Sunwing marks its return to Atlantic Canada with winter schedule announcement for six airports

Tour operator offering convenient weekly flights from Halifax, Moncton, Fredericton, St. John’s, Deer Lake and Gander starting in January

TORONTO, Oct. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Amid the Canadian government’s removal of all border and travel measures, Sunwing is pleased to announce its return to Atlantic Canada this winter season, with convenient weekly flights from six airports beginning in January until May. Sunwing’s resumption of winter flights from airports in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland comes after a difficult two years brought on by the pandemic and resulting travel restrictions, and is a signal of the tour operator’s ongoing commitment to eastern Canada and offering its residents seamless travel options from their local airport of choice.

“It’s been a difficult few years for the entire travel industry, particularly in New Brunswick and Newfoundland where long-lasting travel restrictions have unfortunately prevented us from offering our winter flight program since March 2020, much to our disappointment,” said Deana Murphy, Vice President of Retail Sales for Sunwing. “Now that all travel measures have been lifted as of October 1, 2022, we are excited to be back and doubling down on our commitment to the regions with weekly winter flights to a variety of popular sun destinations.”

Sunwing’s winter schedule announcement for Halifax in Nova Scotia, Moncton and Fredericton in New Brunswick, and St. John’s, Deer Lake and Gander in Newfoundland comes on the heels of the tour operator’s recent winter schedule announcement for four larger airports across the country, and amid increasing customer demand for winter travel that is seeing capacity growing by more than 140% over last year.
 
“We are thrilled to return to Atlantic Canada and share our winter flight lineup, which will help make it easier for our customers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland to head to the tropics this winter season,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “We have a longstanding commitment in eastern Canada and are proud of being able to connect residents across the region with flights to a wide selection of destinations, including customer favourites such as Cancun, Punta Cana and Varadero, plus newer destinations being offered out of Halifax this year, including Cayo Largo, Cuba and Melbourne, Florida. With travel rebounding and demand for all inclusive travel continuing to rise, we encourage our customers to book early to save more under our wing during the peak winter travel months.”

Halifax, NS flight schedule
DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Cayo Coco1x weekly11-Jan-202326-Apr-2023
Cancun1x weekly08-Jan-202330-Apr-2023
Cayo Largo1x weekly10-Jan-202325-Apr-2023
Holguin1x weekly08-Jan-202330-Apr-2023
Montego Bay1x weekly09-Jan-202301-May-2023
Melbourne1x weekly10-Feb-202328-Apr-2023
Puerto Plata1x weekly10-Jan-202325-Apr-2023
Punta Cana2x weekly06-Jan-202329-Apr-2023
Santa Clara1x weekly05-Jan-202327-Apr-2023
Varadero2x weekly05-Jan-202329-Apr-2023
    
Moncton, NB flight schedule
DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Cayo Coco1x weekly11-Feb-202329-Apr-2023
Cancun1x weekly09-Feb-202327-Apr-2023
Montego Bay1x weekly12-Feb-202330-Apr-2023
Puerto Plata1x weekly10-Feb-202328-Apr-2023
Punta Cana1x weekly11-Feb-202329-Apr-2023
Varadero2x weekly10-Feb-202328-Apr-2023
    
Fredericton, NB flight schedule
DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Cayo Coco1x weekly14-Feb-202302-May-2023
Cancun1x weekly13-Feb-202301-May-2023
Punta Cana1x weekly08-Feb-202326-Apr-2023
Santa Clara1x weekly14-Feb-202302-May-2023
    
St. John’s, NL flight schedule
DestinationDayFromTo
Cayo Coco1x weekly16-Mar-202304-May-2023
Cancun1x weekly17-Mar-202305-May-2023
Montego Bay1x weekly19-Mar-202307-May-2023
Punta Cana1x weekly20-Mar-202308-May-2023
Varadero1x weekly18-Mar-202306-May-2023
    
Deer Lake and Gander, NL flight schedule
DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Punta Cana1x weekly22-Mar-202303-May-2023
Varadero1x weekly21-Mar-202302-May-2023
    

