Category: Toronto Pearson YYZ

Toronto gets on board the WestJet Dreamliner to London this winter

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Booking the 787-9 to Europe now available  

CALGARY, May 21, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today revealed its winter 787-9 Dreamliner schedule, announcing the state-of-the-art aircraft will be operating its Toronto-London (Gatwick) route. The addition of the WestJet Dreamliner to this route gives Eastern Canada the opportunity to experience a new Business and Premium service between two large financial and tourism centres.

WestJet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on March 5, 2018 by Chad Slattery from Wolfe Air Learjet 25. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

This daily Dreamliner service, starting October 23, 2019, upgrades WestJet’s existing Toronto-London service operated on the 767. As part of the schedule update, WestJet also announced the 787-9 Dreamliner will be used to operate flights between Calgary and Maui up to four-times weekly starting October 31, 2019 and between Calgary and London four-times weekly starting October 27, 2019.

“Flying on the WestJet Dreamliner is a game changer in travel; guest feedback on the experience has been phenomenal,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning and Alliances. “The Dreamliner was built for transoceanic routes with technology that reduces jetlag and leaves travellers feeling more refreshed upon arrival. With our custom cabins and award-winning service, guests are going to love the journey as much as the destination.”

“We congratulate Westjet on the expansion of their Dreamliner service from Toronto Pearson to London Gatwick, starting later this year,” said Scott Collier, Vice-President Customer and Terminal Services, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) “Toronto Pearson is proud to be part of WestJet’s continued growth and is glad to see this enhanced experience offered to passengers making business or leisure trips between Toronto and the UK.”

The WestJet Dreamliner features 320 seats in three cabins: Business, Premium and Economy, all of which contain a high-level of comfort and WestJet’s award-winning guest service. The Dreamliner’s Business cabin features all-aisle-access, lie-flat seats with on-demand dining and entertainment. The upscale Premium cabin is the ideal combination of comfort, value and guest service including a separate cabin, elevated meal service and signature welcome perks featuring champagne and an amenity case. WestJet’s improved Economy cabin features on-demand inflight entertainment, blankets and pillows and complimentary food and beverages with a select number of extra legroom seats available for purchase.

Toronto – London 
Daily8:50 p.m.9:10 a.m.+1October 23, 
London (Gatwick) -TorontoDaily11:10 a.m.1:57 p.m.October 24,
Calgary – KahuluiUp to six-
11 a.m.2:27 p.m.October 31,
Kahului – CalgaryUp to six
10:30 p.m.7:14 a.m.+1October 31,
Calgary – London
7:45 p.m.11:20 a.m.+1October 27,
London (Gatwick)
– Calgary
1:20 p.m.3:25 p.m.October 28,

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet’s 787-9 winter schedule, please visit

Gamsahabnida! Air Canada Marks 25 Years of Service to Seoul, South Korea

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  • Inaugurated three times weekly flights in 1994 onboard Boeing 747 Combi aircraft
  • Flights today are daily onboard Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliners from both YVR and Toronto Pearson

MONTREAL, May 17, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada is excited to mark 25 years of non-stop service between Canada and Seoul, South Korea. To celebrate this milestone, Air Canada has a special promotion featuring fares from Vancouver to Seoul return, from as low as $1,325 CDN all in, and from Toronto to Seoul return, from as low as $1,525 CDN all in. These celebratory fares are available until May 20, 2019 and are available for purchase now on and via travel agents.

Air Canada launched service to Seoul in 1994 with the Boeing 747-Combi (top), a route that continues today with Boeing 777s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners (bottom). (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada launched service to Seoul in 1994 with the Boeing 747-Combi (top), a route that continues today with Boeing 777s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners (bottom). (CNW Group/Air Canada)

Prior to the departure of today’s flight AC63 from YVR to Seoul, a celebration was held at YVR where customers also enjoyed traditional cultural performances and activities prior to boarding.

“We are thrilled to celebrate 25 years of proud service between Canada and South Korea. Since 1994, millions of customers have travelled on our airline between our two countries to conduct business, visit friends and family, study, learn more about each country’s wonderful heritage, and to visit UNESCO and cultural attractions. Both countries have introduced a diverse range of delicious, culinary traditions to each other with Korean BBQ and other specialties now enjoyed by more and more Canadians. We are very pleased to be an important link between our two countries, and to help sustain the positive relationship our nations enjoy,” said John MacLeod, Vice President, Global Sales and Alliances, at Air Canada.

