Door left open by mistake leads to ‘security breach’ at Vancouver airport

From City News Vancouver – link to source story

Passengers bypass customs at YVR, leads to ‘security breach’

By Ria Renouf | 1 December 2021

Canada Border Services Agency says everyone on a WestJet flight from LA to Vancouver last month has been accounted for after what it describes as a “security breach”

When Flight 1697 landed at YVR on Nov. 1, the passengers were processed as domestic instead of international travellers, meaning they didn’t have to clear customs.

“This was an extremely isolated incident that occurred as a result of an incorrect door that was left open in error, subsequently allowing guests to miss being directed through to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA),” says a spokesperson for WestJet in an email.

A spokesperson for the Vancouver Airport Authority also says a door was left open by mistake.

“Although this kind of error is extremely rare, it happened in our airport and we are committed to helping ensure it does not happen again,” the emailed statement continues.

CBSA has confirmed to CityNews they are aware of the “security breach,” and that “some passengers did not follow the standard reporting process for customs and immigration screening.”

All passengers were identified, located, and screened within 24 hours, according to CBSA.

“The CBSA takes any breach of security very seriously, and is committed to ensuring the safety of our country and our border. The CBSA has operational plans and protocols in place to respond to incidents such as this, and will continue to work with the Airport Authority, the RCMP, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada, and WestJet to review practices to prevent future incidents.”

At the airport, one change has already been implemented.

“YVR took immediate action to review airport procedures, which resulted in one direct change: international arrivals will no longer be gated at B-Pier until a new process is tested and implemented with the airline and CBSA,” the statement from the airport authority explains.

Gabor Lukacs, with Air Passenger Rights Canada, says while this was technically a breach — he doesn’t see is too much cause for concern.

“Generally, from a very narrow flight safety perspective, I’m more concerned about who gets on the flight, not who gets off the flight,” he explains.

“What I would want to know is did they find out why it happened? Can they provide a good explanation for why they don’t think it’s going to happen again? I think that they all did the right thing, they investigated, they fixed it, they’re moving on.”

Dr. Robert Russo, a professor at UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law, says when things like this happen, it’s due to human error.

“Basically, it’s a result of just someone you know, inadvertently leading some group to the wrong door,” he says.

He does think there is some risk that CBSA would not actually be able to locate everyone in a situation like this one.

“I think you could say that they have a responsibility, a duty to the customer, certainly, to guide them through the customs process properly, not only just for the law, but also for security purposes”

He says this incident is reminiscent of something that happened in 2015 – involving some passengers on an Air Canada flight from Beijing to Vancouver. Those passengers were directed to the domestic luggage terminal. People who had checked their bags realized they were in the wrong place when their suitcases never appeared, and those passengers were ushered through customs.

“The problem was there were some passengers, apparently, who just had carry-on luggage, who just exited the airport. They were able to just leave from the domestic terminal.”

In that case, Russo says it took several days for all the passengers to be tracked down and screened, and changes were made in airport security processes as a result.

WestJet Eyes New Service to Spokane with Regional Subsidiary

From Airline Geeks – link to source story

A WestJet Link Saab 340
A WestJet Link Saab 340. (Photo: WestJet)

By Winston Shek | November 28, 2021

If all goes as planned with the application, Spokane will receive a daily flight to Calgary and a daily flight to Vancouver, allowing for the airport’s first scheduled international air service in more than a decade. From 1997 to 2004, the airport received its only international service from Calgary on Canadian regional carrier Central Mountain Air operating under the Air Canada code via Beech 1900D turboprop 18-seater aircraft. Earlier in the 1990s, United Airlines and now-defunct AirBC serviced Calgary from Spokane.

This move marks Spokane’s third newest airline slated to launch service at the airport. One of the U.S.’s latest airline startups, aha!, plans to start service later this year to Reno, Nev. on its Embraer E145 aircraft. Meanwhile, Sun Country plans to launch summer-seasonal services to its hub in Minneapolis on its Boeing 737s.

