CardiAI launches COVID-19 testing facility at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport

WINNIPEG, MB, Nov. 22, 2021 /CNW/ – A new COVID-19 testing facility operated by Canadian medical research and biotech company CardiAI opens at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport to offer travellers an in-demand service at a fair market price.

The new COVID-19 testing facility operated by CardiAI located on the Departures Level at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport. (CNW Group/Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.)
The new COVID-19 testing facility operated by CardiAI located on the Departures Level at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport. (CNW Group/Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.)

CardiAI specializes in innovative healthcare technology and development centered on patient care and medical services. The Canadian company is currently operating COVID-19 testing laboratories in Calgary, Vancouver, and Mississauga to offer PCR, antibody and rapid antigen tests. CardiAI’s latest COVID-19 testing expansion lands at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport to help air passengers smoothly fulfill their testing requirements for travel.

CardiAI Logo (CNW Group/Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.)

“CardiAI’s new testing site at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport offers travellers a convenient location to obtain COVID-19 tests needed for travel,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “The pandemic has changed our industry and the addition of CardiAI assists travellers in meeting current testing requirements for international travel at a fair market price, while also opening the door for future services to serve the community.”

The new COVID-19 testing facility will be located inside the terminal building on the Departures Level at the far east end past the airline check-in counters. The site will support an array of different COVID-19 tests, including some with same-day results available, and will be open for walk-ins as well as scheduled appointments.

“This opportunity to begin operating out of Winnipeg Richardson International Airport opens the door for us to share our cost-effective, highly accurate and wide-ranging testing services with a new market to help further mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Anmol Kapoor, Founder and CEO of CardiAI. “We look forward to playing a critical role in helping those looking to travel receive the results they need to enter select regions, gain piece of mind and help us continue to work together to get ahead of the curve of this virus.”

CardiAI will be open seven days a week inside the terminal between 3:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for rapid antigen testing at $59 per test plus GST and Monday to Friday for RT-PCR testing at $149 per test plus GST. More information about the services CardiAI provides can be found on their website under the Winnipeg Lab section. To book an appointment or ask a question related to COVID-19 testing, contact CardiAI by email at ywgtravel@cardiai.com or call toll-free at 1(800) 403-8122.

Swoop Announces Major Expansion and Investment in Edmonton and Brings Nine New Routes to Alberta Capital

  • Ultra-low fare airline announces its largest expansion ever with eight new domestic routes as part of summer schedule and new non-stop service to Palm Springs
  • Brings enhanced connectivity to Atlantic Canada with first ever non-stop flights from Edmonton to New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and new non-stops to Nova Scotia
  • Reaffirms commitment to city by naming its newest aircraft #Edmonton
Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport welcomes Swoop's newest aircraft #Edmonton (CNW Group/Swoop)
Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport welcomes Swoop’s newest aircraft #Edmonton (CNW Group/Swoop)

EDMONTON, AB, Nov. 15, 2021 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low fare airline, reaffirmed its commitment to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region with the announcement of new service to one U.S. and eight domestic destinations from its Western Canadian base. The airline’s significant new investments were celebrated this morning alongside the unveiling of Swoop’s newest aircraft, which will fly with the name #Edmonton.

The airline’s growth will see Swoop’s flight capacity in Alberta’s capital increase 76% compared to pre-pandemic levels, supporting the creation of 140 additional direct and spin-off jobs and an anticipated $120M of economic output activityi in 2022.

From left to right (Juanita Marois, CEO, Métis Crossing, Tom Ruth, President & CEO, Edmonton International Airport, Charles Duncan, President of Swoop, Rajan Sawhney, Alberta Minister of Transportation, Rick Smith, Deputy Mayor of Leduc County, Tim Cartmell, City Councillor, City of Edmonton) (CNW Group/Swoop)
From left to right (Juanita Marois, CEO, Métis Crossing, Tom Ruth, President & CEO, Edmonton International Airport, Charles Duncan, President of Swoop, Rajan Sawhney, Alberta Minister of Transportation, Rick Smith, Deputy Mayor of Leduc County, Tim Cartmell, City Councillor, City of Edmonton) (CNW Group/Swoop)

“This is a major milestone for Swoop as we underscore our commitment to leading the way for ultra-low fare air travel in Canada and reaffirm our position as the airline with the most destinations from Edmonton,” said Charles Duncan, President of Swoop. “With a strong focus on growth and Edmonton as our partner, we will continue to provide our travellers with more non-stop flights and ultra-low fares while supporting the recovery of Canada’s travel and tourism economy.”