“On behalf of YVR, I would like to congratulate Air Canada on a successful 25 years of serving Vancouver and Seoul,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Air Canada’s Vancouver to Seoul service is key to our vision of creating a world-class hub. It connects Canada to an incredible country, with a deep history and unique culture, and one of the world’s most thriving and innovative economies. We are excited for the future, as we work with Air Canada to build their trans-Pacific hub at YVR, and the ongoing success of the Seoul service.”

Twenty-five years ago in May 1994, Air Canada inaugurated three times weekly flights to Seoul, the first Asia-Pacificdestination to be served by Canada’s flag carrier.  At that time, the routing was Toronto-Vancouver-Seoul and flights were operated with Boeing 747-400 Combi aircraft.  Air Canada’s flights originally operated to and from Seoul’s Gimpo International Airport (GMP), later moving to Incheon International Airport (ICN) when it opened in 2001, and where Air Canada’s flights continue to operate from today.

Today, Air Canada operates daily flights year-round between Vancouver and Seoul with Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and up to daily flights year-round between Toronto and Seoul with both Boeing 777s and 787 Dreamliners.

Air Canada’s flights to and from Seoul are scheduled to connect easily and conveniently to and from a multitude of destinations at both its YVR trans-pacific hub and at its Toronto Pearson global hub.  Customers can collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyal program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers also enjoy priority check-in, priority boarding, Maple Leaf Lounges, and other benefits.

TSB deploys a team of investigators following an accident at Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Ontario

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RICHMOND HILL, ON, May 10, 2019 /CNW/ – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Ontario, where a DHC-8-300 aircraft, operated by Jazz (flight 8615), was taxiing to a gate when it was struck by a fuel tanker. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

The TSB is online at Keep up to date through RSSTwitter (@TSBCanada), YouTubeFlickr and our blog.

SOURCE Transportation Safety Board of Canada

GTAA Reports 2019 First Quarter Results: Continued Strong Commercial Revenues at Toronto Pearson

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TORONTO, May 8, 2019 /CNW/ – The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (“GTAA”) today reported its financial and operating results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2019.  Passenger activity increased at 2.8 per cent, during the first quarter of 2019 as compared to the same period of 2018. This growth was due to increased aircraft load factor, aircraft size and flights on existing routes, and is reflective of the economic strength of the Greater Toronto Region, and the role of Toronto – Lester B. Pearson International Airport (“Toronto Pearson”) as Canada’s largest airport and North America’s second busiest airport in terms of international passengers.

“Toronto Pearson continues to see strong demand in the first quarter of this year with 4.0 per cent growth in international travelers. This growth is reflective of Toronto Pearson’s robust and reliable air travel system.” said Howard Eng, President and CEO, Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

In the first three months of 2019, a total of 11.7 million passengers travelled through Toronto Pearson, an increase of approximately 315,000 passengers over the same period in 2018.  During the three-month period ended March 31, 2019, passenger activity in the international sector increased by 4.0 per cent growth and the domestic sector increased by 0.3 per cent growth over the same period in 2018.

During the first quarter of 2019, the GTAA recorded net income of $10.9 million, compared to a net loss of $16.9 million in 2018 (excluding one-time interest and financing items, adjusted net income was $10.9 million in 2019 compared to $9.2 million in 2018).  Net income was negatively impacted in the first quarter of 2018 by the early retirement of debt charge of $28.7 million from the early redemption of Series 2009-1 Medium Term Notes. The GTAA has reduced its gross debt per enplaned passenger by 3.0 per cent to $259 and net debt per enplaned passenger by 1.8 per cent to $242, when compared to 2018.

During the three months ended March 31, 2019, the GTAA reported total revenues of $362.4 million, representing an increase of $13.8 million from the same period in 2018. The continued growth in revenues was a reflection of increases in commercial revenues and passenger growth. During the first quarter of 2019, the GTAA’s commercial revenues increased $9.9 million compared to 2018 to $126.3 million.  The increase was due to increased passenger growth, commercial advertising and sponsorship, parking and ground transportation and to rental revenues generated by Airway Centre Inc.

Total operating expenses reported during the first quarter of 2019 for the GTAA were $279.0 million, representing an increase of $19.1 million over the same period in 2018.  The increase was primarily related to snow removal costs as a result of harsher winter weather conditions in 2019, increased guard services costs, and a higher depreciable asset base.  Operating costs of $8.4 million (including amortization) were incurred by the GTAA in support of government agencies to improve passenger flow, a decrease of $0.7 million or 11.4 per cent over 2018.  These included direct and indirect operating costs to enhance services provided by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (“CATSA”), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“USCBP”) and Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”). 

