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Abbotsford Airshow features Snowbirds, Thunderbirds and more

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57th annual event runs Aug. 9 to 11 at Abbotsford Airport

The Abbotsford International Airshow runs Aug. 9 to 11 at the Abbotsford International Airport. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Aug. 7, 2019 12:46 p.m.

It will be “Thunder Over the Valley” this weekend as the 57th annual Abbotsford International Airshow comes to town.

The show runs Friday to Sunday at Abbotsford International Airport.

The event kicks off with the Friday Twilight Show from 3 to 10:30 p.m. featuring the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the CF-18 Hornet Twilight Demo, and a fireworks finale.

After sunset, several hot air balloons will become giant colourful lanterns across the airshow grounds.

Saturday and Sunday are full-day shows, with flying events, attractions, exhibits and attractions from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

More than 40 food trucks and vendors will be on hand serving everything from classic festival fare to ethnic cuisine.

Featured performances include the USAF Thunderbirds, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the US Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight, the Canadian Forces Skyhawks Parachute Demonstration Team, and demos from RCAF CC-177 Globemaster III and Canadian Forces Search and Rescue.

On-ground attractions include the McDonald’s Kidzone, Science World on the Road, STEM exhibits, the Air Canada Autograph Booth, and Precision Exotics Autocross.

Visit abbotsfordairshow.com for more information.

BC Transit is providing a special shuttle to and from the airshow.

The Airshow Shuttle leaves from Bourquin Exchange downtown and travels on South Fraser Way to Highstreet Mall, with stops at Old Yale and Clearbrook, and Townline and Old Yale.

From Highstreet, it travels down Mt. Lehman to the Abbotsford Airport without stopping. Drop-off and pick-up take place on Threshold Drive at the campground.

On Friday, the first shuttle leaves from town at 3:05 p.m., with the last trip leaving the airport at 10:45 p.m.

On both Saturday and Sunday, the first shuttle from downtown leaves at 9:35 a.m., and the last trip leaves the airport at 6:05 p.m.

Route 66 Fraser Valley Express (FVX) will connect to the Airshow Shuttle at Highstreet Mall. Regular fares will apply.

Visit bctransit.com/central-fraser-valley for more details.

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Flair Airlines announces 2019/2020 winter schedule

Provided by Flair Airline/Globe Newswire

Edmonton, July 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

Flair Airlines announced its 2019/2020 winter schedule with low fare service out of seven Canadian gateways; Abbotsford, Vancouver, Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto’s Pearson International.  

Jim Scott, Flair’s CEO commented, “As Canada’s only independent low fare airline, our new winter schedule will bring more and more Canadians together right across the country. With over a million passengers flown in the last year, we are quietly building a very loyal group of ‘Flair Flyers’.”

Commencing on October 27th the new winter schedule sees a continuation of Flair’s recently introduced and highly competitive daily non-stop services from Toronto (YYZ) to both Vancouver (YVR) and Calgary (YYC). At its winter peak, Flair will operate some 146 flights per week utilizing its fleet which includes both Boeing 737-800s and 737-400s.

Flair’s 2019/2020 winter schedule from Oct. 27, 2019 – Mar. 27, 2020 features: 

From EdmontonWeekly DeparturesDays
to Kelowna4Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Vancouver10Daily
to Abbotsford5Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat
to Toronto (Pearson)7Daily
   
From Toronto (Pearson)Weekly DeparturesDays
to Edmonton7Daily
to Vancouver7Daily
to Winnipeg4Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Calgary7Daily
   
From CalgaryWeekly DeparturesDays
to Vancouver7Daily
to Winnipeg4Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Abbotsford7Daily
to Toronto (Pearson)7Daily
   
From VancouverWeekly DeparturesDays
to Edmonton10Daily
to Calgary7Daily
to Toronto (Pearson)7Daily
   
From AbbotsfordWeekly DeparturesDays
to Edmonton5Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat
to Calgary7Daily
   
From WinnipegWeekly DeparturesDays
to Calgary4Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Toronto (Pearson)4Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
   
From KelownaWeekly DeparturesDays
to Edmonton4Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri

Note: additional frequencies will be available during the holiday season.