New non-stop flights to eight Canadian cities 

The addition of eight new Canadian destinations to Swoop’s summer schedule will see non-stop service from Edmonton to Charlottetown, Comox, Halifax, Kelowna, Moncton, Ottawa, Regina and Saskatoon. Swoop will be the first carrier to bring non-stop connectivity from Edmonton International Airport to Charlottetown and Moncton and the airline’s summer schedule will also see the restoration of service to London, Ont. 

Hello, Palm Springs!

Beginning December 16, Swoop’s transborder presence is growing from Edmonton with the addition of new service to Palm Springs. The scheduled non-stop service to Palm Springs will operate twice weekly.

#Edmonton

To commemorate its history and commitment to Edmonton, Swoop celebrated the naming of its newest aircraft #Edmonton alongside key government leaders and business stakeholders at Edmonton International Airport.

Following the event, the Boeing 737-800 aircraft entered service for the operation of flight WO 770 departing Edmonton at 12:00 local time, en route to Phoenix (Mesa), Arizona with a scheduled arrival of 3:30 PM local time. Edmontonians can expect to see #Edmonton operating several of Swoop’s newly announced routes.

Full schedule details of Swoop’s service from Edmonton can be found below.

 Domestic Routes

RoutePeak Weekly
Frequency
Start DateTotal one-
way fare
(CAD)
 †
Base Fare
(CAD)
Taxes and
Fees (CAD)
 
Edmonton – Halifax*5x weeklyMay 1, 2022$159$104.35$54.65
Edmonton – Charlottetown*2x weeklyJune 16, 2022$159$104.35$54.65
Edmonton – Kelowna*7x weeklyMay 5, 2022$49$1.59$47.41
Edmonton – Ottawa*4x weeklyApril 25, 2022$59$9.12$49.88
Edmonton – Comox*3x weeklyJune 9, 2022$49$1.59$47.41
Edmonton – Regina*2x weeklyJune 16. 2022$49$1.59$47.41
Edmonton – Saskatoon*2x weeklyJune 14, 2022$49$1.59$47.41
Edmonton – Moncton*2x weeklyJune 17, 2022$159$104.35$54.65
Edmonton – London3x weeklyJune 2, 2022$59$9.11$49.88
Edmonton – Winnipeg4x weeklyContinuing$160$105.30$54.69
Edmonton – Toronto14x weeklyContinuing$59$9.12$49.88
Edmonton – Hamilton7x weeklyContinuing$60$10.06$49.94
Edmonton – Abbotsford7x weeklyContinuing$49$1.59$47.41
Edmonton – Victoria7x weeklyContinuing$60$12.06$47.94
†Special introductory fares are limited quantity. Book by November 29, 2021 for travel between May 2 and June 22, 2022.

Transborder Routes

RoutePeak Weekly
Frequency
Start DateTotal one-
way fare
(CAD)
 †
Base Fare
(CAD)
Taxes and
Fees (CAD)
 
Edmonton – Las Vegas7x weeklyContinuing$99$8.84$90.16
Edmonton – Phoenix (Mesa)1x weeklyContinuing$110$18.36$91.63
† Book by November 29, 2021 for travel between May 2 and June 22, 2022.

New Service to Palm Springs

RoutePeak Weekly
Frequency
Start DateTotal one-
way fare
(CAD)
 †
Base Fare
(CAD)
Taxes and
Fees (CAD)
Edmonton – Palm Springs*2x WeeklyDecember 16, 2021$99$7.89$91.11
†Special introductory fares are limited quantity. Book by November 29, 2021 for travel between January 10 and February 19, 2022.

Supporting Quotes

“Swoop’s commitment to Edmonton is a clear sign that there is confidence in Alberta’s Recovery Plan. The new routes across Canada and to Palm Springs open up exciting opportunities for tourism and business.”

  • Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Transportation

“I want to thank Swoop for supporting the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Having increased connections across Canada and beyond through Edmonton International Airport is vital for our region. As a major city contributing to Alberta’s recovery, strong air service will help us create jobs and grow our economy.”