Earnings before interest and financing costs and amortization (“EBITDA”) during the three-month period ended March 31, 2019 were $154.7 million, representing a decrease of 1.6 per cent over the same period of 2018 related to higher snow removal activity from the harsh 2019 winter and the continued customer service, connection and flow initiatives.

The GTAA’s March 31, 2019 financial results are discussed in more detail in the GTAA’s Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis, each for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, which are available at and on SEDAR at

The GTAA is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Air Italy launches new service Toronto-Milan

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  • Airline to launch today its first flights to Milan with non-stop Toronto-Milan flight.
  • Toronto is Air Italy’s third new international destination for 2019 from Milan Malpensa.
  • Toronto becomes fifth new North America route after New York, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Credit to Hawthorn Photography – Toronto Pearson YYZ 6 May 2019

7 May 2019 – Air Italy is delighted to announce the launch today of its first direct flights to the famed city of Milan, becoming the airline’s fifth new North American destination connected with its Milan Malpensa hub.

Air Italy’s first route from Canada will be operated six times weekly (daily except Thursday) seasonally until October 25th between Toronto and Milan Malpensa, Italy’s commercial hub. .

Served with Air Italy’s Airbus A330-200, offering 24 fully flatbed seats in Business Class and 228 seats in Economy Class, the new route is the third new service planned for 2019 after the launch of new flights from Milan Malpensa to Los Angeles and San Francisco on April 3 and April 10 respectively.

Speaking at the inaugural celebrations at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Air Italy Chief Operating Officer, Rossen Dimitrov, said: “This is a very special day for me, as it is great to be home! As a Torontonian and the COO of Air Italy, I am delighted to welcome Toronto to the Air Italy network. With the largest Italian community outside of Italy, strong global relations and the economic strength of this city and region, there is enormous potential in this new service and we look forward to bringing a new customer experience offering to this market.

“Toronto and Milan are also twin cities and these cosmopolitan and multicultural cities are both important centers for trade and investment, as well as being major cultural centres. Clearly therefore, we expect a high volume of business and leisure trade in the fashion, food and culture sectors thanks to our new Toronto-Milan service in both directions.

“Moreover, Air Italy connects seamlessly with seven key Italian cities (Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Olbia and Cagliari) from its Milan Malpensa hub, which are all top destinations for summer tourism thanks to wonderful locations such as Capri and Sorrento, Taormina and the Greek Temples in Agrigento, the white beaches of Sardinia and the amazing landscape of Calabria.”

Business Class customers on board the new Toronto-Milan service will also be able to enjoy Air Italy’s completely new on-board business product that was revealed just this month on the first Milan-Los Angeles flight.

Featuring an entirely new tableware, in-flight dining menus, cutlery and chinaware that have all been specially crafted to meet travellers’ expectations, Air Italy’s Business Class passengers will also enjoy an even more elevated experience thanks to the introduction of a dining-on-demand service.

“Complementing our new product, we have our new dine-on-demand service, meaning our Business Class customers can select from our extensive à la carte menu at any time, and in any order, to create their own unique dining experience – all of which delivers yet again on our brand promise as we help our customers to – Imagine The World Differently,” added Mr Dimitrov.

Air Italy’s customers can also take advantage of the Wi-Fi service, an extensive inflight entertainment service and the personalized attention of the on-board staff.

Air Transat & Westjet Route Updates

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Air Transat W19 A321neo LR Trans-Atlantic network as of 28APR19

By Jim Liu | Posted 29 April 2019

Air Transat in last week’s schedule update filed planned Airbus A321neo LR European service for winter 2019/20 season, from late-October 2019. Planned A321neo LR Trans-Atlantic routes and frequency as of 28 APR 19 as follows.

Toronto – Glasgow eff 30OCT19 2 weekly
Toronto – London Gatwick eff 22OCT19 1 daily
Toronto – Manchester eff 04NOV19 2 weekly
Toronto – Porto eff 03NOV19 1 weekly

Additional routes to be filed in the next few weeks. With the exception of Glasgow, winter operation for routes listed above is scheduled until 30 APR 20.

WestJet discontinues Halifax – Boston service in early-June 2019

By Jim Liu |Posted 29 April 2019

WestJet from early-June 2019 is discontinuing Halifax – Boston service, reflected in recent schedule update. This daily service operated by WestJet Encore Dash8-Q400 aircraft is now scheduled until 02 JUN 19.

WS3712 YHZ 1240 – 1332 BOS DH4 D
WS3713 BOS 1850 – 2134 YHZ DH4 D

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Toronto Pearson Launches Completely Redesigned and Accessible Website

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The Best Large Airport in North America is getting better.