During the pandemic, Spokane benefitted from three new routes, including two new services to Las Vegas and Phoenix on Allegiant and a new American Airlines flight to Chicago. However, Spokane will lose some Frontier Airlines service as the carrier resumes its flying in August 2022.

WestJet Expansion

It is unclear when WestJet will commence these flights, though this will mark WestJet Link’s only service to the U.S., not to be confused with WestJet’s other regional subsidiary, WestJet Encore.

WestJet will launch its flights with Pacific Coastal Airlines’ Saab 340s, holding a total of 34 passengers in a 1-2 seating configuration. Currently, WestJet Link operates three Saab 340s, though a total of six Saab 340s can fly on the route.

WestJet Link was launched in 2017 to boost regional connectivity to WestJet’s hubs in Vancouver and Calgary. The regional airline started service in March 2018, expanding to several smaller regional destinations in Alberta and British Columbia like Medicine Hat. WestJet’s other regional subsidiary, WestJet Encore, operates the larger Bombardier Dash 8-400 to larger cities and some transborder hops to destinations like Boston or Nashville.

Currently, WestJet services 22 airports in the mainland U.S., including five destinations each in California and Florida. This winter, the Calgary-based carrier plans to add three routes to the mainland U.S., including a flight to its newest destination, Miami. In the Pacific Northwest, WestJet services Seattle and Portland, Ore., making Spokane a possible third destination in the region.

In addition to its moves in the U.S., WestJet plans to embark on a transatlantic expansion. Last week, the carrier inked a codeshare deal with Air Transat to expand the breadth of its European network. From Toronto, WestJet will launch new services to Dublin, Ireland and Edinburgh, Scotland with its Boeing 737 MAX, while from Calgary, Westjet will add new services to London and Rome, the latter of which was previously scheduled to launch in May 2020.

Flair Airlines becomes first Canadian airline with service to Hollywood Burbank Airport

  • Inaugural flight to Los Angeles/Burbank is Sunday from Vancouver
  • Service from Edmonton to Los Angeles/Burbank begins December 16

Edmonton, Alberta, November 20, 2021 – Flair Airlines, Canada’s only independent ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC), becomes the first Canadian airline to provide service to Hollywood Burbank Airport with the inaugural flight from Vancouver International Airport on Sunday. Flair is rapidly expanding into the US and Mexico, and service to the Los Angeles area will continue to grow as Flair adds flights from Edmonton International Airport starting December 16.

“We are excited to bring our low fares to LA and become the first Canadian airline to serve Hollywood Burbank Airport,” said Stephen Jones, President and CEO, Flair Airlines. “Our flight today is the start of connecting Hollywood North with Hollywood while providing a hassle-free experience straight to the hustle of downtown LA, the Hollywood hills and Burbank’s neighboring film studios.”

The inaugural flight from Canada to Hollywood Burbank Airport will depart on Sunday, November 21, at 11:15am.

“We are delighted to add a new route with Flair Airlines offering travellers options to visit Greater Los Angeles for some sunshine and Hollywood fun,” said Russell Atkinson, Director Air Service Development, Vancouver Airport Authority. “We know that more choices and affordable airfares are important to travellers now more than ever. We look forward to the continued success of Flair and seeing their growth as they connect the people of B.C. to more new destinations.”

“We’re looking forward to having Canadian travelers experience the most convenient way to visit the Los Angeles metro area,” said Frank Miller, Executive Director of Hollywood Burbank Airport. “We also know our local passengers will welcome and enjoy the ease and convenience of using this service to get from Southern California to Vancouver.”

One-way fares, including taxes and fees, begin at $99 CAD from Vancouver or Edmonton. There are limited seats and availability for the fares. Both routes are available for booking at flyflair.com.