  • Amarjeet Sohi, Mayor of Edmonton

“Next time you hear a plane passing over, look up, look way up, and you just might see #Edmonton flying by. Thank you Swoop for naming one of your fleet after our great community, we’re honoured you will help carry the name Edmonton across Canada and North America. Your dedication to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region is helping bring more low-cost travel options for our passengers and we can’t wait for these new destinations to start.”

  • Tom Ruth, President and CEO, Edmonton International Airport

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, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity has safely carried more than 3 million travellers in three years of operation. FlySwoop.com allows travellers to quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight.     

Source: Swoop 2022 Edmonton International Airport Economic Impacts performed by the Chris Lowe Group

United Airlines drops Winnipeg service

Airline ‘will continue to review the market through 2022’

From Winnipeg Free Press – link to source story

By: Martin Cash | Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021

<img src="https://media.winnipegfreepress.com/images/NEP11329543.jpg" alt="Jeff Chiu / The Associated Press files</p><p>United Airlines planes won’t be landing or taking off from Winnipeg any time soon.

Jeff Chiu / The Associated Press filesUnited Airlines planes won’t be landing or taking off from Winnipeg any time soon.

Cross-border travel by land may have just returned but air travellers from Winnipeg to U.S. destinations will still face lots of uncertainty and significantly fewer choices.

The number of direct flights from Winnipeg to U.S. destinations has never been bountiful. For some time during the pandemic no international flights were allowed.

But while air travel starts to pick up — the Winnipeg airport is now at about 50 per cent of its pre-pandemic traffic — this week United Airlines dealt a disappointing setback to the Winnipeg airport and local travellers, letting it be known the airline will likely not be resuming its direct flights to Chicago and Denver.

Airlines are struggling with every manner of logistical consideration — including staffing up again, deployment of planes and trying to gauge relative demand from region to region.

Tyler MacAfee, vice-president, communications and government relations for the Winnipeg Airports Authority, said he believes United’s decision to continue to delay resumption of service from Winnipeg was more about its own asset deployment than it is about attracting enough business out of this market.

“It’s not really an issue about the Winnipeg market itself. It’s really about their resource allocation,” MacAfee said. “The challenge for airlines and everyone in the industry is getting that capacity back.”

The online airline industry publication, Simple Flying, reported on nine routes United was shelving, including the Chicago-to-Winnipeg and Denver-to-Winnipeg flights noting that most were short flights with other airports that United services within driving distance. The only outlier among them was the Winnipeg destination.

In response to a request for a rationale not to resume the Winnipeg routes, a spokesperson for United told the Free Press that, “We are maintaining the ongoing suspension of service to Winnipeg that’s been in place since April 2020 but will continue to review the market through 2022.”

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MacAfee said there have been on-going discussions with United which has not been active in this market since the start of the pandemic.

“We have been talking to them about when they would restart and it’s now being pushed out further,” he said. “We were hoping for the spring. We will keep talking and working with them to get them back as soon as they can.”

With the absence of direct flights to Chicago and Denver, there are now only two regular scheduled direct flights to U.S. destinations available from Winnipeg — Delta’s service to Minneapolis which started back up in September and the brand new service to Mesa/Phoenix just inaugurated by WestJet’s ultra low-cost carrier, Swoop, that started last week.

Swoop also started direct seasonal flights to Puerto Vallarta and will commence service to Orlando in December.

“We still know there will be options out of this market, which is important,” MacAfee said.

Swoop to Reconnect Winnipeg to the Sun and Sand

Airline celebrates return of its international departures from Winnipeg Richardson International Airport and brings back popular sun flights to region

WINNIPEG, MB, Nov. 1, 2021 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop resumed international flight operations at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport with the departure of flight WO 728 bound for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The ultra-low-cost carrier is set to bring even more sun service to Winnipeg with the return of non-stop flights to Puerto Vallarta on November 4, 2021 and launch of service to new destinations including Cancun on December 3, 2021 and Orlando (Sanford) on December 11, 2021.  

To celebrate the return of Swoop’s sun and fun destinations, between now and November 8, 2021, Winnipeg travellers can use the promo code GET50 to receive 50% off base fares from Winnipeg to Phoenix-Mesa, Orlando (Sanford), Puerto Vallarta and Cancun.