Residents of Atlantic Canada can take advantage of limited-time savings of up to 40% on select all inclusive vacation packages during Sunwing’s Save More Event, on now. For a reimagined boutique vacation experience, Halifax customers can visit Memories Cayo Largo, a new family-friendly resort in Cayo Largo nestled along Cuba’s southern coast and known for warmer temperatures year-round. Atlantic Canada customers planning a couples retreat or adults only escape will enjoy visiting Planet Hollywood Adult Scene Cancun An Autograph Collection All Inclusive Resort Adults Only. Located on a pristine beach on the shores of Costa Mujeres in Mexico, the resort offers plenty of opportunities to lounge in the sun and savour the international cuisine at the a la carte restaurants, before enjoying the star-worthy entertainment in the evenings. Meanwhile, for a sun and sand getaway the whole family will love, Be Live Collection Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic offers plenty of water activities, amenities including an on-site kids club and butler service, and spacious accommodations including swim-out suites.

Savings apply to select vacation packages when booked by November 6, 2022 for travel between November 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023*. For even more value, customers can purchase one of Sunwing’s Worry Free insurance plans and enjoy added peace of mind on their next getaway to the tropics.

*Terms and conditions apply.

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.

WestJet brings back the heat this Winter

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

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

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

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

Highlights from WestJet’s winter schedule release:

Sun and Leisure, Transborder and Transatlantic:

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

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

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

Network-wide:

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

Domestic:

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

Transborder Restarts:

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

Carribean, Mexico, Central American Restarts:

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

Domestic Routes:

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

About WestJet  

In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic. 

Since the start of the pandemic the WestJet Group of Companies has built a layered framework of safety measures to ensure Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline’s Safety Above All hygiene program. During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium. 

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

Lynx Air’s Inaugural Flight From St. John’s Takes Off

Canada’s new ultra-affordable airline is celebrating its arrival in St. John’s with a seat sale

ST. JOHN’S, NB, June 28, 2022 /CNW/ – Lynx Air’s (Lynx) first flight from St. John’s International Airport will take to the skies today, marking the commencement of twice-weekly return service between St. John’s and Toronto Pearson International Airport. As of July 14, 2022, the St. John’s-Toronto service will increase to daily and will add Edmonton and Calgary to its network.

Starting July 14, the airline will be flying 14 flights a week in and out of St. John’s, equating to 2,646 seats per week. The Edmonton and Calgary services will operate as through-flight services to St. John’s via Toronto, providing a seamless service with a single boarding pass, no deplaning in Toronto and the ability to check bags through to St. John’s.

To celebrate Lynx’s inaugural flight to St. John’s, the airline has launched a limited-time seat sale, offering up to 50 per cent off all base fares to and from St. John’s. The sale will start on June 28, 2022 and end at 11:59p.m. NDT on June 30, 2022. For complete sale details and to book an ultra-affordable fare, please visit FlyLynx.com.

“It’s been a busy couple of months for Canada’s newest airline, and with today’s addition of St. John’s, Lynx is proud to make air travel accessible across Canada,” said Merren McArthur, CEO of Lynx Air.  “Whether you are travelling to connect with friends and family or to explore the dramatic fjords and pristine marine reserves of Newfoundland and Labrador, Lynx ensures a great flying experience at an ultra-affordable price.”

“We are delighted to have Lynx Air as our newest airline partner,” said Peter Avery, Chief Executive Officer of St. John’s International Airport Authority. “This added capacity to Ontario and the through-flights to Alberta, a province deeply connected to Newfoundland and Labrador, is arriving at the perfect time as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians celebrate the Come Home Year.”

Canada’s new ultra-affordable airline is on a mission to make air travel accessible to all Canadians, and in keeping with that mission, Lynx is offering fares to St. John’s from as low as $109* one-way. Lynx’s network spans 10 destinations across Canada, including Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto Pearson, Hamilton, Halifax and St. John’s. The airline operates a fleet of brand-new, fuel-efficient Boeing 737 aircraft and plans to grow its fleet to more than 46 aircraft over the next five to seven years.

Lynx’s full flight schedule includes:

Round Trip MarketService StartsWeekly Frequencies
Calgary, AB to Vancouver, BCApril 7, 202214x
Calgary, AB to Toronto, ONApril 11, 2022
12x
Vancouver, BC to Kelowna, BCApril 15, 20222x
Calgary, AB to Kelowna, BCApril 15, 20222x
3x (from June 29)
Calgary, AB to Winnipeg, MBApril 19, 20224x
Vancouver, BC to Winnipeg, MBApril 19, 20222x
Vancouver, BC to Toronto, ONApril 28, 20227x
Toronto, ON to Winnipeg, MBMay 5, 20222x
Calgary, AB to Victoria, BCMay 12, 20222x
3x (from June 29)
Toronto, ON to St. John’s, NLJune 28, 20222x
7x (from July 14)
Calgary, AB to Hamilton, ONJune 29, 20222x
4x (from July 29)
Hamilton, ON to Halifax, NSJune 29, 20222x
Toronto, ON to Halifax, NSJune 30, 20223x
5x (from July 30)
Edmonton, AB to Toronto, ONJuly 14, 20225x7x (from July 30)
Edmonton, AB to St John’s, NL**July 14, 20225x
Calgary, AB to Halifax, NS **July 14, 20225x
Calgary, AB to St John’s, NL**July 16, 20222x
Edmonton, AB to Halifax, NS**July 30, 20222x
Please note that dates are subject to change. Visit the website for full schedule details.

* Available for a limited time; fares are accurate at the time of release and include taxes and fees; fares vary by destination and date
** Denotes a one-stop through-flight via Toronto, single boarding pass, bags checked through to destination and no deplaning in Toronto

Tickets are on sale now at FlyLynx.com

About Lynx Air 

Lynx Air (Lynx) is Canada’s leading ultra-affordable airline and is on a mission to make air travel accessible to all with ultra-affordable fares, a fleet of brand-new state-of-the-art Boeing 737 aircraft and a great flying experience. Lynx is a privately owned Canadian airline with the financial backing and industry expertise required to transform the Canadian aviation landscape. To learn more visit FlyLynx.com or connect with Lynx on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

Ultra-reliable and energy-efficient, Lynx Air’s fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft are serviced and operated by one of the most experienced teams in the business. The aircraft offers advanced aerodynamics and highly efficient engines, which result in significant fuel savings that cut the airline’s CO2 emissions by an estimated 14 per cent over even the most efficient single-aisle planes. These are vital improvements that decrease Lynx’s carbon footprint and help make it one of Canada’s greenest and most sustainable airlines. All Lynx aircraft meet the highest internationally certified safety standards and are certified by Transport Canada.

Swoop Brings Ultra-Low-Cost Flights into St. John’s, NL

The ultra-not-expensive airline continues Atlantic expansion with new non-stop service from St. John’s to Hamilton

ST. JOHN’S, NL, June 13, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, launched its inaugural flight to St. John’s International Airport (YYT) from Hamilton’s John C. Munro International Airport (YHM). Swoop flight WO186 received a warm welcome upon landing in St. John’s at 12:55 p.m. local time, the first arrival of an ultra-low-cost-carrier (ULCC) in the city.

“We are pleased to continue our Atlantic expansion today with our inaugural flight from St. John’s to Hamilton,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial and Finance, Swoop. “Affordable air travel is critical to the recovery of Newfoundland’s tourism economy, and we’re proud to support the province’s Come Home 2022 campaign with ultra-convenient, ultra-low fares for Canadians.” 

Today’s inaugural flight to St. John’s reinforces the airline’s commitment to travel and tourism in Atlantic Canada and across the country. The ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) has added flights to and from all four Atlantic Canadian provinces, stimulating growth in the tourism economy. Earlier this summer, Swoop introduced non-stop connectivity between Deer Lake and Hamilton, and later this month will also add non-stop service from Deer Lake to Toronto.

“Congratulations to Swoop on your inaugural flight to Newfoundland and Labrador. It is wonderful to see another flight option for people travelling to and from our beautiful province. Our province is a bucket list destination for many, with strong demand for air travel. I have no doubt that you will be pleased with the response to your service.” – The Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“I am so pleased to see Swoop launch its inaugural flight today. Air access is an important contributor to our provincial economy for many reasons, including tourism, business travel, and the transport of goods and services to our province. I look forward to seeing strong demand for Swoop’s service and expect great success for the airline in our province.” – The Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation

With introductory fares from St. John’s to Hamilton starting at just $99 CAD, Swoop is showing Canadians just how affordable experiencing Newfoundland can be this summer.  

Route Start Date  Frequency One-way total price (CAD) Base Fare (CAD) Taxes & Fees (CAD) 
St. John’s to Hamilton June 13, 2022 Daily $99$33.01$62.03
Hamilton to St. John’s June 13, 2022 Daily $99$51.54$43.51

For travel between September 1-October 15, 2022 | Seasonal start and end dates apply and are indicated in the booking flow. | Fares are valid until June 23, 2022 (11:59 p.m. MT) or while seats last. | Prices displayed above are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is made and accepted.

To learn more about Swoop and for flight schedules and bookings, please visit FlySwoop.com.

Additional Quotes

“On behalf of City Council, I am delighted to welcome a new air carrier, Swoop Airlines, to the City of St. John’s. Enhancing air connectivity from our province to central Canada is critical to the growth of many industries. The addition of Swoop Airlines at St. John’s International Airport will benefit residents and visitors alike. We know that people want to visit St. John’s, and the introduction of this service will help many people realize their vacation to Newfoundland and Labrador.” – Mayor Danny Breen, City of St. John’s

“We are thrilled to welcome Swoop as our newest airline partner,” commented Peter Avery, Chief Executive Officer of St. John’s International Airport Authority. “As Newfoundlanders and Labradorians celebrate Come Home Year, this non-stop route to Hamilton increases accessibility to Ontario. We are confident that their competitive fares will serve this market well for years to come.” 

About Swoop 

Swoop is on a mission to make travel more affordable and accessible for all Canadians. Established in 2018 as an independent subsidiary of the WestJet Group of Companies, Swoop is Canada’s ultra-not-expensive airline. Offering scheduled service to destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, Swoop’s unbundled fares put travellers in control of purchasing only the products and services they desire. 

Swoop’s fleet of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft will grow to 16 with the addition of six Boeing MAX-8 in 2022. At FlySwoop.com travellers can quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight. 

Lynx Air Announces Major Expansion out of St. John’s

To celebrate, Lynx is launching a two-day 50 per cent off seat sale.

ST. JOHN’S, NL, May 9, 2022 /CNW/ – At a press event in St. John’s today, Lynx Air (Lynx) announced the addition of two St. John’s routes to its network, creating links from St. John’s to each of Calgary and Edmonton. These services are in addition to the previously announced flight service between St. John’s and Toronto.

Canada’s new ultra-affordable airline will launch its inaugural flight to St. John’s from Toronto on June 28, 2022. Lynx will initially operate two services a week between Toronto and St. John’s and had planned to increase to daily services a month later. However, the airline has reported that it has seen such strong demand for its St. John’s flights that it will expand its services to and from the popular city.

As of July 14, 2022, Lynx will offer a daily flight to Toronto and will start five through-flights a week from Edmonton to St. John’s. On July 16, Lynx will start operating two through-flights a week from Calgary to St. John’s. At that point, Lynx will be flying a total of 14 flights a week in and out of St. John’s, which is more than 2,646 seats weekly. The Edmonton and Calgary “through-flights” will operate via Toronto, providing a seamless service with a single boarding pass and the ability to check bags through to the final destination.

The new St. John’s flights are now on sale and to celebrate, Lynx is launching a limited time seat sale, offering up to 50 per cent off base fares on all St. John’s routes. The sale will run for 48-hours starting May 9, 2022, at 12 noon NDT and will end on May 11, 2022 at 11:59am NDT. For full sale details and to reserve a discounted seat, please visit FlyLynx.com.

The St. John’s expansion comes as Lynx embarks on a rapid ramp-up of its network in the lead-up to the busy summer period. Lynx tickets are on sale now for 10 destinations coast to coast across Canada, including Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto Pearson, Hamilton, Halifax and St. John’s. The airline operates a fleet of brand-new, fuel-efficient Boeing 737 aircraft and plans to grow its fleet to more than 46 aircraft over the next five to seven years.

“We are excited to be expanding our services to St John’s in response to strong demand from travelers,” said Merren McArthur, CEO of Lynx Air.  “St. John’s is clearly a very popular destination, whether it be to explore the stunning coastlines of Newfoundland and Labrador or to take in the colourful iconic streetscapes of historic St. John’s.  Lynx is proud to make this beautiful region accessible to more Canadians with our ultra-affordable fares.  Fares to and from St John’s start from as low as $119.00* one way, including taxes.”

Lynx’s full flight schedule includes:

Round Trip MarketService StartsWeekly Frequencies
Calgary, AB to Vancouver, BCApril 7, 20227x
14x (from May 20)
Calgary, AB to Toronto, ONApril 11, 20227×12 x (from June 28)
Vancouver, BC to Kelowna, BCApril 15, 20222x
Calgary, AB to Kelowna, BCApril 15, 20222x
3x (from June 29)
Calgary, AB to Winnipeg, MBApril 19, 20224x
Vancouver, BC to Winnipeg, MBApril 19, 20222x
Vancouver, BC to Toronto, ONApril 28, 20227x
Toronto, ON to Winnipeg, MBMay 5, 20222x
Calgary, AB to Victoria, BCMay 12, 20222x
3x (from June 29)
Toronto, ON to St. John’s, NLJune 28, 20222x
7x (from July 14)
Calgary, AB to Hamilton, ONJune 29, 20222x
4x (from July 29)
Toronto, ON to Halifax, NSJune 30, 20223x
5x (from July 30)
Hamilton, ON to Halifax, NSJune 30, 20222x
Edmonton, AB to Toronto, ONJuly 14, 20225x7x (from July 30)
Edmonton, AB to St John’s, NL**July 14, 20225x
Calgary, AB to Halifax, NS **July 14, 20225x
Calgary, AB to St John’s, NL**July 16, 20222x
Edmonton, AB to Halifax, NS**July 30, 20222x
Please note that dates are subject to change. Visit the website for full schedule details.
* Available for a limited time; fares are accurate at the time of release and include taxes and fees; fares vary by destination and date
** Denotes a Through Flight operating via Toronto

Tickets are on sale now at FlyLynx.com

About Lynx Air 

Lynx Air (Lynx), is Canada’s leading ultra-affordable airline and is on a mission to make air travel accessible to all with ultra-affordable fares, a fleet of brand-new state-of-the-art Boeing 737 aircraft and a great flying experience. Lynx is a privately owned Canadian airline with the financial backing and industry expertise required to transform the Canadian aviation landscape. To learn more visit FlyLynx.com or connect with Lynx on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

Ultra-reliable and energy-efficient, Lynx Air’s fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft are serviced and operated by one of the most experienced teams in the business. The aircraft offers advanced aerodynamics and highly efficient engines, which result in significant fuel savings that cut the airline’s CO2 emissions by an estimated 14 per cent over even the most efficient single-aisle planes. These are vital improvements that decrease Lynx’s carbon footprint and help make it one of Canada’s greenest and most sustainable airlines. All Lynx aircraft meet the highest internationally certified safety standards and are certified by Transport Canada.

Air Transat and WestJet launch Transatlantic codeshare

MONTREAL and CALGARY, AB, April 28, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Today, Air Transat and WestJet have launched a new transatlantic codeshare. WestJet’s “WS” code is now activated for sale on select Air Transat operated flights to/from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and Croatia. Connections via Montreal and Toronto are now available for flight dates beginning May 17, 2022.

On May 4, 2022, Air Transat’s “TS” code will be activated on select WestJet flights, and from that date Air Transat will also offer itineraries connecting select WestJet flights with appealing Air Transat European destinations. 

“We are very excited to launch this codeshare agreement with WestJet,” said Michèle Barre, Vice President, Network, Revenue Management and Pricing of Air Transat.  “The complementarity of our respective networks allows us to offer more alternatives to our customers, providing them with a quality and affordable product. This partnership is part of Air Transat’s development strategy, enhancing our long-standing presence in the transatlantic market.”

“This new codeshare with Air Transat complements our growing global network, allowing WestJet to offer guests exciting new destinations in Europe,” said John Weatherill, Chief Commercial Officer, WestJet.  “As our guests return to travel, these new options will connect North America and Europe in new ways and benefit guests on both sides of the Atlantic.” 

With this new codeshare, guests now have more options for their transatlantic travel, and will enjoy conveniences such as a single purchase for connecting flights, the ability to check in for all flights at their first departure, and baggage checked through to their final destination.

Once activated, both Air Transat and WestJet codeshare ticket sales will be available via the carriers’ websites and call centers, as well as via major GDS systems and travel agencies.

Subject to connectivity between their scheduled flights, Air Transat and WestJet will both offer the following transatlantic routings:

WestJet
Operated Flights
Air Transat “TS”
Codeshare
Applied
Connection
Via
Air Transat Operated Flights
WestJet “WS” Codeshare Applied
Deer Lake
St. John’s
Halifax
Sydney
Fredericton
Moncton
Charlottetown
Montreal
Quebec City 
London, ON
Ottawa
Thunder Bay
Toronto
Winnipeg
Regina
Saskatoon
Boston
N.Y. LaGuardia
Montreal

Toronto
France:  Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes, Nice 

Italy:  Lamezia, Rome

Spain: Malaga  

Portugal:  Faro

Switzerland: Basel-Mulhouse

Croatia: Zagreb

About Air Transat

Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted World’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international and Canadian destinations, striving to serve its customers with enthusiasm and friendliness at every stage of their trip or stay, and emphasizing safety throughout. It is renewing its fleet with the greenest aircraft in their category as part of a commitment to a healthier environment, knowing that this is essential to its operations and the magnificent destinations it offers. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., a world-renowned holiday travel provider that has achieved Travelife certification in 2018 in recognition of its sustainability commitments.

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

Air Canada To Launch Transatlantic Freighter Routes

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The carrier plans to have eight converted Boeing 767 freighters in its fleet by next year.

A second Boeing 767-300ER converted freighter is joining Air Canada’s fleet.

By Aaron Karp • 4 April 2022

Air Canada will commence all-cargo transatlantic flights in May, connecting Toronto (YYZ) to four European cities.

The new cargo routes are made possible by the delivery of the carrier’s second Boeing 767-300ER converted freighter. The airline’s first converted 767 freighter was delivered by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in December, and Air Canada has used that aircraft to operate cargo flights to Latin America.

“The entry into service of our second freighter is yet another exciting milestone in the growth of our freighter network and provides more options and services to the cargo community,” MD commercial-cargo Matthieu Casey said in a statement.

Starting in May, Air Canada will launch 767-300ER freighter service from YYZ to Cologne (CGN), Frankfurt (FRA), Istanbul (IST) and Madrid (MAD). The routes to CGN and IST will be operated 1X-weekly, while the YYZ-FRA route will be flown 2X-weekly and the YYZ-MAD service will be operated 3X-weekly.

Air Canada will also launch two domestic all-cargo routes from YYZ: 5X-weekly service to Halifax (YHZ) from April 19 and 6X-weekly flights to St. John’s (YYT) from May 1.

The Canadian flag-carrier entered the permanent freighter business by sourcing eight 767-300ERs from its passenger fleet and contracting with IAI to convert the aircraft into freighters. The first of the converted freighters joined the airline’s fleet in December. Three more will come in the 2022 third quarter and the final three will be delivered in 2023. 

YYZ serves as the hub for Air Canada’s new freighter fleet. The carrier has said it is operating all-cargo flights from YYZ to Guadalajara (GDL) and Mexico City (MEX) in Mexico; Lima (LIM) in Peru; and Quito (UIO) in Ecuador.  

Air Canada VP of cargo Jason Berry told Routes when the first converted freighter was delivered that the airline is fully committed to maintaining a dedicated freighter fleet for the long term. “This is not a fly-by-night charter or ad hoc operation,” Berry said. “It really is about stability and growth for our cargo business.” 

Berry said the freighter fleet will differentiate Air Canada from other major North American airlines that do not have dedicated all-cargo flights. “We’ll be the only [passenger/cargo] combination carrier with a widebody freighter fleet that has a hub in North America,” he noted.

As post-pandemic travel reopens, direct flights from N.L. to Europe still not on the itinerary

From CBC News 🔗 link to source story

St. John’s Airport Authority and WestJet say flight network planning and local demand are major factors

Jonny Hodder • CBC News • March 19, 2022

St. John’s International Airport is the largest airport in Newfoundland and Labrador. (CBC)

With pandemic restrictions lifting across much of Canada and in many other parts of the world, lots of folks are itching to take that long-delayed vacation or business trip.

