Canadian North New Route – Yellowknife and Calgary

Starting Tuesday, February 14, 2023
New Direct Route – Between Yellowknife and Calgary!

Traveling North has never been so easy – direct flights from Calgary to Yellowknife and increased services from Edmonton to Yellowknife are now live!

We are excited to announce new round trip flights operating 7 days a week on our own Boeing 737-300 and 737-700 all passenger aircraft, providing more capacity for our travellers to fly comfortably.

And since we’re known for our legendary northern hospitality, we simply couldn’t stop there: we’re offering complimentary hot inflight meal and beverage service, plus a free checked bag!

Porter Airlines adds Calgary to its list of new destinations

Porter is taking its award-winning service further into Alberta, as Calgary marks the airline’s second destination in the province. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2022 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines is adding Calgary to its growing network, with flights between Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Calgary International Airport (YYC). The route will be served with its state-of-the-art Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.

Porter is taking its award-winning service further into Alberta, as Calgary marks the airline’s second destination in the province. Edmonton was previously announced this week. Travellers will enjoy an elevated economy travel experience at highly competitive fares. All passengers enjoy no middle seats, free, fast Wi-Fi, complimentary beer and wine served in real glassware, and premium snacks.

The initial flight schedule starts on February 22, 2023, with two daily round-trip flights:

From Toronto Pearson to:Flights begin:Average daily, non-stop,
Round-trip introductory
fares, including all taxes
and fees, start at:
Calgary (YYC)Feb. 22, 20232$262

“With Porter, Calgarians can now also enjoy a new level of generosity and thoughtful service that is non-existent today in economy air travel,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “We are offering a higher level of economy service at highly competitive fares and are changing the way people think about economy air travel. Porter provides more value for your money than with any other airline.”

“As the gateway for Western Canada, YYC is proud to facilitate yet another option that connects Calgary with more direct access to Toronto,” said Rob Palmer, Vice President, Commercial, Strategy & Chief Financial Officer. “With Porter being the third new airline to connect its fleet to YYC Calgary International Airport in under a year, the airline’s entrance into the Alberta region signals strength in the industry’s confidence in our airport and region. We look forward to working with Porter to deliver elevated experiences for our guests and bringing more economic benefits to our communities.”

Passengers can also choose the new all-inclusive PorterReserve fare option that includes features such as dedicated check-in, extra legroom, and checked baggage, included in one bundled price. For travellers who want to choose which features matter most to them, PorterClassic offers perks available for purchase à la carte.

Porter has up to 100 E195-E2 aircraft on order, providing the ability to operate throughout North America, including destinations across Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean. The airline also serves a regional network of more than 20 destinations on its De Havilland Dash 8-400 fleet, operating from a base at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

Flights are now available for booking at and with travel agents. Porter Escapes vacation packages will be available soon. New routes will be announced regularly.

About Porter

Since 2006, Porter Airlines has been elevating the experience of economy air travel for every passenger, providing genuine hospitality with style, care and charm. Porter’s fleet of Embraer E195-E2 and De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft serves a North American network from Eastern Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating®. Visit or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Air Canada Gets an Early Jump on U.S. Summer Travel with New Routes to JFK Airport from Toronto, Montreal

  • New double-daily Toronto and daily Montreal services to JFK begin in March, cements leadership serving all three New York airports
  • New four-times weekly Toronto-Sacramento starting in June
  • Services restored on 11 U.S. routes beginning May 1, including Montreal-Nashville, Calgary-Los Angeles, Vancouver-Austin
  • Increased frequency on more than a dozen other trans-border routes for Summer 2023

MONTREAL, Dec. 8, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced three new U.S. routes, including service from Toronto and Montreal to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Toronto to Sacramento as part of its trans-border summer schedule. For summer 2023, Air Canada will also restore 11 suspended trans-border services and increase frequencies on 12 popular routes to the U.S. in rebuilding its global network following the pandemic.