“We are extremely proud to be the first Canadian airline to resume international operations out of Winnipeg,” said Charles Duncan, President of Swoop. “The return of our non-stop service to popular sun destinations, like Phoenix-Mesa plays an important role in our commitment to meeting the demand for ultra-low-cost fares in Winnipeg, while supporting the rebound of air travel in the region.”

Today’s departure signals a significant milestone for Swoop and Winnipeg Airport Authority, with flight WO 728 marking the first international departure from Winnipeg to a sun destination since the onset of the pandemic.

“Swoop reintroducing non-stop flights between Winnipeg and Phoenix-Mesa represents an important milestone for our community,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “The return of this service marks the first flights to a winter sun destination available out of Winnipeg Richardson International Airport since the onset of the pandemic. We are excited to see this popular route return to help meet demand within the Winnipeg market and kickstart the winter travel season at the airport.”

GET50 Terms and Conditions:

Book by November 8, 2021 (11:59 p.m. MT) | Travel between November 2, 2021 and December 16, 2022. | Eligible markets: Winnipeg to the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. | Limit of 100 redemptions. | Fares are not guaranteed until payment is made and accepted. | Flights are subject to availability and may not operate on all days. | Non-refundable. | Promo code applicable on new, web bookings only. | One promo code per booking. | Cannot be combined with any other promotion or offer. | Discount applicable to base fare only. Not applicable on taxes, fees, or ancillary products and services. | Learn more about baggage and optional fees at www.FlySwoop.com/Optional-Services-and-Fees.

To learn more about Swoop and find ultra-low fare flights to destinations in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, please visit FlySwoop.com. Find out more on how Swoop is ensuring a safe and healthy travel experience at 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, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity has safely carried more than 3 million travellers in three years of operation. FlySwoop.com allows travellers to quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight. 

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

					

WestJet to return to 95 destinations this winter

Airline continues to restore sun, transborder and domestic routes as Canadians confidence in travel grows

CALGARY, AB, Oct. 25, 2021 /CNW/ – This winter, WestJet is set to restore service and connectivity to more than 95 destinations across the airline’s domestic, transborder, sun and international network as of December.

“As Canadians confidence in travel grows, the return of service to 95 destinations marks a major milestone in rebuilding our network to pre-pandemic levels,” said John Weatherill, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “We have our sights set on restoring our global network to reach more than 100 destinations and continue to focus on alleviating the current travel barriers in place for our guests.”

“These investments demonstrate our commitment to restoring routes and connectivity to communities across Canada,” continued Weatherill. “Travel advisories are evolving in real-time and it is critical that policies implemented prior to the widespread availability of vaccines are recalibrated to accelerate Canada’s economic recovery and to reflect the new fully-vaccinated travel journey.”

Strengthening sun service and transborder flights from Toronto

With the addition of seven returning flights from Toronto, WestJet will offer non-stop service to 55 destinations including 26 international, 17 domestic and 12 transborder this winter from Toronto.

  • Toronto – Boston
  • Toronto – Miami
  • Toronto – Grand Cayman
  • Toronto – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Toronto – San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Toronto – Roatan
  • Toronto – Kelowna*

Increasing sun flights and non-stop options to Hawaii from Calgary

As the airline with the most flights this winter from Calgary, WestJet is set to offer non-stop service to 61 destinations from Calgary including 30 domestic, 19 transborder and 12 international destinations from YYC with the addition of the following non-stop flights.

  • Calgary – Fort Lauderdale
  • Calgary – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Calgary – Lihue
  • Calgary – Kona

WestJet continues to be the Canadian carrier that offers the most flights to Hawaii to the four major islands from Western Canada.

New non-stop sun flights for Winnipeg and Regina connectivity

WestJet is adding non-stop options to Cancun and Orlando with the return of international flights to Winnipeg. The airline will also restore four-times weekly non-stop service between Regina and Winnipeg.

  • Winnipeg – Cancun
  • Winnipeg – Orlando
  • Winnipeg – Regina

Connecting Edmonton and Honolulu non-stop

WestJet will connect guests between Edmonton and Honolulu beginning December 18, 2021. This winter the airline will serve 24 domestic, international and transborder destinations non-stop from Alberta’s capital city.

  • Edmonton – Honolulu, Hawaii

Service between Kelowna and Toronto to return for peak holiday travel

WestJet is increasing Kelowna’s non-stop options with the return of three-times weekly service between Toronto and Kelowna from December 17 to January 5, 2022.