For more on Flair’s 2019/2020 schedule, please visit https://flyflair.com/travel-info/schedule/

Swoop releases its 2019 Winter schedule, adds Los Cabos to its network

Provided by Swoop/CNW

Airline brings more sun flying to Canadians this winter, adds three aircraft to its fleet

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CALGARY, June 25, 2019 /CNW/ – Today Swoop released its 2019 winter schedule with non-stop flights available for booking from June 25, 2019 through April 25, 2020. The schedule boasts 28 winter getaway routes, including the enticing new destination of Los Cabos, Mexico.

As part of the winter schedule, Swoop announced three-times weekly service between Edmonton International Airport (YEG) and twice-weekly service between Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (YWG) and Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). The Los Cabos routes start November 2, 2019 and November 17, 2019, respectively.

“The 2019 winter schedule adds Las Cabos and expands service at existing domestic locations,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “This past year we’ve learned that our network is solid and now we’re tweaking it using our next three planned aircraft deliveries. Our travellers have been asking for more sun-service and we have responded by adding routes from Winnipeg, Edmonton and London, Ont.”

Swoop’s service in Winnipeg will increase from 16 to 26 weekly flights at the height of the winter schedule, 14 of which will serve transborder and international destinations. Winnipeg will enjoy new service toPuerto Vallarta and Los Cabos, Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; Mesa, Arizona; and Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa Bay, Florida.

Edmonton will add service to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, Los Cabos and Cancun, Mexico.

New sun-service from London, Ontario includes Cancun, Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Orlando, Florida.

Swoop has maintained its growth plan and will be accepting the delivery of three more aircraft by the end of 2019, bringing its fleet total to 10 Boeing 737-NG 800s.

Flights are now available for booking through to April 25, 2020.  

Details of Swoop’s winter schedule 

Domestic 
Markets
Service StartsService 
Offered
Weekly 
Frequency
Air 
Transportation 
Charges (ATC) 
base fare from
Taxes, 
Fees and 
Charges
Total One-
Way Price 
From *
Abbotsford 
and London
June 25Daily except 
Saturday
6x$87.17$11.83$99CAD
Abbotsford 
and Winnipeg
June 25Monday, 
Wednesday 
& Friday
3x$115.73$13.26$129CAD
Edmonton 
and 
Abbotsford
June 25Daily16x$19.07$39.93$59CAD
Edmonton 
and Winnipeg
June 25Monday, 
Wednesday 
& Friday
3x$19.07$39.93$59CAD
Edmonton 
and Hamilton
June 25Daily except 
Saturday
6x$76.21$42.79$119CAD
Edmonton 
and London
June 25Daily except 
Saturday
6x$57.17$41.83$99CAD
Hamilton and AbbotsfordJune 25Daily except 
Saturday
6x$108.59$50.41$159CAD
Hamilton and 
Winnipeg
June 25Daily except 
Thursday
6x$46.64$42.36$89CAD
Hamilton and 
Halifax
June 25Tuesday, 
Thursday, 
Friday & 
Saturday
4x$55.49$43.51$99CAD
Transborder 
Markets
Service StartsService OfferedWeekly 
Frequency
Air 
Transportation 
Charges (ATC) 
base fare from
Taxes,
Fees and 
Charges
Total One-
Way Price 
From *
Abbotsford 
and Las 
Vegas
June 25Thursday & 
Sunday
2x$38.44$60.56$99CAD
Kelowna and 
Las Vegas
June 25Thursday & 
Sunday
2x$18.44$80.56$99CAD
Edmonton 
and Las 
Vegas
June 25Daily7x$27.49$91.51$119CAD
Edmonton 
and Orlando
June 25Monday & 
Friday
2x$65.58$93.41$159CAD
Edmonton 
and Mesa
June 25Wednesday & 
Sunday
2x$85.00$94.39$179.39CAD
Winnipeg and Las VegasNovember 15Monday & 
Friday
2x$51.53$87.47$139CAD
Winnipeg and 
Orlando
November 15Tuesday & 
Friday
2x$51.53$87.47$139CAD
Winnipeg and 
Fort 
Lauderdale
November 16Monday & 
Saturday
2x$70.58$88.42$159CAD
Winnipeg and 
Tampa Bay
November 17Thursday & 
Sunday
2x$51.53$87.47$139CAD
Winnipeg and 
Mesa
December 15Thursday & 
Sunday
2x$89.63$89.37$179CAD
London and
Las Vegas
October 3Thursday & 
Sunday
2x$69.00$70.00$139CAD
London and 
Orlando
October 26Wednesday & 
Saturday
2x$69.00$70.00$139CAD
Hamilton and 
Las Vegas
June 25Monday, 
Thursday, 
Friday & 
Sunday
4x$68.68 $90.32$159CAD
Hamilton 
and Orlando
June 25Monday, 
Wednesday, 
Thursday & 
Saturday
4x$30.58$88.42$119CAD
Hamilton and 
Tampa Bay
June 25Monday, 
Wednesday & 
Sunday
3x$30.58$88.42$119CAD
Hamilton and 
Fort 
Lauderdale
June 25Monday, 
Friday & 
Saturday
3x$30.58$88.41$119CAD
International 
Markets
Service StartsService 
Offered
Weekly 
Frequency
Air 
Transportation
Charges (ATC) 
base fare from
Taxes, 
Fees and Charges
Total One-
Way Price
From *
Abbotsford 
and Mazatlán
June 25Wednesday 
& Friday
2x$95.27$63.91$159.18CAD
Abbotsford 
and Puerto 
Vallarta
June 25Monday & 
Saturday
2x$135.27$63.91$199.18CAD
Edmonton
and Los 
Cabos
November 2Tuesday, 
Thursday & 
Saturday
3x$83.59$95.41$179CAD
Edmonton 
and Puerto 
Vallarta
October 19Monday & Saturday2x$83.59$95.41$179CAD
Edmonton 
and Cancun
October 24Thursday &
Saturday
2x$83.59$95.41$179CAD
Edmonton 
and Mazatlán
November 2Wednesday & 
Saturday
2x$83.59$95.41$179CAD
Winnipeg and
Los Cabos
November 17Wednesday & 
Sunday
2x$108.84$90.16$199CAD
Winnipeg and 
Puerto 
Vallarta
November 27Tuesday2x$88.84$90.16$179CAD
London and 
Cancun
October 24Thursday & 
Saturday
2x$107.18$71.82$179CAD
Hamilton and 
Puerto 
Vallarta
June 25Wednesday, 
Friday & 
Sunday
3x$87.02$92.16$179.18CAD
Hamilton and 
Cancun
June 25Tuesday, 
Thursday & 
Saturday
3x$47.02$92.16$139.18CAD
Hamilton and Montego BayJune 25Wednesday & 
Saturday
2x$37.63$111.36$149CAD
*Every day low fares. Lower promotional fares may be available during select travel periods.   

