McKinnon could see the flashing lights of emergency vehicles, and fire trucks circling the aircraft, before the crew announced they were verifying the plane was safe to go to the terminal.

The federal Transportation Safety Board confirmed in an email that a Boeing 737-86N operated by Flair Airlines, flying from Edmonton, was set to land at the Region of Waterloo International Airport early on Jan. 4. On the approach to the airport in Breslau, the plane’s flaps failed to extend properly. The flaps help to shorten the amount of runway length needed for takeoff and landing.about:blank

“The flight crew actioned the appropriate checklist and requested a diversion to Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport (CYYZ), Ontario, where they requested to have airport rescue and firefighting services standing by to inspect the aircraft after landing, which would be performed at a reduced flap setting,” said Chris Krepski, a spokesperson for the safety board, in an email.

The incident is classed as a “Class 5 occurrence,” which is less serious, with little or no release of dangerous goods and minimal damage to property or the environment.

Emergency vehicles were sent to meet the plane as it landed “as per our standard response,” said Tori Gass, a spokesperson for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

The crew informed passengers of the mechanical failure, and the pilot said he was available to give passengers more details, but at 2 a.m., with the need to come up with a plan for how to get home, “most people got off that plane pretty quickly,” McKinnon said.

After emailing the airline’s CEO, McKinnon said he got a detailed reply from Matthew Kunz, Flair’s vice-president of operations, who said the captain diverted the flight as a precaution to Toronto, which has a longer runway.

“At the same time, again as a precaution, he informed the Flight Attendants to prepare the cabin and passengers in case there were additional issues on landing that the pilots may not have been aware of,” Kunz wrote. “This was a prudent measure on the part of the Captain. As part of that decision Air Traffic Control had the emergency vehicles meet the aircraft after landing to visually assess if the aircraft was damaged in any way and, when it was determined that there was no damage, the aircraft taxied to the gate as normal.

“There is no doubt that the situation can cause stress for passengers but the crew assessed the situation and prepared for what could be a more serious scenario than the one they were in fact dealing with. The Captain, as I mentioned, prepared based on limited information and based on being highly cautious,” Kunz wrote.

It’s the first time that Flair has had to divert an aircraft for a mechanical reason, Kunz said in an interview. The problem with the computer that controls the flaps was corrected within a couple of days, he said.

That reply was helpful and reassuring, McKinnon said, but should have been made available to all passengers, he said.

The situation was unusual, Kunz said: normally if a flight is diverted, say for weather, airline staff have ongoing contact with passengers that are being rerouted on another flight or put up in a hotel. In this case, most passengers just scattered upon landing to make their way home.

McKinnon was unimpressed with Flair’s customer service response.

At the gate, an agent from Flair said passengers should keep receipts from any extra costs for the trip from Toronto and that the airline would reimburse them, McKinnon said.

But despite numerous calls and emails to the airline, he has yet to receive information about how to get reimbursed for expenses related to the diversion, instead twice receiving an identically worded email saying the problem was due to weather.

The holiday period, and many weather delays, meant there were lots of calls to customer service, Flair said. But “We have to acknowledge the fact that some errors were made on the customer service side, and it’s our job to rectify them,” Kunz said.

Flair said it has apologized to McKinnon and is contacting all 86 passengers on the flight to let them know how they can be reimbursed. “We’re going to reimburse them if they have a $110 taxi fare to get home because we dropped them in Toronto instead of Kitchener,” Kunz said.

Flair stressed that customers can always reach the airline with concerns on the airline’s website flyflair.com/contact-us.

Flair Airlines’ U.S. expansion continues as 17 transborder routes launch this week

  • 17 new Canada-U.S. routes start service on December 15 – 18
  • Additional new routes announced for 2022: Calgary-Kelowna and Calgary-Montreal

Edmonton, Alberta, December 16, 2021 – Flair Airlines, Canada’s everyday low fare airline, launches its US schedule expansion as 17 transborder routes begin over the next four days. While changing advisories are currently impacting travel, the start of these routes ensures low fare travel options remain available for Canadians in the long term. The service launches are between Canada and six U.S. destinations: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, Palm Springs International Airport, Hollywood-Burbank Airport, Orlando Sanford Airport, and Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

“Flair continues to grow at an impressive rate, and the launches of our U.S. routes this week are a milestone for bringing low fare travel options to Canadians. While we recognize the recent government advisories will influence travel decisions, we are committed to continuing these services at this time since many passengers are relying on our low fare service,” said Stephen Jones, President and CEO, Flair Airlines “Increasing our U.S. network means connecting families, friends, and travellers with more destinations across North America, and when the time returns for travel, Flair is ready to connect families without breaking the bank.” 

Flair’s new U.S. routes will begin from these Canadian cities: 

Abbotsford 

The inaugural flight from Abbotsford to Las Vegas is on December 16 and will be Flair’s first U.S. destination from Abbotsford. The service offers an opportunity for passengers to save beyond Flair’s ultra-low fares as there is no airport improvement fee for passengers travelling through Abbotsford. 

Calgary  

Service to Las Vegas begins from Calgary on December 16 and the inaugural flight to Phoenix-Mesa is on December 17.  Additionally, Flair announced today two new domestic routes from Calgary International Airport. Flair will begin operating service between Calgary and Kelowna     International Airport on March 31 and service between Calgary to Montreal beginning July 5.   

“We’re excited to say hello/bonjour to Flair Airlines’ first international routes to Phoenix and Las Vegas, two popular destinations for Calgarians,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO of The Calgary Airport Authority. “We look forward to showcasing our region’s beauty, opportunity and hospitality to guests travelling to YYC from these destinations.” 

One-way fares, including taxes and fees, begin at $49 CAD to Kelowna and $59 CAD to Montreal from Calgary. There are limited seats and availability for the fares. Flights are now available for booking at https://www.flyflair.com.   

Edmonton 

Starting December 16, Flair will begin service between Edmonton and Las Vegas as well as Hollywood-Burbank. On December 17 service will begin to Phoenix and Palm Springs. Flair will connect Edmonton with these four U.S. cities with nonstop service two times per week for each destination.   

Halifax 

In Halifax, service to Orlando starts on December 17. This is Flair’s first U.S. destination from the airport. “We’re thrilled to have Flair offer a new, affordable connection between Halifax Stanfield and Florida with the introduction of non-stop service to Orlando-Sanford,” said Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. “With the ability for passengers to pre-clear U.S. Customs right here in Halifax, fun in the sun is just a short flight away this winter season.” 

Kitchener-Waterloo 

Flair will begin two new U.S. routes in Kitchener-Waterloo, with the inaugural Fort Lauderdale flight taking off on December 16 and the inaugural flight to Orlando taking off on December 17. 

“Great news continues to come from our airport’s partnership with Flair Airlines,” said Karen Redman, Regional Chair, Region of Waterloo International Airport. “Every additional route into and out of the Region of Waterloo means members of our community are being more conveniently connected with family, our businesses have better access to global markets, and our workforce has more opportunity for new jobs. I look forward to continued good news.” 

Montreal 

Flair will start service to two U.S. destinations from Montreal. Service to Fort Lauderdale from Montreal starts on December 15. The inaugural flight to Orlando is on December 16. Also, Flair announced today a new nonstop route between Montreal and Calgary starting in June.  

“We are pleased to see our partner enhance its service offering for the benefit of travellers. By offering these two weekly flights, YUL Montreal-Trudeau International Airport will consolidate its role as an air traffic hub and will now be more connected to Florida, an important destination for the community,” said Stéphane Lapierre, Airport Operations and Air Services Development, ADM Aéroports de Montréal. 

Ottawa 

Flair begins service from Ottawa to Orlando on December 17.  

“Flair has won over many with their low fares and pay for what you want service for both domestic and transborder service. If the success of their Fort Lauderdale flight is any indication, we expect Orlando to be very popular with our Ottawa-Gatineau passengers.” said Krista Kealey, Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, Ottawa International Airport Authority.

Toronto 

The inaugural flight from Toronto to Palm Springs takes off on December 18 and will be the only nonstop option available between the two cities this winter.  

Vancouver  

Flair is starting three new U.S. routes from Vancouver in addition to Los Angeles/Burbank which started last month. Flair’s service to Las Vegas begins on December 15 and flights to Phoenix and Palm Springs each begin on December 17.  

“We are delighted to see Flair Airlines continue to expand services at YVR,” said Russell  Atkinson, Director, Air Service Development at Vancouver Airport Authority. “We know that travellers are excited for more affordable options to fly to sun destinations in the U.S. We look forward to the continued success of Flair and seeing their growth as they connect the people of B.C. to even more new destinations.” 

U.S. Routes Starting Service:  

December 15

  • Montreal – Fort Lauderdale (YUL-FLL)
  • Vancouver – Las Vegas (YVR-LAS)

December 16

  • Abbotsford – Las Vegas (YXX-LAS)
  • Calgary – Las Vegas (YYC-AZA)
  • Edmonton – Las Vegas (YEG-LAS)
  • Edmonton – Hollywood-Burbank (YEG-BUR)
  • Kitchener-Waterloo – Fort Lauderdale (YKF-FLL)
  • Montreal – Orlando (YUL-SFB)

December 17

  • Calgary – Phoenix (YYC-AZA)
  • Edmonton – Phoenix (YEG-AZA)
  • Edmonton – Palm Springs (YEG-PSP)
  • Halifax – Orlando (YHZ-SFB)
  • Ottawa – Orlando (YOW-SFB)
  • Kitchener-Waterloo – Orlando (YKF-SFB)

About Flair Airlines 

Flair Airlines is on a mission to liberate the lives of Canadians by providing affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve over 30 cities across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. For more information, please visit www.flyflair.com

Mississauga man charged after bomb threat investigation at Waterloo Region airport

From CTV News – link to source story – Thanks to PN

Reported bomb threat at regional airport

From CTV Kitchener's Colton Wiens: Police are investigating an alleged bomb threat at the Region of Waterloo International Airport.

WRPS investigate report of airport bomb threat

Jennifer K. Baker, CTV News Kitchener Writer-Reporter | December 13-14 2021

KITCHENER – A 28-year-old Mississauga man is in custody after a bomb threat shut down the Region of Waterloo Region International Airport Monday.

In a news release issued Tuesday morning, the Waterloo Regional Police Service said he has been charged with uttering threats to cause death and mischief interfering with operation of property.

Members of the Explosives Disposal Unit were called in at about 2 p.m. Monday to determine if a bomb was on board.

Police said no explosives were found on the plane.

The Breslau airport was locked down Monday afternoon.

The airport tweeted that “delays to arrival and departure times should be expected” and asked travelers to check with the airline about the status of their flight.

Around 6 p.m., officers at the scene were telling passengers that all filghts were cancelled for the night.

Flair Airlines released a statement on social media that said they were addressing a “safety concern that required a full search of the aircraft on flight F8 500.” That plane, they explained, was scheduled to depart Waterloo Region at 2:10 p.m. for Vancouver International Airport.

The airline added that all passengers were deplaned as a precaution.

“They told us it was a male voice, and then after that a female voice saying get off the plane immediately, don’t take any of your belongings, and we’re disembarking immediately,” said Barbara Dowling, whose flights to Vancouver was cancelled. “People had seen him and I had talked to some witnesses afterwards kind of where he was sitting and they said this guy was swearing and screaming a whole lot and yelling, so they took him off the plane.”

Passenger Stefan Louter says he never felt in danger.

“I didn’t think it was a bomb threat,” he said. “Everybody’s stuff is in there, even the pilot’s stuff is still on the plane, and they can’t get to it because it’s still a bomb threat zone.”

Passengers waiting outside the Region of Waterloo International Airport after an alleged bomb threat. (Dec. 13, 2021)

Police say there would be an increased emergency services presence at the airport on Monday and asked the public to avoid the area.

Harpreet Singh said his plane to Edmonton was scheduled to depart at 3:30 p.m., but he and other passengers were told to stay off the property. At the time he was told his plane would be delayed by two hours.

“Obviously it’s frustrating for us,” he said. “We’ve been waiting. Before that we were worried, and even when we called the airline they said: ‘we have no information about what’s going on.'”

While some travelers returned home, Singh said he was going to wait outside the airport for an update on his flight.

As of Tuesday morning, the day’s arrivals and departures were listed as on time. The cancelled flight to Vancouver is expected to depart at noon.

Police said the Mississauga man remains in custody pending a bail hearing.

With report from CTV Kitchener’s Colton Wiens

Flair Airlines expands on Eastern Canadian services with flights to Deer Lake

2x weekly service from Kitchener-Waterloo to Deer Lake begins June 8

Edmonton, Alberta, December 3, 2021 – Flair Airlines, Canada’s low-fare airline, expands into Newfoundland with service to Deer Lake Regional Airport from Region of Waterloo International Airport beginning in June 2022. Flair is the first Ultra Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) to serve Deer Lake.

“We’re excited to connect the Waterloo Region with Western Newfoundland as our first point of service to the province. Deer Lake is ideal for exploring Newfoundland and is the gateway to the majestic Gros Morne National Park,” said Stephen Jones, President and CEO, Flair Airlines. “Flair’s goal is to make the unaffordable affordable and our $49 fares to Deer Lake do just that.”

The service will bring affordable air travel to a previously unserved market and will help connect Canadians across the country who have been paying too much for too long.

“We are excited to welcome Flair to Deer Lake as a new airline but also with a new destination for travellers leaving our region and a new market to access for people in Western and Southwestern Ontario. Flair provides affordable air travel and as we are recovering it will make it easy for families to reconnect more often,” said Tammy Priddle, President and CEO, Deer Lake Regional Airport Authority. “Being just 45 minutes away from Gros Morne National Park, as well as two other World UNESCO Heritage sites, L’Anse Aux Meadows and Red Bay, make Deer Lake the gateway to some of the most unique and picturesque destinations in the world. We are really looking forward to establishing this partnership and to the many more opportunities this will create.”

One-way fares, including taxes and fees, begin at $49 CAD from Kitchener-Waterloo. There are limited seats and availability for the fares. Flights are now available for booking at flyflair.com.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is on a mission to liberate the lives of Canadians by providing affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve more than 30 cities across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. For more information, please visit flyflair.com.

Flair Airlines says “¡Hola México!” with Low Fare Flights from Canada to Cancun and Los Cabos

Canada’s leading low-fare airline begins Mexico service in February from Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia

Edmonton, Alberta, November 16, 2021 – Flair Airlines, Canada’s only true ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC), continues to expand and change the face of the Canadian aviation market as it introduces nonstop, low-fare flights to Cancun and Los Cabos, Mexico, from Vancouver, Abbotsford, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Kitchener-Waterloo.

“Starting in February, Canadians will enjoy affordable, sunny winter getaways to Cancun and Los Cabos without breaking the bank,” said Garth Lund, Chief Commercial Officer, Flair Airlines. “We can’t wait to get our customers to the beach.”

“The average February temperature in Canada is -6 °C; the average temperature in Cancun is 28 °C, so February seemed like a good month to start service,” he added.

Starting February 1, Flair will offer nonstop flights to Los Cabos on Tuesdays and Saturdays from Vancouver, and Wednesdays and Saturdays from Abbotsford and Edmonton. Nonstop flights to Cancun will be on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Ottawa and Wednesdays and Sundays from Kitchener-Waterloo. The ultra-low fares will start from $129 CAD one-way. All routes and schedule details can be viewed at https://www.flyflair.com.

Comments from our airport partners

Vancouver International Airport (YVR):

“We are delighted to see Flair adding a new route out of YVR. Flair’s new offering of flights to Los Cabos in Mexico provides yet another great option to escape a west coast winter,” said YVR Director, Air Service Development, Russell Atkinson. “We wish all the best to Flair as they expand and offer Canadians a unique, new travel experience. With more people being vaccinated and travel measures easing, we look forward to continued increased service from Flair which will benefit the community and the economy that supports it.”

Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF)

“I am pleased that Flair Airlines in expanding service from the Region of Waterloo to Cancun, Mexico,” said Karen Redman, Regional Chair. “Expanded local service means more options for families, continued job growth, as well as a strong tourism sector and local economy.”

Abbotsford International Airport (YXX)

“On behalf of the City of Abbotsford and the Abbotsford International Airport Authority, I’d like to congratulate Flair Airlines on their expanded service to Los Cabos this coming winter from YXX,” said Henry Braun, Mayor of the City of Abbotsford and chair of the Abbotsford International Airport Authority. “Expanding routes offered at Abbotsford International Airport, not only gives travellers more accessible and affordable options, it also has a positive impact on our local and regional economy and is an important step in our pandemic recovery.”

Ottawa International Airport Authority (YOW):

“With the first snowfall on the ground and temperatures falling, we are confident that passengers in Ottawa-Gatineau will embrace Flair’s service to Cancun as they escape to the beautiful beaches and warm sunshine,” said Mark Laroche, President and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority. “Flair’s expanded offering at YOW benefits the entire community; our passengers enjoy more travel options, and the Ottawa International Airport takes another step forward in its pandemic recovery.”

Edmonton International Airport (YEG):

“EIA is pleased for Flair to announce its first Mexico destination. Thank you Flair for your continued investment in your hometown airport and for providing capacity to Los Cabos International Airport so Edmontonians and surrounding communities can get their vitamin SEA,” said Myron Keehn, Vice-President, Air Service and Business Development, Edmonton International Airport.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s only independent Ultra Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) and is on a mission to liberate the lives of Canadians by providing affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve 28 cities across Canada and the U.S. For more information, please visit http://www.flyflair.com.

Pivot Airlines announces service to Ottawa and Montreal from the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF)

TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2021 /CNW/ – Pivot Airlines is pleased to announce the launch of scheduled air service between Waterloo Region and Ottawa beginning February 19, 2022, and between Waterloo Region and Montreal beginning March 21, 2022.

Advanced tickets go on sale midnight November 5, 2021 at http://www.flypivot.com.

“Pivot your travel embodies our core belief that our launch markets reflect the global trend in regional travel,” explained Eric Edmondson, CEO of Pivot Airlines. “We believe that while Toronto Pearson is a world-class global hub, regional airports like the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) offer a better, more seamless, and hassle-free alternative for regional travel.”

Pivot Airlines is a value carrier operating the world’s most popular series of regional jets, the Mitsubishi Canadair Regional Jet. Advanced booking sales will continue throughout the pre-sale period leading up to the launch with no fees on changes or cancellations; some conditions apply.

“We welcome Pivot Airlines to the Region of Waterloo. Many residents will benefit from this new service to Ottawa and Montreal,” said Regional Chair Karen Redman. “We believe this service will encourage investment and create jobs in our community. Every seat bought out of YKF strengthens our local economy. Construction is currently underway on a terminal expansion that will accommodate further growth and investment in the region.”

Headquartered in Toronto Pearson Airport, Pivot Airlines launched in June of 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, where they focused on providing essential air service connecting healthcare and resource sector workers as well as supply chains across Canada and into South America. Pivot Airlines will continue to provide group charter flights from Toronto Pearson International Airport and the Region of Waterloo International Airport.

About Pivot Airlines

Pivot Airlines focuses on providing regional airline solutions to a variety of community partners and mainline carriers. Pivot also specializes in delivering complex and multijurisdictional charters to corporate and leisure clients, the resource sector, sports teams and governmental agencies. Pivot Airlines is headquartered at the Toronto Pearson International Airport and led by a management team with over 25 years of experience providing regional airline service and complex charter solutions.

About the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF)

The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) is a full-service facility which supports commercial, corporate and general aviation. The airport is home to 25 businesses that employ 300+ people that together contribute over $90 million annually to the Region of Waterloo’s economy. YKF is owned and operated by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario (Canada).

Government of Canada announces additional Canadian airports accepting international passenger flights

Transport Canada

OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 2, 2021 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada is prioritizing the health and safety of all people in Canada by continuing to take a risk-based and measured approach to re-opening the border. Canada’s phased approach to easing border measures is informed by the available data and scientific evidence, including the vaccination rate of Canadians, and the improving epidemiological situation.

The strict vaccine travel requirements that will be fully phased in by November 30, and the pan-Canadian proof of vaccination credential now available for travel, are creating opportunities for safe travel for vaccinated Canadians.

As a next step in increasing travel opportunities, Transport Canada is easing the restriction on international flight arrivals. The department is expanding the scope of the existing Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that currently directs international passenger flights into 10 Canadian airports.

Effective on November 30, 2021, international flights carrying passengers will be permitted to land at the following additional Canadian airports:

  • St. John’s International
  • John C. Munro Hamilton International
  • Region of Waterloo International
  • Regina International
  • Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International
  • Kelowna International
  • Abbotsford International
  • Victoria International

These airports, in cooperation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency and Transport Canada, are working to implement the measures necessary to start safely welcoming international passengers as of November 30.

Consideration will be given to adding additional airports as conditions dictate, based on demand, operational capacity, the epidemiological situation in Canada, and recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The Government of Canada continues to work closely with airports and aviation operators to ensure appropriate procedures are put in place to protect travellers and workers.

Border and public health measures remain subject to change as the epidemiological situation evolves.

Quote

“Increased vaccination levels have allowed us to safely re-open these additional Canadian airports to international passenger flights. This measure will help ensure that travellers are able to access more regional airports for their international travels this winter, while continuing to support the Government of Canada’s measured approach to re-opening our border.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • The 10 Canadian airports currently accepting international flights are: Halifax Stanfield International, Québec City Jean Lesage International, Montréal-Trudeau International, Ottawa/Macdonald–Cartier International, Toronto Pearson International, Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre, Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International, Edmonton International, Calgary International, and Vancouver International.

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Flair Airlines grows Winnipeg service with flights to Regina and Saskatoon

Service beginning in Spring 2022 key to Flair’s strategy to delight Saskatchewan and Manitoba passengers with low fares

Edmonton, Alberta, Oct. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Flair Airlines, Canada’s only independent ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC), continues to grow its 2022 schedule with the addition of twice weekly nonstop service between Winnipeg and Regina as well as Winnipeg and Saskatoon. The new routes are part of Flair’s unprecedented growth as the airline expands its fleet to 16 aircraft and creates new affordable connections across North America.

“Low fare travel has arrived for the Prairies and we are excited to connect more families and travelers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan,” said Stephen Jones, President and CEO, Flair Airlines. “Connecting Regina and Saskatoon to Winnipeg with sustainably low fares is an important step in Flair’s growth and we know our customers will love the service.”

“We eagerly anticipate the arrival of these new Flair service offerings between Winnipeg and Regina/Saskatoon at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “Our partnership with Flair is growing and their efforts to provide Manitobans with more convenient, low-cost domestic travel options are playing a critical role in quickly restoring the affordable, wide-ranging air services our community relies upon to sustain itself and grow.”

“Skyxe is thrilled with the continued expansion of our relationship with Flair Airlines. Winnipeg is a key domestic market for Saskatoon which will benefit from increased air service opportunities for our guests. The addition of Flair’s low cost air service option will provide residents of Saskatchewan the ability to visit friends and family in Winnipeg conveniently and more frequently,” said Stephen Maybury, President & CEO, Skyxe Saskatoon Airport.

“We are thrilled to see Flair Airlines introduce this new route between Regina and Winnipeg. Travelers in southern Saskatchewan want connections between these two cities. This is a fantastic addition from Flair to build on the other amazing Canadian cities they are already serving out of YQR,” said James Bogusz, President and CEO, Regina Airport Authority.

Flair is adding new 737 MAX aircraft to its fleet in 2022 as it strives to become Canada’s greenest and most sustainable airline. The new aircraft deliver fuel savings and reduce the airline’s CO2 emissions by 14%. Flair recently announced a 33 percent increase in its fleet and additional routes within Canada and to the US.

Fares on the new routes will start at $49 CAD one-way for both the Winnipeg-Regina and Winnipeg-Saskatoon routes, including taxes and fees. All routes and schedule details can be viewed at https://www.flyflair.com.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s only independent Ultra Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) and is on a mission to liberate the lives of Canadians by providing affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve 28 cities across Canada and the U.S. For more information, please visit http://www.flyflair.com.

New Routes

  • Winnipeg – Regina (YWG-YQR) – 2x weekly starting April 14, 2022
  • Winnipeg – Saskatoon (YWG-YXE) – 2x weekly starting April 16, 2022

Recently Announced & Current Winnipeg, Saskatoon & Regina Routes

  • Regina – Edmonton (YQR-YEG) – 2x weekly starting April 14, 2022
  • Regina – Toronto (YQR-YYZ) – 2x weekly ongoing
  • Regina – Vancouver (YQR-YVR) – 2x weekly resumes March 28, 2022
  • Saskatoon – Edmonton (YXE-YEG) – 2x weekly starting April 16, 2022
  • Saskatoon – Toronto (YXE-YYZ) – 2x weekly ongoing
  • Winnipeg – Abbotsford (YWG-YXX) – 2x weekly resumes December 16, 2021
  • Winnipeg – Calgary (YWG-YYC) – 2x weekly ongoing
  • Winnipeg – Edmonton (YWG-YEG) – 3x weekly starting April 15, 2022
  • Winnipeg – Waterloo (YWG-YKF) – 2-3x weekly ongoing
  • Winnipeg – Ottawa (YWG-YOW) – 2x weekly ongoing
  • Winnipeg – Toronto (YWG-YYZ) – 2-6x weekly ongoing
  • Winnipeg – Vancouver (YWG-YVR) – 2-4x weekly ongoing

					

Construction underway on Waterloo International Airport’s $44M expansion

From CTV News – link to source story – Thanks PN

Link to videoFrom CTV Kitchener's Stephanie Villella: Construction has begun for a massive expansion to the Region of Waterloo International Airport.

Stephanie Villella, CTV News Kitchener Videographer & Max Martin, CTV News, Kitchener.ca Digital Content Producer

Updated Oct. 14, 2021

WATERLOO – Construction is underway on the Region of Waterloo International Airport’s $44 million expansion project.

The project should see the airport double in size in the next six months in a bid to increase the number of passengers from 70,000 in 2019 to more than one million in 2023.

Region of Waterloo Chair Karen Redman, council, and staff celebrated the occasion Thursday by putting shovels in the ground.

“It is an exciting time for the region and today is an important milestone as the airport continues to grow and drive a thriving economy,” said Redman in a release. “Airline partners have recently announced an increase in destinations and frequency of flights, which will move the airport to the next level in world-class service. This will also provide more opportunities for the Region in terms of jobs and economic expansion.”

The project, which initially broke ground this summer, includes the construction of two buildings featuring baggage carousels, holding areas, food services, retail and pre-board screening.

A rendering of the Waterloo International Airport expansion project. (Stephanie Villella/CTV Kitchener)

“The increased commercial service into our Region coupled with increased capacity gives our destination a competitive edge and bodes well for the strength and growth of the community,” said Minto Schneider, chief executive of Explore Waterloo Region.

Officials said the expansion, which is receiving $4 million from the federal government, will help drive economic growth in the region, create jobs and support tourism.

“This investment in the airport will help to ensure we are attracting people and companies to put down roots in Waterloo Region,” Redman said. “This growth is just the beginning as we build a community that is globally competitive and one of the world’s greatest places to live.”

Redman adds that about 80,000 passengers came through the airport in 2019, but that number is expected to grow by one million by 2023.

WestJet, Sunwing, Pivot Airlines, and Flair are all flying out of the regional airport, but plans are in the works for others to come.

“This has been successful, so this may see other airlines say okay maybe we should think about that,” said Chris Wood, the general manager for the airport.

In 2017, WestJet cancelled its weekly flight to Orlando due to demand issues, and in the summer Flair cancelled a number of flights out of the region’s airport as well.

“They’re not going to continue to lose money on routes that aren’t working,” said Wood. “You can now fly to Calgary. I think you could buy tickets today for $89. You could never do that before.”

The terminal expansion project is expected to be completed next spring, but the new arrivals building should be un and running by the end of 2021.