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American Airlines reintroduces popular Halifax-Philadelphia route

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Friday, June 14, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group

HALIFAX — American Airlines has brought back its popular Halifax-Philadelphia nonstop service, giving Maritimers direct access to Philly and several connecting cities.

The carrier last serviced Halifax in early 2017 and says it is “confident” in this strategic return. It announced 18 additional routes in late 2018, with Halifax being added as a destination from Philadelphia and New York LaGuardia (launching later this week).

“In addition to the direct links the new flights provide to two of the U.S.’s biggest cities, travellers can also enjoy easy connections to hundreds of destinations throughout North America, Europe, Latin, America and the Caribbean from American’s hubs in Philadelphia and New York,” said Jose Maria Giraldo, Director Mexico & Canada, American Airlines. “Canada also is filled with important businesses and exciting leisure destinations, and American is so pleased to return to Halifax.”

The once-daily flight to Philadelphia departs YHZ at 2:38 p.m. and arrive at PHL at 3:45 p.m. Return, it departs PHL at 10:40 a.m. and arrive at YHZ at 1:58 p.m. The route uses an Embraer 175 aircraft featuring a 12-seat First Class cabin and a 64-seat main cabin. Plus, passengers flying to Philadelphia can utilize Halifax Stanfield’s U.S. Preclearance Facility, which enables passengers flying to the U.S. to clear customs and Border Protection in Halifax before departing.

“Utilizing nonstop routes and pre-clearing U.S. customs is one of the many benefits of flying from Halifax Stanfield,” said Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA). “We encourage the community to leverage this unique advantage to pre-clear customs at Halifax Stanfield so they can continue their journey quickly and easily upon arrival at their U.S. destinations, including Philadelphia.”

Swoop lifts-off with three more inaugural summer routes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details of the May 24, 2019 inaugural flights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details of Swoop’s May 24 inaugural service

Service Offered  Weekly 
charges (ATC)
 base fare 
Taxes, fees 
and charges 
Total One-
Way Price 
Winnipeg and 
Wednesday & 
3 x weekly$81.21$37.79$119CAD
London, ON and 
Daily7 x weekly $100.04$28.96$129CAD
London, ON and 
Daily, except 
6 x weekly $91.19$27.81$119CAD

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

WestJet inaugurates Halifax and Dublin nonstop

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Airline’s increases travel options across Atlantic with new non-stop flight

CALGARY, April 30, 2019 /CNW/ – As the carrier with the most transatlantic flights from Halifax, WestJet today began its new non-stop service between Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) and Dublin Airport (DUB).

“Today’s flight between these important tourism and business markets reinforces our commitment to investing in Halifax as an Atlantic gateway to Europe,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer. “WestJet continues to support the efforts of the government of Nova Scotia to enhance trade, tourism and grow economies in the province and the UK. To our guests on both sides of the Atlantic, go raibh maith agat, thank you.”

WestJet has served the city of Halifax since 2003 and has seen 160 per cent growth in flights to and from Halifax Stanfield. This summer the airline will operate non-stop service to 15 cities with an average of 28 departures per day from Halifax.

“Adding nonstop flights to key markets is a sign of confidence in our province and region,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We’re pleased to see WestJet’s commitment to this new link, which helps support our Nova Scotia-Europe Engagement Strategy and efforts to grow our economy.”

“We’re so pleased WestJet continues to demonstrate confidence in our airport, our region and our future with the introduction of this new non-stop service to Dublin,” said Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. “We have grown into an Atlantic Canadian hub airport where travellers can conveniently connect to, from and through Europe and beyond. We thank WestJet for their continued investment and expansion of their service at Halifax Stanfield and to passengers who make these flights a success.”

WestJet has operated to Dublin, Ireland since 2014 and on June 1 will bring one of its first three Dreamliner aircraft to the city with nonstop service from Calgary.

Details of WestJet’s new non-stop service:

Halifax-Dublin6x weekly10:20 p.m.7:32 a.m. +1April 29, 2019
Dublin-Halifax6x weekly9:00 a.m.11:02 a.m.April 30, 2019

Air Transat & Westjet Route Updates

News provided by RoutesOnline.com

Air Transat W19 A321neo LR Trans-Atlantic network as of 28APR19

By Jim Liu | Posted 29 April 2019

Air Transat in last week’s schedule update filed planned Airbus A321neo LR European service for winter 2019/20 season, from late-October 2019. Planned A321neo LR Trans-Atlantic routes and frequency as of 28 APR 19 as follows.

Toronto – Glasgow eff 30OCT19 2 weekly
Toronto – London Gatwick eff 22OCT19 1 daily
Toronto – Manchester eff 04NOV19 2 weekly
Toronto – Porto eff 03NOV19 1 weekly

Additional routes to be filed in the next few weeks. With the exception of Glasgow, winter operation for routes listed above is scheduled until 30 APR 20.