  • Kelowna – Toronto*

Full schedule details are available online here.

Frequency and start dates of returning service added to WestJet’s winter schedule:

Route Frequency Start Date  
Toronto – Boston 4x weekly  December 17
Toronto – Miami 4x weekly  December 16
Toronto – Grand Cayman 1x weekly  December 16
Toronto – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 2x weekly  December 17
Toronto – Roatan  1x weekly  December 19
Toronto – San Juan, Puerto Rico 1x weekly  December 18
Toronto – Kelowna* 3x weekly  December 17 –
January 5, 2022
Calgary – Fort Lauderdale  1x weekly  December 18
Calgary – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 1x weekly  December 18
Calgary – Lihue 1x weekly  December 19
Calgary – Kona 1x weekly  December 19
Winnipeg – Cancun Up to 3x weekly  December 17
Winnipeg – Orlando 1x weekly  December 18
Winnipeg – Regina 4x weekly  December 16
Edmonton – Honolulu, Hawaii  1x weekly  December 18
Kelowna – Toronto*   3x weekly  December 17 –
January 5, 2022

To ensure guests are equipped and prepared with the information they need to enjoy a smooth and safe return to travel the airline has created its Travel Ready Series. 

About WestJet 
In 25 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 promise. During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium.

Flair Airlines grows schedule 33% in Canada and the U.S. with four new aircraft

  • Service will launch in Spring 2022 to San Francisco, Nashville, and Denver in the U.S., between Toronto and Victoria and to Comox, B.C., in Canada
  • Canadian ULCC adds four aircraft to bases in Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver
  • 150 new jobs created from schedule and fleet growth

Edmonton, Alberta, Oct. 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Flair Airlines, Canada’s only independent ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC), continues its unprecedented growth with the deployment of four brand new 737 MAX aircraft in April and May 2022. Two additional aircraft will be added to Flair’s Toronto base, bringing the total there to five.  A second aircraft will be added to Flair’s Edmonton base and a third aircraft to its Vancouver base. Flair’s Spring 2022 schedule will expand from twelve aircraft to sixteen, delivering 33% schedule growth.

A whopping 14 new routes will be added, including service to four fantastic new destinations. Three new cities will be added to Flair’s network in the US, allowing Canadians to finally travel affordably to San Francisco, Nashville, and Denver.  Flair will also launch Comox as a second gateway to Vancouver Island, complementing existing service to Victoria and allowing visitors to explore even more of the island.

“Travelling and reconnecting with friends will be among the top priorities for many Canadians in the coming months, and Flair is continuing our growth by adding more aircraft and routes so we can bring sustainably low fares to even more iconic destinations across North America,” said Stephen Jones, President and CEO, Flair Airlines. “Whether you’re looking for a weekend break on Vancouver Island or hiking in the Rockies, Flair will get you there affordably.”

With the addition of these four aircraft, Flair will create 150 new jobs for flight attendants, pilots and operational support staff. Flair is currently recruiting for 100 pilot positions to meet the needs of its growing fleet.

Flair is adding new 737 MAX aircraft as it strives to achieve the lowest cost per seat mile of any Canadian airline. The aircraft deliver fuel savings and reduce the airline’s CO2 emissions by 14%. Lower per passenger emissions are a vital step in lowering Flair’s carbon footprint as it works to become Canada’s greenest and most sustainable airline.

Fares to US destinations start between $99 and $129 CAD one-way and several of the new domestic Canadian routes have fares as low as $49 CAD one way, including taxes and fees. All routes and schedule details can be viewed at https://www.flyflair.com.

Flair is also starting service to 6 US destinations this Fall and currently serves 18 destinations in Canada. Flair is growing to serve 28 destinations by spring 2022. 

Toronto Pearson Base Grows to 5 Aircraft

The addition of two aircraft based in Toronto will grow Flair’s footprint to five aircraft. Flair will be providing low fares on nonstop flights to 19 destinations from Toronto Pearson Airport.