The new service to Los Angeles/Burbank is among other US destinations Flair started in November, including Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Las Vegas. Flair will also be starting service to Palm Springs and Phoenix-Mesa in December. Flair is disrupting the Canadian market with affordable air travel options as part of an ambitious goal to grow to 50 aircraft in 5 years.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s only independent Ultra Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) and is on a mission to liberate the lives of Canadians by providing affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve 31 cities across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. For more information, please visit flyflair.com.

Wow: Half Of WestJet’s Europe Routes See The Boeing 737 MAX

From Simple Flying – link to source story – Thanks to CW

by James Pearson | November 19, 2021

Canada’s WestJet has 14 bookable routes to Europe next summer, exactly half by the B737 MAX 8 and the other half by the B787-9. However, that will change when a 15th route – Calgary to London Heathrow – takes off in the spring using the B787.

WestJet MAX 8
The UK and Ireland have three-quarters of WestJet’s Europe flights next summer, helped by new routes by the B737 MAX. Photo: Acefitt via Wikimedia.

WestJet to Europe next summer

The carrier’s 14 bookable routes include five from Toronto, four from Calgary, four from Halifax, and one from Vancouver, based on schedules from Cirium. Calgary to Heathrow will mean that Alberta’s main airport – WestJet’s ‘spiritual’ home and busiest airport – will have the most European links from the airline.

Following two washout summers because of entry restrictions, WestJet’s Europe offering will be significantly stronger next summer than S19. It expects 3,558 round-trip flights (before Heathrow is included), up by nearly half (46%).

Part of this is from new routes. After Calgary to Amsterdam took off three months ago, Toronto to Dublin, Edinburgh, and Glasgow are all coming along with Calgary to Rome Fiumicino. And most incumbent routes have more flights than previously.

WestJet's Europe network in summer 2022
When writing, the MAX 8 (shown in blue) and the B787-9 (yellow) have seven routes each to Europe next summer. The widebody will take the lead when Calgary-Heathrow begins. Image: GCMap.

WestJet is coming to Heathrow

The airline’s intention to serve Heathrow was made public when it applied for and received slots. According to Airport Coordination Limited (ACL) ‘s summer 2022 Initial Coordination Report, it has received 248 slot-pairs for next summer.

If split over each summer week and two directions, that’s good for a four-weekly service, although we don’t yet know when it’ll begin. It has intended to serve Heathrow for a while – it received slots for S21 but understandably didn’t use them – and it appears that Heathrow-Calgary will supplement its existing Calgary-Gatwick.

When writing, Heathrow doesn’t appear in the schedules and isn’t bookable, but expect that to change in the coming days or weeks. However, WestJet has confirmed Heathrow, with its CEO, John Weatherill, commenting that:

“As the airline with the most flights from Alberta, this is an important recovery milestone as we forge new connections between Canada and one of the world’s most sought-after global hubs.”

WestJet Heathrow ACL screenshot
In its application, WestJet put ‘ZZF’, meaning it didn’t want to disclose the Canadian city. Image: ACL.

Calgary to London

Calgary to London is a large point-to-point (P2P) market, with approximately 253,000 round-trip passengers in 2019, booking data indicates. It’s the third-largest Canada-UK city-pair after Toronto-London and Vancouver-London.

WestJet B787
Unless Air Canada ups capacity or British Airways reenters, WestJet will be the largest airline between Calgary and London in S22. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Flickr.

Two airlines have exited the market

After Air Transat ceased Calgary-Gatwick in September 2019 and British Airways ended it from Heathrow in March 2020, Calgary-London is now in the hands of Air Canada and WestJet. WestJet has capitalized on the exit of the two carriers, which in 2019 had 126,000 seats between them and a one-quarter share of the market, Cirium indicates.

Next summer, Air Canada will have a daily Heathrow service using 298-seat B787-9s, while WestJet will have a daily offer to Gatwick using 320-seat B787-9s, along with coming Heathrow. However, might BA be returning? Slot filings suggest that it might be, but it may simply use them for other routes.