WestJet discontinues Halifax – Boston service in early-June 2019

By Jim Liu |Posted 29 April 2019

WestJet from early-June 2019 is discontinuing Halifax – Boston service, reflected in recent schedule update. This daily service operated by WestJet Encore Dash8-Q400 aircraft is now scheduled until 02 JUN 19.

WS3712 YHZ 1240 – 1332 BOS DH4 D
WS3713 BOS 1850 – 2134 YHZ DH4 D

No other information provided from source. Canadian Aviation News

WestJet suspends Halifax-Paris, other routes, to deal with 737 Max grounding

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By The Canadian Press | Posted Apr 28, 2019

CALGARY — WestJet Airlines Ltd. has announced cancellations and schedule changes on some of its routes as the airline deals with the continued grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

Credit to Chris Cavalier ©2019 Copyright C-GZSG 737 Max 8 Westjet – Stored due to grounding

Flights between Halifax and Paris have been suspended from June 3 through Aug. 2, and WestJet says guests will be rebooked either through Calgary, non-stop on its Boeing Dreamliner jets to Paris, or with one of its partner airlines through Toronto, Montreal or New York.

Flights between Edmonton and Ottawa, and Edmonton and Montreal, have also been suspended for most of June, and WestJet says guests will be rebooked through either Calgary or Toronto on WestJet-operated flights.

Service between Toronto and Kelowna, B.C., and Vancouver and Regina will also be suspended for much of June.

Transport Canada banned the 737 Max from Canadian airspace as part of an international response to the fatal March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane.

WestJet says in a news release that it has adjusted flight times on some routes or substituted larger aircraft with fewer flights, but that it needed to suspend a small number of routes where no alternative aircraft were available.

“Although the Max comprised over 1,000 monthly departures in our June schedules, by adjusting our aircraft lease returns and the planned installations of our premium seats, we have been able to cover more than 700 of the flight routes where the Max was originally scheduled, with other aircraft,” Chief Operating Officer Jeff Martin said Sunday in a post on the company’s website. ADVERTISING

“I thank our WestJet teams for their dedication as they continue to work hard to get our guests to their destinations.”

Martin said WestJet remains committed to the routes and will resume flights when it can.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau closed Canadian skies to the Max 8 on March 13 over safety concerns arising from the flight path of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 that bore startling parallels to a fatal Lion Air crash off the coast of Indonesia on Oct. 29, killing a combined 346 people.

WestJet had 13 Max 8s in operation when the planes were pulled from service, but has said it has no plans to cancel orders for 37 more Max jetliners.

Air Canada — where 24 Max 8s make up about 10 per cent of its main 243-plane fleet — said last week that the company has “protected 96 per cent of planned flying” through measures that include consolidating flights on larger planes and extending leases on aircraft planned to exit the fleet.

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Swoop takes flight at London International Airport

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

Credit to Alasdair McLellan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details of Swoop’s service from London, ON

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

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

Air Canada flight slides off runway at Halifax Stanfield

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Andrew Rankin (arankin@herald.ca) on 4 March 2019

Air Canada Flight 614 slid off the runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport Monday night. - Eric Wynne
Air Canada Flight 614 slid off the runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport Monday night. – Eric Wynne

It was the flight that Stephanie Ray and her twins won’t soon forget.

“When it was all over I sent my husband a text saying, ‘Thank goodness, this could have ended up so much differently.’

“The captain was very calm and the entire crew did a great job.”

Her children Skyler and Storme McNeil sat safely beside her aboard Air Canada Flight 614 on Monday night at about 9 p.m. The plane had slid off a runaway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and had come to rest in a snowbank, she said. The trio had been waiting to deplane for about two hours, after travelling most of the day from Victoria, B.C.

The Chronicle Herald could not immediately reach anyone for comment at the Halifax airport. But the airport’s Twitter account did confirm an incident did occur on the runway.

Runway 05/23 currently closed due to aircraft from arriving flight AC 614 unable to make it to gate. TSB advised and sending a local team to assess. AC may choose to deplane passengers & transport to terminal in interim. More info posted as available.

Halifax Stanfield✔@HfxStanfield

Ray said that nobody appeared to be hurt but several people were rattled by the incident

“It was quite rough coming in. They engaged what I thought was the brakes full on and the plane started turning.

“A lot of women were crying. There was no big bang but it was a bit scary initially.”

She said the runway was closed following the landing. She said buses were in the process of being sent to the plane to deliver passengers to the airport.

CBC reported Monday night that flight operations resumed at the airport by about 8:30 p.m.