“We are excited to welcome Flair’s new routes as they expand their network and offer Canadians more options to travel to the U.S. as well as the picturesque destination of Victoria, BC. Passengers travelling through Pearson can do so confidently with many measures in place to keep them safe, such as no- and low-touch check-in and bag drop, improved air quality and contactless shopping and dining options,” said Craig Bradbrook, Chief Operating Officer, Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

Edmonton Base Opening in December

In December, Flair will be opening a base in Edmonton with the addition of a new aircraft and adding new nonstop service to Hollywood-Burbank, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Phoenix-Mesa. The spring addition of routes to Nashville, San Francisco, Comox, Regina, Montreal, Winnipeg and Saskatoon will join the nonstop flights Flair currently provides to 7 domestic destinations from Edmonton.

“Grab a guitar and get ready to go! Edmonton loves country music and we’re excited to have Nashville joining our list of non-stop destinations. All new and added service supports our recovery which is important for both our business community and leisure travellers. I want to thank Flair for adding these American destinations along with significant increases in service for several Canadian cities. I’m confident our community will embrace these flights and this increased service from Flair,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO, Edmonton International Airport.

Additional Vancouver Growth

Adding a third aircraft to the Vancouver base allows Flair to expand service in Western Canada. The nonstop flights to San Francisco and Kelowna will follow new service starting this Fall that includes nonstop flights from Vancouver to Hollywood-Burbank, Palm Springs, Phoenix-Mesa and Las Vegas.

“We are thrilled to support the growth of Flair’s network from YVR. This latest announcement will mean new options out of YVR to popular destinations to BC’s interior and south of the border,” said Russell Atkinson, Director, Air Service Development, Vancouver Airport Authority. “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.”

ULCC Growth Benefits Canadian Travellers

With the addition of new aircraft and more capacity, Flair is providing more affordable air travel options across Canada and to the USA. As travel returns, Flair’s low fares will help kickstart tourism and reconnect families.  

“We’re excited to welcome Flair Airlines to Nashville International Airport®, which means more connectivity between Nashville and Canadian destinations,” said Doug Kreulen, Nashville International Airport president and CEO. “Edmonton is an outstanding new addition to BNA’s® portfolio of international flights, and more service to Toronto is great news for everyone. We look forward to welcoming Flair passengers to Nashville next April with ultra-low fares.”

“Expanding Denver’s global connectivity not only aids in our economic recovery, it also continues to elevate our city as a global hub,” Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “As borders reopen and we begin to welcome back international travel, the investment by Flair into Denver is a big boost for our community and local businesses.”

“We’re excited to see our partnership with Flair continue to evolve as we work to restore in-demand travel options interrupted amid the pandemic,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “The return of this route will provide travellers with additional, convenient options when flying between Winnipeg and Edmonton, whether to visit family and friends or pursue business or study opportunities. We look forward to welcoming back this popular route, meeting our community’s needs through services at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport.”

“Skyxe is excited to be expanding our relationship with Flair Airlines. Edmonton is a high traffic market for Saskatoon, and we hope the addition of Flair’s low cost service option will allow many of our residents to visit friends and family in Edmonton more often,” said Stephen Maybury, CEO of Skyxe Saskatoon Airport.

“We’re very excited that Flair Air has chosen Comox as the gateway to central Vancouver Island,” said Mike Atkins, CEO of the Comox Valley Airport Commission. “As air travel continues to rebound, Flair’s service to Calgary and Edmonton will provide incredible low-cost options to visitors, businesses and friends and family alike. We can’t wait to share the beauty of Vancouver Island with Flair’s passengers.” 

“We are delighted to see more options for passengers on the very popular Vancouver – Kelowna and Victoria – Kelowna routes as we continue to see more growth by Flair out of Kelowna,” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director, Kelowna 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.

New Destinations for March & April 2022:

USA

  • Nashville, TN (BNA)
  • Denver, CO (DEN)
  • San Francisco, CA (SFO)

CANADA

  • Comox, BC (YQQ)

New Routes

USA

  • Toronto – Nashville (YYZ-BNA) – 2x weekly starting April 14, 2022
  • Toronto – Denver (YYZ-DEN) – 3x weekly starting April 15, 2022
  • Edmonton – Nashville (YEG-BNA) – 2x weekly starting April 14, 2022
  • Edmonton – San Francisco (YEG-SFO) – 2x weekly starting April 14, 2022
  • Vancouver – San Francisco (YVR-SFO) – 3x weekly May 17, 2022