New double-daily Toronto and daily Montreal services to JFK begin in March, cements leadership serving all three New York airports. (CNW Group/Air Canada)
New double-daily Toronto and daily Montreal services to JFK begin in March, cements leadership serving all three New York airports. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“Air Canada is very pleased to offer customers the most choice of any carrier flying to the U.S. for Summer 2023, where we will operate more than 400 daily flights on 95 routes to 47 destinations. We are getting an early start with new routes to JFK from both Toronto and Montreal beginning March 26, and Toronto-Sacramento in June. As well, we will restore previously suspended routes and increase frequencies on existing routes as we rebuild our transborder schedule,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

“Our U.S. summer schedule, which will complement our recently announced Canadian and international summer schedules, is designed to maximize connectivity within our network and offer the most seats on the most flights to the most destinations. Strengthened by our Transborder Joint Business Agreement with United Airlines, our schedule will also be attractive for sixth freedom global travellers flying internationally and strengthen our hub airports with more connection traffic.”

New U.S. Services

Air Canada is further cementing its leadership as the largest international carrier serving the New York market, offering more than 3,500 seats on 39 daily flights from six Canadian cities (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax) into New York City’s three major airports (JFK, Newark, LaGuardia).

New services to New York’s JFK will begin March 26, with double daily service from Toronto and daily service from Montreal. Flights will be operated by Air Canada Jazz using an Embraer E175 aircraft with 76 seats in a Business and Economy Class configuration.

AC8899New York JFK 12:45Montreal 14:20Daily
AC8898Montreal 18:25New York JFK 20:00Daily
AC8553New York JFK 10:00Toronto 11:45Daily
AC8554Toronto 11:00New York JFK 12:36Daily
AC8555New York JFK 13:25Toronto 15:10Daily
AC8556Toronto 20:30New York JFK 22:06Daily

New service between Toronto and Sacramento will begin June 1, 2023. Flights will be operated year-round, four-days-a-week, by Air Canada using an Airbus A220-300 aircraft with 137 seats in a Business Class and Economy Class configuration.

FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week
AC759Toronto 18:30Sacramento 20:55Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
AC758Sacramento 09:25Toronto 17:15Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

In addition to the new Toronto-Sacramento service beginning in June, Air Canada’s Halifax-Newark daily service starting December 16, 2022, its Montreal-Tampa three-times-weekly service, its Vancouver-Miami three-times-weekly service starting December 17, 2022, and its new Vancouver-Houston daily service starting December 16, 2022 will continue in the summer as year-round operations.

Transborder Flight Resumptions

RouteStart DateFrequency
Vancouver-AustinMay 1, 2023Three times weekly
Montreal-NashvilleMay 1, 2023Three times weekly
Calgary-Los AngelesMay 1, 2023Daily
Toronto-MilwaukeeMay 1, 2023Daily
Montreal-PhiladelphiaMay 1, 2023Two times daily
Montreal-PittsburghMay 1, 2023Daily
Vancouver-AnchorageMay 1, 2023Daily
Montreal-SeattleMay 15, 2023Daily
Toronto-HartfordJune 1, 2023Two times daily
Toronto-Salt Lake CityJune 1, 2023Three times weekly
Toronto-Kansas CityJune 17, 2023Daily
Toronto-PortlandJune 17, 2023Daily
Vancouver-BostonJune 17, 2023Daily

Frequency Increases (transborder to the U.S)

RouteFrequency (Summer 2023 versus Summer 2022)
Vancouver-SeattleIncreases to six times daily from five daily
Vancouver-San FranciscoIncreases to five times daily from four daily
Toronto-San FranciscoIncreases to five times daily from three daily
Vancouver-San DiegoIncreases to three times daily from twice daily
Vancouver-NewarkIncreases to two times daily from once daily
Toronto-San DiegoIncreases to two times daily from once daily
Toronto-SeattleIncreases to two times daily from once daily
Toronto-MinneapolisIncreases to four times daily from three daily
Toronto-PhiladelphiaIncreases to four times daily from three daily
Toronto-PittsburghIncreases to four times daily from three daily
Toronto-Washington (Reagan)Increases to four times daily from twice daily
Toronto-IndianapolisIncreases to three times daily from twice daily
Toronto-BaltimoreIncreases to three times daily from twice daily
Montreal-San DiegoIncreases to daily from three times weekly

All Air Canada flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, where available, for eligible customers and Aeroplan members, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

On October 13, 2022, Air Canada released its international summer schedule, including new European services, and on December 6, 2022, Air Canada released its Canadian domestic summer schedule, including a new Montreal-Fort McMurray service and restored routes and increased frequencies.