“Our growing partnership with Swoop is creating more options for Winnipeg travellers while giving new visitors the opportunity to come explore our great city,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “These new non-stop direct routes enhance Winnipeg’s network for the benefit of our community.”

“We want to thank Swoop for increasing its service to the Edmonton Metro Region and helping bring those warm, sunny destinations a little closer,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO Edmonton International Airport. “Our market is always looking for new ways to explore the world.”

“We’re excited to offer passengers non-stop ultra-low-cost flights to Cancun, Las Vegas and Orlando from London” says Michael Seabrook, CEO at London International Airport. “These added flights are further indications of Swoop’s success in London. With the combination of great flight dates and ultra-low-cost fares, we hope travellers in Southwestern Ontario make the most of these new flights this winter!”

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“We are thrilled to see routes to Winnipeg and Las Vegas launch this year with Swoop,” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director, Kelowna International Airport. “We’ve heard from the community that they want more non-stop destinations from Kelowna and working with Swoop is just one way we are making this happen.”

“Abbotsford is home to YXX, one of Canada’s fastest growing airports. I’m pleased to see that this winter, YXX will see Swoop bring back a suite of international flights to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, Las Vegas and extend their domestic service to include London, Ontario and Winnipeg through the winter season,” said Henry Braun, Mayor of Abbotsford. “YXX and Swoop provide a significant regional benefit, offering travellers safe and accessible air travel options from the hub of the Fraser Valley.”

“To complement Swoop’s year-round services from Hamilton International to various destinations in Canada, the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean, we are excited to welcome back the seasonal destinations of Tampa Bay and Puerto Vallarta this winter,” said Cathie Puckering, President and CEO, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. “Swoop’s affordable travel options to its growing list of southbound destinations will allow Canadians to escape the cold winter months ahead and travel more often from Hamilton – Swoop’s Eastern Canadian base.”

