Waterloo Warbirds’ Announcing Operation Revival – June 19, 2021

June 14, 2021 — On Saturday, June 19, 2021, Waterloo Warbirds will take to the skies for Operation Revival, a formation flyover recognizing the role all Canadians have played over the past year in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Our flight will also pay special honour to all the essential workers who have worked tirelessly on the front lines to keep society running and to keep our communities healthy and safe.

We will be flying a 3-ship formation with our T-33 Silver Star “Mako Shark”, de Havilland Vampire, and L29 Delfin. The formation will first fly to Brampton before flying over Toronto, Vaughan, and returning over the Region of Waterloo and Guelph. A plane from Flite Line Charters will also be towing a banner around the Region of Waterloo with a message of support.

More detailed flight plans will be released on Waterloo Warbirds’ social media platforms later in the week of June 14th.

“The fight against COVID-19 has taken the combined effort of all Canadians along with the hard work of those facing the crisis head-on in essential and front-line roles,” said Derek Hammond, Waterloo Warbirds’ President and Director of Flight Operations. “With this flight, we want to honour everyone who has been impacted by the pandemic over the last year. It’s important to us to use our unique platform to share our message of support, and we hope it helps raise people’s spirits as we move toward the new normal.”

The formation will depart from the Region of Waterloo International Airport on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Specific timing will be announced later later in the week of June 14th. Should inclement weather ground the aircraft for this planned flight, we will continue with their mission on a different date, to be announced separately.

Waterloo Warbirds will be practicing health and safety protocols by having only pilots and essential personnel on site to launch the aircraft, and following recommended social distancing measures while on the ramp. We ask the public to watch from their homes, follow local directives on social distancing, and refrain from coming to the airport. 

Additional updates on the days leading up to the flight will be shared on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds. Videos and photos captured during the flyovers can also be tagged with @waterloowarbirds and #oprevival on all 3 platforms.

Over $17 million in upgrades approved for Region of Waterloo airport

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CTVNewsKitchener.ca Staff | Thursday, June 10, 2021

Region of Waterloo International AirportThe Region of Waterloo International Airport is seen on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

KITCHENER — Region of Waterloo council has approved over $17 million in upgrades for the area’s international airport.

The green light to help with terminal expansion, a new baggage carousel and handling system, and modular systems was given during a Wednesday night council meeting.

The upgrades are a part of a $44 million expansion that coincides with partnerships between Pivot and Flair Airlines.

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Two councillors at the meeting opposed the vote and cited uncertainty about future passenger levels as well as wanting more solid airline commitments.

Flair Airlines Extends Domestic Schedule into 2022

The growing ULCC has released its Winter 2021/22 schedule for sale with fares starting from as low as $19

Edmonton, Alberta, May 27, 2021 – Flair Airlines, Canada’s only independent ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC), has expanded its schedule with flights to domestic destinations now on sale until March 2022.  With 24 routes and over 650,000 seats on sale, Winter 2021/22 will be Flair’s biggest ever winter schedule.

The winter schedule is part of Flair’s expansion of service to bring low fare air travel to more Canadians. The airline has 13 new aircraft on order joining the fleet in 2021 and 2022.

“We understand how keen Canadians are to travel again and our winter schedule will provide affordable air travel options to help connect the many families and friends who have been apart for the past year,” says Garth Lund, Chief Commercial Officer. “With fares available from as low as $19 and new aircraft joining the fleet, Flair will continue its expansion into the winter season.”

Bookings are now available for travel through March 26, 2022.


Porter in talks with Pearson, other airports for passenger jet service


A Porter Airlines flight makes its final approach as it lands at the airport on July 2, 2019 in Ottawa. ADRIAN WYLD/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Porter Airlines has approached Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and other airports in southern Ontario about establishing a passenger jet service postpandemic, sources say, a shift in strategy for the carrier that is blocked from flying jets at its base on the Toronto Islands.

Porter’s move comes as the carrier is reportedly buying 30 passenger jets from Embraer of Brazil.

Porter has long sought to fly jets out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, but those plans have been prevented by the federal government owing to concerns that include noise, pollution and the impact of the longer runway that would be required.

“We’re not relocating from Billy Bishop to any airport,” said Brad Cicero, a Porter spokesman, who declined to address a question about seeking slots at Toronto Pearson.

Porter’s founder and executive chairman Robert Deluce did not respond to interview requests. Porter declined to make Michael Deluce, the founder’s son and current chief executive, available for an interview.

Porter’s talks with the airport authorities are preliminary, according to two people familiar with the matter whom the Globe and Mail agreed not to name because they are not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

In addition to Toronto Pearson, Porter has approached airports including Ottawa, Hamilton, Kitchener and London, one of the sources said. The airports declined to comment or did not respond to interview requests.

On May 13, trade publication Airfinance Journal reported Porter is the buyer of 30 Embraer E195 E2 jets, a narrow-body medium-range jet that seats as many as 150 people. Embraer declined by e-mail to name the buyer of the jets.

Porter flies a fleet of 29 Bombardier Q400 turboprop planes that hold about 65 to 78 people.

Mr. Cicero would not answer questions about the reported purchase of the Embraer planes. “This isn’t our order,” he said. “We have no plans to switch our fleet. Our focus continues to be on relaunching operations in 2021 with the existing Dash 8-400 fleet.”

John Gradek, who teaches aviation leadership at McGill University, said Porter has no room to grow at its Toronto island airport base, and is forced to fly planes at less-than capacity owing to the short, 3,900-foot runway. He speculated the airline is relaunching itself with a new fleet prior to a sale. (Porter’s public offering in 2010 failed.)

“It’s a radical departure from the airline that we know,” said Addison Schonland of boutique aerospace consultancy AirInsight. “The business model looks like it is changing.”

Porter in 2013 placed a $2-billion conditional order for as many as 30 Bombardier CSeries jets, now known as the Airbus A220. The airline sought to extend the island airport runway by 200 metres to accommodate the larger aircraft but faced stiff local opposition.

In 2015, then transport minister Marc Garneau blocked Porter’s plans to fly jets from the island.

That decision stands, a spokeswoman for current Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said. “Our government has no plans to amend the tripartite agreement between the federal government, the City of Toronto and PortsToronto to allow jet aircraft to use Billy Bishop Airport,” Allison St-Jean said.

“There are no plans or negotiations to discuss jets at Billy Bishop Airport with either of our tripartite partners,” said Deborah Wilson, a spokeswoman for PortsToronto, the government agency that owns and operates the airport.

An Airbus spokeswoman said: “While we of course would welcome more Canadian carriers to select the Canadian designed and built A220, we do not comment on discussion we may or may not be having with airlines.”

Porter’s 2013 order is not part of Airbus’s backlog list, which had 494 planes ordered but not yet built at the end of April, 2021. Airbus is building A220 jets at a rate of five a month in factories in Mirabel, Que. and Mobile, Ala., with plans to expand output when appropriate to a maximum of 14 planes a month.

Porter, which has not flown since March 21, 2020, owing to the pandemic, recently pushed back its relaunch date to July 20.

Privately-owned Porter, which employed 1,500 before the pandemic, flies to several Canadian, U.S. and holiday destinations, but is perhaps best known for business travel given its proximity to downtown Toronto. Business travel is expected to recover from the pandemic last, after family-related flights and tourism.

In good times, Porter accounts for 85 per cent of plane traffic at the island airport, while Air Canada makes up the rest. Porter sold the airport terminal to Nieuport Aviation, controlled by New York-based J.P. Morgan Asset Management Inc., in 2015 for more than $700-million.

Neil Pakey, CEO of Nieuport, declined to comment on Porter’s plan for jets at other airports. Mr. Pakey said he and the airline are focused on Porter’s restart in July.

Porter’s talks come as it continues discussions with the federal government over financial aid to blunt the effects of the pandemic on the business. In March, 2020, the airline received a $135-million loan through Export Development Canada and indicated earlier in May that it is in negotiations for more aid. The government has said any help from the taxpayer comes with conditions that include “protecting jobs across the air sector.”

Sunwing returns to the Region of Waterloo this winter with convenient weekly flights to Cancun

TORONTO, May 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sunwing has announced it will be returning to the Region of Waterloo International Airport this winter, with convenient weekly flights to CancunMexico. Residents of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo will be able to enjoy frictionless vacation experiences with departures right from their doorstep. Flights will operate on Mondays from December 13, 2021 until April 18, 2022.

“We’re excited to be returning to the Region of Waterloo International Airport for our 11th season,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “Service from the region has been consistently well received for over a decade and we’re sure that residents of the surrounding area will enjoy being able to head to paradise safely under our wing.”

“After over a year on the ground, we’re looking forward to welcoming Sunwing back to Region of Waterloo International Airport and appreciate their continued support of the region,” commented Chris Wood, General Manager at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. “The weekly service from Waterloo to Cancun was extremely popular during the 2019-2020 season, and we’re confident that our community will appreciate being able to travel to the tropics from their local airport this winter.”

Residents of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo can choose from a range of vacation packages for every travel style. Travellers can Vacation Like a Star™ at the brand-new Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Cancun which features entertainment-themed activities, authentic Hollywood memorabilia and A-lister service. Sun-seekers can take their travel budget even further when they stay at Riu Dunamar, offering exclusive RIU®-topia inclusions for Sunwing guests in addition to access to an on-site water park. Plus, customers will receive up to $1,000 per couple in value with the tour operator’s extended Freedom 21/22 Sale on select packages booked by May 31, 2021, for departures between November 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022.

Vacationers can book with confidence knowing that the highest Canadian standards are in place throughout their entire vacation experience. The Safe with Sunwing commitment was created under the advisement of global healthcare leader Medcan and is in place from the moment customers check-in at the airport to their resort stay and their journey home.

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.

Flair Airlines to start service in Waterloo Region this weekend

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Katherine Hill, CTVNewsKitchener.ca Digital Content Producer | Friday, April 30, 2021

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A Flair Airlines plane arrives at the Region of Waterloo International Airport (Dan Lauckner / CTV News Kitchener)

KITCHENER — Flair Airlines will start offering service to the Region of Waterloo International Airport on Saturday.

The company tweeted a photo of one of its airplanes arriving at the airport on Friday afternoon.

Flair Airlines announced plans to offer service at the airport in February. There will be non-stop flights to Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Halifax multiple times a week.

Our first plane has arrived in @FlyYKF! Service to Waterloo starts tomorrow. @ExploreWR pic.twitter.com/scPL6Fie3W— flair airlines ⚫️ (@FlairAirlines) April 30, 2021

Flair Airlines expanding in Kitchener-Waterloo, hiring flight attendants

From Kitchener Today – link to source story

There are currently 24 positions available

By: Erin Anderson | 29 April 2021

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Flair Airlines is growing its base in Kitchener-Waterloo.

It’s expanding its workforce by hiring 48 flight attendants.

Half of the positions have already been filled, meaning there are still 24 job openings.

Flair Airlines operates out of the Region of Waterloo International Airport.

If you’re interested in applying to become a flight attendant, you can learn more by clicking here.

Regional council approves another $19M for airport expansion project

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Heather Senoran, CTV News Kitchener Videographer | Friday, April 16, 2021

Region of Waterloo International Airport seen on Sept. 15, 2020. (Source: Dan Lauckner / CTV Kitchener)

KITCHENER — Councillors with the Region of Waterloo have approved an additional $19 million to expand the Region of Waterloo International Airport, bringing the grand total of the project to $44 million.

“People are anticipating there’s going to be a large demand for travel later this summer once it safe to do so,” said Chris Wood, the airport’s General Manager.

The goal is to double the size of existing terminal and double the number of staff. 

“Not only space for passengers but baggage. We need to increase the capacity of our baggage system,” said Wood.

Airport staff expect about 10 flights per day by the end of the summer. Pre-pandemic there was only one flight a day.

Two new airlines, Pivot and Flair announced partnerships with the airport in the past year.

“They are going to want to depart within half an hour of each other, which really does put a lot of pressure on your terminal building,” Wood said.

During the regional council meeting some councillors raised concerns about spending money on flights that have not yet been secured.

“This money is other people’s money that we’re spending and we need to do it wisely,” said Coun. Geoff Lorentz.

Lorentz said he’s disappointed his motion to defer the decision didn’t pass.

“We’ve had airlines come. We’ve had airlines go. Obviously if they were successful they were still be here,” Lorentz said.

“You need to take a bit of a leap of faith in order to provide these facilities,” said Coun. Tom Galloway.

Galloway argued there’s still opportunity to reconsider the decision in the summer.

“If things substantially change due to the pandemic, or other reasons, then we will be in a position to put off most of the improvements,” Galloway said.

According to Flair Airlines, service is still on track to start on May 1. Pivot Airlines has not yet released a starting date.

The expansion project is expected to start by the end of the summer. Staff hope the work is complete by this time in 2022.

Waterloo Airport Runway Project — Participant Funding Available

OTTAWA, ON, March 22, 2021 /CNW/ – Funding provided by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) is now available to help the public and Indigenous groups participate in the impact assessment process for the proposed Waterloo Airport Runway Project, located in Breslau, Ontario.

Funding is available for eligible individuals and groups to assist their participation during the impact assessment’s planning phase. During the current comment period, which ends April 18, 2021, the public and Indigenous groups are invited to review the summary of the initial project description and provide comments. The Agency will retroactively reimburse eligible participants for their participation in this first comment period. 

Applications received by April 21, 2021,will be considered.

To apply for funding or receive an application form, please contact the Participant Funding Program by writing to iaac.FP-PAF.aeic@canada.ca, or by calling 1-866-582-1884.

As a next step, the Agency will determine whether a federal impact assessment is required for the project. If one is required, eligible applicants will receive additional funding to participate in a second comment period during which the public and Indigenous groups will be invited to provide feedback on the draft Tailored Impact Statement Guidelines and the draft Public Participation Plan.

The Agency recognizes it is more challenging to undertake meaningful public engagement and Indigenous consultation in light of the circumstances arising from COVID-19. The Agency continues to assess the situation, adjust consultation activities and provide flexibility as needed in order to prioritize the health and safety of all Canadians and conduct meaningful engagement with interested groups.

Recipients and the amount of funding allocated will be posted on the project’s webpage on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry website.

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Waterloo Airport Runway Project — Public Comments Invited on the Summary of the Initial Project Description

OTTAWA, ON, March 19, 2021 /CNW/ – Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) has accepted an initial project description for the proposed Waterloo Airport Runway Project, located in Breslau, Ontario.

The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to review the summary of the initial project description and provide feedback related to the proposed project. This feedback will help the Agency prepare a summary of issues. Once completed, the Agency will provide the summary of issues to the proponent, the Region of Waterloo International Airport.

Virtual Information Sessions will be held during this comment period.

Written comments, in either official language, will be accepted until April 18, 2021.

Comments can be submitted online by visiting the project home page on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry (reference number 81452). All comments received will be published online as part of the project file.

For more information on the project, the review process and alternative means of submitting comments, visit the Agency’s website at canada.ca/iaac.

The Agency recognizes it is more challenging to undertake meaningful public engagement and Indigenous consultation in light of the circumstances arising from COVID-19. The Agency continues to assess the situation, adjust consultation activities and provide flexibility as needed in order to prioritize the health and safety of all Canadians and conduct meaningful engagement with interested groups.

As next steps in the process, the proponent will provide the Agency with a detailed project description, which will include a response to the summary of issues. Taking into consideration the information submitted by the proponent, as well as comments received during the public comment period and other relevant information, the Agency will determine whether a federal impact assessment is required for the proposed project. If one is required, the public and Indigenous groups will have additional opportunities to comment over the course of the impact assessment process.

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