Travelling internationally?  

Visit Air Canada’s Travel Ready Hub for the latest government entry requirements. Customers are responsible for ensuring they meet all government entry requirements, including holding the correct travel documents, visas, any required health certificates, and all other eligibility requirements for any flights they purchase. Government requirements may change with little notice.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 51 airports in Canada, 51 in the United States and 88 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. 

Canadian North Launches New Jet Service, Calgary to Yellowknife – Enhances Edmonton to Yellowknife with More Jet Flights

Tuesday, December 6, 2022, Ottawa, ON – Canadian North, Canada’s Arctic Airline, announced it will add daily nonstop Boeing 737 jet service between Yellowknife and Calgary.

The new jet route between Calgary and Yellowknife provides easier and faster access to Northern destinations out of Canadian North’s Yellowknife hub. The flights begin Tuesday, February 14, just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Canadian North will also increase its jet service between Edmonton and Yellowknife.

The new Calgary to Yellowknife 737 jet flights will operate daily, Monday through Sunday, on Canadian North’s Boeing 737 jet aircraft allowing travelers quick, comfortable and smooth jet service.  Passengers will be treated to  complimentary fresh, never frozen, hot inflight meals and beverage service, topped off with its signature warm cookie and specialty coffee service. Travelers can accrue and redeem Aeroplan™ or Aurora Rewards™ points on these and all other scheduled Canadian North  flights.

“We are strengthening our airline, providing more travel options to our core market in Canada’s North and High Arctic.  These new flights to our Western Arctic hub in Yellowknife deliver enhanced jet service to our passengers and cargo customers,” said Michael Rodyniuk, Canadian North’s President and CEO.  “This is all part of our Go-Forward Plan, strengthening our core market, our Northern Scheduled Service, delivering on our mission to Make life better in the communities we serve.”

Flights are available to book at

RouteFrequencyStart Date
Calgary to YellowknifeDailyFebruary 14, 2023
Yellowknife to CalgaryDailyFebruary 14, 2023

Additional Quotes:

“As an Arctic airline, Canadian North continues to show its focus on making life better for Northern people and communities. This expansion of service will add seats, significantly enhance connections, and give our residents more access to vital services they need.” Mark Fleming, Vice Chairman of Canadian North’s Board of Directors.

The new route is now on sale for booking. Book your travel at or call your travel agent.

About Canadian North:

Canadian North is a 100% Inuit-owned airline connecting people and delivers essential goods throughout Canada’s North – safely, reliably with friendly and caring customer service. Canadian North Airlines services 25 communities within the Northwest Territories, Nunavik and Nunavut, as well as Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton and now Calgary with a versatile fleet of Boeing 737 and ATR 42 aircraft. Canadian North is also the premier charter services provider for large resource sector clients requiring dependable, efficient and economical fly-in/fly-out air service and it operates flights across North America and beyond for sports teams, cruise lines, tour operators and many others. Canadian North is owned by Makivvik Corporation and Inuvialuit Development Corporation.

WestJet announces new service to Japan and Europe as part of planned expansion from YYC Calgary International Airport

Airline takes first step in growing overall capacity from YYC by more than 25 per cent in 2023

New intercontinental routes between Calgary and Tokyo, Barcelona, Edinburgh, and
increased frequencies between Calgary and Dublin, London, Paris and Rome significantly
enhance options for leisure guests, business travel and cargo services    

CALGARY, AB, Dec. 5, 2022 /CNW/ – WestJet today, as part of its wider growth strategy, announced its 2023 summer 787 Dreamliner routes from YYC Calgary International Airport, unveiling Tokyo, Japan, as its first destination in Asia with new service to Narita International Airport. The airline is also creating greater two-way tourism opportunities and increasing connectivity between Western Canada and Europe with new service between Calgary and Barcelona, Spain and Edinburgh, Scotland along with increased frequencies on existing European routes. Today’s announcement comes as WestJet prepares for broader expansion within Canada and North America over the coming months.