CANADA

  • Calgary – Comox (YYC-YQQ) – 3x weekly starting March 29, 2022
  • Edmonton – Comox (YEG-YQQ) – 3x weekly starting March 29, 2022
  • Edmonton – Regina (YEG-YQR) – 2x weekly starting April 14, 2022
  • Edmonton – Montreal (YEG-YUL) – 3x weekly starting April 15, 2022
  • Edmonton – Winnipeg (YEG-YWG) – 3x weekly starting April 15, 2022
  • Edmonton – Saskatoon (YEG-YXE) – 3x weekly starting April 15, 2022
  • Toronto – Victoria (YYZ-YYJ) – 1x weekly starting May 7, 2022
  • Vancouver – Kelowna (YVR-YLW) – 3x weekly starting May 16, 2022
  • Kelowna – Victoria (YLW–YYJ) – 3x weekly starting May 16, 2022

Swoop Arrives at Orlando Sanford International Airport

Inaugural flight from Toronto Pearson International Airport marks exciting milestone for Canada’s ultra-not expensive airline as it grows U.S. network 

TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – Today, Swoop celebrated its first flight to Orlando Sanford International Airport. The ultra-low-cost airline’s inaugural service took off from Toronto Pearson International Airport at 8:00 a.m. EST and safely arrived at 11:00 a.m. local time.

From left to right: Shane Workman, Head of Flight Operations, Swoop | Elizabeth Brown, CEO, Sanford International Inc. | Tom Nolan, President of Sanford Airport Authority (CNW Group/Swoop)
From left to right: Shane Workman, Head of Flight Operations, Swoop | Elizabeth Brown, CEO, Sanford International Inc. | Tom Nolan, President of Sanford Airport Authority (CNW Group/Swoop)
Swoop flight WO740 arriving at Sanford International Airport (CNW Group/Swoop)
Swoop flight WO740 arriving at Sanford International Airport (CNW Group/Swoop)

“We are thrilled to be expanding our U.S. network with the launch of today’s inaugural flight to Orlando Sanford International Airport,” said Shane Workman, Head of Flight Operations, Swoop. “We know Canadians are eager to travel south to sunny Florida this winter and Orlando Sanford International Airport’s convenience, accessibility and proximity to nearby attractions make it the perfect gateway to the region.”

Today’s inaugural kicked off the first of four new non-stop routes to Orlando Sanford International Airport for the ultra-low-cost airline. In the coming months, additional non-stop service to Orlando Sanford is set to begin from Hamilton, ON, Winnipeg, MB and Edmonton, AB.

Details of Swoop’s service to Orlando Sanford

RoutePlanned Start DatePeak Weekly Frequency
Toronto (YYZ) – Orlando Sanford (SFB)October 9, 20213x Weekly
Hamilton (YHM) – Orlando Sanford (SFB)November 1, 20212x Weekly
Edmonton (YEG) – Orlando Sanford (SFB)December 3, 20212x Weekly
Winnipeg (YWG) – Orlando Sanford (SFB)December 10, 20212x Weekly

To celebrate this new route, Swoop’s Head of Flight Operations, Shane Workman, was joined by Tom Nolan, President of Sanford Airport Authority and Elizabeth Brown, President & CEO, Sanford Internal Inc., for an inaugural ceremony upon arrival at Sanford International Airport. Travellers were also treated to inflight refreshments and giveaways. 

To learn more about Swoop and for flights to Orlando Sanford 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, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity has safely carried more than 3 million travellers in three years of operation. FlySwoop.com allows travellers to quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight. 

Winnipeg Airport Authority’s Board of Directors Announces Retirement of President and CEO Barry Rempel

WAA President and CEO Barry Rempel poses in front of a Winnipeg Richardson International Airport sign.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – September 21, 2021 – The Board of Directors of Winnipeg Airports Authority today announced that President and CEO Barry Rempel will retire at the end of 2021. Mr. Rempel informed the Board of his decision early this summer, and a global executive search firm is already leading the recruitment process for the company’s next President and CEO.

“Barry’s contribution to Winnipeg is profound,” said Brita Chell, Chair of the WAA Board of Directors. “Since joining WAA in 2002, Barry has led the airport’s transformation into the asset our community enjoys today. Throughout his career, Barry has focused on service to the community and that approach is now embedded in the culture of our company. It is no doubt the main reason WAA has been one of Manitoba’s Top Employers for ten years in a row. Whether rolling up his sleeves at the airport garden to help grow vegetables for those in need or finding innovative ways to diversify the company’s business model, Barry’s impact will be lasting. On behalf of the entire Board, I want to thank him for his service to our airport and community.”