And while it’s become increasingly easy to hop on a non-stop flight from St. John’s to numerous cities and provinces within Canada, the same cannot be said for international destinations.

For most of the past two years, the only consistent, direct, international flight landing at St. John’s International Airport originated from the French islands of St-Pierre-Miquelon, west of the Burin Peninsula. 

Air Saint-Pierre was granted an exemption to the 2020 travel ban that allowed it to send medevac flights to St. John’s. As some restrictions eased through 2021, that service expanded to include two weekly commercial flights, according to Lisa Bragg of the St. John’s International Airport Authority.

But even as international travel opens up, transatlantic flights from the province’s largest airport to the United Kingdom and continental Europe are still not on the itinerary.

Lisa Bragg is director of business development and marketing for the St. John’s International Airport Authority. (Patrick Butler/Radio-Canada)

Bragg compares the situation to a restaurant offering a limited number of top-selling and high-profit menu items. 

She says airlines have seen significantly lower passenger volumes and reduced routes over the past two years, so as they try to recover the focus has to be on higher-traffic routes.

“While we’re very proud of having lots of passengers, and we’re the capital city airport, right now many of the airlines do need to focus on the hubs. And hopefully it will come back to us. But right now that’s one of the reasons we don’t yet have the European connection back,” Bragg said.

A long history of international flights

Weekly flights from St. John’s to the United Kingdom were the norm not too long ago.

St. John’s International Airport has offered direct flights to the U.K. and continental Europe since the 1940s, according to Bragg. (CBC)

In fact, according to Bragg, St. John’s has a history of direct European flights going back more than 70 years.

“There’s actually been a direct or a non-stop, year-round flight flight to Europe since the 1940s until about 2006,” she said.

More recently, Air Canada operated a direct flight to London’s Heathrow Airport from 2010 to 2019, while WestJet offered direct flights to Dublin, from 2014 to 2018, and London’s Gatwick airport from 2016 to 2018.

The Air Canada flight was suspended in early 2019, after the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircrafts were grounded worldwide due to safety concerns after a couple of highly publicized crashes. 

When asked if there are any plans to reinstate the route, Air Canada said in a series of emailed statements that the pandemic forced the company to extend the suspension of that flight route until further notice. 

“At this time, Air Canada does not have plans to add any international flying out of St. John’s,” one statement read. 

As for WestJet’s flights to the U.K., public relations manager Morgan Bell said the decision to end those in 2018 comes down to the numbers.

“Cancelling flights is essentially always our last resort,” she said. “That route simply wasn’t performing to expectations. Frankly, there wasn’t enough guests on that plane to continue to operate it, so unfortunately it was cancelled.”

Halifax becoming ‘Atlantic Gateway’ to Europe

Both WestJet and Air Canada say there are no immediate plans to bring back a direct flight between St. John’s and the U.K. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

From a geographical point of view, it’s easy enough to look at a map and think St. John’s, as the easternmost point in Canada and therefore the shortest distance to our neighbours across the pond, would make a logical location for a direct flight to Europe.

Instead, WestJet has positioned Halifax’s Stanfield Airport as what it calls the “Atlantic Gateway” to Europe.

Bell says the decision to make Halifax the centre for European flights goes beyond the specific demands of the St. John’s market, and has more to do with large scale scheduling for a complicated “hub and spoke” network of interprovincial and international flights.

“When you ultimately are starting at that very, very eastern point of the country, you’re missing all of those westbound connections,” she said. “The frequency and connections and timing of flights that land in that region pull in people from east and west at all times of the day.”

And as borders open up, Halifax will continue to act as WestJet’s European gateway, offering flights to Paris, London Gatwick, Dublin, and Glasgow, in some cases multiple times per week, beginning in May. 

WestJet also recently announced that it will begin weekly seasonal service from St. John’s to Orlando on April 2. 

N.L. flights to Europe a ‘huge’ potential market

The irony of having very few international flights servicing an airport with “International” in its name is not lost on Lisa Bragg.

As COVID-19 travel restrictions ease, St. John’s International Airport is looking forward to seeing more passengers and air traffic. (Gary Locke/CBC)

She said the airport authority has ongoing conversations with domestic and international carriers, looking for opportunities to bring more routes to the people of this province.

That process, however, takes time. 

Pre-pandemic, Bragg says new international routes could take a couple of years to set up. But that’s changing with the lifting of international travel restrictions. 

She says airlines are speeding up their timelines for planning new flights, which could actually work to the benefit of an airport ready and eager to welcome more direct flights to and from other countries.

“We’ve done our homework. Businesses really want to see that, let alone visiting friends and relatives and tourism, which is also a huge market.”

Lynx Air Announces Major Expansion from Toronto Region

To celebrate, the airline is launching a free weekend getaway contest

TORONTO, March 17, 2022 /CNW/ – Lynx Air, Canada’s new ultra-affordable airline, has today announced a major expansion out of the Toronto region, adding four new destinations and five new routes to its network, as it continues its mission to make air travel affordable for all. Canadians living in the Toronto region will have access to Lynx flights out of both Toronto Pearson Airport (Toronto Pearson) and John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (Hamilton Airport), with six (6) destinations across the country to choose from: Halifax, St. John’s, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. 

To celebrate this significant commitment by Lynx to the Toronto region, the airline has launched a competition to win a free weekend getaway from Toronto to Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver. Each weekend getaway package includes two return Lynx flights, flying on the airline’s brand-new Boeing 737 aircraft, and a two-night hotel stay at one of the four destinations. For full contest details and to sign up, visit Lynx Air on Facebook or Instagram. The contest closes at 20:00 MST on March 20.

Today’s announcement includes the following new Lynx routes:

  • Toronto Pearson – Halifax: Three flights per week, commencing June 30, 2022, and increasing to five per week from July 30, 2022.
  • Toronto Pearson – St. John’s: Two flights per week, commencing June 28, 2022, and increasing to seven flights per week from July 28, 2022.
  • Toronto Pearson – Edmonton: Seven flights per week, commencing July 28, 2022.
  • Hamilton – Calgary: Two flights per week, commencing June 29, 2022, and increasing to four flights per week from July 29, 2022.
  • Hamilton – Halifax: Two flights per week, commencing June 29, 2022.

Lynx will also be increasing its frequencies between Toronto Pearson and Calgary from seven flights per week to twelve flights per week from June 28, 2022.

“We are excited to be announcing this major expansion of our network, providing Toronto residents with more choice and competition as they seek to reconnect with loved ones and to rediscover this beautiful country. By the end of July, we will be flying 92 flights per week in and out of the Toronto area, which is more than 17,000 seats per week,” said Merren McArthur, CEO of Lynx. “In keeping with our commitment to making air travel accessible to all, we are pleased to be offering travelers the opportunity to win a free weekend getaway to experience one of four great destinations on our network.” 

“Lynx Air is providing more options for those travelling to other parts of Canada, while also giving visitors to Pearson greater opportunities to explore Ontario,” said Stephan Rouleau, Director of Airside Ground Operations, Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “This expansion announcement from Lynx Air is welcome news as travel restrictions continue to ease and interest in air travel on the part of the public continues to rise.”

“We are excited to see Lynx Air expand its network and destination list to bring more choice and ultra-low airfares to the city and its neighbouring communities. We look forward to watching this new airport-airline partnership between Hamilton International and Lynx Air take off at a time when Canadians are looking to make up for lost time with friends and family,” said Cathie Puckering, Vice President and Head, Canadian Network, Vantage Airport Group and President and CEO, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. 

About Lynx Air
Lynx Air (Lynx), is Canada’s leading ultra-affordable airline and is on a mission to make air travel accessible to all, with low fares, a fleet of brand-new Boeing 737 aircraft and great customer service. Lynx is a privately owned Canadian airline with the financial backing and industry expertise required to transform the Canadian aviation landscape. To learn more visit Lynxair.com or find us on social media @Lynx_Air.

Ultra-reliable and energy-efficient, Lynx Air’s fleet of Boeing 737 aircrafts are serviced by one of the most experienced teams in the business. The aircraft offer advanced aerodynamics, highly efficient engines and upgrades to the airframe and flight systems. All Lynx aircraft meet the highest internationally certified safety standards and are certified by Transport Canada.