Once the runway is re-opened, air traffic will return to its normal flight paths, which will affect a number of local areas.
Fort Garry-Riverview, Fort Richmond, west Fort Rouge, northeast Fort Whyte, Headingley, Riel, River Heights, Seine River, Southdale, St. Francois-Xavier, east St. James, St. Vital, east Tuxedo, and west Wolseley will all see a return to pre-construction air traffic.
Flights to Phoenix, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta affected, not known when flights will return to normal
CBC News · Posted: Sep 10, 2019
Saskatchewan travellers looking to fly south for the winter this year might be in for a bumpy ride.
This week, WestJet announced flight cancellations from airports in Regina and Saskatoon.
The company blamed the disruptions on Boeing’s 737 Max 8 jets. The planes were pulled from service by Transport Canada after 346 people were killed in crashes involving Indonesia’s Lion Air in 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines in March of this year. Both incidents involved the Max 8.
“Guests who hold a current reservation impacted by this update will be notified proactively if there are changes to their itinerary,” wrote WestJet spokesperson Morgan Bell. “Where possible, we will work to substitute other aircraft directly onto a route and will not impact a guests itinerary so notifications will not be necessary.”
The following flights will be affected:
Saskatoon-Phoenix: Three weekly flights suspended.
Regina-Orlando: One weekly flight suspended.
Regina-Phoenix: Three weekly flights suspended.
Regina-Cancun: suspended one weekly flight in November. WestJet will operate one weekly flight in December.
Regina–Puerto Vallarta: One weekly flight suspended. WestJet will continue to operate once weekly in November. Two weekly flights will be suspended in December.
Air Canada and Sunwing had already announced plans to pull all Max 8s from its schedule until next year.
WestJet said the suspensions are temporary and that flights will resume once the Max 8 is cleared to return to service. However, that won’t happen until January 5, at the earliest.
Transport Canada hasn’t said when the ban will be lifted.
Boeing says a system designed to help keep the Max 8 stable seemed to be a factor in each crash.
Many other governing bodies, including China, the United States and the European aviation authority, have banned the planes from their airspace.
WestJet currently owns 13 Max 8 jets, accounting for 10 per cent of its fleet.
Many other flights from Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto have also been affected.
WINNIPEG, Sept. 6, 2019 /CNW/ – The quality of Canada’s transportation infrastructure and the efficiency of the country’s trade corridors are key to the success of Canadian companies in the global marketplace. The Government of Canada invests in infrastructure projects that create quality, middle-class jobs and support economic growth.
Airports are important economic drivers. The Government of Canada recognizes the significant role played by Canada’s airports in supporting jobs and tourism, enabling investment and facilitating trade. That is why the Government is investing to improve airport infrastructure.
Today, Doug Eyolfson, Member of Parliament for Charleswood — St. James — Assiniboia — Headingley, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced a major investment of $30.4 million to increase air cargo capacity at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, and move Canadian goods to international markets more efficiently.
The airport is a key transportation hub for central Canada, the Canadian North, and for Canada’s international trade flows. This project, financed by the Government of Canada and the Winnipeg Airports Authority, provides wide-ranging economic and trade benefits for Canadian producers in the region by offering additional export capacity for commodities that would otherwise be exported via U.S. transportation hubs. The project will also improve accessibility and affordability of goods in Canadian remote and Northern communities.
The construction of a 13,000 square-metre cargo logistics facility will include space for cold storage and perishable commodities, live animal handling, expanded air cargo capacity, and additional space for aircraft. This will benefit producers in multiple industries, particularly e-commerce, agricultural livestock, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and aerospace, which require the specialized storage space it will provide. It will also improve the efficiency and affordability of air resupply out of Winnipeg for remote and Northern communities.
This investment will have important economic and employment benefits for Canadians by creating an estimated 630 jobs during construction.
The Government of Canada is supporting infrastructure projects that contribute most to Canada’s success in international trade. Trade diversification is a key component of the National Trade Corridors Fund, through projects that:
improve the performance of the transportation system to increase the value and volume of goods exported from Canada to overseas markets; and
generate new overseas trade as a result of the investment.
“Transportation systems are a vital part of Winnipeg’s economy and the investment announced here today will foster long-term prosperity for the city. These improvements to the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport will help businesses and producers get more products to market.”
Doug Eyolfson Member of Parliament for Charleswood — St. James — Assiniboia — Headingley
“Our government is investing in Canada’s economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors. We are supporting projects to efficiently move goods to market and people to their destinations, stimulate economic growth, create quality middle-class jobs, and ensure that Canada’s transportation networks remain competitive and efficient.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau Minister of Transport
An efficient and reliable transportation network is key to Canada’s economic growth. The Government of Canada, through the National Trade Corridors Fund, is making investments that will support the flow of goods to international markets. While the United States continues to be Canada’s top trade partner with $741.4 billion in trade ($437.6 billion exported, $303.8 billion imported) in 2018, trade is growing with international markets. From 2015 to 2018, trade with Asia (excluding the Middle East) grew by 18.9 per cent to $199.2 billion and trade with the European Union grew by 19 per cent since 2015 to $118.1 billion in 2018.
