Historic partnership between the WestJet Group and the Government of Alberta sets foundation for future of aviation growth across province

WestJet Group designates Calgary as its exclusive global connecting hub, and will concentrate all 787 Dreamliner intercontinental flying to YYC Calgary International Airport

Partnership to make Alberta the most cost-competitive aviation market in Canada, promote the province to the world, drive sustainability, enhance post-secondary programs, and improve skilled labour supply for the aviation sector

WestJet Group to double its capacity in YYC before end of decade

CALGARY, AB, Oct. 5, 2022 /CNW/ – The WestJet Group and the Government of Alberta today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership, focused on significantly advancing aviation across the province in support of a stronger economy and a long-lasting, sustainable future for Alberta’s aviation sector. As the airline furthers its growth strategy, WestJet will invest aircraft capacity, with an asset value in excess of seven billion dollars, in Calgary alone, through significant fleet commitments to be based within the province.

WestJet will designate YYC Calgary International Airport as its single global connecting hub and will concentrate all intercontinental 787 Dreamliner flying in Calgary, unlocking opportunity for new routes within North America, to Europe, with the potential to reach Asia. Alongside the 787s, WestJet will grow its mid-range fleet and strengthen its North American offerings, with its commitment to double capacity in Calgary before the end of the decade.

In addition to Calgary, WestJet plans to grow its network across other Canadian communities, strengthening its footprint in the east and in leisure travel across the entire country, consistent with its strategic plan released in June 2022 and its recent purchase announcement of 42 Boeing 737-10 MAX aircraft. 

“Alberta has been WestJet’s home for 26 years and today’s historic agreement builds upon an existing foundation of low taxes and investment-friendly policies. As Western Canada’s home team carrier, Alberta is an area where we want to continue to invest to secure WestJet’s thriving future,” said Alexis von Hoensbroech, Chief Executive Officer, the WestJet Group. “Through the pandemic and onward, the Government of Alberta prioritized the importance and advancement of aviation and the visitor economy across the province and recognized that aviation is central to the economic diversification of Alberta.”

The agreement between the airline and the Government of Alberta will see the government invest in developing Alberta’s aviation sector. It further lays out strategic, collaborative priorities to ensure provincial policies are aligned and in support of the development of the entire aviation industry in Alberta. The Government of Alberta and the WestJet Group will seek opportunities to address the overall cost-competitiveness challenges for the sector.

“This is a blockbuster day for Alberta and a game-changer for our economy. Diversification and economic development are happening right here in Alberta,” said the Honourable Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta. “By choosing Calgary as its single global hub, locating its entire Dreamliner fleet here, and increasing its annual seat capacity by 80 per cent, WestJet will massively improve global connectivity, tourism and options for passengers.”

“Today is a proud day for our organization as we continue to strengthen our home province with four distinct advantages: affordability, sustainability, infrastructure and people,” continued von Hoensbroech. “This agreement is a testament to WestJet’s commitment to our global hub airport in Calgary, as investments like this can only occur under the right commercial and operational environments. YYC Calgary International Airport is providing us that confidence and with these investments, Calgary can become North America’s most connected mid-sized city.”

Partnership highlights:

Affordability

  • Provide Travel Alberta with additional funding in support of travel and tourism efforts
  • Work to address the challenges associated with high aviation fuel prices for air passengers and industry
  • Advance Alberta’s status as a global aviation hub by enabling more to and from flights and more connecting passengers

People

  • Improve access to pilot training with investment and expansion of the Mount Royal University pilot training program
  • Collaboration to ensure pilots are trained in Alberta with the appropriate technology and partnerships
  • Potential development of advanced commercial aviation training programs for aviation-related specialties, including a potential degree program
  • Funding of an annual hiring training grant to ensure support for training and other associated costs

Sustainability

  • Commitment to the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) capacity at scale in Alberta as central to economic diversification and reducing carbon emissions from aviation
  • Commitment to assist WestJet in improving its own technology and software in support of a low-carbon future

