Museum exhibit spotlights North Bay’s aviation history

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This exhibit was created to highlight the unique history of aviation in North Bay and the events and circumstances that led to the construction of the current North Bay Jack Garland Airport

By: BayToday Staff | 22 July 21

2021 trout lake float planeAn HS-2L flying boat on Lake Nipissing in the summer of 1922. Visible behind the aircraft and its crew is North Bay’s downtown and the CPR rail yards. North Bay Museum Collection

An exhibit opening today at the North Bay Museum will present “Gateway to the Sky: North Bay’s Aviation History.”

“North Bay has always been a well-known and important crossroads of the country,” says a Museum release. “From canoes to trains to the mighty jets of the RCAF, North Bay has long played a role in the transportation history of Canada.”

The history of the airport and aviation in North Bay is presented through a display of photographs, newspaper clippings, model aircraft, and more. This exhibit was created to highlight the unique history of aviation in North Bay and the events and circumstances that led to the construction of the current North Bay Jack Garland Airport. 

The North Bay Museum received a grant to hire an exhibit coordinator, Jillian Gear, to work with 22 Wing Heritage Officer Captain Doug Newman to bring the exhibit to life. A large collection of photographs and records from the son of the former airport manager, Lorne Hicks, helped make the display possible. 

The North Bay Jack Garland Airport may be smaller than many other city airports, but its geographic location, military connections, and unique facilities have made it an important stop in Canada’s aviation history. 

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.

CF Snowbirds 2021 Schedule

June
5 ‑ 6 To be announced
9 North Bay, Ontario
12 ‑ 13 To be announced
19 ‑ 20 Niagara Falls, New York, USA
22 Hanover, Ontario
24 To be announced
26 Bagotville, Quebec

July
1 Ottawa, Ontario
5 Thompson, Manitoba
17 Boundary Bay, British Columbia
18 White Rock, British Columbia
21 Terrace, British Columbia
24 ‑ 25 Springbank, Alberta
31‑ 1 To be announced

August
6 ‑ 8 Abbotsford, British Columbia
21 Gander, Newfoundland
22 Conception Bay South, Newfoundland
25 Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
29 ‑ 30 Debert, Nova Scotia

September
2 Brantford, Ontario
4 ‑ 6 Toronto, Ontario
8 Kingston, Ontario
11 ‑ 12 Gatineau, Quebec
15 Stratford, Ontario
18 ‑ 19 Mirabel, Quebec
25 ‑ 26 Sacramento, California, USA

October
2 ‑ 3 Huntington Beach, California, USA
9 ‑ 10 San Francisco, California, USA
16 ‑ 17 To be announced

Sunwing announces convenient weekly flights from Sudbury and North Bay will resume this winter

TORONTO, May 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sunwing is making it easier for residents of Northern Ontario to head to the tropics this winter. The tour operator has announced it will be offering vacation packages to some of the most popular tropical destinations from Greater Sudbury Airport and North Bay Jack Garland Airport. Flights will begin in December 2021 and run weekly until mid-April 2022.

“We’re excited to be returning to Sudbury and North Bay this winter and offering Northern Ontarians seamless vacation experiences under our wing,” commented Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “Our seasonal flight services from Sudbury and North Bay have been consistently well-received over the years. With convenient flights from their regional airports, travellers will be able to spend less time getting to their destination and more time soaking up the sun in paradise.”

The flight schedule from North Bay and Sudbury will be as follows:

  • Between North Bay and Cancun, Thursdays from December 16, 2021 until April 14, 2022
  • Between Sudbury and Varadero, Fridays from December 17, 2021 until April 15, 2022

“Greater Sudbury Airport is looking forward to welcoming Sunwing back for another successful season,” said Todd Tripp, Chief Executive Officer at Greater Sudbury Airport. “After a difficult year of staying home and not travelling, we’re sure that residents of Sudbury and the surrounding area will be looking forward to enjoying some much-deserved rest and relaxation in paradise.”

“After a strenuous year, we’re delighted that Sunwing will be returning to North Bay for their ninth season,” commented Jack Santerre, Airport Manager for North Bay Jack Garland Airport Corporation. “We’re pleased that our residents will be provided with convenient travel options from their regional gateway. With weekly flights to Cancun, it’ll now be easier than ever for travellers in North Bay and the surrounding area to head south this winter.”