Flair Airlines says “¡Hola México!” with Low Fare Flights from Canada to Cancun and Los Cabos

Canada’s leading low-fare airline begins Mexico service in February from Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia

Edmonton, Alberta, November 16, 2021 – Flair Airlines, Canada’s only true ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC), continues to expand and change the face of the Canadian aviation market as it introduces nonstop, low-fare flights to Cancun and Los Cabos, Mexico, from Vancouver, Abbotsford, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Kitchener-Waterloo.

“Starting in February, Canadians will enjoy affordable, sunny winter getaways to Cancun and Los Cabos without breaking the bank,” said Garth Lund, Chief Commercial Officer, Flair Airlines. “We can’t wait to get our customers to the beach.”

“The average February temperature in Canada is -6 °C; the average temperature in Cancun is 28 °C, so February seemed like a good month to start service,” he added.

Starting February 1, Flair will offer nonstop flights to Los Cabos on Tuesdays and Saturdays from Vancouver, and Wednesdays and Saturdays from Abbotsford and Edmonton. Nonstop flights to Cancun will be on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Ottawa and Wednesdays and Sundays from Kitchener-Waterloo. The ultra-low fares will start from $129 CAD one-way. All routes and schedule details can be viewed at https://www.flyflair.com.

Comments from our airport partners

Vancouver International Airport (YVR):

“We are delighted to see Flair adding a new route out of YVR. Flair’s new offering of flights to Los Cabos in Mexico provides yet another great option to escape a west coast winter,” said YVR Director, Air Service Development, Russell Atkinson. “We wish all the best to Flair as they expand and offer Canadians a unique, new travel experience. With more people being vaccinated and travel measures easing, we look forward to continued increased service from Flair which will benefit the community and the economy that supports it.”

Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF)

“I am pleased that Flair Airlines in expanding service from the Region of Waterloo to Cancun, Mexico,” said Karen Redman, Regional Chair. “Expanded local service means more options for families, continued job growth, as well as a strong tourism sector and local economy.”

Abbotsford International Airport (YXX)

“On behalf of the City of Abbotsford and the Abbotsford International Airport Authority, I’d like to congratulate Flair Airlines on their expanded service to Los Cabos this coming winter from YXX,” said Henry Braun, Mayor of the City of Abbotsford and chair of the Abbotsford International Airport Authority. “Expanding routes offered at Abbotsford International Airport, not only gives travellers more accessible and affordable options, it also has a positive impact on our local and regional economy and is an important step in our pandemic recovery.”

Ottawa International Airport Authority (YOW):

“With the first snowfall on the ground and temperatures falling, we are confident that passengers in Ottawa-Gatineau will embrace Flair’s service to Cancun as they escape to the beautiful beaches and warm sunshine,” said Mark Laroche, President and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority. “Flair’s expanded offering at YOW benefits the entire community; our passengers enjoy more travel options, and the Ottawa International Airport takes another step forward in its pandemic recovery.”

Edmonton International Airport (YEG):

“EIA is pleased for Flair to announce its first Mexico destination. Thank you Flair for your continued investment in your hometown airport and for providing capacity to Los Cabos International Airport so Edmontonians and surrounding communities can get their vitamin SEA,” said Myron Keehn, Vice-President, Air Service and Business Development, Edmonton International Airport.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s only independent Ultra Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) and is on a mission to liberate the lives of Canadians by providing affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve 28 cities across Canada and the U.S. For more information, please visit http://www.flyflair.com.

Air Canada: uneventful and reliable on Seattle-Vancouver-London

From Runaway Girl Network – link to source story

By Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | 14 November 2021

While big chunks of the outside world opened to vaccinated Americans months ago, I stayed put as friends resumed their international jet set lifestyles of the pre-pandemic days. It would have remained that way for a bit longer had a work trip not taken me to the sunny, hot splendor of Dubai in November.

With my desired status on Alaska Airlines already locked in for the year, I felt blissfully free to choose whatever airline I so desired from my home base of Seattle. It was a rare opportunity to mix things up and try something new and different. In this particular case, a quick search on Google Flights led to a clear favorite: Air Canada.