Infrastructure

  • Government of Alberta and the WestJet Group to seek opportunities to enable growth through strategic public and private investments that support aerospace and aviation sector needs

Additional Quotes

“For more than a quarter century WestJet has been a leader in Canada’s aviation sector and a critical part of our city’s economic growth and diversification. I can’t overstate the importance for companies in Calgary to be able to easily connect to other leading global business centres,” said Calgary Mayor, Jyoti Gondek. “Today is a prime example of effective collaboration between the City and the Province with a leading local company to make a major investment in our economic future and make Calgary a global aviation sector hub.”

“It’s an exciting day for YYC and Alberta. WestJet’s decision to make YYC its single global hub demonstrates confidence in the Calgary airport and solidifies a major investment in the region and Alberta,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO, of The Calgary Airport Authority. “We are firmly committed to ensuring our hub carrier and strategic airline partner has the commercial and operational environment it needs to continue growing its business with YYC. We welcome the support for the future investment in the Alberta and Calgary air transportation sector announced today by WestJet and the Government of Alberta.”

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 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic. 

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.  

Sunwing announces its initial winter schedule for four airports from coast to coast amid strong surge in customer demand for sun travel

The tour operator expects demand will continue growing in response to lifting of border measures

TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Following the positive news that the Canadian government will lift all border and travel measures effective October 1, 2022, and amid a strong surge in customer demand for winter travel, Sunwing is pleased to announce its initial winter flight schedules for four large airports from coast to coast, with the winter lineup for various regional markets where Sunwing maintains a strong presence – from Atlantic Canada to the Prairies and Northern Ontario – to be announced over the coming weeks.

The tour operator’s winter schedule announcement for Toronto, Montréal, Calgary and Vancouver airports comes on the heels of customer capacity returning to 2019 levels, with winter capacity already growing by more than 140% over the previous year and expected to climb even further once border measures are removed on October 1st. What’s more, Sunwing has been increasing its hiring and recruitment efforts to meet the growing demand for winter travel, with 172 employees recalled and more than 200 new employees hired across Sunwing’s Canadian divisions so far this year. On the airline side, Sunwing has hired over 120 pilots and is actively recruiting for 380 cabin crew positions from coast to coast.

“The increasing demand for travel is incredibly welcome news for our company and the entire Canadian travel industry, and we are delighted that the government is lifting travel measures starting in October, which will undoubtedly drive more bookings for travel to sun destinations this winter,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “We are thrilled to see capacity returning to pre-2020 levels and to bring more Canadians back to the tropics this winter season, from tried and true favourites such as Cancun, Punta Cana and Varadero to new and expanding destinations such as Cayo Largo in Cuba and Melbourne in Florida. We look forward to adding even more routes and destinations to support evolving demand in the months ahead, and encourage Canadians to book their holiday and winter vacations quickly to unlock the best vacation at the best price!”

Sunwing’s airline division has extended two aircraft leases to further support operations for the upcoming season, which includes providing flights over 30 destinations for the winter and servicing customers with more than 700 hotels, offering the largest assortment available through any tour operator in Canada.

Toronto flight schedule

DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Acapulco1x weekly04-Jan-202315-Mar-2023
Antigua1x weekly05-Nov-202229-Apr-2023
Aruba3x weekly07-Nov-202224-Apr-2023
Cayo CocoDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
CancunDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Cayo Largo1x weekly04-Nov-202207-Apr-2023
Freeport1x weekly17-Dec-202222-Apr-2023
Grenada1x weekly06-Nov-202223-Apr-2023
Holguin4x weekly01-Nov-202228-Apr-2023
Liberia4x weekly07-Nov-202224-Apr-2023
Montego BayDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
OrlandoDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Miami1x weekly18-Dec-202230-Apr-2023
Melbourne2x weekly10-Dec-202219-Apr-2023
Manzanillo de Cuba1x weekly02-Nov-202226-Apr-2023
Mazatlán1x weekly01-Nov-202218-Apr-2023
Puerto Plata3x weekly01-Nov-202225-Apr-2023
Punta CanaDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Puerto Vallarta2x weekly07-Nov-202224-Apr-2023
Rio Hato2x weekly04-Nov-202217-Apr-2023
Roatan1x weekly12-Dec-202203-Apr-2023
Los Cabos3x weekly03-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Santa ClaraDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
St. Maarten1x weekly03-Nov-202227-Apr-2023
St. Lucia1x weekly05-Nov-202222-Apr-2023
VaraderoDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
    

Montréal flight schedule

DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Acapulco1x weekly21-Dec-202215-Mar-2023
Cayo CocoDaily01-Nov-202229-Apr-2023
CancunDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Cayo Largo1x weekly04-Nov-202207-Apr-2023
Freeport1x weekly17-Dec-202222-Apr-2023
HolguinDaily01-Nov-202228-Apr-2023
Liberia1x weekly07-Nov-202217-Apr-2023
Montego Bay2x weekly05-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Miami1x weekly18-Dec-202230-Apr-2023
Manzanillo de Cuba1x weekly02-Nov-202226-Apr-2023
Mazatlán1x weekly13-Dec-202211-Apr-2023
Puerto Plata4x weekly01-Nov-202225-Apr-2023
Punta CanaDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Puerto Vallarta1x weekly18-Dec-202209-Apr-2023
Rio Hato1x weekly04-Nov-202231-Mar-2023
Roatan1x weekly12-Dec-202203-Apr-2023
Los Cabos1x weekly10-Nov-202206-Apr-2023
San Andres1x weekly14-Dec-202229-Mar-2023
Santa ClaraDaily03-Nov-202229-Apr-2023
St. Maarten1x weekly03-Nov-202227-Apr-2023
VaraderoDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
    

Calgary flight schedule

DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Cancun5x weekly01-Nov-202229-Apr-2023
Liberia1x weekly18-Dec-202216-Apr-2023
Montego Bay1x weekly07-Nov-202210-Apr-2023
Mazatlán1x weekly04-Nov-202214-Apr-2023
Punta Cana1x weekly07-Nov-202224-Apr-2023
Puerto Vallarta2x weekly06-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Los Cabos2x weekly03-Nov-202229-Apr-2023
Varadero2x weekly01-Nov-202225-Apr-2023
    

Vancouver flight schedule

DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Cancun6x weekly1-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Mazatlán1x weekly04-Nov-202214-Apr-2023
Punta Cana1x weekly12-Dec-202224-Apr-2023
Puerto Vallarta3x weekly06-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Los Cabos1x weekly05-Nov-202229-Apr-2023
Varadero2x weekly08-Nov-202225-Apr-2023
    

In addition to the example flight schedules from the four airports listed above, Sunwing will be releasing winter schedules for various regions across the country from which it operates in the weeks ahead.

Sunwing customers eager to book their winter escapes to paradise can take advantage of great savings available on Sunwing.ca or by contacting their local travel agent. Plus, customers looking for even more value out of their upcoming getaways can add one of Sunwing’s Worry Free insurance offerings so they can vacation in the tropics with confidence this winter season.

About Sunwing
The largest integrated travel company in North America, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from airports across Canada to popular sun destinations across the U.S.A., Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. This scale enables Sunwing to offer customers exclusive deals at top-rated resorts in the most popular vacation destinations as well as cruise packages and seasonal domestic flight service. Sunwing customers benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey. The company supports the communities where it operates through the Sunwing Foundation, a charitable initiative focused on the support and development of youth and humanitarian aid.

Canada Jetlines Celebrates Inaugural Flight from Toronto Pearson Airport to Calgary

Canada Jetlines Operations Ltd. (NEO: CJET) (“Canada Jetlines”) the new, all-Canadian, leisure airline, successfully celebrated its inaugural flight event on Thursday, September 22, 2022 as the carrier’s first route. Canada Jetlines commenced operations out of its travel hub at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) with its first scheduled route into Calgary International Airport (YYC) on September 22, 2022.

The inaugural flight departed out of Toronto Pearson International Airport with key media outlets and dignitaries, including the honorable Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson, along with Canada Jetlines board of directors and members of the executive team. Once arrived at Calgary International Airport, the gate event kicked-off with speeches and a ribbon cutting followed by celebrations before departing back to Toronto.

Canada Jetlines commenced biweekly flights following the event, operating Thursdays and Sundays out of Toronto (YYZ) to Calgary (YYC) from 07:55am — EST 10:10am MST and returns from Calgary (YYC) to Toronto (YYZ) 11:40am MST – 17:20 EST. Frequency will increase to three flights per week, Thursdays through Sundays, in time for the holidays.

“Canada Jetlines is excited to offer service on our inaugural day out of our Toronto travel hub to the vibrant destination of Calgary,” shared Eddy Doyle, CEO of Canada Jetlines. “With a focus on leisure travel, we’ve selected Calgary as our first destination for its dynamic touristic options, expansive natural splendor, and reach to a key segment of Canadians. We’re thankful to the airport and the community for their support in allowing us to take to the skies with our inaugural flight.”  

The carrier elected Calgary for its appeal as a unique destination which balances the modern and the traditional with rustic allure. With year-round touristic offerings, shopping, exploration dining, and nightlife, all a short ride from renowned national parks.

Visit Jetlines.com to view the flight schedule and to learn more. Travellers can book reservations and vacation packages with preferred travel agents who can earn up to 10% commission on all base fares when contracted directly with the airline. Follow Canada Jetlines on all social media platforms and follow #CanadaJetlines for the latest news.

About Canada Jetlines 

Canada Jetlines is a leisure focused air carrier, which will utilize a growing fleet of Airbus 320 aircraft to provide Canadians with value vacation choices and convenient travel options. Canada Jetlines will provide exciting vacation packages to iconic Canadian destinations and beyond via strong partnerships with airports, CVB’s, tourism entities, hotels, hospitality brands, and attractions. With a projected growth of 15 aircrafts by 2025, Canada Jetlines aims to offer the best-in-class operating economics, customer comfort and fly-by-wire technology, providing an elevated guest centric experience from the first touchpoint.  To learn more, please visit www.jetlines.com and follow on all social media platforms for news and updates.   

WestJet Returns to Amsterdam

WestJet Returns to Amsterdam

By WestJet | September 8, 2022

Non-stop service to resume from airline’s global hub in Calgary

WestJet today announced the return of non-stop service to Amsterdam from the airline’s global hub in Calgary on November 14, 2022.

“As one of the world’s most connected cities, Amsterdam is a destination we know our guests are eager to continue to explore,” said Chris Hedlin, WestJet Vice President, Network & Alliances. “With the return of non-stop service to Schiphol, we are bringing even more opportunity for travel between Western Canada and Europe, while strengthening WestJet’s commitment to furthering Alberta’s inbound and outbound tourism economy this winter.”

WestJet’s return of service between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) will operate through the airline’s winter schedule, with three-times weekly service beginning, November 14, 2022. Service between Calgary and Amsterdam was last operated by WestJet on November 1, 2021.

“WestJet’s expansion of their international network from YYC is another exciting announcement demonstrating the strength of our partnership,” said Rob Palmer, Vice President Commercial, Strategy and CFO, The Calgary Airport Authority. “With more flights available between Calgary and Amsterdam, we look forward to showing guests all that our airport and our region has to offer.”

Details of WestJet’s service between Calgary and Amsterdam:

RouteFrequencyStart DateDeparture Time
 (local time)
Arrival Time
(local time)
Calgary – Amsterdam3x WeeklyNovember 14, 202220:1012:40
Amsterdam – Calgary3x WeeklyNovember 15, 202214:4015:39

Canada Jetlines Confirm First Scheduled Flight from Toronto to Calgary in September 2022

TORONTO, ON, AUGUST 26, 2022 – Canada Jetlines Operations Ltd. (NEO: CJET) (“Canada Jetlines”) the new, all-Canadian, leisure airline will begin operations out of its travel hub at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), with its first scheduled route into YYC Calgary International Airport next month.

Set for its debut on September 22, 2022, Canada Jetlines will begin operations with biweekly flights operating Thursdays and Sundays out of Toronto (YYZ) to Calgary (YYC) from 07:55am – 10:10am MDT and returns from Calgary (YYC) to Toronto (YYZ) 11:40am – 17:20 EST. Frequency will increase to three flights per week, Thursdays through Sundays, starting October 13. This route will be the first operated by Canada Jetlines with more routes to exciting destinations to be announced soon.

“Canada Jetlines is proud to launch our initial flights between Toronto to Calgary – two vibrant Canadian cities with numerous tourist destinations including Niagara Falls, Lakes of Ontario, and the CN Tower in the East, and Banff, Kananaskis, Canmore, Lake Louise, Jasper, and the Rocky Mountains in the West,” shared Eddy Doyle, CEO of Canada Jetlines. “The two cities represent cultural diversity, economic trade, and significant investment opportunities. We are encouraged to continue expanding our reach, with the goal of serving as Toronto’s preferred airline”

“The launch of Canada Jetlines is yet another milestone marking recovery in the travel and tourism sector,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO of The Calgary Airport Authority. “YYC is eager to welcome Canada Jetlines’ guests by showcasing the effortless and memorable experiences that reflect our region and Calgary’s legendary hospitality.” 

Visit Jetlines.com to view the flight schedule and to learn more. Travellers can book reservations and vacation packages with preferred travel agents who can earn up to 10% commission on all base fares when contracted directly with the airline. Follow Canada Jetlines on all social media platforms and follow #CanadaJetlines for the latest news.

Government of Canada supports Calgary International Airport with new funding for critical infrastructure projects

Transport Canada

August 23, 2022            Calgary, AB            Transport Canada

As Canada works towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, investments in our airport infrastructure continue to be crucial to keep communities safe, and ensure the air sector is well-positioned to rebound.

Today, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Annie Koutrakis, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced close to $2 million in new funding to help YYC Calgary International Airport recover from the effects of the pandemic, and to support continued air services and important infrastructure projects at the airport.  

The funding from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, will support projects to improve current and future flight scheduling and connection times between flights for passengers, as well as establishing dedicated corridors to enable physical distancing at the airport. This funding is in addition to more than $57.4 million provided under the program in August 2021, for the rehabilitation of Runway 17R-35L.

The pandemic highlighted the important role Canada’s airports play in our country’s economy, and in sustaining the social and economic well-being of our communities. These investments will improve access to safe, reliable and efficient air transportation options, and will help us deliver our commitment to build safer, healthier and stronger communities as Canada recovers from the pandemic.

Quotes

“The Calgary International Airport is a key transportation hub for much of southern Alberta. It connects us with family and friends, helps us discover new destinations, and is a pivotal transportation corridor for many Calgary businesses and Canada’s tourism and resource development sectors. This funding will enhance airport efficiency, and safety for travellers, air crews and airport workers, while supporting jobs and our regional economy.”    
 
Annie Koutrakis
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

“As we move forward with the safe return of activity in the aviation sector, , it will be imperative that we continue to ensure a vibrant and competitive air sector in a way that is safe for all Canadians. This funding will allow the Calgary International Airport to invest in the infrastructure and equipment needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

“The Calgary Airport Authority continues to invest in upgrades that improve both safety and efficiency for our valued guests. Funding provided by the Government of Canada for these projects is an important part of supporting our ability to significantly contribute to Alberta’s economy, the travel and tourism sector, and the movement of critical goods for our community.”  

Bob Sartor
President and CEO
The Calgary Airport Authority

Quick facts

  • The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, launched in May 2021, will provide $571.2 million in funding over five years to airports for eligible infrastructure projects related to safety, security, connectivity to mass transit systems, or testing and screening related to COVID-19 and its variants.

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Three of Canada’s major airports join with SITA to improve guest experience

TORONTO, Aug. 16, 2022 /CNW/ – Passengers moving through three of Canada’s largest airports will have a faster and easier experience under a new arrangement that will adopt a common technology platform.

The collaboration between airports in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary is one of North America’s largest airport groups to support a better passenger experience, putting the country at the leading edge of innovative passenger check-in solutions. Working together, the airports are supporting the recovery of Canada’s broader aviation industry by creating a common experience to simplify .

The three airports have joined with SITA, a leading technology provider to the air transport industry, to modernize the passenger experience with SITA’s flagship common-use check-in and gate system.

The over 700 new-generation check-in kiosks and boarding technology will ease the journey for the majority of all guests travelling to, from, and within Canada. The new touchpoints will make it easier to incorporate both contactless and biometric capabilities that will enable airports and airlines to evolve as processes modernize.

The new touchpoints meet and exceed Canadian accessibility requirements and aviation security standards like text-to-speech hardware, navigational keypads, height controls designed for passengers using wheelchairs, tap and chip and pin payment technology for in-flight upgrades and biometric camera capability for future use.

SITA will also provide operational teams at each airport to monitor for any potential bottlenecks in the terminals. This will improve operational performance, provide efficiencies, and streamline processes, ultimately resulting in a more effortless guest experience.

The new systems are on track to start being installed at all three airports early next year.

QUOTES

“This announcement is the result of a unique collaboration among three major Canadian airports. This new platform will allow us to offer a harmonized digital airport experience for passengers and a unique technology integration approach for airlines operating in Canada. We are also delighted to collaborate once again with SITA, a long-standing partner with a significant presence in Montréal that has made our city its centre of excellence in innovation,” said Aymeric Dussart, Vice President, Technology and Innovation – ADM Aéroports de Montréal.

“Our combined vision is to offer the best passenger experience in Canada and highest-quality services to our airlines and industry partners,” said Megan Gupton, Chief Technology Officer & Senior Director, IT for The Calgary Airport Authority. “As air traffic rebounds, we see several benefits to our guests in furthering technological solutions like facial recognition boarding—getting us closer to our goal of being a contactless airport.” 

“This important relationship is pivotal in providing our passengers with the airport experience of the future,” said Ian Clarke, Chief Financial Officer, Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “As travel continues to ramp up, we are committed to cultivating a smoother process for our passengers, and this new technology represents a key element of achieving this objective.”

“We know that passengers want more control of their journey with automated solutions that make travel fast and convenient. We are pleased to bring this experience to three of Canada’s busiest airports and build on our long-standing partnerships,” said Matthys Serfontein, President for the Americas at SITA.

ABOUT THE CALGARY AIRPORT AUTHORITY

The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the Regional Airports Authorities Act of Alberta and is responsible for the management, operation and development of YYC Calgary International Airport and Springbank Airport (YBW). The Authority’s commitment to safety remains a top priority and our #FlyHealthyYYC program has received the Airport Health Accreditation by Airports Council International. Our airports are important economic generators for the city, region and province, supporting thousands of jobs and generating billions in GDP through associated economic activity. The Authority was also recognized as one of Alberta’s Top Employers for 2021.

ABOUT THE GREATER TORONTO AIRPORTS AUTHORITY

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is the operator of Toronto – Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ), Canada’s largest airport and a vital connector of people, businesses and goods. Toronto Pearson has been named “Best Large Airport in North America serving more than 40 million passengers” for five years in a row by Airports Council International (ACI), the global trade representative of the world’s airports. In recognition of its Healthy Airport program, ACI has also awarded Toronto Pearson the “Best hygiene measures in North America” award for two years running, and Toronto Pearson was the first Canadian airport to receive ACI’s global health accreditation for its response to COVID-19.

For YYZ’s corporate twitter channel, please visit @PearsonComms. For operational updates and passenger information, please visit @TorontoPearson/@AeroportPearson on Twitter. You can also follow YYZ on Facebook or Instagram.

ABOUT ADM AÉROPORTS DE MONTRÉAL

ADM Aéroports de Montréal is the airport authority for the Greater Montreal area responsible for the management, operation and development of YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, which is certified 4 stars under the Skytrax World Airport Star Rating program, and YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel.

ABOUT SITA

SITA is the air transport industry’s IT provider, delivering solutions for airlines, airports, aircraft and governments. Its technology powers more seamless, safe and sustainable air travel.

With around 2,500 customers, SITA’s solutions drive operational efficiencies at more than 1,000 airports while delivering the promise of the connected aircraft to customers of 17,000 aircraft globally. SITA also provides technology solutions that help more than 70 governments strike the balance of secure borders and seamless travel. SITA’s communications network connects every corner of the globe and bridges 60% of the air transport community’s data exchange.

SOURCE Toronto Pearson, Aéroports de Montréal, Calgary Airport Authority

WestJet brings back the heat this Winter

Airline to return 17 sun and leisure routes suspended during pandemic to destinations across the Caribbean, Mexico and U.S.

CALGARY, AB, Aug. 8, 2022 /CNW/ – WestJet today celebrated the return of 17 sun routes to its network this winter. The returning routes which were suspended for more than two years, bring enhanced connectivity and vacation options for Canadians and communities across the airline’s network.

“The restart of these routes is another positive step in the restoration our network as we solidify WestJet as the reliable, friendly and affordable airline we are known to be,” said John Weatherill, WestJet Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer. “We recognize the past three winters have been disruptive to our guests travel plans and we look forward to reconnecting Canadians to some of the warmer destinations they have missed the most.”

The airline today also announced new six-times weekly regional service between Penticton, B.C., and Vancouver beginning on February 17, 2023 on WestJet Link along with the restart of domestic connectivity between Edmonton and Nanaimo, B.C.

Highlights from WestJet’s winter schedule release:

Sun and Leisure, Transborder and Transatlantic:

  • Restart of 17 sun and leisure routes suspended since 2019
  • 45 per cent increase to sun and leisure flights from winter 2021
  • 60 per cent increase in transborder flights from winter 2021
  • 25 per cent increase in transatlantic flights from winter 2021

WestJet’s investments in sun, transborder and leisure flying are growing across the country with:

  • A 50% increase in flights from Central/Eastern Canada from winter 2021
  • A 55% increase in flights from Western Canada from winter 2021

Network-wide:

  • 65 per cent increase in flights to/from Winnipeg (YWG) from winter 2021
  • 50 per cent increase in flights to/from Edmonton (YEG) from winter 2021
  • 35 per cent increase in flights to/from Vancouver (YVR) from winter 2021
  • 30 per cent increase in flights to/from Calgary (YYC) from winter 2021
  • 10 per cent increase in flights to/from Toronto (YYZ) from winter 2021

Domestic:

  • New domestic connection between Vancouver and Penticton, B.C., on WestJet Link
  • Restart of Edmonton-Nanaimo route suspended since 2019
  • 25 per cent overall increase in flights network-wide domestically from winter 2021

Transborder Restarts:

RouteRestart DatePeak FrequencyOperated By
Kelowna – PhoenixNovember 16, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
Saskatoon – Las VegasNovember 10, 20222x WeeklyWestJet
Saskatoon – Orlando*December 16, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
Regina – Las VegasNovember 10, 20222x WeeklyWestJet
Regina – OrlandoDecember 16, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
Vancouver – OrlandoNovember 12, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
Winnipeg – PhoenixOctober 31, 20222x WeeklyWestJet
St. John’s – Tampa BayMarch 19, 20231x WeeklyWestJet
*Operated on very limited basis in 2021

Carribean, Mexico, Central American Restarts:

RouteRestart DatePeak FrequencyOperated By
Calgary – Belize CityNovember 18, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
Calgary – NassauNovember 26, 20221x weeklyWestJet
Calgary – VaraderoNovember 5, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
Comox – Puerto VallartaNovember 5, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
Ottawa – Montego BayNovember 12, 20222x WeeklyWestJet
Regina – Cancun*November 13, 20222x WeeklyWestJet
Toronto – Cayo CocoNovember 5, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
Toronto – SamanaDecember 17, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
Winnipeg – Montego BayDecember 17, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
*Operated on very limited basis in 2021

Domestic Routes:

RouteStart DateFrequencyOperated by
Vancouver – Penticton*February 17, 20236x WeeklyWestJet Link
Edmonton – NanaimoOctober 30, 20223x WeeklyWestJet Encore
*new route

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

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.  

Air Canada’s Summer 2022 Schedule Adjustments

2 July 2022 – Air Canada 🔗

This week, Air Canada announced changes to its summer schedule to support unprecedented and unforeseen strains on our organization. International flights are unaffected, with a few timing changes to reduce flying at peak times. Flights adjusted are to and from our Toronto and Montreal hubs. These will be mostly frequency reductions, affecting primarily evening and late-night flights by smaller aircraft, on transborder and domestic routes. Four routes will be temporarily suspended.

Temporary Route Suspensions:

Montreal – Kelowna
Montreal – Baltimore
Montreal – Pittsburgh
Toronto – Fort McMurray

Frequency Reductions

Toronto – Deer Lake: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 1 flight daily
Toronto – Saint John: reduce 2 frequencies, now operating 1 flight daily
Toronto – Charlottetown: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Toronto – Quebec City: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily
Toronto – North Bay: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 1 flight daily
Toronto – Timmins: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Toronto – Sudbury: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily
Toronto – London, ON: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily
Toronto – Windsor: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily
Toronto – Winnipeg: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 5 flights daily
Toronto – Edmonton: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 7 flights daily
Toronto – Calgary: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 11 flights daily
Toronto – Vancouver: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 14 flights daily
Toronto – Boston: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 6 flights daily
Toronto – LaGuardia: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 9 flights daily
Toronto – Newark: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 6 flights daily
Toronto – Baltimore: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Toronto – Philadelphia: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily
Toronto – Washington (DCA): reduce 1 frequency in August, will operate 2 flights daily (3 flights remain for July)
Toronto – Miami: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 1 flight daily
Toronto – San Francisco: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily
Montreal – Moncton: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Montreal – Fredericton: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Montreal – Saint John: reduce 1 frequency, now operating total 1flights
Montreal – Halifax: reduce 1 frequency in August, will operate total 3 flights daily (4 flights remain through August 3)
Montreal – Ottawa: reduce 2 frequencies, now operating 6 flights daily
Montreal – Quebec: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily
Montreal – Toronto (Island): no weekend operations and Friday reduced to 3 flights daily
Montreal – Edmonton: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Montreal – Calgary: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily
Montreal – Boston: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily
Montreal – LaGuardia: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily
Montreal – Newark: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily
Montreal – Fort Lauderdale: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Ottawa – Toronto (Island): no weekend operations

Route Retimes:

Montreal – Los Angeles
Montreal – Las Vegas
Montreal – Punta Cana
Montreal – Fort Lauderdale
Montreal – Winnipeg
Montreal – Edmonton
Toronto – Manchester
Toronto – Edinburgh
Toronto – Copenhagen
Vancouver – Portland
Vancouver – Regina
Vancouver – Cranbrook