Lynx Air Announces Major Expansion out of St. John’s

To celebrate, Lynx is launching a two-day 50 per cent off seat sale.

ST. JOHN’S, NL, May 9, 2022 /CNW/ – At a press event in St. John’s today, Lynx Air (Lynx) announced the addition of two St. John’s routes to its network, creating links from St. John’s to each of Calgary and Edmonton. These services are in addition to the previously announced flight service between St. John’s and Toronto.

Canada’s new ultra-affordable airline will launch its inaugural flight to St. John’s from Toronto on June 28, 2022. Lynx will initially operate two services a week between Toronto and St. John’s and had planned to increase to daily services a month later. However, the airline has reported that it has seen such strong demand for its St. John’s flights that it will expand its services to and from the popular city.

As of July 14, 2022, Lynx will offer a daily flight to Toronto and will start five through-flights a week from Edmonton to St. John’s. On July 16, Lynx will start operating two through-flights a week from Calgary to St. John’s. At that point, Lynx will be flying a total of 14 flights a week in and out of St. John’s, which is more than 2,646 seats weekly. The Edmonton and Calgary “through-flights” will operate via Toronto, providing a seamless service with a single boarding pass and the ability to check bags through to the final destination.

The new St. John’s flights are now on sale and to celebrate, Lynx is launching a limited time seat sale, offering up to 50 per cent off base fares on all St. John’s routes. The sale will run for 48-hours starting May 9, 2022, at 12 noon NDT and will end on May 11, 2022 at 11:59am NDT. For full sale details and to reserve a discounted seat, please visit FlyLynx.com.

The St. John’s expansion comes as Lynx embarks on a rapid ramp-up of its network in the lead-up to the busy summer period. Lynx tickets are on sale now for 10 destinations coast to coast across Canada, including Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto Pearson, Hamilton, Halifax and St. John’s. The airline operates a fleet of brand-new, fuel-efficient Boeing 737 aircraft and plans to grow its fleet to more than 46 aircraft over the next five to seven years.

“We are excited to be expanding our services to St John’s in response to strong demand from travelers,” said Merren McArthur, CEO of Lynx Air.  “St. John’s is clearly a very popular destination, whether it be to explore the stunning coastlines of Newfoundland and Labrador or to take in the colourful iconic streetscapes of historic St. John’s.  Lynx is proud to make this beautiful region accessible to more Canadians with our ultra-affordable fares.  Fares to and from St John’s start from as low as $119.00* one way, including taxes.”

Lynx’s full flight schedule includes:

Round Trip MarketService StartsWeekly Frequencies
Calgary, AB to Vancouver, BCApril 7, 20227x
14x (from May 20)
Calgary, AB to Toronto, ONApril 11, 20227×12 x (from June 28)
Vancouver, BC to Kelowna, BCApril 15, 20222x
Calgary, AB to Kelowna, BCApril 15, 20222x
3x (from June 29)
Calgary, AB to Winnipeg, MBApril 19, 20224x
Vancouver, BC to Winnipeg, MBApril 19, 20222x
Vancouver, BC to Toronto, ONApril 28, 20227x
Toronto, ON to Winnipeg, MBMay 5, 20222x
Calgary, AB to Victoria, BCMay 12, 20222x
3x (from June 29)
Toronto, ON to St. John’s, NLJune 28, 20222x
7x (from July 14)
Calgary, AB to Hamilton, ONJune 29, 20222x
4x (from July 29)
Toronto, ON to Halifax, NSJune 30, 20223x
5x (from July 30)
Hamilton, ON to Halifax, NSJune 30, 20222x
Edmonton, AB to Toronto, ONJuly 14, 20225x7x (from July 30)
Edmonton, AB to St John’s, NL**July 14, 20225x
Calgary, AB to Halifax, NS **July 14, 20225x
Calgary, AB to St John’s, NL**July 16, 20222x
Edmonton, AB to Halifax, NS**July 30, 20222x
Please note that dates are subject to change. Visit the website for full schedule details.
* Available for a limited time; fares are accurate at the time of release and include taxes and fees; fares vary by destination and date
** Denotes a Through Flight operating via Toronto

Tickets are on sale now at FlyLynx.com

About Lynx Air 

Lynx Air (Lynx), is Canada’s leading ultra-affordable airline and is on a mission to make air travel accessible to all with ultra-affordable fares, a fleet of brand-new state-of-the-art Boeing 737 aircraft and a great flying experience. Lynx is a privately owned Canadian airline with the financial backing and industry expertise required to transform the Canadian aviation landscape. To learn more visit FlyLynx.com or connect with Lynx on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

Ultra-reliable and energy-efficient, Lynx Air’s fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft are serviced and operated by one of the most experienced teams in the business. The aircraft offers advanced aerodynamics and highly efficient engines, which result in significant fuel savings that cut the airline’s CO2 emissions by an estimated 14 per cent over even the most efficient single-aisle planes. These are vital improvements that decrease Lynx’s carbon footprint and help make it one of Canada’s greenest and most sustainable airlines. All Lynx aircraft meet the highest internationally certified safety standards and are certified by Transport Canada.

Air Transat and WestJet launch Transatlantic codeshare

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toronto
France:  Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes, Nice 

Italy:  Lamezia, Rome

Spain: Malaga  

Portugal:  Faro

Switzerland: Basel-Mulhouse

Croatia: Zagreb

About Air Transat

Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted World’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international and Canadian destinations, striving to serve its customers with enthusiasm and friendliness at every stage of their trip or stay, and emphasizing safety throughout. It is renewing its fleet with the greenest aircraft in their category as part of a commitment to a healthier environment, knowing that this is essential to its operations and the magnificent destinations it offers. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., a world-renowned holiday travel provider that has achieved Travelife certification in 2018 in recognition of its sustainability commitments.

About the WestJet Group of Companies 

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

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

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

Air Canada To Launch Transatlantic Freighter Routes

From Routes 🔗 link to source story

The carrier plans to have eight converted Boeing 767 freighters in its fleet by next year.

A second Boeing 767-300ER converted freighter is joining Air Canada’s fleet.

By Aaron Karp • 4 April 2022

Air Canada will commence all-cargo transatlantic flights in May, connecting Toronto (YYZ) to four European cities.

The new cargo routes are made possible by the delivery of the carrier’s second Boeing 767-300ER converted freighter. The airline’s first converted 767 freighter was delivered by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in December, and Air Canada has used that aircraft to operate cargo flights to Latin America.

“The entry into service of our second freighter is yet another exciting milestone in the growth of our freighter network and provides more options and services to the cargo community,” MD commercial-cargo Matthieu Casey said in a statement.

Starting in May, Air Canada will launch 767-300ER freighter service from YYZ to Cologne (CGN), Frankfurt (FRA), Istanbul (IST) and Madrid (MAD). The routes to CGN and IST will be operated 1X-weekly, while the YYZ-FRA route will be flown 2X-weekly and the YYZ-MAD service will be operated 3X-weekly.

Air Canada will also launch two domestic all-cargo routes from YYZ: 5X-weekly service to Halifax (YHZ) from April 19 and 6X-weekly flights to St. John’s (YYT) from May 1.

The Canadian flag-carrier entered the permanent freighter business by sourcing eight 767-300ERs from its passenger fleet and contracting with IAI to convert the aircraft into freighters. The first of the converted freighters joined the airline’s fleet in December. Three more will come in the 2022 third quarter and the final three will be delivered in 2023. 

YYZ serves as the hub for Air Canada’s new freighter fleet. The carrier has said it is operating all-cargo flights from YYZ to Guadalajara (GDL) and Mexico City (MEX) in Mexico; Lima (LIM) in Peru; and Quito (UIO) in Ecuador.  

Air Canada VP of cargo Jason Berry told Routes when the first converted freighter was delivered that the airline is fully committed to maintaining a dedicated freighter fleet for the long term. “This is not a fly-by-night charter or ad hoc operation,” Berry said. “It really is about stability and growth for our cargo business.” 

Berry said the freighter fleet will differentiate Air Canada from other major North American airlines that do not have dedicated all-cargo flights. “We’ll be the only [passenger/cargo] combination carrier with a widebody freighter fleet that has a hub in North America,” he noted.

As post-pandemic travel reopens, direct flights from N.L. to Europe still not on the itinerary

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St. John’s Airport Authority and WestJet say flight network planning and local demand are major factors

Jonny Hodder • CBC News • March 19, 2022

St. John’s International Airport is the largest airport in Newfoundland and Labrador. (CBC)

With pandemic restrictions lifting across much of Canada and in many other parts of the world, lots of folks are itching to take that long-delayed vacation or business trip.

And while it’s become increasingly easy to hop on a non-stop flight from St. John’s to numerous cities and provinces within Canada, the same cannot be said for international destinations.

For most of the past two years, the only consistent, direct, international flight landing at St. John’s International Airport originated from the French islands of St-Pierre-Miquelon, west of the Burin Peninsula. 

Air Saint-Pierre was granted an exemption to the 2020 travel ban that allowed it to send medevac flights to St. John’s. As some restrictions eased through 2021, that service expanded to include two weekly commercial flights, according to Lisa Bragg of the St. John’s International Airport Authority.

But even as international travel opens up, transatlantic flights from the province’s largest airport to the United Kingdom and continental Europe are still not on the itinerary.

Lisa Bragg is director of business development and marketing for the St. John’s International Airport Authority. (Patrick Butler/Radio-Canada)

Bragg compares the situation to a restaurant offering a limited number of top-selling and high-profit menu items. 

She says airlines have seen significantly lower passenger volumes and reduced routes over the past two years, so as they try to recover the focus has to be on higher-traffic routes.

“While we’re very proud of having lots of passengers, and we’re the capital city airport, right now many of the airlines do need to focus on the hubs. And hopefully it will come back to us. But right now that’s one of the reasons we don’t yet have the European connection back,” Bragg said.

A long history of international flights

Weekly flights from St. John’s to the United Kingdom were the norm not too long ago.

St. John’s International Airport has offered direct flights to the U.K. and continental Europe since the 1940s, according to Bragg. (CBC)

In fact, according to Bragg, St. John’s has a history of direct European flights going back more than 70 years.

“There’s actually been a direct or a non-stop, year-round flight flight to Europe since the 1940s until about 2006,” she said.

More recently, Air Canada operated a direct flight to London’s Heathrow Airport from 2010 to 2019, while WestJet offered direct flights to Dublin, from 2014 to 2018, and London’s Gatwick airport from 2016 to 2018.

The Air Canada flight was suspended in early 2019, after the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircrafts were grounded worldwide due to safety concerns after a couple of highly publicized crashes. 

When asked if there are any plans to reinstate the route, Air Canada said in a series of emailed statements that the pandemic forced the company to extend the suspension of that flight route until further notice. 

“At this time, Air Canada does not have plans to add any international flying out of St. John’s,” one statement read. 

As for WestJet’s flights to the U.K., public relations manager Morgan Bell said the decision to end those in 2018 comes down to the numbers.

“Cancelling flights is essentially always our last resort,” she said. “That route simply wasn’t performing to expectations. Frankly, there wasn’t enough guests on that plane to continue to operate it, so unfortunately it was cancelled.”

Halifax becoming ‘Atlantic Gateway’ to Europe

Both WestJet and Air Canada say there are no immediate plans to bring back a direct flight between St. John’s and the U.K. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

From a geographical point of view, it’s easy enough to look at a map and think St. John’s, as the easternmost point in Canada and therefore the shortest distance to our neighbours across the pond, would make a logical location for a direct flight to Europe.

Instead, WestJet has positioned Halifax’s Stanfield Airport as what it calls the “Atlantic Gateway” to Europe.

Bell says the decision to make Halifax the centre for European flights goes beyond the specific demands of the St. John’s market, and has more to do with large scale scheduling for a complicated “hub and spoke” network of interprovincial and international flights.

“When you ultimately are starting at that very, very eastern point of the country, you’re missing all of those westbound connections,” she said. “The frequency and connections and timing of flights that land in that region pull in people from east and west at all times of the day.”

And as borders open up, Halifax will continue to act as WestJet’s European gateway, offering flights to Paris, London Gatwick, Dublin, and Glasgow, in some cases multiple times per week, beginning in May. 

WestJet also recently announced that it will begin weekly seasonal service from St. John’s to Orlando on April 2. 

N.L. flights to Europe a ‘huge’ potential market

The irony of having very few international flights servicing an airport with “International” in its name is not lost on Lisa Bragg.

As COVID-19 travel restrictions ease, St. John’s International Airport is looking forward to seeing more passengers and air traffic. (Gary Locke/CBC)

She said the airport authority has ongoing conversations with domestic and international carriers, looking for opportunities to bring more routes to the people of this province.

That process, however, takes time. 

Pre-pandemic, Bragg says new international routes could take a couple of years to set up. But that’s changing with the lifting of international travel restrictions. 

She says airlines are speeding up their timelines for planning new flights, which could actually work to the benefit of an airport ready and eager to welcome more direct flights to and from other countries.

“We’ve done our homework. Businesses really want to see that, let alone visiting friends and relatives and tourism, which is also a huge market.”

Lynx Air Announces Major Expansion from Toronto Region

To celebrate, the airline is launching a free weekend getaway contest

TORONTO, March 17, 2022 /CNW/ – Lynx Air, Canada’s new ultra-affordable airline, has today announced a major expansion out of the Toronto region, adding four new destinations and five new routes to its network, as it continues its mission to make air travel affordable for all. Canadians living in the Toronto region will have access to Lynx flights out of both Toronto Pearson Airport (Toronto Pearson) and John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (Hamilton Airport), with six (6) destinations across the country to choose from: Halifax, St. John’s, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. 

To celebrate this significant commitment by Lynx to the Toronto region, the airline has launched a competition to win a free weekend getaway from Toronto to Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver. Each weekend getaway package includes two return Lynx flights, flying on the airline’s brand-new Boeing 737 aircraft, and a two-night hotel stay at one of the four destinations. For full contest details and to sign up, visit Lynx Air on Facebook or Instagram. The contest closes at 20:00 MST on March 20.

Today’s announcement includes the following new Lynx routes:

  • Toronto Pearson – Halifax: Three flights per week, commencing June 30, 2022, and increasing to five per week from July 30, 2022.
  • Toronto Pearson – St. John’s: Two flights per week, commencing June 28, 2022, and increasing to seven flights per week from July 28, 2022.
  • Toronto Pearson – Edmonton: Seven flights per week, commencing July 28, 2022.
  • Hamilton – Calgary: Two flights per week, commencing June 29, 2022, and increasing to four flights per week from July 29, 2022.
  • Hamilton – Halifax: Two flights per week, commencing June 29, 2022.

Lynx will also be increasing its frequencies between Toronto Pearson and Calgary from seven flights per week to twelve flights per week from June 28, 2022.

“We are excited to be announcing this major expansion of our network, providing Toronto residents with more choice and competition as they seek to reconnect with loved ones and to rediscover this beautiful country. By the end of July, we will be flying 92 flights per week in and out of the Toronto area, which is more than 17,000 seats per week,” said Merren McArthur, CEO of Lynx. “In keeping with our commitment to making air travel accessible to all, we are pleased to be offering travelers the opportunity to win a free weekend getaway to experience one of four great destinations on our network.” 

“Lynx Air is providing more options for those travelling to other parts of Canada, while also giving visitors to Pearson greater opportunities to explore Ontario,” said Stephan Rouleau, Director of Airside Ground Operations, Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “This expansion announcement from Lynx Air is welcome news as travel restrictions continue to ease and interest in air travel on the part of the public continues to rise.”

“We are excited to see Lynx Air expand its network and destination list to bring more choice and ultra-low airfares to the city and its neighbouring communities. We look forward to watching this new airport-airline partnership between Hamilton International and Lynx Air take off at a time when Canadians are looking to make up for lost time with friends and family,” said Cathie Puckering, Vice President and Head, Canadian Network, Vantage Airport Group and President and CEO, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. 

About Lynx Air
Lynx Air (Lynx), is Canada’s leading ultra-affordable airline and is on a mission to make air travel accessible to all, with low fares, a fleet of brand-new Boeing 737 aircraft and great customer service. Lynx is a privately owned Canadian airline with the financial backing and industry expertise required to transform the Canadian aviation landscape. To learn more visit Lynxair.com or find us on social media @Lynx_Air.

Ultra-reliable and energy-efficient, Lynx Air’s fleet of Boeing 737 aircrafts are serviced by one of the most experienced teams in the business. The aircraft offer advanced aerodynamics, highly efficient engines and upgrades to the airframe and flight systems. All Lynx aircraft meet the highest internationally certified safety standards and are certified by Transport Canada.

St. John’s International Airport ‘keeping the lights on’ after $22M gift from Ottawa

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Funding to pay for runway paving, upgrades to heavy equipment fleet

CBC News • March 08, 2022

St. John’s International Airport has seen steep declines in traffic over the course of the pandemic. Its CEO says he hopes new federal funding will attract new routes and airlines in the coming years. (CBC)

The federal government is gifting the St. John’s International Airport millions for repairs and upgrades following two years of steep declines in revenues and traffic.

Ottawa has earmarked $22 million to repave runways, improve lighting and signage, and upgrade the airport’s heavy equipment fleet, including de-icing machines.

“This airport is crucial for the region and our country,” said federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, addressing reporters Tuesday morning.

Alghabra said the money includes $3.6 million already dispensed to the airport for operational costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

St. John’s International Airport Authority CEO Peter Avery said the airport is, for now, simply focused on getting back to its pre-pandemic baseline.

Even with the extra money, “this year will be a little leaner,” he said, adding that management hopes upgrades will attract new airlines and routes to the beleaguered flight hub. “That’s going to be our strongest path forward.”

Airport CEO Peter Avery, left, told reporters Tuesday that it would take the airport several years to recover from pandemic-related losses. (Terry Roberts/CBC)

The airport has been dealt several blows for the last two years, grappling with the temporary disappearance of major routes amid various COVID-19 waves.

It also cancelled most passenger flights for two days in January due to staffing issues among its firefighters.

Avery said it would be “several years” before the airport returns to 2019 levels, and said it operated at a 75 per cent decline in 2021.

“We’re not in expansion mode anymore,” he said. “We’re really about keeping the lights on and keeping the airport safe and operational.”

The airport is projecting a 50 to 60 per cent decline in traffic this year.

“We do see a brighter summer ahead,” he said.

Government of Canada supports St. John’s International Airport with new funding for critical infrastructure projects

Transport Canada

ST. JOHN’S, NL, March 8, 2022 /CNW/ – As Canada works towards recovery, investments in our airport infrastructure continue to be crucial to maintain safety, security, and connectivity for travellers, workers, and communities. Government of Canada investments also help ensure Canada’s aviation industry is well-positioned to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Labour, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, and Member of Parliament for St. John’s East, Joanne Thompson, announced new funding of more than $22.5 million to help the St. John’s International Airport recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support continued air services and important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.

The airport will receive over $18 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program to support the rehabilitation of the asphalt on multiple runways, taxiways, and aprons, improvements to lighting, signage and drainage systems, and the replacement of heavy airside mobile equipment including aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles, runway snow plows and ice sweepers.

These investments will help maintain safe airport operations for aircraft, passengers, crews, and airport workers. In addition to the funding for the critical infrastructure projects, the Government of Canada also provided the      St. John’s International Airport with $3.6 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help it maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in St. John’s and surrounding communities.

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“As we move forward with the safe and gradual return of activity in the aviation sector, in a way that continues to support the health, safety, and security of all Canadians, it will be imperative that we continue to ensure a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector. These critical investments will allow the St. John’s International Airport to invest in the infrastructure and tools needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

“A vibrant and financially strong airport in St. John’s is important for our economy and our recovery. The St. John’s International Airport has worked hard to provide safe and reliable travel during the pandemic for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, and our government’s investment will help it return to pre-pandemic levels and grow for the future.”

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Labour

“St John’s International Airport is indeed a gateway to Canada and the world. Today’s announcement provides critical support to continued airport operations. As we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 travel restrictions, this support will strengthen capacity and enhance our competitive advantage as a business and vacation destination.”

Joanne Thompson
Member of Parliament for St. John’s East

“This investment allows us to replace key pieces of our aging heavy vehicle fleet and also rehabilitate many of our airfield surfaces. These projects will help ensure safe and efficient airport operations for all of our stakeholders for many years to come. While the pandemic has caused our Airport immense financial challenges, the ability to progress this work and replace critical infrastructure means that we can focus on air service recovery and development and continue to provide much needed connectivity for our province.”

Peter Avery
Chief Executive Officer
St. John’s International Airport Authority

Quick Facts

  • The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, launched in May 2021, will provide $571.2 million in funding over five years to airports for eligible infrastructure projects related to safety, security, connectivity to mass transit systems, or testing and screening related to COVID-19 and its variants.
  • The Airport Relief Fund, launched in May 2021, provided $64.8 million in funding in 2021-2022 for targeted airports whose 2019 revenues were less than $250 million.

Associated Links

Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca

Swoop Announces Significant Fleet Growth and Domestic Network Expansion

  • Canada’s leading ultra-low fare airline to add six new Boeing MAX-8 aircraft
  • Airline to introduce non-stop service to Newfoundland this spring – enabling Canadians to reconnect coast-to-coast
  • Domestic network expansion adds 14 new non-stop routes including service to Deer Lake and St. John’s, Newfoundland; and Saint John, New Brunswick

CALGARY, AB, Feb. 9, 2022 /CNW/ – Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low fare airline, today announced it will grow its fleet from 10 to 16 aircraft with the acquisition of six new Boeing MAX-8 aircraft. Canada’s fast growing ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) confirmed it will begin receiving all six aircraft this summer as the airline rapidly expands to meet peak season travel demand.

Alongside this fleet growth, Swoop will significantly expand its domestic network, adding non-stop flights to Newfoundland and increasing service in Atlantic Canada. The ULCC will also add six new routes and capacity in Ontario and the Prairies in preparation for Canada’s busy summer travel season. The airline’s announced expansion comes as Swoop reports significantly increased passenger numbers and record bookings domestically.

“We saw demand for travel return in a very meaningful way over the holidays, signalling that Canadians are ready to reunite with family and friends,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial & Finance, Swoop. “The acquisition of six new aircraft in response to anticipated demand will ensure Swoop reconnects more Canadians this summer while accelerating Canada’s economic recovery.”

Today’s announced expansion will bring the ULCC’s total non-stop domestic routes served to 37 this summer and includes a significant investment in Atlantic Canada.

Significant Expansion and Investment in Atlantic Canada

Swoop’s investments in Atlantic Canada will see the airline begin service at three new destinations while increasing capacity across the region by 273 per cent compared to pre-pandemic levels.

“Swoop is pleased to support Newfoundland and Labrador’s Come Home 2022 campaign and stimulate recovery of the visitor economy with access to affordable air travel,” said van der Stege. “We know how important the re-opening of travel and tourism is for regional economic recovery and continue to call on the federal government to outline a roadmap for the recovery of air travel that is based on science and reflective of the current realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Deer Lake – Hamilton, 2x weekly (May 21)
  • St. John’s – Hamilton, 5x weekly (June 13)
  • Deer Lake – Toronto, 2x weekly (June 20)

New Brunswick

  • Moncton – Hamilton – 4x weekly (May 9)
  • Saint John – Toronto – 4x weekly (May 12)
  • Moncton – Edmonton – 2x weekly (May 9)

Prince Edward Island

  • Charlottetown – Hamilton – 4x weekly (May 1)
  • Charlottetown – Toronto – 3x weekly (May 2)
  • Charlottetown – Edmonton – 2x weekly (May 1)

Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • Halifax – Edmonton – 5x weekly (May 1)
  • Halifax – Ottawa – Daily (June 19)

Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan to benefit from increased domestic capacity

Today’s network expansion announcement also includes new routes and increased frequencies in previously announced new stations: Ottawa, Saskatoon and Regina.

Ontario

  • Ottawa – Winnipeg – 4x weekly (June 19)
  • Winnipeg – Toronto – Daily (June 20)

Saskatchewan

  • Saskatoon – Winnipeg – 2x weekly (June 14)
  • Saskatoon – Toronto – 2x weekly (June 22)
  • Regina – Winnipeg – 2x weekly (June 16)
  • Regina – Toronto – 2x weekly (June 22)

Demand for affordable travel equates to record new bookings and job opportunities across Canada

Throughout the pandemic the ULCC model has proven especially resilient, with Swoop carrying around one million travellers in 2021. Despite ongoing travel restrictions Swoop saw strong demand for both domestic and international travel over the peak holiday period, a trend that has continued into the new year. The airline further demonstrated operational resilience, ranking amongst the most reliable airlines in Canada/North America, with a flight completion rate of 99.4 per cent and on-time arrival of 78 per cent in 2021.

In preparation of the airline’s fleet growth and network expansion, Swoop is ramping up staffing across Canada, creating jobs to support economic recovery and stimulating hospitality and tourism sectors from coast-to-coast.

Full Details of Swoop’s New Domestic Routes

RoutePeak
Weekly
Frequency
Start DateTotal one-
way fare
(CAD)
 
Base
Fare
(CAD)
Taxes and
Fees (CAD)
Hamilton to Charlottetown4x weeklyMay 1, 2022$49.00$1.29$47.71
Edmonton to Halifax5x weeklyMay 1, 2022$179.00$118.40$60.60
Toronto to Charlottetown3x weeklyMay 2, 2022$59.00$5.14$53.86
Hamilton to Moncton4x weeklyMay 9, 2022$79.00$27.84$51.16
Toronto to Saint John4x weeklyMay 12, 2022$59.00$5.14$53.86
Hamilton to Deer Lake2x weeklyMay 21, 2022$59.00$9.23$49.77
Hamilton to St. John’s5x weeklyJune 13, 2022$99.00$45.54$53.46
Winnipeg to Saskatoon2x weeklyJune 14, 2022$59.00$3.12$55.88
Winnipeg to Regina2x weeklyJune 16, 2022$59.00$3.12$55.88
Winnipeg to Ottawa4x weeklyJune 19, 2022$65.00$6.83$58.17
Halifax to OttawaDailyJune 19, 2022$60.00$0.10$59.90
Edmonton to Charlottetown2x weeklyJune 19, 2022$179.00$118.40$60.60
Toronto to Deer Lake2x weeklyJune 20, 2022$99.00$40.54$58.46
Toronto to WinnipegDailyJune 20, 2022$69.00$13.99$55.01
Edmonton to Moncton2x weeklyJune 20, 2022$179.00$118.40$60.60
Toronto to Regina2x weeklyJune 22, 2022$59.00$19.12$39.88
Toronto to Saskatoon2x weeklyJune 22, 2022$69.00$25.64$43.36
†Special introductory fares are limited quantity. Book by February 23, 2022 for travel between June 1 and July 15, 2022.

Additional Quotes

  • “Welcome Swoop to Newfoundland and Labrador! This is good news for the province as travel restrictions begin to ease and we prepare to host friends, family, and guests for Come Home Year in 2022. While offering travellers another airline option for leisure travel, this will also help spur economic recovery and the building of important business connections.”

–      The Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

  • “We’re delighted to welcome Swoop Airlines to the Saint John Airport. We are committed to exceeding passenger expectations and travellers will love Swoop’s ultra-low fares and direct service from Saint John to Toronto.”