Airshow brings millions to Abbotsford, UFV study says

News provided by The Abbotsford News – link to full article – with a hint from P.N.

The Blue Angels drew massive crowds during 2018’s air show. John Morrow/Abbotsford News

Tyler Olsen, The Abbotsford News – 22 June 1019

Out-of-town airshow spectators spend more than $4 million in the city each year

The Abbotsford International Airshow brings millions of tourist dollars to the Fraser Valley every year, according to a study conducted by University of the Fraser Valley students.

With more than 85 per cent of air show attendees coming from beyond Abbotsford’s borders, tens of thousands of non-locals spend more than $4 million in the city each year, according to the study, which was presented to council last week.

Local gas stations, restaurants, hotels and shops all reap the rewards, with more than $600,000 spent in each sector. But more could be done to boost visitors’ spending while they are in Abbotsford, according to the authors of the study, which was conducted under the guidance of professor David Dobson.

The authors suggest organizers should target more families, partner with local eateries, and advertise other Abbotsford attractions to convince visitors to do more in the region beyond just attending the air show.

Seventy per cent of air show visitors were male, and four of five were older than 35, according to the study.

“We all love the airs how and it’s great to have these numbers to back up those qualitative impressions that we all have,” Coun. Sandy Blue said. “Airports are internationally recognized as key economic drivers of cities, but it’s what we do with them that makes the difference.”

Airport board member Vali Marling told council that the air show will look at ways to help boost community spending in the future.

“Those are things we have added to our to-do list

Air show organizers also say they are adjusting their plans to try to avoid last year’s traffic jam prior to and during the Friday show.

Last year’s show drew one of the largest crowds in decades thanks to the appearance of the United States Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron. But the Friday evening show saw many stuck in traffic, and the highway was severely congested not only by the air show audience, but by Metro Vancouver residents hitting the highway for the weekend.

To try to avoid that situation, airport president Jim Reith said this year’s star attraction, the US Air Force Thunderbirds, won’t be performing during the Friday twilight show.

“We have a different traffic plan,” Reith told council.

He said organizers are also hoping to encourage many people to carpool or take park-and-ride options. The widening of Mt. Lehman road is also expected to help.

Happy Birthday! Swoop marks a year in the skies

Provided by Swoop/CNW

Travellers’ stories tell the difference ultra-low-cost travel has made in their lives

Swoop Stories | 1 year, 1 million travellers flown and countless memories made
Swoop Stories | 1 year, 1 million travellers flown and countless memories made

CALGARY, June 20, 2019 /CNW/ – Today marks a year of ultra-low-cost flying for Swoop and its travellers. Since June 20, 2018, the ultra-low-cost airline grew from five to sixteen destinations, spanning four countries including the U.S., Jamaicaand Mexico. As part of its 2019 summer schedule, the airline also recently expanded its domestic network to include London, ON and Kelowna, BC.

“With 365 days of flying and over one million travellers flown, we are  proud to be Canada’s preferred ultra-low-cost airline, enabling dreams, reunions and providing the pleasure of ultra-low-cost travel to both new and repeat travellers,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “Our travellers’ stories speak for themselves and we have so many reasons to be thankful for their trust and support. We can’t wait to see what year two brings.”

As part of the birthday celebration, Swoop today also released a video that features stories from Swoop travellers sharing the opportunities that ultra-low-cost travel has made possible this past year. See the difference Swoop is making here.

Since its first flight, Swoop has welcomed more than one million travellers onboard, proving that Canadians were waiting for a more affordable air travel option and that Swoop’s value proposition has resonated with its travellers.

  • 89 per cent of surveyed Swoop travellers have already recommended Swoop to a friend or colleague.
  • 94 per cent of surveyed travellers like Swoop’s unbundled service model.
  • 90 per cent of surveyed travellers felt their Swoop travel experience provided good value.
  • 92 per cent of surveyed travellers said Swoop met or exceeded expectations. 

†Based on a 2019 survey of 23,830 Swoop travellers.

To celebrate and thank travellers for their support, the airline is offering a web-only birthday sale.

