Air Canada rouge in mid-February 2019 announced domestic network expansions, as the A319 scheduled to serve following markets from Montreal and Toronto. These routes are scheduled as year-round service.
Montreal – St. John’s NFLD eff 05JUN19 2 daily A319 Toronto – Fredericton eff 01JUN19 2 daily A319 Toronto – Moncton eff 01MAY19 3 daily A319 Toronto – Thunder Bay eff 01MAY19 3 daily A319
Separately, Air Canada rouge’s Calgary – Halifax service will switch back to Mainline from 14MAY19, operated by Airbus A320.
Canada’s largest airline says commercial reasons are behind the decision to end flights between Saskatoon and Winnipeg and Winnipeg and Thunder Bay.
Air Canada confirmed on Monday that it will cease flying the routes on March 31, calling it a “difficult decision.”
“The routes from Winnipeg to Saskatoon and to Thunder Bay regrettably did not perform at a level that would make commercial sense for us to continue operating,” Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah said in a statement.
“The factors we look at include demand between the two cities, aircraft availability and overall profitability,” Mah added.
She said anyone booked on one of the affected flights after March 31 will be contacted, either by the airline or their travel agent, to make alternate travel arrangements or obtain a refund.
The Saskatoon Airport Authority, which operates the John G. Diefenbaker International Airport, has said 2018 was its busiest year on record with 1,518,980 passengers, up 3.8 per cent from 2017.
As of last month, the airport had 25 direct routes allowing passengers to reach 245 destinations, the most popular of which are Calgary, Toronto and Edmonton.
WestJet Airlines Ltd., the other major airline that flies out of Saskatoon, offers non-stop flights to Winnipeg from Saskatoon, as well as connecting flights to Thunder Bay.
THUNDER BAY, ON, Jan. 8, 2019 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines is opening an aircraft maintenance base at Thunder Bay International Airport, as of February 2019. This development contributes to Porter servicing its fleet of 29 Bombardier Q400 aircraft and will create 18 jobs in the city.
“Thunder Bay is an important location in Porter’s network,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “This latest investment in a maintenance base demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the community.”
Porter has recently made significant investments in Northern Ontario, including opening a base for pilots and flight attendants in Thunder Bay one year ago.
“This decision is excellent news for the city,” said Bill Mauro, Mayor of Thunder Bay. “It benefits the economy by introducing quality jobs and supports our airport as a regional hub for moving people and goods.”
The maintenance base will be located in an existing hangar at the airport. Porter engineers will perform daily overnight maintenance on two aircraft that will return to service the following day.
“We greatly appreciate the continued confidence Porter has displayed in Thunder Bay,” said Ed Schmidtke, president and CEO of Thunder Bay International Airports Authority. “Since initiating service in 2009, Porter has consistently contributed to the airport’s growth by increasing flights, passenger volumes and local employment.”
Porter currently operates up to seven daily roundtrip flights between the city and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.