Since joining WAA as President and CEO in 2002, Mr. Rempel led a period of unprecedented redevelopment of the airport campus. By focusing on mutually beneficial partnerships, he and his team brought new tenants to the airport, including Canada Post and General Electric, new airport hotels, and importantly for the development of our community, worked to deliver significantly expanded air cargo operations. The largest publicly visible project during his tenure was the new air terminal building which opened to great community excitement in October of 2011.

Prior to joining WAA in 2002, Mr. Rempel was President and CEO of Tradeparks Development Corp., the land and business development subsidiary of Calgary Airport Authority, having previously served 26 years with Canadian Airlines International in various roles, closing his tenure there as the chief executive for Cargo and Canadian North operating divisions.

Mr. Rempel’s involvement in the community and aviation industry has been extensive. He is chair of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art and Learning Centre Capital Campaign and sits on the Board of Economic Development Winnipeg and the Canadian Airports Council. Currently serving on the RCAF Commander’s Council, Mr. Rempel has also served as Honorary Colonel of 17 Wing and was the first Honorary Colonel of 1 Canadian Air Division. Mr. Rempel is in his second term as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Winnipeg.

Recruitment for the next President and CEO is underway and expected to be completed by the end of the year.

About Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.
Winnipeg Airports Authority serves the community by leading transportation innovation and growth. As a non-share capital corporation, all net revenue is reinvested back into delivering on our mission of providing excellent airport services and facilities in a fiscally prudent manner. 

WAA is proud to be recognized as one of Manitoba’s Top Employers for 2021, the tenth year in a row.

Swoop Heats Up Winter Schedule with New Service from Winnipeg to Orlando Sanford

Ultra-low cost airline to connect Winnipeg to sunny Central Florida just in time for winter travel

WINNIPEG, MB, Sept. 16, 2021 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop announced new service between Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (YWG) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) to its winter schedule, reaffirming Swoop’s commitment to bringing more ultra-low cost service from Winnipeg to domestic and transborder destinations. Seats from Winnipeg to Orlando Sanford are on sale now, with non-stop service set to begin in December.

“We are thrilled to be bringing more ultra-low fares and connectivity to Winnipeg through the addition of non-stop service to Orlando Sanford just in time for the winter season,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial & Finance at Swoop. “Winnipeg is an important part of our network and as we continue to recover our operations, we remain committed to supporting the recovery of inbound and outbound air travel to the region.”

Details of Swoop’s Winter Service between Winnipeg and Orlando Sanford

RoutePlanned Start DatePeak Weekly FrequencyTotal one-way price (CAD)Base Fare (CAD)Taxes and fees (CAD)
Orlando Sanford – WinnipegDecember 9, 20212x Weekly$139 † CAD $101.02$37.80
Winnipeg – Orlando SanfordDecember 10, 20212x Weekly$139 † CAD $38.13$100.87

†Special introductory fares are limited quantity. Book by Sep 22, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET) or while seats last, for travel between December 9, 2021 and April 30, 2022. Blackout dates between December 16, 2021 and January 6, 2022, March 11, 2022 – April 4, 2022.

With demand for both transborder and international travel returning, today’s announcement signals another strong sign of recovery for the airline as it gears up for the winter season. Orlando Sanford marks the fourth sun-destination for Winnipeggers to choose from when looking to book a warm-weather getaway. Swoop’s always affordable low fares from Winnipeg to Phoenix Mesa, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta are all available for booking now, with flights set to begin this November.

“We’re proud to be teaming up with Swoop to restore service interrupted amid the pandemic and help our community gain access to more in-demand travel destinations,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “Today’s exciting announcement from Swoop is welcome news and further demonstrates the strong demand for travel in the Winnipeg market as more routes continue to return to serve the region.”

 “We are pleased that Swoop will be increasing the number of destinations to accommodate all the pent-up air travel between Canada and Florida.”

–  Tom Nolan, President and CEO Orlando Sanford International Airport

To learn more about Swoop, 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 nine Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity has safely carried more than 3 million travellers in three years of operation. Flyswoop.com allows travellers to quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight.