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

Flair Airlines Establishes Winter Base in Tucson Arizona, Bringing Non-stop Sun at Affordable Prices to Underserved Canadian Markets

  • Flair Airlines, Visit Tucson, and Tucson International Airport announce long-term partnership to connect more Canadians to Arizona
  • Service to Tucson begins in November and December from five Canadian airports, including Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Prince George, and Windsor
  • The Tucson winter base furthers Flair’s mission of providing affordable leisure travel to Canadians
  • To celebrate its first week of sales, one-way fares on Flair flights to Tucson, including taxes and fees, begin at $99

Edmonton, Alberta, March 29, 2022 – Flair Airlines, Canada’s everyday low fare airline, is excited to announce a long-term partnership with Tucson, Arizona to connect underserved Canadian communities with affordable, non-stop, winter flights to sunshine and warmth. As the first step in the partnership, Flair will overnight an aircraft in Tucson next winter and today is opening sales for five new routes: Edmonton International Airport, Fort McMurray International Airport, Lethbridge Airport, Prince George Airport, and Windsor International Airport to Tucson International Airport.

“Basing winter operations in Tucson, Arizona offers an exciting new option for Canadians. We know that Canadians in communities across the country will be keen to soak up the winter sun in Tucson. With consistent service for years to come, we think this is the beginning of an excellent yearly tradition for Canadians,” said Garth Lund, Chief Commercial Officer, Flair Airlines. “For too long, many communities in Canada have been without service to warm weather destinations. Flair is looking forward to stimulating new demand with our everyday low fares.”

Tucson, Arizona

“We are excited about the many benefits to our community through this relationship with Flair,” said Danette Bewley, President and CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority. “Not only have we found a way to achieve a long-time goal of adding nonstop flights to and from Canada, TUS will be the only Arizona – or U.S., for that matter – destination from four of those airports. We look forward to welcoming and introducing Canadians to our beautiful region.” Bewley added, “In addition to new air service, there is tremendous added economic potential for Southern Arizonans and Canadians to develop new connections and relationships.”

Edmonton, Alberta

“Flair’s continued growth and success is a great story for aviation and for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Adding another non-stop sunny destination and a US winter base in Tuscon is a great complement to Flair’s headquarters at Edmonton International Airport,” said Myron Keehn, Vice President, Air Service and Business Development, Edmonton International Airport. “Congratulations on your continued growth and we look forward to the service starting later this year.”

Fort McMurray, Alberta

“This announcement is one we’re extremely excited about, and are confident the community will be too,” said RJ Steenstra, President & CEO, Fort McMurray Airport Authority. “We’re pleased to welcome back Flair Airlines to YMM and will continue exploring new destination opportunities as we work to rebuild route capacity.”

Lethbridge, Alberta

“The City of Lethbridge has been proactively investing in our Airport to position us for an opportunity just like this and we are thrilled to welcome Flair Airlines to our community,” said Lethbridge Mayor Blaine Hyggen. “We’ve heard from our residents that they want a sun destination from the Lethbridge Airport and Arizona was one of the top places they want to visit. I’m excited for this new partnership and I’m certain this will be a hot ticket for all southern Albertans.”

Prince George, British Columbia

“We are very excited to see this air service option for both Canadian and American travelers” says Prince George Airport Authority’s President and CEO Gordon Duke. “Tucson offers a warm getaway for Canadians during the winter and also provides an opportunity for Americans to experience ‘Bucket List’ winter activities here in and around Prince George. We are looking forward to continuing to develop our relationship with Flair and connecting the world to our region.”

Windsor, Ontario

“We are excited to welcome Flair Airlines to YQG – Windsor International Airport,” said Mark Galvin, CEO, Windsor Airport “and are thrilled to add a direct flight from Windsor to the Sun Corridor of the United States.”

All flights to Tucson are non-stop and offer a quick and easy way to explore Arizona. There is no shortage of national parks, such as Saguaro National Park, and natural attractions to explore around Tucson, as well as vibrant nightlife and trendy restaurants.

To celebrate its first week of sales, one-way fares on Flair flights to Tucson, including taxes and fees, begin at $99 from Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Prince George, and Windsor. There are limited seats and availability for the fares. All routes are available for booking at flyflair.com. Flair looks forward to further connecting communities in Canada with non-stop service to exciting leisure destinations.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s leading low-fare airline and its greenest airline, on a mission to provide affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve over 30 cities across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. For more information, please visit flyflair.com.

New Winter Routes

  • Tucson (TUS) – Edmonton (YEG): 2x weekly, effective November 30, 2022 – March 24, 2023
  • Tucson (TUS) – Fort McMurray (YMM): 2x weekly, effective November 30, 2022 – March 22, 2023
  • Tucson (TUS) – Lethbridge (YQL): 1x weekly, effective December 1, 2022 – March 23, 2023
  • Tucson (TUS) – Prince George (YXS): 1x weekly, effective December 2, 2022 – March 24, 2023
  • Tucson (TUS) – Windsor (YQG): 1x weekly, effective December 1, 2022 – March 23, 2023

WestJet accelerates Alberta’s recovery with 2022 summer schedule

Alberta set to lead Canada’s travel and tourism rebound as airline restores network to pre-pandemic levels

WestJet investing in Alberta’s connection to global and business economies with non-stop routes to London Heathrow, Gatwick, Rome, Paris and Dublin

CALGARY, AB, March 14, 2022 /CNW/ – WestJet today released its 2022 summer schedule, announcing the full restoration of the airline’s service levels across Alberta to pre-pandemic levels. WestJet’s summer schedule from Alberta will see 180 daily departures from Calgary and Edmonton to 35 domestic, 16 transborder and eight international destinations during peak travel months.

“The restoration of our network marks a major milestone in WestJet and Alberta’s recovery as we rebuild our network and strengthen critical connections to global hubs and business economies,” said John Weatherill, Chief Commercial Officer, WestJet. “After two years of unprecedented challenges, we’re proud that Alberta will lead the recovery of Canada’s travel and tourism industry. As Alberta’s homegrown airline, we continue to make investments to better serve our guests and look forward to offering more options for visitors to experience the vibrancy of what Alberta has to offer.”

Enhancing Alberta’s global travel and tourism pipeline

After a two-year delay, WestJet is set to launch its long-awaited service to Rome, Italy on May 7, 2022. The airline will also introduce new non-stop service to London Heathrow beginning on March 26, 2022.

WestJet’s investments in transatlantic flying from Calgary International Airport will see the airline increase the critical tourism pipeline between Alberta and Europe by 43 per cent when compared to 2019, supported by new routes and increased non-stop options to London Gatwick, Paris and Dublin.

“This is welcome news for travellers and for the entire travel industry as WestJet leads the way on economic recovery,” said Bob Sartor, President & CEO of The Calgary Airport Authority. “Travellers can count on YYC Calgary International Airport to scale up operations alongside WestJet to ensure travellers have safe, efficient access to destinations in Alberta and overseas.”

RoutePeak FrequencyStart Date
Calgary – London Heathrow4x weeklyMarch 26, 2022
Calgary – London Gatwick5x weeklyMay 1, 2022
Calgary – Paris5x weeklyMay 1, 2022
Calgary – Rome3x weeklyMay 7, 2022
Calgary – Dublin3x weeklyMay 8, 2022

Investing in regional and domestic air travel

This summer, Albertans will benefit from enhanced connectivity throughout the region and across Canada. At its peak, WestJet will serve 43 domestic, 23 transborder, 16 Caribbean and eight transatlantic destinations, restoring 94 per cent of its pre-pandemic routes with more than 600 daily departures network wide. Domestic highlights of WestJet’s summer schedule feature an 88 per cent increase in regional connectivity province wide. WestJet provides more than half of all seats across Alberta and together as the WestJet Group, WestJet and Swoop give Albertans more options, to more destinations than any other airline.

WestJet’s Alberta service:

  • Calgary: 142 daily departures, 35 domestic, 16 transborder and eight international destinations
  • Edmonton: 38 daily departures, 15 domestic and two transborder destinations
  • Grande Prairie: multiple daily flights to Calgary and Edmonton
  • Fort McMurray: multiple daily flights to Calgary and Edmonton
  • Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat: multiple daily flights to Calgary

Enhancing transborder connectivity

As part of its summer schedule, WestJet will launch previously delayed non-stop service between Calgary and Boston on June 30, 2022. The airline will also reintroduce and enhance service to 16 popular transborder business and leisure destinations.

RoutePeak FrequencyStart Date
Calgary – Nashville 3x weeklyMarch 17, 2022
Calgary – Denver2x weeklyMay 22, 2022
Calgary – Boston3x weeklyJune 30, 2022
Calgary – New York (JFK)4x weeklyAlready in service
Calgary – Portland2x dailyAlready in service
Calgary – Orlando3x weeklyAlready in service
Calgary – Phoenix2x dailyAlready in service
Calgary – Los Angeles2x dailyAlready in service
Calgary – San Diego4x weeklyAlready in service
Calgary – Palm Springs5x weeklyAlready in service
Calgary – San Francisco2x dailyAlready in service
Calgary – Orange County3x weeklyAlready in service
Calgary – Las Vegas3x dailyAlready in service
Calgary – Atlanta1x dailyAlready in service
Calgary – Houston2x dailyAlready in service
Calgary – Seattle2x dailyAlready in service
Edmonton – Los Angeles4x weeklyAlready in service
Edmonton – Las Vegas4x weeklyAlready in service

To discover all the direct flights across WestJet’s network, visit WestJet.com.

About the WestJet Group of Companies 
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 www.westjet.com.

Recent recognition includes: 
– 2020/2019 Number-One Ranked Canadian Airline Loyalty Program in Member Engagement (Bond Brand Loyalty)
– 2019/2018/2017 Best Airline in Canada (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines) 
– 2019 Winner Among Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines) 
– 2019/2018 Number-One-Ranked Airline Credit Card in Canada (Rewards Canada) 

Airports Across Canada Collaborate with #NotInMyCity to Help Disrupt and End Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking

Airports are taking a united approach towards creating awareness and encouraging education among staff

CALGARY, AB, Feb. 22, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, #NotInMyCity is pleased to announce a number of airports across the country are standing in solidarity to help raise awareness about sexual exploitation and human traffiicking.

#NotInMyCity has been working with airports to provide #NotInMyCity human trafficking awareness materials and access to a customized e-learning course to help airport staff identify the risk factors of those being trafficked and moved through airports across Canada.

According to the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking1, transportation corridors are frequently used by traffickers, and once a victim has been recruited, traffickers will often move them from city to city to maximize profits, access new markets and avoid competition. It also helps keep control of the victim who may not know where they are, or how to get help, making it easier for traffickers to evade detection by police. Victims of labour trafficking may also enter Canada by way of air travel, under the false promise of a job or educational opportunity.

Based on experiences shared by survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, many were regularly transported throughout the country and from city to city by their traffickers. Says one Indigenous survivor of sexual exploitation, “As a youth, I was moved from city to city and was targeted, groomed and sold to men because of what they desired as an “exotic” look. Their fantasy became my trauma. Exploitation of people just like me is happening in our cities, and it must end.” 

One mother, Jennifer Holleman, whose daughter Maddison was lured into sexual exploitation, indicated that her daughter was moved by her traffickers throughout Canada. She says, “What started as new friendships for my teenage daughter turned into a life of pain, coercion and exploitation, and eventually led to her death. My daughter was a victim of human trafficking, right here in Canada. No human should have to go through what she went through.”

National Human Trafficking Day brings attention to Canada’s fastest growing crime and second largest source of illegal income worldwide. In Canada, 21 per cent of trafficking victims are under the age of 18. Despite Canada’s Indigenous population accounting for just 4 per cent of the country, it is estimated that 50 per cent of all Canadian trafficking victims are Indigenous.

#NotInMyCity has developed the customized educational program leveraging North American best practices, helping airport employees identify individuals who may be victims of trafficking, and taking action with a “do no harm” approach.

“Creating broad awareness and educational opportunities lead to positive change,” says Natalie Muyres, Program Manager at #NotInMyCity. “We want awareness of human trafficking risk factors to become second nature to airport staff. By working with their safety teams, embedding human trafficking education into their culture and providing skills and confidence, teams will know what to do if they see something that doesn’t seem right. It could very well save lives.”

Examples of how airports are helping to disrupt these crimes by working in collaboration with #NotInMyCity are provided below. Other Canadian airports are invited to access #NotInMyCity resources and materials to implement within their operations.

1 https://www.canadiancentretoendhumantrafficking.ca/the-role-of-the-transportation-sector-in-the-fight-against-human-trafficking-in-canada/

The Fort McMurray Airport Authority has implemented the #NotInMyCity educational course into their onboarding process, shared information and training materials with their terminal partners and have placed #NotInMyCity human trafficking awareness materials on digital screens, posters and in washrooms throughout the terminal. Every employee who has completed the e-learning wears a yellow pin and has a lanyard card with the operations phone number and risk factors to watch.

“We want to do everything we can to ensure the safety and well-being of all passengers and visitors,” says RJ Steenstra, President & CEO of Fort McMurray Airport Authority, “By working with #NotInMyCity, we are able to leverage the well-researched e-learning already in place, while adding enhanced screening tools and skills for our airport employees to use in their daily duties, staying vigilant and taking action when appropriate.”

The Calgary Airport Authority initially launched awareness campaigns with #NotInMyCity in 2018. In 2021, they launched the #NotInMyCity e-learning course to more than 50 employees, and has future campaigns in the works using #NotInMyCity human trafficking awareness materials.

Toronto Pearson International Airport recently launched its awareness campaign on February 18, with a kick-off awareness event and presentation for employees and terminal partners, which will be followed by an external campaign within its terminals using #NotInMyCity human trafficking awareness materials.

Says Deborah Flint, President and CEO of Toronto Pearson International Airport, “As Canada’s largest airport we have a responsibility to take action and do our part to help vulnerable passengers as they travel through Pearson. By partnering with #NotInMyCity, we’re able to educate airport workers on how to spot human trafficking as it’s happening and step in to respond appropriately. We’re happy to be joining other airports across Canada in this important cause.”

At Kelowna International Airport, effective January 1, 2022, the #NotInMyCity e-learning program became part of the onboarding process for all new airport employees. #NotInMyCity human trafficking awareness materials will be launching in the terminal in the coming months.

Ottawa International Airport kick started an awareness presentation in conjunction with #NotInMyCity on February 17 as part of their monthly security tabletop meeting. They provided security and other Airport Authority personnel with an overview of the e-learning program which they are rolling out to the rest of their team effective today.

London International Airport is now promoting the #NotInMyCity e-learning course to their employees and are in the process of launching an awareness program leveraging the #NotInMyCity human trafficking awareness materials.

“It is sadly not uncommon for airports to be used as transportation hubs for human traffickers, making it all the more important for airport staff and passengers to be aware of signs of human trafficking and also how to safely report a suspected case” says Scott McFadzean, President & CEO of London International Airport. “We are proud to support and partner with #NotInMyCity as they do invaluable work to disrupt and end human trafficking in Canada.”

The Edmonton International Airport has launched a number of awareness programs in collaboration with a number of agencies. Says Steve Maybee, Vice President, Operations and Infrastructure, Edmonton International Airport, “Trafficked/sexually exploited people aren’t always hidden in dark rooms, away from the public eye. They’re often transported from one place to another and use public transportation. At EIA, safety and security is our top priority. We’re proud to continue our work with #NotInMyCity to make sure our airport is a place where traffickers are not welcome.”

Additional airports who have initiated partnerships with #NotInMyCity to deliver the e-learning course and posting #NotInMyCity human trafficking awareness materials broadly include Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Vancouver International Airport.

In December 2021, #NotInMyCity launched an allyship with Flair Airlines, which included the launch of the #NotInMyCity e-learning program for all employees, drawn on international aviation best practices. The airline currently employs more than 500 people.

For the general public, #NotInMyCity offers a free interactive e-learning course for anyone interested in learning more about the issue of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Canada. It was developed in collaboration with provincial, national and international thought leaders. Upon completion of the free 30-minute e-course, participants are awarded with a certificate. Thousands of individuals have completed the course so far. Notinmycity.ca is also home to information and educational videos about the issue.

In Canada, anyone can call the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-833-900-1010 if they believe they witness or are experiencing human trafficking or sexual exploitation. In Alberta, individuals can also call 2-1-1.  If anyone is ever in immediate danger, it is recommended to call 9-1-1. To learn more visit notinmycity.ca.

About #NotInMyCity

#NotInMyCity is a facilitative organization that is raising awareness and taking collective action to prevent, disrupt and end sexual exploitation and trafficking, focusing on children and youth. The #NotInMyCity movement is growing. We are working in alliance with key stakeholders, creating awareness, educating others and mobilizing a strategic, integrated plan to bring about transformational and sustainable change at all levels. Visit notinmycity.ca or follow us @NIMCAlly.

Air Canada Affirms Market Leadership by Expanding its North American Network this Summer as Recovery Accelerates

  • Seven New Routes launching from three Canadian hubs
  • Restoration of 41 North American routes, return to 11 North American cities
  • Air Canada offers the most seats, frequencies of any Canadian carrier with 90% of its pre-pandemic North American capacity this summer
  • Air Canada’s leadership and unique extensive network will stimulate the recovery of the travel and tourism industry

MONTREAL, Feb. 22, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced an expansion of its North American network for Summer 2022 as the carrier’s recovery from COVID accelerates. With the launch of new service on four transborder and three domestic routes, as well as the restoration of 41 North American routes, Air Canada will operate to 51 Canadian and 46 U.S airports this summer and offer customers the largest network and most travel options of any Canadian carrier.

New services will be launching to the U.S. from Montreal to Atlanta and Detroit, Toronto to Salt Lake City, and Vancouver to Austin. Within Canada, three new routes will begin between Montreal and Gander, Calgary and Fort St John, and Vancouver and Halifax. Additionally, service will be restored on 41 North American routes, including: 13 routes from Toronto, nine from Montreal, five from Ottawa, five from Vancouver, four from Calgary, three from Halifax, and two from Edmonton. The routes are timed to connect with Air Canada’s domestic, U.S. and international network at the airline’s global hubs in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal 

“Canadians are ready to travel, and we’re excited to be offering a very significant growth in our schedule this summer. With our recovery accelerating and North American flying reaching 90% of pre-pandemic levels this summer, we are offering more options across the continent, including seven new city pairs from our Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver hubs, and the resumption of 41 suspended or previously announced new routes. These changes will also grow and cement our position as the leading carrier of choice in the transborder market, with the most non-stop flying between Canada and the U.S. and as the foreign carrier with the most service to the U.S. Moreover, our revitalized North American network, designed to connect easily with our global network, gives customers by far the widest choice of routings and destinations of any Canadian carrier this summer,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

“To match our unrivalled network, we are also enhancing our award-winning airport and onboard services. All 23 of our Maple Leaf Lounges are now open, with new features such as ordering from your seat for safety and greater convenience, and we have introduced a range of touchless airport services that make the check-in and boarding process more convenient. Customers can also benefit from our transformed Aeroplan program, which offers members greater value and flexibility when redeeming reward travel. And, of course, all customers will enjoy Air Canada’s industry leading customer service, recognized at the most recent Skytrax World Airline Awards, where our people won for Best Airline Employees in Canada and in North America.”

Award Winning Service

Select routes will feature wide-body aircraft with Air Canada Signature Class, with lie flat seating, and Premium Economy. Seats in all cabins are available for purchase now at aircanada.com, via the Air Canada App, Air Canada’s Contact Centres, and travel agents.

Air Canada’s onboard services on flights greater than two hours feature new Economy Class Bistro selections, including products by Canadian brands and partners, such as meals inspired by celebrated Montreal Chef Jerome Ferrer.

All customers can collect and redeem points through Aeroplan, Canada’s leading loyalty program, when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits.

New Transborder and Domestic Routes 

Flight From To Frequency Start Date 
AC 799 Toronto Salt Lake City Thu, Sat, Sun 02 JUN 
AC 8567 AC 8569 Montreal Atlanta  Double Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8581 AC 8583 Montreal Detroit Double Daily 01 JUN 
AC 1062 Vancouver Austin Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 01 JUN 
AC 7900 MontrealGander Daily 25 JUN 
AC 362 Vancouver Halifax Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 01 MAY 
AC 8453 Calgary Fort St. John Daily 01 MAY 

Returning and Previously Announced New Routes

Flight From To Frequency Start Date 
AC 8680 AC 8682 Toronto Baltimore Double Daily 15 MAY 
AC 8745 AC 8747 Toronto Charlotte Double Daily 01 MAY 
AC 8705AC 8707Toronto Cincinnati Double Daily 01 MAY 
AC 8895AC 8897 Toronto Indianapolis Double Daily 15 MAY 
AC 513 Toronto Portland Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 27 JUN 
AC 8795 AC 8797 Toronto St. Louis Double Daily 07 MAY 
AC 8590 Toronto Hartford Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8917 Toronto Milwaukee Daily 01 JUL 
AC 8677 Toronto New Orleans Daily 01 JUL 
AC 8865 Toronto Kansas City Daily 01 JUL 
AC 1941 TorontoFort McMurrayTues, Thu, Sat03 MAY
AC 1975Toronto NanaimoMon, Wed, Fri29 JUN 
AC 8410TorontoGanderDaily01 JUN 
AC 8791 Montreal Pittsburgh Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8735 Montreal Raleigh Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8759 Montreal Baltimore Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8771 Montreal Nashville Thu, Fri, Sat 02 JUN 
AC 1285 Montreal Phoenix Tue, Sat 03 MAY 
AC 527 Montreal San Diego Wed, Fri, Sun 20 MAY 
AC 515 Montreal Seattle Daily 31 MAY 
AC 1685 Montreal Victoria Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 03 JUN 
AC 8543 Montreal ReginaDaily 01 MAY 
AC 8545 Montreal Saskatoon Daily 01 MAY 
AC 532 Vancouver Boston Daily 04 JUN 
AC 8596VancouverSacramentoDaily01 JUN
AC 539 Vancouver Anchorage Daily 07 MAY 
AC 8482 Vancouver Yellowknife Daily 01 JUN 
AC 1870 Vancouver Quebec Mon, Wed, Fri 02 MAY 
AC 8869 Ottawa Washington-Reagan Daily 01 MAY 
AC 8109 Ottawa Winnipeg Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8182 Ottawa Charlottetown Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8098 Ottawa Quebec City Daily 01 JUN 
AC 7701 AC 7705 AC 7709 AC 7711 Ottawa Toronto Island Up to 4 times Daily01 MAY 
AC 8661 Halifax Boston Daily 24 JUN 
AC 8549 Halifax Goose Bay Daily 30 APR 
AC 584 Calgary New York-Newark Daily 01 MAY 
AC 392 Calgary Halifax Daily 30 APR 
AC 1872 Calgary Quebec Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun 01 MAY 
AC 8289 Calgary Castlegar Daily 01 MAY 
AC 8563 Edmonton San Francisco Daily 01 MAY 
AC 8113 Edmonton Yellowknife Daily 01 JUN 

Air Canada may continue to adjust its schedule as more opportunities arise or based on COVID-19’s trajectory and the further easing of government travel restrictions.

Travel Policy: Book with confidence

Air Canada’s new refund policy is applicable to all tickets purchased. It offers customers the option of a full refund to the original form of payment, an Air Canada Travel Voucher or the equivalent value in Aeroplan Points with a 65% bonus should the airline cancel or reschedule a flight by more than three hours.

To book your next trip and for most updated schedule, visit aircanada.com.

Travelling internationally? Visit our 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 domestic and international airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking from the independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which in 2021 also named Air Canada as having the Best Airline Staff in North America, Best Airline Staff in Canada, Best Business Class Lounge in North America, as well as an Excellence award for its handling of COVID-19. Also in 2021, Air Canada was named Global Traveler’s Best Airline in North America for the third straight year. In January 2021, Air Canada received APEX’s Diamond Status Certification for the Air Canada CleanCare+ biosafety program for managing COVID-19, the only airline in Canada to attain the highest APEX ranking. Air Canada has also committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. 

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

Transport Canada

FORT MCMURRAY, AB, Feb. 7, 2022 /CNW/ – Transport Canada

As Canada works towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, investments in our airport infrastructure continue to be crucial to maintain safety, security, and connectivity for travellers, workers, and communities. Government of Canada investments also help ensure Canada’s aviation industry is well positioned to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Today, the Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced more than $5 million in new funding to help the Fort McMurray International Airport recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support continued air services and important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.

To help ensure safe airport operations for aircraft, passengers and crews, the airport will receive $2.7 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program to support upgrades to the airfield lighting system and to purchase new snow removal equipment.

In addition to the funding for the critical infrastructure projects, the Government of Canada provided the Fort McMurray International Airport with $2.6 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help it maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in Fort McMurray and surrounding communities.

The Government of Canada is also announcing funding to support 13 safety-related projects at five local and regional airports in Alberta. This funding, valued at $4.1 million, is being provided through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program.

Quotes

“The Fort McMurray International Airport is a key transportation hub not just for Fort McMurray, but for much of northern Alberta. It connects us with family and friends, helps us discover new destinations, and is a pivotal transportation corridor for many Fort McMurray businesses and Canada’s resource development sector. This funding will enhance airport safety for travellers, air crews and airport workers, while supporting jobs and our regional economy.”   

The Honourable Randy Boissonnault
Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance

“As we move forward with the safe and gradual return of activity in the aviation sector, in a way that continues to support the health, safety, and security of all Canadians, it will be imperative that we maintain a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector. These critical investments will allow the Fort McMurray 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

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada continues to advise all Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada at this time.
  • 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. 
  • First introduced in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program is part of a federal stimulus recovery plan designed to build a stronger, more inclusive and more resilient economy post-COVID-19.
  • The Airport Relief Fund, launched in May 2021, provided $64.8 million in funding in 2021-2022 for targeted airports whose 2019 revenues were less than $250 million.

Associated Links

Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca

Fort McMurray airport suspicious package cleared after hours of flight disruptions

From CTV News – link to source story

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Adam Lachacz, CTVNewsEdmonton.ca Digital Producer | December 26, 2021

A suspicious package investigation halted flights for several hours at an airport in northern Alberta on Christmas Day.

RCMP responded to the passenger arrival terminal at the Fort McMurray International Airport around 4:30 p.m. after reports of a suspicious package.

All passenger flights into and out of the airport were suspended as crews investigated the incidents. Regular operations at the airport resumed Sunday morning after 8 a.m.

The RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit determined at 12:15 a.m. that the package was not an explosive and posed no danger to the public.

“RCMP are continuing their investigation under the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations and Aeronautics Act,” Mounties said in a statement.

“Further details of the incident and identity of anyone involved will not be released as the investigation is ongoing.”

Fort McMurray is approximately 435 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

Seven regional airports across the Prairies receiving more than $4 million to maintain regional connectivity and jobs

Targeted Government of Canada support will be provided by Western Economic Diversification Canada

WINNIPEG, MB, Aug. 4, 2021 /CNW/ – Regional air transportation is crucial to local economic growth, the movement of goods and the connectivity of Canadians across the country. The pandemic has had major impacts on regional air transportation ecosystems, affecting communities and local businesses from coast to coast to coast.

Prairie regional airports get an economic boost (CNW Group/Western Economic Diversification Canada)
Prairie regional airports get an economic boost (CNW Group/Western Economic Diversification Canada)

The Government of Canada’s Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI), launched in March 2021, fosters access to air transportation and supports regional ecosystems. In particular, it enables regional air carriers and airports to remain operational in these difficult times and to continue contributing to regional economic growth, while adapting to new post-COVID-19 realities and requirements.

Prairie airports to benefit from funding

With this in mind, Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced up to $4,012,480 in RATI funding for seven regional airports in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. This funding will enable these airports to overcome challenges that were brought on by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Regional air transportation is key to the economic development of communities and businesses across Canada. Since it helps draw Canadians to rural and remote communities to work and raise their families, while also providing reliable connectivity with urban centres, it plays a crucial role in a just, inclusive recovery for all, throughout the country.

Quotes

 “It is important to protect our regional air transportation ecosystems for the thousands of workers employed by this sector and for the many businesses and communities that depend on it. We know that air connectivity to all regions is essential to healthy, inclusive economic growth, and supporting it is part of our plan to build back a stronger, more resilient economy.”

–       The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada

“Regional airports and infrastructure are important to residents and businesses across the Prairies. They play a critical role for the economy as people depend on them for both personal and business travel and to access services in larger centres. This funding will go a long way to getting these assets back on their feet as Canada begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and we reopen our economy.”

–       Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada and to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change (Canada Water Agency)

“We are excited to welcome news of support for regional connectivity. Remote communities such as ours depend on air connectivity to bolster economic activity and growth of entire sectors and industries. Reliable air connectivity not only supports thousands of jobs, but also ensures the viability of our airport which is critical to the sustainability of our community.”

–       RJ Steenstra, President & CEO, Fort McMurray Airport Authority

 “The Town of La Ronge is very appreciative for the $300,000 investment from the federal government in the La Ronge airport. The investment will not only help a critical asset in our region economy recover from COVID, it will help improve the competitiveness of our airport and speed up the recovery timelines. On behalf of Council, we are very thankful for the investment.”

–       Colin Ratushniak, Mayor of the Town of La Ronge, Saskatchewan

“As a small community, connectivity is vital for both for our economy and our residents. As the operator of a regional airport, we appreciate any help we can get as it lessens the burdens on us and our taxpayers and allows us to remain connected.”

–       Herb Jaques, Mayor of The Town of The Pas, Manitoba

Projects being funded:

RecipientLocationFunding
City of LethbridgeLethbridge, ABup to $583,480
City of Medicine HatMedicine Hat, ABup to $549,840
Fort McMurray Airport AuthorityFort McMurray, ABup to $1,596,160
Town of High LevelHigh Level, ABup to $348,000
City of Prince AlbertPrince Albert, SKup to $300,000
Town of La RongeLa Ronge, SKup to $300,000
Town of The PasThe Pas, MBup to $335,000
                                                           Total Fundingup to $4,012,480

Quick facts

  • RATI, administered by the regional development agencies (RDAs), has a national budget of $206 million.
  • The Initiative supports regional air ecosystems—which include regional air carriers and airports, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises and non-profit organizations—in developing and implementing enhanced services for improved regional connectivity.
  • RATI complements measures implemented by Transport Canada.

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Fort McMurray International Airport gets $15M grant to help it survive pandemic’s effects

From CBC News – link to source story

Plummeting passenger numbers, decreased revenue tied to COVID-19

Jamie Malbeuf · CBC News · Jun 24, 2021

The Fort McMurray International Airport is getting a $15million injection from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. (Fort McMurray Airport Authority)

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is giving a $15-million cash injection to the operator of the Fort McMurray International Airport to help it cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a council meeting Tuesday, councillors voted unanimously in favour of a $15-million sustaining grant for the Fort McMurray Airport Authority (FMAA), which owns and operates the airport.

The money will come from the municipality’s emerging issues reserve fund.

FMAA officials told the meeting that the authority saw a 60-per-cent drop in passenger traffic in 2020, leading to a significant loss in revenue.

“In 2014, YMM had more than 1.3 million annual passengers,” said Denean Robinson, the airport authority’s chief financial officer.

“In 2020, as a direct result of the pandemic, YMM passenger demand plummeted … to 229,000 passengers.”

In 2019, before the pandemic hit, the airport saw 595,000 passengers.

The airport will cost more than $32 million to operate this year. Robinson said it needs help if it is to remain fiscally sustainable.

Financial reserves have been depleted, from $44.4 million in 2019 to a projected $11 million this year.

Without intervention, the reserve fund would be empty by 2023, the authority’s financial statements indicate.

Extra funding from the municipality would allow the airport to freeze airport improvement fees, making the cost of flying more affordable while the industry rebuilds, Robinson said. 

As well, the money would help rebuild air connectivity. In the grant application, the airport authority said airlines have been focusing on routes connecting major hubs, leaving regional airports with fewer services.

The airport is currently $173 million in debt — a cost that Mayor Don Scott said would end up being absorbed by the regional municipality if the airport authority ever failed.

“This is obviously no fault of the airport’s,” Scott said.

Coun. Jeff Peddle agreed that finding the money to help the airport is the right course of action.

“Unless the municipality wants to take over the airport itself, I don’t think we have a big choice,” Peddle said.

Coun. Mike Allen said having the responsibility of the airport fall onto the municipality is not a viable solution.

“The consequences of not moving forward with this is not palatable,” he said.

‘Still struggling,’ says airport restaurant operator

Allen also emphasized that locals need to use the airport, instead of driving out of the community to catch a flight from a larger centre like Edmonton. The airport authority says that’s leading to about $43 million a year in lost revenue.

The airport has also lost revenue from its local vendors, as it gave rent relief to tenants. Instead of charging normal rent, the airport authority charged a percentage of sales to keep the businesses open. 

Stu Wigle, director of Earls in Fort McMurray, spoke at the council meeting, saying the lowered airport traffic has been difficult for the restaurant industry. 

The chain has two locations in Fort McMurray, one in the airport and one downtown. 

“Unfortunately right now there’s two different climates,” Wigle said. “Downtown’s business has been quite well; with the airport we’re still struggling quite a bit.” 

He said had the airport not offered rent relief, “we would actually be done as a business.”