This project will strengthen the safety and sustainability of the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, which is part of the National Airports System. The 26 airports in the National Airports System serve about 95 percent of all scheduled passenger and cargo traffic in Canada, and handle almost all of Canada’s international trade flows by air.
The Government of Canada is making investments that help Canadian exporters accelerate their presence in new markets, and take advantage of the new opportunities that exist because of the trade agreements the Government has secured in the past three years. By investing in export-intensive industries, the Government is committed to the creation of well-paying jobs and strengthening Canada’s economy.
Through the Investing in CanadaPlan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
Edmonton, Alberta, Sept. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Flair Airlines, Canada’s only truly independent low cost airline, is pleased to report an average passenger load factor of 92% for July & August 2019.
“We are delighted with the rapidly growing number of Canadians who have flocked to Flair this summer” said CEO Jim Scott. He continued ,“After only one year as an exclusively scheduled carrier we have established Flair as the place to go for low fares, great service and are already recognizing many return customers.”
During the summer, Edmonton-based Flair flew from Vancouver, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto and Halifax. Flair successfully initiated daily non-stop service between Toronto (YYZ) and Vancouver as well as between Toronto and Calgary.
Over the last few months, as part of it’s fleet renewal program, Flair has added three newer Boeing 737-800NG aircraft and is gradually phasing out it’s older B737-400’s. All three additions sport Flair’s distinctive new livery and logo.
By next summer Flair plans to be operating a single-type fleet of B737-800 NG‘s, which are more fuel efficient and also have longer range capabilities. Flair’s unified fleet will open up a number of exciting southern destinations offered at accessible rates.
While Flair’s year-to-date on-time performance has been one of the best in Canada, the younger aircraft should serve to make it even better.
Councillors move along request from developers for land-use changes around massive mall
Sean Kavanagh · CBC News – September 4, 2019
The Winnipeg Airports Authority will not clear residential development around Polo Park for takeoff — at least not the way it’s being proposed so far.
A request, however, to change the area’s land use plan by two developers — Toronto’s Cadillac Fairview, which owns the Polo Park Shopping Centre, and Winnipeg’s Towers Reality Group — will still move to a next phase, despite the opposition.
The two companies have asked the City of Winnipeg to change its Airport Vicinity Protection Area Secondary Plan (AVPA) around Polo Park. The bylaw restricts residential development in the area in order to avoid noise complaints.
The airports authority’s concern is that James Armstrong Richardson International Airport’s status as a 24/7 landing and takeoff facility would be threatened or lost, as has happened at airports in other cities.
“We’ve been able to avoid a lot of that by having a really good planning process in place in the city, where we’ve restricted the residential area around the airport where noise is going to be a factor,” said Tyler MacAfee, vice-president of communications for the WAA.
“To now move ahead and amend that is going to put us in a situation where we’ve seen in other cities. So, we know how this story ends. It ends with people having these issues between the airport and residents.”
MacAfee made the comments following a Wednesday meeting of the city’s property and planning committee. The airports authority has sent a letter to Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman and Brian Pallister, whose Progressive Conservative government is seeking re-election, outlining their concerns.
The director of the city’s property and planning department, John Kiernan, told councillors his staff has been in discussions with the WAA about the proposal. The two developers have also been talking to the authority, Kernan said.
“The department may or may not be able to broker a consensus on this one. There are two different perspectives, perhaps. We are trying to bring them closer,” he said.
The councillors on the committee voted to move the request from the two developers to a first reading of city council, which would pave the way for a community committee hearing on the proposal.
A request by Transport Canada could sidetrack that by asking for the matter to be heard in front of the Manitoba Municipal Board — but that is rarely done.
MacAfee says the WAA doesn’t want to close the door entirely on development opportunities for the city.
“There’s a path that can be followed and I think … there may be a solution to this where where everybody wins,” he told reporters.
“We’re driven by the interests of the community.… The airport exists for the benefit of the community.”
The committee voted to move the proposal along in the process to a reading in front of city council, but its chair, Coun. Brian Mayes (St. Vital) expressed concerns.
“I’m leery of doing anything that would negatively impact the 24-hour status of the airport,” Mayes said. He was the lone councillor to oppose the motion.
If it makes it past a first reading of city council, the proposal would next appear in front of the city’s Assiniboia Community Committee.
One passenger says the airline rescheduled her flight home a week later
CBC News · Posted: Aug 27, 2019
A group of friends from Winnipeg who spent the weekend at a bachelorette celebration in Kelowna say a cancelled flight left them stranded — with the airline offering return flights more than a week later.
Six women, including Anika Scheurer, booked their flights from Winnipeg with Swoop, an ultra-low fare airline owned by WestJet.
“It was mainly price and the dates,” Scheurer, 24, said in explaining why she chose Swoop, adding that the round-trip ticket was about half the price offered by other airlines.
But as the group prepared to board a plane home Monday, a mechanical problem caused a delay. Hours later, the delay turned into a cancellation.
That’s when Scheurer says the airline “turned a celebratory weekend into a nightmare.”
And according to Gabor Lukacs, founder of the non-profit organization Air Passenger Rights, that’s why travellers need to know what they’re entitled to when trip plans go sideways.
“This is an egregious case. Offering someone transportation the next week is unreasonable and unjustifiable,” said Lukacs.
Scheurer said the airline gave her and the other passengers a hotel voucher for the night and said $30 would be reimbursed for meals. They were told Swoop would find them flights or charter a plane within 48 hours.
But when she got an email from the airline late Monday night, she learned the flight home was scheduled an entire week later, Sept. 2. She said the group of six women was split up on various flights, with some scheduled to leave even later.
Distress and confusion ensued, as the women considered the costs of an unexpected few days away from home.
“We had someone who was doing pet boarding, there was child care cost, wages lost,” said Scheurer, adding that some of the women would be drawing from next year’s vacation time.
Scheurer called the number provided, and discovered Swoop’s call centre is only open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. MST on weekdays.
The group got in touch with WestJet and paid for flights home with that airline on Tuesday.
‘It’s Swoop’s problem’
According to Lukacs, the airline has a duty to find reasonable alternatives for its passengers — if a flight is cancelled and it can’t be blamed on an act of God — and that includes arranging flights on other airlines if necessary.
“It’s not the passenger’s problem or concern how Swoop deals with it, it’s Swoop’s problem,” he said.
Lukacs said any costs incurred due to the delays, including meals, accommodation, lost wages, and even child care should be demanded from the company in writing. If it’s not reimbursed within about a week, he said passengers should take the airline to small claims court, even demanding $1,000 in punitive damages to send a message when appropriate.
Travelers who were expecting to fly from Kelowna, B.C., to Winnipeg had an unpleasant surprise when they were told their flight on the Swoop airline was cancelled – and that they wouldn’t be re-booked until, potentially, early September.
Pat Ward and Emily Rae say they were scheduled to come home to Winnipeg Monday but found out their flight had been cancelled due to mechanical issues.
They and nine other friends and family were in Kelowna for a wedding, said Ward, and they said they were promised a charter flight home by the company on Wednesday.
Ward said some have paid $750 to catch other flights to leave, and Swoop has told them they will not compensate them. Others have since found out that Swoop would only cover one night of hotel accommodation.
Monica Raabe, who was also on the flight, told Global News she ended up taking a WestJet flight to make it back to Manitoba.
“It’s ridiculous,” she said. “How could people just suddenly extend a vacation, or have money too? It’s absolutely unacceptable.
“We were fine with them cancelling a flight due to not wanting to put people in jeopardy. We were fine with having been put up in accommodations, but it’s just so insane to think that people would ever accept to stay that much longer.”
Raabe said she was given the runaround when trying to contact Swoop, and eventually just decided to take another flight.
“We had to book on WestJet, had to completely use a different carrier – although it’s not a different carrier, because I was told by many people that Swoop is owned by WestJet.”
Calgary-based Swoop was launched in 2017 by WestJet as an ultra low-cost carrier.
The airline confirmed there was unscheduled maintenance to the aircraft, and that Swoop has “all our available resources working to get travellers to their destinations as quickly and safely as possible.”
They did not say if passengers would be compensated for their other flights or hotel accommodations.
Rae said that wasn’t nearly good enough and warned people off the airline.
“I would say: Don’t fly Swoop,” said Rae.
“I hope they’re going to man up and come through for everyone,” Ward added.
If you ever fly on WestJet from Winnipeg to Ottawa and love playing with dogs, you’re in luck.
Karen George organizes a weekly rescue mission of dogs from northern Manitoba to Ottawa and is in need of volunteers to check these dogs, all expenses paid.
The benefit for the traveller, other than the satisfaction of helping stray dogs, is that they can play with each dog in Winnipeg before their flight takes off.
George has several partner organizations, but she is a one-woman show with transportation planning.
“I’m not an organization, I’m just one crazy lady,” she said. “It’s just me and the dogs, and they don’t really do anything. They just kind of reassign everything back to me.”
George says she focuses on northern Manitoba because many communities there organize dog culls, which she understands.
“When they start packing up, (the dogs) become dangerous,” she said.