Positioned perfectly to connect Western Canada to the world, WestJet’s 787 flying from Calgary will see the airline take flight to eight transoceanic destinations in 2023. With 40 weekly departures strategically scheduled to maximize connecting capacity across 24 Western Canadian communities, the airline will offer more competitive options for its leisure and business guests and cargo customers as it fulfills its new strategic direction.

“This is an exciting day for the WestJet Group, our guests, and partners as we deliver on our new strategy and demonstrate our western focus as we increase our Calgary capacity by more than 25 per cent in 2023. Starting with the expansion of our intercontinental routes, future announcements will focus on domestic and North American additions that will bring even more affordable travel options to our guests in the new year,” said Alexis von Hoensbroech, WestJet Group Chief Executive Officer. “With Calgary as home base to our 787 aircraft, access between western Canadian communities and these intercontinental destinations will play a vital role in creating an economically prosperous aviation pipeline that better connects Canadians to the world and the world to Western Canada.”

Tokyo, Japan – Alberta’s Only Non-Stop Gateway to Asia

With its expansive modern architecture, traditional roots, established ties to Alberta’s tourism and business economies and connectivity to more than 50 destinations across the continent, Tokyo is a natural choice for WestJet’s first destination in Asia. With three-time weekly seasonal service beginning, April 30, 2023, WestJet will be the only airline providing transpacific service to Asia direct from Alberta.

“The Government of Alberta congratulates Calgary and WestJet, and believes this is a major announcement for our province. Alberta is opening more to the world. We are excited to see the agreement from October result in billions of new investment come into Calgary, said Danielle Smith, Premier of Alberta. “New routes are opening our province to major cities throughout the globe. We look forward to more good news like this in the future and remain committed to growing Alberta’s aviation and tourism sector in the future.”

Details of WestJet’s Service to Tokyo*

RouteStart DateFrequencyDeparture TimeArrival Time
Calgary – Tokyo
April 30, 20233x Weekly18:5520:00
Tokyo Narita –
May 1, 20233x Weekly22:0016:00
* Pending Government Approval

Strengthening Western Canada’s tourism pipeline between Alberta and Europe with more flights and non-stop access to Scotland and Spain

WestJet will bolster its European presence between Calgary and six transatlantic destinations this summer by adding increased frequency on existing popular European routes and welcoming new non-stop service to Edinburgh, Scotland and Barcelona, Spain.

WestJet’s service from Calgary to both Barcelona and Edinburgh will operate seasonally from May to October, up to three-times weekly. With the addition of its newest routes, WestJet will offer service to six European cities, increasing capacity by 95 per cent with flights to London Heathrow and Gatwick, Paris, Rome and Dublin.

“This is a tremendous day for WestJet, our city and for YYC Calgary International Airport. Calgarians will now have more choices when travelling abroad thanks to WestJet’s major investment in flights from our airport. WestJet making Calgary its single global 787 hub and these additional route offerings demonstrates their confidence in the economic future of both Calgary and Alberta. And it reinforces the advantage of YYC Calgary International Airport’s strategic position as a global connections hub,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority. 

Details of WestJet’s Summer 787 Service to Europe

RouteStart DatePeak Frequency
Calgary – Barcelona*May 6, 20233x Weekly
Calgary – Edinburgh*May 17, 20233x Weekly
Calgary – London HeathrowContinued from Winter7x Weekly
Calgary – London GatwickApril 30, 20237x Weekly
Calgary – ParisContinued from Winter7x Weekly
Calgary – RomeApril 6, 20235x Weekly
Calgary – DublinApril 30, 20235x Weekly
*New Route from YYC

Additional Quotes:

“Today’s announcement is bigger than new direct flights. It means new jobs. It means a boost to our tourism industry and better links between Calgarians and their families abroad. It means greater access to our incredible city. WestJet’s new routes will play a big role in attracting investment and visitors to Calgary. Congratulations to WestJet and YYC for creating additional ways to connect Calgarians and our economy to the world.”

     –  Jyoti Gondek, Calgary Mayor

 “This is the first time we’ve ever had a direct route between Edinburgh and Calgary, and it is always exciting to see our connectivity expand and bring Scotland closer to major cities around the world. WestJet’s commitment to Edinburgh and Scotland is a show of confidence in our market and demonstrates the huge interest in both Scotland and Canada as tourist destinations as well as important business and trade links. We are prepared for a stampede for tickets and are looking forward to working with WestJet to make this route a success and explore further opportunities if and when they arise.”