North Bay residents headed to Cancun with the whole family can stay at Grand Sunset Princess All Suites Resort and Spa, offering activities and amenities for all ages. Vacationers looking to take their budget even further can enjoy exclusive RIU®-topia amenities at Riu Dunamar like unlimited reservation-free dining. Travellers from Sudbury can soak up the sun on Cuba’s world-famous shores at Grand Memories Varadero and enjoy complimentary water sports like windsurfing and catamaran rides.

Plus, customers who book their tropical getaway at select resorts by May 31, 2021 for travel between November 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022 will receive up to $1,000 per couple in value during the tour operator’s extended Freedom 21/22 Sale, including complimentary Price Drop Cash Back of up to $800 per couple at select resorts and the flexibility to change or cancel their plans with ease.

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.

Air Canada set to return to North Bay

From CTV News – link to source story

Alana Pickrell, CTV News Northern Ontario videojournalist | Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Jack Garland

Following an agreement with the federal government, Air Canada has restored services to the Jack Garland Airport in North Bay. (Alana Pickrell/CTV News)

NORTH BAY — With a $5.9 billion aid package on the table, Air Canada and the federal government have reached an agreement to bring air services back to the Jack Garland Airport in North Bay.

“We lost Air Canada due to the pandemic because flights just cratered, but now with the federal government making a deal with Air Canada, one of the stipulations was that they needed to return service to the regional airports and to be honest this is a good news story for us,” said North Bay Mayor Al McDonald.

“The whole idea here is if you know you have an airport that will start off your trip you don’t have to drive 3.5 hours,” said Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Anthony Rota

“What’s happening is people from the large cities, such as Toronto or Ottawa, are realizing they don’t have to live in the city to function and that’s something that COVID has brought to us and we have to take full advantage of that and let people know that they can live in a place as beautiful as North Bay and northern Ontario.”

It will make travel easier for leisure use, but McDonald said it will also create significant growth in the city.

“What we were hearing from the aviation companies is they need a viable airport and they need to be able to get people back and forth,” he said. “So one we’re going to see expansion in that sector … Secondly, the mining sector is doing well, but they need to move their people around, too.”

There are several conditions that come with the financial aid, including refunds to Canadian travellers who had to cancel tickets due to the pandemic, maintaining current employment levels across the country and restrictions to ensure the money is going into operations.

McDonald said there are more than 500 employees that work at the aviation business at the airport and 65 mining companies who rely on air services in the area.

Will protect jobs

“The aviator, the mining sector and the government positions use travel quite a bit,” he said. “So those sectors alone make a huge difference in our city and they need to travel. So if they didn’t have air service we more than likely would lose some of those jobs or not even get more of those jobs if the airport wasn’t open.”

Although a significantly challenging year for the Jack Garland Airport, McDonald said the airport fared better than expected and didn’t require $1.3 million council set aside to help.

“They did access about $600,000 from the safe start from the province, which is very much appreciated, but they were able to get through this pandemic without really touching the money that city council put aside for them,” he said.

The money will now go back into city reserves.

With Air Canada committed to returning once it is safe to do so, officials are hoping to have planes taking off again by June.

“A lot of work has gone into this deal,” said Rota. “Everyone coming together really made a difference in this and there was a loud voice from the area to make it come back and I am very, very happy with the results.” 

Details of Financial Support to Air Canada

From: Department of Finance Canada | 12 April 2021

Backgrounder

The government’s financial support to Air Canada is being provided under the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF). The Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation (CEEFC) has committed to provide $4 billion in repayable loans and an equity investment in Air Canada of $500 million in newly-issued Class B Voting Shares at a 15 per cent discount to their recent trading price. CEEFC will also receive warrants on Air Canada stock in an amount equal to 10 per cent of the loan commitments (CEEFC’s news release contains detailed information regarding the warrants).

As a condition of its agreement with CEEFC, Air Canada has made a number of commitments as outlined below.

Refunds for Canadians

The agreement with Air Canada ensures that customers who had their flights cancelled, or took action to cancel a flight because of the pandemic, are not financially disadvantaged. Under the terms of the financing agreement, Air Canada has committed to offer refunds to any passenger who wants a refund for certain pandemic-related cancelations by the carrier that CEEFC will finance. Air Canada has committed to providing customers with their refunds as soon as possible – beginning April 30, 2021 at the latest. CEEFC will provide additional loan financing of up to $1.4 billion for Air Canada to provide these refunds. Travel agents may assist in the processing of refunds for tickets the travel agents sold but will not be required to refund their commission to Air Canada.

Protecting Jobs

As a condition of the agreement with CEEFC, Air Canada has committed to maintain jobs at current levels, to respect collective bargaining agreements, and protect workers’ pensions. Air Canada currently has 14,859 active Canadian employees.

As required more generally under LEEFF, Air Canada has also agreed to restrictions on dividends, buying back shares, and executive compensation. The company will also provide climate-related financial disclosures, including how its future operations will support environmental sustainability and national climate goals.

Restarting Vital Domestic Air Services

The terms of the financial support will ensure that Canadians and communities retain air connections to the rest of Canada, through the restart of service at airports temporarily suspended by Air Canada. For seven airports where Air Canada had permanently canceled service, the airline will seek interline agreements with other carriers with a view to ensure those Canadians continue to have convenient access to their preferred airports and the flights they need.

Service will resume by no later than June 1, 2021, at the following suspended airports based on public health advice:

  • Bathurst
  • Comox
  • Fredericton
  • Gander
  • Goose Bay
  • Kamloops
  • North Bay
  • Penticton
  • Prince Rupert
  • Saint John
  • Sandspit
  • Sydney
  • Yellowknife

Supporting Jobs in Canada’s Aerospace Industry

The aerospace industry supported 235,000 Canadian jobs and contributed over $28 billion in gross domestic product to the Canadian economy in 2019.

This financing agreement will allow Air Canada to continue to be a vital customer of the Canadian aerospace industry by completing its planned purchase of aircraft as set out in its business plan, which includes aircraft built in Canada, such as the Airbus A220. Aerospace is one of the most innovative and export-driven industries in Canada. The negative impact of the pandemic on the bottom line of airlines has put the relationship between airlines and the aerospace industry at risk, threatening job security in the sector. Ensuring that Air Canada maintains its status as a key customer of Canada’s aerospace industry is important to ensuring the long term success of the sector and the thousands of jobs it supports.

Jack Garland Airport running on fumes while seeking new partnerships

From North Bay Today – link to source story

‘There have been some very detailed discussions with other airlines that could partner with Air Canada and Toronto Airport but they are looking for a stronger business economy to return as well

‘Feb 4, 2021 By: Chris Dawson

20181129 jack garland airport terminal winter turlJack Garland Airport in North Bay. Jeff Turl/BayToday.

Chris Mayne should know when he says it will take a year or two for things to get back to “normal” when it comes to the travel business. 

Mayne owns a local travel agency and is a board member and city councillor on the North Bay Jack Garland Airport Board. 

He says currently business is down about 90 per cent at Jack Garland Airport. That comes from Air Canada pulling out its regional flights from North Bay back in the early summer plus Sun Wing not renewing its contract to offer flights to the Dominican Republic and Cuba from the local airport.  

“There is still some service coming out of the airport such as charters, leased aircraft, private operated but the airport is down significantly from its normal activity so without the passenger traffic we would normally get from Air Canada that has severely impacted revenues,” said Mayne. 

Mayne notes the board is forecasting an $800,000 shortfall which he says will be supported by the City of North Bay through its budget. 

“We are trying to minimize any operating costs that we can,” admitted Mayne. 

“To keep the airport open you still have to plow the runways, keep the lights on. There are still minimum service levels that you have to maintain even though your business is down but we don’t want to close the airport because it would be a multi-year process to re-apply, re-certify, re-open the airport so we are still looking to see a return to service at some point in the next year or so.”  

Mayne adds that the federal government has been trying to negotiate with airlines to bring back scheduled service to communities like North Bay but the numbers have to make sense.  

“Air Canada, who was the original passenger service and even the newer operators like Bearskin or anyone who might step in to take over their service, what they are also looking for is the minimum level of passenger ridership and given the current COVID-19 conditions and most businesses are still very quiet – even for someone resuming service out of North Bay, right now it is unlikely the passenger volumes would be there to justify almost any level of service at this point,” said Mayne.  

The board hopes within the next six to nine months those conditions will improve. 

“The airport is certainly looking and would like to see Air Canada return to service but in the meantime, there have been some very detailed discussions with other airlines that could partner with Air Canada and Toronto Airport but they are looking for a stronger business economy to return as well,” said Mayne.