Air Canada Supports Economic Recovery as the Country’s Leading Carrier, Serving 50 Cities Across Canada to Enable Canadians to Conveniently Connect

  • Most extensive domestic schedule supports Canada’s tourism and hospitality sector
  • Includes three new routes, re-established routes plus Air Canada Signature Class and Premium Economy Class cabins on select transcontinental routes
  • New refund policy gives additional peace of mind

MONTREAL, June 15, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada’s domestic peak summer schedule beginning at the end of June has been developed to advance the country’s economic recovery and support Canada’s tourism and hospitality businesses during the important summer period.  Three new domestic Canada routes, service to 50 Canadian airports, the re-establishment of select regional routes, and wide-body aircraft featuring Air Canada Signature Class and Premium Economy Class on select transcontinental routes are included. Seats with attractive pricing in all cabins are available for purchase now at aircanada.com, via the Air Canada App, Air Canada’s Contact Centres and travel agencies.

“With Canada’s ongoing vaccine roll-out acceleration together with various provincial governments’ reopening plans that include travel, this summer is looking brighter. As customers are ready to travel, Air Canada is taking a leadership position to support our partners in Canada’s tourism and hospitality sector with service to 50 destinations from coast to coast, the re-start of regional services and new, non-stop flights,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

“We are especially proud that our new state-of-the-art, Canadian-manufactured Airbus A220 aircraft will be operating across Canada. With our industry-leading CleanCare+ bio-safety protocols, promotional fares including for our premium cabins, compelling Aeroplan opportunities, and our new refund policy offering additional peace of mind, customers can book Air Canada with confidence.  We look forward to welcoming you onboard when you’re ready to fly,” concluded Mr. Galardo.

Air Canada’s new refund policy provides customers an option for a refund to the original form of payment in instances where Air Canada cancels their flight or reschedules the departure time by more than three hours, irrespective of the reason. Air Canada customers will also have the option of accepting an Air Canada Travel Voucher or Aeroplan points with a 65% bonus.  Normal fare rules will apply when customers make voluntary changes to non-affected flights.

New route details:

RouteFrequencyAircraftEffective
Montreal-Deer LakeDailyCRJ900Jul 1, 2021
Montreal-Kelowna3x Weekly July4x Weekly AugAirbus A220June 26, 2021
Montreal-Saskatoon-ReginaDailyCRJ900Aug 1, 2021

Resumption of services:

Airport StationRouteEffectiveFrequency
Gander Gander – HalifaxJun 293x Weekly
 Gander – TorontoJul 25x Weekly
St. John’s St. John’s – TorontoJun 19Daily
Goose Bay Goose Bay – St. John’sJun 293x Weekly
Deer Lake Deer Lake – HalifaxAug 15x Weekly
Halifax Halifax – CalgaryAug 15x Weekly
Sydney Sydney – TorontoJun 263x Weekly
 Sydney – MontrealAug 1Daily
Charlottetown Charlottetown – TorontoJun 184x Weekly
Saint John Saint John – MontrealJun 303x Weekly
 Saint John – TorontoJul 24x Weekly
Fredericton Fredericton – MontrealJun 29Daily
 Fredericton – TorontoJul 15x Weekly
Bathurst Bathurst – MontrealJun 273x Weekly
Quebec City Quebec City – TorontoJun 191x Daily
Ottawa Ottawa – CalgaryJul 2Daily
 Ottawa – EdmontonAug 12x Weekly
North Bay North Bay – TorontoJun 283x Weekly
Fort McMurray Fort McMurray – TorontoJuly 12x Weekly
Winnipeg Winnipeg – CalgaryJun 206x weekly
 Winnipeg – MontrealAug 1Daily
Regina Regina – CalgaryJul 15x Weekly
Saskatoon Saskatoon – CalgaryJul 25x Weekly
Kamloops Kamloops – VancouverJun 294x Weekly
 Kamloops – CalgaryJun 284x Weekly
Comox Comox – VancouverJun 303x Weekly
Nanaimo Nanaimo – TorontoJul 41x Weekly
 Nanaimo – CalgaryJul 25x weekly
Prince Rupert Prince Rupert – VancouverJun 253x Weekly
Penticton Penticton – VancouverJun 294x Weekly
Sandspit Sandspit – VancouverJun 233x Weekly
Victoria Montreal – VictoriaJun 193x Weekly
 Toronto – VictoriaJun 194x Weekly
 Calgary – VictoriaJun 214x Weekly
Castlegar Castlegar – VancouverJun 283x Weekly
Kelowna Kelowna TorontoJun 184x Weekly
Yellowknife Yellowknife – CalgaryJun 303x Weekly

Air Canada is also providing connectivity to five additional regional communities through interline agreements with third party regional carriers: Wabush, Baie Comeau, Gaspe, Mont Joli, and Val d’Or.

Air Canada’s commercial schedule may be adjusted as required based on the COVID-19 trajectory and government restrictions.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline, and in 2020 was among the top 20 largest airlines in the world. It is Canada’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax. In 2020, Air Canada was named Global Traveler’s Best Airline in North America for the second straight year. In January 2021, Air Canada received APEX’s Diamond Status Certification for the Air Canada CleanCare+ biosafety program for managing COVID-19, the only airline in Canada to attain the highest APEX ranking. Air Canada has also committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.