The rescued dogs are flown from these northern communities to Winnipeg, where they are vetted, spayed or neutered and given all required shots.
“Don’t want to spread any diseases on the plane,” she said.
Once they’re in Winnipeg, George plans how the dogs will be transported to Ottawa, which involves recruiting volunteers with previously booked Westjet flights. George will then add several dogs to their boarding passes.
She said she preferred WestJet because the cargo holds of its planes had temperature controls, so they could take dogs year round, but she will use Air Canada for the same purpose if need to be.
George began her mission in 2017, when she discovered two stray German shepherd puppies in need of rescue in the northern Manitoba community of Red Sucker Lake. She said she learned about the transportation process involved and established a network of connections. Later, she decided to continue rescuing other strays.
George said she brought 150 dogs from northern areas in 2018 and in 2019 will have brought over 80 dogs by Saturday.
Once in Ottawa volunteers will pick up the dogs and George works with the Freedom Dog Rescue who help ensure they end up in various shelters across Ontario.
George said there are dogs flown in weekly so she is always in need of volunteers. Anyone arriving in Ottawa from Winnipeg who is interested in flying with — and playing with a dog can message her on Facebook.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – July 25, 2019 – Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA) continued to build on its strong start to 2019, with the second quarter of the year seeing increased domestic and international travel and cargo growth.
Winnipeg Richardson International Airport greeted more than 1.1 million travellers in the second quarter of 2019, a 1.9 percent increase over the same period in 2018. May 2019 saw the greatest increase, up 4.1 percent over the same period in 2018.
Building on our reputation as a Canadian cargo hub, the second quarter of 2019 saw a 4.5 percent increase in gross takeoff weight for cargo aircraft as compared to the second quarter of 2018. This is a key metric of air cargo performance, indicating that larger planes are flowing through our airport more often with more goods.
Consolidated revenue for WAA was $33.5 million compared to $32.6 million for the same period in 2018.
“These results reflect a strong demand for air travel in this region,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of WAA. “Sustainable growth in passenger and cargo traffic demonstrates that WAA’s plan is working.”
Earlier this summer, WAA employees planted the Airport Harvest Garden. This is the 23rd year of growing a garden at the airport and donating the vegetables to Winnipeg Harvest.
WAA is continuing to invest in the airport throughout the rest of 2019. In early September, the runway rehabilitation project will be complete and Runway 13/31 will re-open. Construction of the $27 million Ground Services Equipment Building continues, with a grand opening set for later this fall. Concessions inside the terminal will be updated, with new options being added in response to traveller feedback.
Travellers will have new options for direct routes later this year as low cost airline Swoop has added seven new direct routes including flights to Las Vegas, Los Cabos, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale.
The airline is strengthening its position as a leader in holiday travel this winter with new flights to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Florida
MONTREAL, July 4, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat is pleased to present travellers in Western Canada with its enriched winter 2019-2020 program for Sun destinations in Central America, Mexico, Florida, the Caribbean and Europe. Named the 2019 World’s Best Leisure Airline by Skytrax, Air Transat will be introducing beachgoers from the Vancouver area to new destinations in Florida, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Travellers will have a choice of 20 South and Europe destinations from Vancouver. The most scenic beaches in the South will be accessible to passengers flying out of Calgary, Victoria, Edmonton and Winnipeg as well.
New destinations and more flights to the most popular Sun destinations The addition of new Airbus A321neoLRs to its fleet next winter will allow the carrier greater flexibility to offer a wider choice of destinations to travellers. As of December, Air Transat will become the sole company to fly direct from Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale, Florida (two direct flights a week), while also adding departures to Liberia and San Jose, Costa Rica, (two flights a week) as well as a direct flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Along with its new destinations from Vancouver, Air Transat will enhance its flight program from Calgary, adding another direct flight to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a total of four direct flights a week.
Europe in winterFrom Vancouver, several of Canadians’ favourite European Sun destinations—such as Faro and Lisbon in Portugal and Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga in Spain—will be readily accessible via Montreal and Toronto. Flying through Toronto or Montreal, passengers will also be able to holiday in London, Glasgow and Manchester in the United Kingdom too, as well as in Paris, France.
Discovering more destinations with domestic and connecting flights Air Transat’s domestic flights, which link some major Canadian cities, will allow British Columbians to explore other regions in Canada as well as South and transatlantic destinations accessible via connecting flights. The airline will continue its five direct weekly flights between Vancouver and Toronto and four direct weekly flights between Vancouverand Montreal.
From Vancouver: 20 South and Europe destinations
Number of flights (during peak season)
2 flights a week
2 flights a week
Cayo Santa Maria
1 flight a week via Toronto
1 flight a week via Toronto
1 flight a week via Toronto
1 flight a week via Toronto
1 direct flight a week and 3 flights a week via Toronto