RouteAir transportation 
charges base fare
Taxes, 
fees and 
charges
Number 
of seats
Total one-way 
price from
London (YXU) – Halifax (YHZ)$38.09$20.91200$59 †CAD
Abbotsford (YXX) – London (YXU)$49.07$9.93200$59 †CAD
Winnipeg (YWG) – Abbotsford (YXX)$43.11$35.89200$79 †CAD
Hamilton (YHM) – Fort Lauderdale (FLL)$11.54$87.46200$99 †CAD
Hamilton (YHM) – Orlando (MCO)$11.54$87.46200$99 †CAD
Hamilton (YHM) – Montego Bay (MBJ)$37.63$111.37200$149 †CAD
Edmonton (YEG) – London (YXU)$19.07$39.93200$59 †CAD
Kelowna (YLW) – Winnipeg (YWG)$48.12$30.88200$79 †CAD

†Book by June 24, 2019 (11:59 p.m. MDT) for travel between September 4, 2019 – October 27, 2019. 1600 seats available. Some blackout dates and restrictions apply. For more details, please visit FlySwoop.com/deals.

To learn more about Swoop’s destinations, schedule and ultra-low-cost model visit FlySwoop.com  or connect with Swoop on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Swoop lifts-off with three more inaugural summer routes

Provided by Swoop/CNW

Coast-to-coast celebrations include welcoming Kelowna to the Swoop network

CALGARY, May 24, 2019 /CNW/ – Today Swoop celebrates three inaugural routes as part of its 2019 summer schedule. The routes include service from London, ON to both Abbotsford and Halifax, as well as service between Winnipeg and Kelowna.

The day-long inaugural celebrations begin at Halifax Stanfield Airport (YHZ) where Swoop President, Steven Greenway will send-off the 10:20a.m. flight to London International Airport (YXU). Travellers at participating airports can take part in a gate celebration that includes refreshments, sweet treats, gifts and more.

“Not only does today highlight three new routes, but it is also the induction of Kelowna into our network,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “We are welcoming many first-time Swoop travellers this month and are encouraged by research showing that more than 94% of those who try us would fly Swoop again.”

Based on a 2019 Swoop survey of 23,830 participants.

The inaugural-filled day concludes with a 9:46p.m. EST arrival at London International Airport (YXU) from Abbotsford International Airport (YXX).

Details of the May 24, 2019 inaugural flights

Flight NumberService betweenDeparture (local time)Arrival (local time) 
WO 315Halifax to London, ON10:20a.m.11:40a.m.
WO 316London, ON to Halifax12:25p.m.3:23p.m.
WO 415Winnipeg to Kelowna11:17a.m.11:48a.m.
WO 416Kelowna to Winnipeg12:40p.m.4:57p.m.
WO 223London, ON to Abbotsford12:10p.m.1:52p.m.
WO212Abbotsford to London, ON2:45p.m.9:46p.m.

To round-out the summer schedule, Swoop looks forward to celebrating two more routes between Edmonton and Orlando on June 1, 2019 and between Kelowna and Las Vegas on June 27, 2019.

“We’re delighted to welcome another destination at Halifax Stanfield with Swoop service to London, Ontario,” said Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. “We know that offering more choice and price points provides more reasons for passengers to travel to, from and through Halifax Stanfield, whether it’s for business or leisure. We appreciate Swoop’s confidence in our market through the addition of this new destination for us in Southern Ontario.”

“Swoop now offers three great options with ultra-low fares from London International, allowing passengers from Southwestern Ontario to reach cities across Canada,” says Michael Seabrook, President and CEO of London International. “Today’s additions of non-stop service to Halifax and Abbotsford (Vancouver) expands options, combining low-cost and easy, comfortable travel.”

“We serve our community by connecting our region to the world, and our collaboration with Swoop helps us continue building Winnipeg’s network,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “We are committed to increasing travel options for our community to discover great destinations like Kelowna. This also gives more travellers an opportunity to discover all our city and province have to offer.”

“We are proud to welcome a new ultra-low-cost carrier to YLW,” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director. “Having Swoop in Kelowna is a great opportunity for the Okanagan, as it gives travellers more options to fly, and explore other parts of Canada this summer.”

“The City of Abbotsford is pleased to congratulate Swoop on yet another new flight option from Abbotsford International Airport,” said Abbotsford Mayor, Henry Braun. “This new daily service to London, Ontario is great news for travellers from across our region. I look forward to seeing Swoop continue to expand their flight options at YXX.” 

Flights are now available for booking through to October 26, 2019.  

Details of Swoop’s May 24 inaugural service

Service 
Between
  
Service Offered  Weekly 
Frequency
  
Air 
transportation 
charges (ATC)
 base fare 
from  
 
Taxes, fees 
and charges 
 
Total One-
Way Price 
From*
  
Winnipeg and 
Kelowna
Monday, 
Wednesday & 
Friday
3 x weekly$81.21$37.79$119CAD
London, ON and 
Abbotsford 
Daily7 x weekly $100.04$28.96$129CAD
London, ON and 
Halifax 
Daily, except 
Saturday  
6 x weekly $91.19$27.81$119CAD

*Every day low fares. Lower promotional fares may be available during select travel periods.  

Swoop takes flight at London International Airport

Provided by Swoop/CNW

Airline inaugurates new route between London, ON and Edmonton, AB

Credit to Alasdair McLellan

CALGARY, April 28, 2019 /CNW/ – Today Swoop celebrates the launch of air service in London, Ontario.

The inaugural flight departs Edmonton International Airport (YEG) at 7:00 a.m. local time and will be welcomed by a water cannon salute upon arrival at London International Airport (YXU) at 12:25 p.m. local time. Travellers at both airports will be invited to take part in a gate celebration that includes refreshments, sweet treats and gifts.

This is the first of three new routes launching in London, with service to Abbotsford, BC (YXX) and Halifax, NS (YHZ) beginning on May 24, 2019.

“The kick-off to our summer schedule and beginning of a very busy inaugural season starts with today’s flight between London, ON and Edmonton, AB,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “Over the course of the next two months we will be celebrating the launch of seven new routes and further establishing our place as a top choice for travellers in the Canadian ultra-low cost space.”

“Today’s inaugural flight marks the start of an exciting expansion to our Canadian network with Swoop,” said Michael Seabrook, CEO and President of the London International Airport. “We are now the second focus city in Ontario for Swoop service, and among the first airports in Canada to offer true ultra-low-cost flight options to passengers. We expect these new flights will be popular with travellers, leading to the potential for more destinations from Swoop in the future.”

“We are very pleased to have this connection into Southwestern Ontario with the new daily, non-stop service to London,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport. “Destinations like London create excellent travel options for Edmontonians travelling to Ontario, while also supporting tourism and business growth in our region.”

Flights are now available for booking through to October 26, 2019.

Details of Swoop’s service from London, ON

Service
Between
 
Service
Offered
 
Weekly
Frequency
 
Air transportation
charges (ATC)
base fare from 
Taxes, fees
and charges
Total One-
Way Price
From*
 
London, ON
and
Edmonton
Daily7 x weekly$118.59$40.41$$159
London, ON
and
Abbotsford
Daily (starts May
24, 2019)
7 x weekly$118.59$40.41$159
London, ON
and Halifax
Daily, except
Saturday
(starts May 24,
2019)
6 x weekly$118.59$40.41$159
*Every day low fares. Lower promotional fares may be available during select travel periods.

To learn more about Swoop’s destinations, schedule and ultra-low-cost model visit FlySwoop.com or connect with Swoop on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

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.

Loud jets from Abbotsford Airport are annoying Sumas WA USA residents, town’s mayor says

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

TYLER OLSEN|Apr. 22, 2019 4:25 p.m.

The number of daily flights from Abbotsford International Airport by carriers including WestJet has increased considerably in recent years. File photo, The Abbotsford News

Flights out of Abbotsford airport turn over border town and annoy residents, Sumas mayor says

Some residents of the small border town to Abbotsford’s south are upset about the increasing number of jets flying low over his constituents’ homes.

Sumas Mayor Kyle Christensen wrote a letter to Abbotsford council at the end of March asking the city and the airport to consider what can be done to decrease the noise from jets flying out of YXX.

“In recent years,” Christensen wrote, “we have noticed an increase in the number of flights departing from the Abbotsford Airport. Additionally, the flight patterns of a lot of these planes make a deliberate turn in a southernly direction right over or near our City.”

He continued: “The noise associated with these flights have resulted in numerous complaints from residents within the City of Sumas. We are requesting that you look in to the possibility of re-routing some of these flights so that they do not come right over the top of our community.”

Christensen wrote that added that he wanted to share his constituents’ concerns, but that he also wanted to “continue to have a good working relationship with your city and be good neighbours.”

Christensen repeated the sentiment in an email to The News, saying his only comment would be: “I really appreciate our good working relationship with the City of Abbotsford. It is my intention to maintain that for years to come.”

The letter was officially accepted by council, along with several other pieces of correspondence, at a recent meeting. Mayor Henry Braun nor any councillors commented on the letter

Airport general manager Parm Bains said that staff would be getting back to the Sumas mayor and that they would be consulting with the federal aviation authorities who regulate the country’ airspace regarding Christensen’s suggestion. While the airport has become significantly busier in recent years, Bains noted that the sheer number of daily flights has only risen from seven to 12.

Plane that crashed after Abbotsford airshow wasn’t allowed to carry paying passengers

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By Tyler Olsen, The Abbotsford News| March 28, 2019 10:18 a.m.

A report has been released on the crash of a plane last August at Abbotsford International Airport. Abbotsford Airport Authority photo

The plane that crashed following the second day of last year’s Abbotsford Airshow didn’t have a permit to carry paying passengers and “did not meet modern aircraft safety standards,” the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) wrote in a report issued Thursday morning.

Five people were injured – two seriously – when a 74-year-old De Havilland Dragon Rapide crashed shortly after takeoff at the Abbotsford International Airport. The museum that owned the plane had sold rides to paying customers on the air show’s website, the report said.

The plane was operated by the Historic Flight Foundation, a U.S. flight museum.

The report notes that while the aircraft “was considered airworthy, it did not meet modern aircraft safety standards.” The plane had been issued a “Special Airworthiness Certificate – Experimental” by American aviation authorities that allowed it to fly. Transport Canada had issued a permit that allowed the plane to be flown to and from the air show, but which didn’t allow it to carry paying passengers.

Airshow spokesperson Jadene Mah said the Historic Flight Foundation had been selling “memberships” rather than tickets, and that the practice is common for museums that attend air shows.

Those who buy such memberships receive cards and must sign waivers saying they know they are flying on an historic aircraft.

The plane took off with four passengers at 5:31 p.m. on Aug. 11, 2018, shortly after the air show had concluded for the day.

“During the takeoff, the aircraft encountered strong, gusting crosswinds,” the report said. “It climbed to about 30 feet above ground level before descending suddenly and impacting the runway, coming to rest on its nose immediately off the right edge of the runway.”

The TSB found that the aircraft is “more difficult to handle during crosswind takeoffs than most tail-wheel-equipped aircraft, particularly from paved (rather than grass) runways.”

The report said that, “according to pilot notes, the maximum allowable crosswind component for takeoff is 17 knots. This is not a limitation of the aircraft; rather, it is a cautionary speed, meaning that operating in winds above that value would require above-average flying skills.”

Crosswinds during the plane’s takeoff were estimated to be as much as 18 knots. The plane soon “encountered swirling winds, resulting in a sudden loss of airspeed shortly after becoming airborne,” the report said.

The report also found that the aircraft didn’t have an accurate passenger manifest on board, which could make it difficult for first responders to identify passengers.

The report concludes with several “safety messages” that stress the importance of being familiar with regulatory requirements and the fact that vintage aircraft may be more difficult to control than modern planes.

It adds: “Appropriate equipment during an emergency response needs to be available to prevent further injury and property loss after a crash. In addition, not having an accurate passenger manifest can make it difficult for first responders to confirm the identity of passengers.”

The TSB is an independent agency tasked with investigating incidents and making recommendations to address safety problems.

The report won’t result in any immediate recriminations, although Transport Canada will also have access to the report, a TSB spokesperson said.

Transport Canada said in an email Thusday that its review of the incident is “ongoing.”

Mah said “experiences with vintage aircraft are an important part of the storytelling component at the Abbotsford Airshow and we will be working together with the museum operators and vintage aircraft owners in the future to see how we can continue to keep vintage aircraft as a very important component of what we do.”

She said it is important to acknowledge that such aircraft “are museum pieces” that “don’t have the same modern components that modern aircraft do.”