–       Alexander (Sandy) Ross, Saint John Airport (YSJ) President and CEO

  • “The Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport is very excited to welcome ultra-low fare airline Swoop to our airport and to New Brunswick! This is great news for our region and the traveling public, with a May 6th launch date and non-stop flights to both Hamilton and Edmonton from YQM in 2022, We are proud to be one of the 28 airports where Swoop operates and look forward to further growing their presence and activity at YQM. Fly Swoop!”

–       Bernard F. LeBlanc, President & CEO GMIAA – Managing Director YQM 

  • We are excited to welcome Swoop to Deer Lake as a new airline with new destinations for travellers leaving our region. It will also allow access to a new market for people in Western and South Western Ontario and for the first time Alberta. As we are recovering it will make it easy for families and friends to reconnect more often. It will also increase access for tourists to take in the many great experiences we offer in Western Newfoundland & Labrador.”

–        Tammy Priddle, President and CEO, Deer Lake Airport

  • “We are pleased to welcome Swoop as our newest airline partner. This link to Hamilton will enhance access to Ontario and provide travellers with a new and exciting option that we haven’t had before.”

–       Peter Avery, Chief Executive Officer, St. John’s International Airport Authority

  • “We are excited to see Swoop’s announcement of two new destinations for Prince Edward Island. This new service from Toronto and Hamilton, along with Swoop’s new flights from Edmonton this summer, is welcome news for our Island’s tourism industry and for Islanders looking for additional low fare travel options.”

–       Doug Newson, YYG Charlottetown Airport CEO

To learn more about Swoop please visit FlySwoop.com and for information on how Swoop is ensuring a safe and healthy travel experience visit FlySwoop.com/traveller-safety.

About Swoop

Swoop is on a mission to make travel more affordable and accessible for all Canadians. Established in 2018 as an independent subsidiary of the WestJet Group of Companies, Swoop is Canada’s ultra-not-expensive airline. Offering scheduled service to destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, Swoop’s unbundled fares put travellers in control of purchasing only the products and services they desire.

Swoop’s modern fleet of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, will grow to 16 with the addition of six Boeing MAX-8 in 2022. At FlySwoop.com travellers can quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight.     

Sunwing’s domestic summer program kicks off May 17

From Travelweek Canada 🔗 link to source story

Date: Feb 2 2022

By: Travelweek Group

TORONTO — Sunwing has unveiled its domestic summer program, which runs from May to September.

Now in its 17th year, the program features weekly flights to some of the most sought-after destinations from coast to coast. As an added incentive, Sunwing is also offering customers savings of up to $200 per couple on domestic flights.

“We’re thrilled that our domestic program is making its return this summer,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations at Sunwing. “Our program is well loved by customers who enjoy exploring Canada’s diverse landscapes, and will be of particular interest this year to those looking to reconnect with family and loved ones after extended periods apart. We’re excited to be helping even more customers explore Canada under our wing.”

Convenient daily flights between Toronto and Vancouver will kick off May 17 and run until Sept. 7. Flights between Toronto and St. John’s will run from Monday to Friday starting June 20 until Sept. 7, while Toronto and Gander will depart Tuesdays and Fridays starting June 21 until Sept. 6. Flights between Toronto and Stephenville will fly Wednesdays starting June 22 until Sept. 7.

Statement by Minister Alghabra on the firefighting staffing shortage at the St. John’s International Airport 

ST. JOHN’S, NL, Jan. 18, 2022 /CNW/ –

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, issued the following statement about the shortage of firefighting staff at the St. John’s International Airport:

“On January 18, the St. John’s International Airport announced that there are insufficient firefighting staff levels to continue certain levels of commercial operations.

“Until the airport can address the firefighting staffing levels, commercial passenger flights, as well as other flight operations, will see interruptions and cancelations.

“This airport provides an essential service to Newfoundland-and-Labrador. The consequences of staffing issues are completely unacceptable.

“I want to reiterate that my priority remains the safety of passengers and of operations.

“Both parties must take any necessary steps to find a solution that will keep operations ongoing and safe. We will continue to monitor the efforts of the airport to get back to full service.”