TORONTO, April 29, 2019 /CNW/ – Toronto Pearson is thrilled to launch its completely redesigned website, Recently voted the Best Large Airport in North America in Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Service Quality (ASQ) program, passengers count on Pearson as their global gateway to provide a smooth, safe and comfortable experience in the terminals. They will now enjoy the same digital experience on the go as they use

The new website vastly improves user experience by leveraging mobile-first, responsive design. Using bold photography, the new website will allow passengers to have a truly customized experience. The completely overhauled website includes:

  • a new search feature that allows the individual, regardless of the section of the website they are on, to search the entire site for their inquiry, making finding information easier and faster;
  • a Departures guide that provides a customized experience for each passenger. Travellers can input their flight number and the website will populate information regarding services available, security screening location, food and beverage, and retail options available to them before and after security;
  • an Arrivals guide provides passengers with instructions on Canadian Customs, retrieving luggage, and options to get them to where they’re going from the airport;
  • a redesigned Connections guide provides step-by-step directions for a passenger’s entire connection journey, giving information on baggage claim, security screening and customs process for a clear idea of what to expect; and
  • the Community hub focuses on how Toronto Pearson engages with the community, our environmental initiatives, Propeller Project and our community events.

“Designed with input from our passengers, airline and business partners, and community members, the all new provides tailored, timely information about travelling through Toronto Pearson, as well as useful content for our neighbours and stakeholders,” said Martin Boyer, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA).

Hillary Marshall, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Communications, GTAA said, “This updated digital experience is a key step on our journey to become the best airport in the world, and demonstrates how you can count on Pearson to communicate in a way that is relevant, accessible and available anywhere.”

The new website, adhering to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA, is available in English and French. Video – Air Canada’s A319 Departure from Bermuda

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FABULOUS DEPARTURE from Bermuda in Air Canada Airbus Cockpit

Published on Apr 24, 2019

In this video JustPlanes is filming a roundtrip from Toronto to Bermuda on the Air Canada A319 (C-FYJH) and we see some brief shots of the Captain flying in the First Officer position doing his walkaround, preparing the aircraft for departure and flying a specially approved departure in order to give us a view of Bermuda and the airport after takeoff!

Air Canada drops Abbotsford-Toronto flight amid Boeing trouble

News provided by The Abbotsford News, with a hint from P.N.

An Air Canada Boeing 737 Max aircraft arriving from Toronto prepares to land at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on March 12, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Apr. 27, 2019, The Abbotsford News Staff

The daily non-stop flight will be suspended for the summer season, to return in 2020 summer season

Air Canada’s regular flight between Abbotsford and Toronto is being dropped for the summer as it works out scheduling shortfalls during the Boeing 737 Max grounding.

On March 13, Air Canada grounded its fleet of 24 of the aircraft, which has been grounded around the globe, following an Ethiopian Airlines Crash on March 10 that killed all on board.

The Air Canada fleet is grounded at least until July 1, though the Toronto-Abbotsford route is being dropped for the full 2019 summer season, expected to be resumed in the 2020 summer season.

The change means the only non-stop flights Ontario from YXX until August are Swoop’s Hamilton flights (twice daily), and London flights (once daily).

Air Canada noted that it has implemented a “flexible” rebooking policy, with a full fee waiver and refund option for affected customers.

Customers originally set to travel on a 737 Max can call Air Canada at 1-833-354-5963 for information within 72 hours of their flight.

Air Italy to suspend three transatlantic routes over the winter

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Air Italy will stop flying to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto this winter in favour of serving what it terms “counter-seasonal” destinations: the Maldives, Mombasa, Tenerife and Zanzibar.

The carrier will continue to operate its transatlantic services to Miami and New York from Milan Malpensa.

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A service to Bangkok has already been axed. Air Italy‘s last flight to the Thai capital was conducted on 30 March.

The airline’s new business-class product was rolled out on the Milan-LA route at launch earlier this year. The offering is to be made available on flights to the Maldives, Miami, Mombasa, New York, Sharm el-Sheikh and Zanzibar.

Air Italy is planning to base a number of aircraft at overnight “outstations” in Cagliari, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Naples, Palermo and Rome this winter, in order to facilitate “optimised” daily frequencies between those cities and Malpensa.

The airline, which is 49% owned by Qatar Airways, is also tweaking its schedules in order to offer 112 domestic flights a week during the winter.

“Repositioning our aircraft to the outstations overnight, we will now be able to offer enhanced connectivity to our international destinations and better timings for those coming to Milan for business or leisure,” states Air Italy chief operating officer Rossen Dimitrov.