Multiple flights unable to land at Halifax due to 100% iced-over runways, now diverting to Fredericton and Ottawa. Controllers just joked there isn’t enough hotel space in Fredericton to hold the swarm of passengers unexpectedly now spending the night there.3:39 PM – Mar 4, 2019T

James Collins@JamesCollinsNS

Appears there’s an Air Canada 767 stuck on the runway at Halifax. Tried to exit to taxi but couldn’t move, and then started sliding sideways. Trucks en-route. @CBCNS @chronicleherald 3:23 PM – Mar 4, 2019T

ames Collins@JamesCollinsNS

TSB deploys a team of investigators to a landing incident at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Nova Scotia

Provided by Transportation Safety Board of Canada  /CNW

Dartmouth, NS, 4 March 2019 /CNW/ – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Nova Scotia, following a landing incident involving an Air Canada Boeing 767. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

The TSB is online at www.tsb.gc.ca. Keep up to date through RSSTwitter (@TSBCanada), YouTubeFlickr and our blog.

SOURCE Transportation Safety Board of Canada

A Newfoundland adventure awaits – Porter releases 2019 Stephenville schedule

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TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2019 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines released its 2019 schedule for Stephenville, N.L., with 48 round-trip flights operating between Halifax, beginning May 4, 2019, through January 8, 2020, with schedules varying by season.

“We are ready to begin our sixth year of service in Stephenville,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “It is an important route for locals and an opportunity for visitors to access a unique area of the province.”

Porter Airlines released its 2019 schedule for Stephenville, N.L., with 48 round-trip flights operating between Halifax, beginning May 4, 2019, through January 8, 2020, with schedules varying by season. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter Airlines released its 2019 schedule for Stephenville, N.L., with 48 round-trip flights operating between Halifax, beginning May 4, 2019, through January 8, 2020, with schedules varying by season. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

“We are pleased Porter Airlines recognizes the importance of the Stephenville Airport as a critical transportation hub for Western Newfoundland,” said Joe Sheen, Chair of the Board of Directors.

Travellers can discover the beauty of Newfoundland’s west coast, enjoying the distinct local culture and many amazing outdoor activities, when flying Porter to Stephenville.

Flights also connect with Ottawa and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on the same aircraft. Other destinations in the Porter network are accessible from these points.

“This service will support increased visitation, business travel, and investment, enhancing the economic well-being of the region,” said Brenda Martin, CEO and Airport Manager.

Christmas season flights were introduced for the first time in 2017, after four years of popular summer service. The 2019 schedule is planned as follows:

Spring 2019
7 round-trip flights (Saturdays; May 4 – June 15)
Summer 2019
23 round-trip flights (Wednesdays and Saturdays; June 19 – September 4)
Fall 2019
11 round-trip flights (Saturdays; September 7 – November 16)
Holidays 2019
7 round-trip flights (Wednesdays and Saturdays; December 18 – January 8)

Flights are currently available for booking on Porter’s website and through travel agents. Complete schedule information is available at www.flyporter.com.

About Porter

Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating®.

The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Stephenville, N.L., Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago(Midway), Boston and Washington (Dulles), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Orlando-Melbourne, Fla.

Vacation packages are available from Porter Escapes at www.porterescapes.com, or call (855) 372-1100 for more information.

Visit www.flyporter.com or follow @porterairlines on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

Air Canada Makes Strategic Enhancements on Eastern Canadian Regional Routes for Spring 2019

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  • Toronto to Fredericton, Moncton, Thunder Bay and Montreal to St. John’s flights to be operated with Airbus A319
  • Capacity added between Montreal and St. John’s and between Calgary and Halifax with larger aircraft

MONTREAL, Feb. 14, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced strategic changes to Eastern Canada including upgrading Air Canada Express regional aircraft to larger Air Canada Rouge aircraft with inflight amenities on its flights from Toronto to Fredericton, Moncton and Thunder Bay, and from Montreal to St. John’s.

“Air Canada is upgrading key Eastern Canada routes currently operated with all-economy regional aircraft by deploying larger Air Canada Rouge jets which offer a choice of two cabins, wi-fi and in-flight entertainment streamed to personal devices,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada. “We are pleased to add more travel options to and from Newfoundland and Labrador by increasing capacity on our flights to St. John’s via our Montreal hub which offers excellent connections to and from our extensive North American and global network. With our varied and flexible fleet, we are also adding capacity to our popular Calgary-Halifax seasonal flight with larger mainline Airbus A320 aircraft, with connections in Calgary conveniently linking eastern and western Canada.”

Customers also collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through 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.

Montreal-St. John’s2 daily Air Canada 
Rouge A-319 flights
effective June 5
Toronto-Fredericton2 daily Air Canada 
Rouge A-319 flights
effective June 1
Toronto-Moncton3 daily Air Canada 
Rouge A-319 flights
effective May 1
Toronto-Thunder Bay3 daily Air Canada 
Rouge A-319 flights
effective May 1
Calgary-Halifax1 daily Air Canada A
-320 flight effective
May 14

Following the recently finalized Capacity Purchase Agreement between Air Canada and Chorus Aviation, Air Canada is optimizing its fleet within its network strategy and deploying the aircraft best-suited to the communities it serves as it modernizes and simplifies its regional fleet.