     –  Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport

“The launch of a direct service between Edinburgh and Calgary is great news for people and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic. We are investing in this service to make it easier to travel between Scotland and Calgary, as well as other parts of Canada and the West Coast of America, given Calgary’s role as a connecting hub for WestJet. It has the potential to create economic, social and cultural benefits while also enhancing our international connectivity. I also welcome the use of the Boeing 787 on the route, one of WestJet’s latest generation aircraft that will help reduce carbon emissions. I wish WestJet and Edinburgh Airport every success with this new service.” 

     –  The Scottish Government’s Minister for Transport, Jenny Gilruth

About WestJet   

In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 110 destinations in 24 countries.  

Air Transat announces its summer 2023 program

  • 275 flights weekly to more than 40 destinations
  • Increased flight frequency through fleet optimization

MONTREAL, Nov. 21, 2022 /CNW/ – Air Transat announces its summer 2023 program today, which will feature 275 flights a week to more than 40 destinations at the height of the season. The airline will strengthen its position in Europe, increase the number of connections to the South and the United States as well as enhance its domestic service. The airline will also service over 265 additional destinations through partnerships with other carriers, mainly with its expanding network of codeshare agreements and its exclusive platform connectair by Air Transat.

“This flight program is perfectly in line with our mission, which is to encourage discovery and foster openness, whatever the destination or the reason for traveling,” said Michèle Barre, Vice-President, Network, Revenue Management and Pricing, Air Transat. “From an operational standpoint, the more efficient use of our aircraft allows us to increase the frequency of flights and regain a capacity similar to what we had prior to the pandemic.”

Europe… over and over

At the height of the season, the airline will offer 88 direct flights weekly to 19 European destinations from Montreal. Out of Toronto, 73 direct flights a week are scheduled to 15 cities in Europe. Finally, from Quebec City, three weekly direct flights are scheduled to Paris and one to London.

Number of weekly direct flights to Europe*

Quebec City
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands34
ATHENS, Greece44
BÂLE-MULHOUSE, Switzerland2
BRUSSELS, Belgium3
DUBLIN, Ireland6
FARO, Portugal1
GLASGOW, United Kingdom7
LISBON, Portugal55
LONDON, United Kingdom7114
LYON, France5
MADRID, Spain4
MALAGA, Spain2
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom6
NANTES, France4
NICE, France3
PARIS, France1437
PORTO, Portugal34
ROME, Italy77
VENICE, Italy21
ZAGREB, Croatia3
*At the height of the season

United States: Florida and California increasingly accessible

From Montreal, Air Transat will offer a total of 16 direct flights each week to the United States, including four to Fort Lauderdale, three to Orlando, and three each to Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In addition, out of Toronto, seven direct flights will depart every week, including four to Fort Lauderdale and three to Orlando. From Quebec City, the company will again offer one direct weekly flight to Fort Lauderdale.

Number of weekly flights to the United States*

Quebec City
LOS ANGELES, California3
MIAMI, Florida3
ORLANDO, Florida33
SAN FRANCISCO, California3
* At the height of the season

South: greater frequency

In keeping with the desires of Canadian seekers of sand, sun and sea, Air Transat will once again offer a selection of its most popular destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean departing from Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto.

Number of weekly flights to the South*

Quebec City
CANCUN, Mexico717
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica11
PUERTO PLATA, Dominican Republic22
PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic717
SAMANA, Dominican Republic21
* At the height of the season

Domestic flights still popular

Encouraged by consumer response to travel within Canada, Air Transat will continue to offer numerous domestic flights out of Montreal and Toronto next summer.

Number of weekly domestic flights*

City-pairNumberof flights
* At the height of the season

About Air Transat

Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted North America’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international, transborder and Canadian destinations. It is renewing its fleet with the greenest aircraft in their category as part of a commitment to a healthier environment, knowing that this is essential to its operations and the magnificent destinations it offers. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc. (TSX: TRZ). To find out more, visit