The airline led on price by a mile, had several fun plane types for the AvGeek-minded traveler, and codeshare legs with Emirates and Lufthansa – neither of which I’d flown on before. (We’ll cover the Emirates outbound leg — London-Dubai — in a subsequent review.)

What Air Canada didn’t lead on was total itinerary time, at over 24 hours door to door. But it was worth the savings of hundreds of dollars roundtrip. I quickly moved to book with economy outbound and treat myself to business on the return.

My travel dates changed just after the 24-hour mark, requiring new outbound flights. Fortunately, Air Canada is not currently charging change fees, only differences in fare. It ended up only setting me back US$150 — far less than I expected — and gave me a faster itinerary to boot. The feature was very easy to find and use on the website.

With a negative COVID-19 test, UK entry form, passport, and luggage in hand I arrived at SeaTac to nab the first of three flights — a short-hop to Vancouver. Check-in was a mess, taking almost an hour. Gate agents appeared to be confused about requirements for final destinations, and in the absence of knowledge simply applied the most restrictive to everyone.

Tempers ran high as the line moved slowly. After apparently first waiting in the wrong line (they were not marked) and directed to the back of another, I got a bag checked and a ticket printed. Security was no concern, and I made my way to the remote gate for the first of three flights.

Though I didn’t pay for a seat assignment, I lucked out and was placed in a window seat anyways. Branding aside, the Q400 turboprop plying this route is just like any other Q400 I’ve been on: modest pitch, tight 17” seat width, barely any room for bags overhead.

Interior of the Q400 with 2-2 seating, and small overhead bins

There was a short beverage service with water and juice, and then we were on the ground in Vancouver.

Air Canada Bombardier Q400 at the gate.

Connecting in Vancouver was straightforward: get off the plane, clear a transit area, and head off to the next gate. Thankfully I did not have to collect my checked bag. It took less than five minutes.

With no fancy lounge access outbound, I whiled away what little time remained by getting some steps in before the long flight ahead to London Heathrow.

Boarding began on time, though document checks — the very same that held up check-in in Seattle — forced a short delay.

Air Canada operates the Vancouver-London service with its Boeing 787-9 twinjet. This was the first time I had been on a widebody in two years. I missed it.

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 at the gate.

That is until I settled into seat 35A, midway up the second of two economy cabins. Squirreling my backpack under the seat ahead of me, it became very clear it was going to be a tight squeeze. Air Canada has a reputation for packing people in, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. But nevertheless the very snug 17” width in a 3-3-3 configuration quickly made me wish I’d bid up for a premium economy seat.

Interior of the Air Canada Boeing 787-9 with IFE screens, and a seat with the author's possessions in view

The small space wasn’t the only drawback. Padding was light and not particularly comfortable. My back was unhappy after only a few minutes.

The seat did come with a generous amount of recline, a welcome surprise. But it is a double edged sword, as it also means the person in front of you can take up a material amount of living space. The TV screen doesn’t pivot when that happens either, making it hard to see.

Seat triple onboard the Air Canada Boeing 787-9

Last on my list of hard product critiques, economy does come with international power outlets, but irritatingly there’s only two outlets per row plus a USB port in the IFE system. All worked, but had trouble holding onto chargers: mine constantly slipped out.

All of my early concerns, though, evaporated just before departure as it became clear that I would get extremely lucky and have the row to myself. I’m glad I didn’t need to find out how much my back could take all squeezed in.

Needless to say, the empty seat triple made for a rather pleasant experience, especially when it came time to get some shuteye.

On the plus side, Air Canada’s Panasonic Avionics eX3-powered inflight entertainment system was a big winner. It had a huge selection of movies and TV, and the map feature was endlessly entertaining.

The 8.5” touchscreen is sufficiently large, though undersized compared with many other carriers, with USB and headphone ports. I caught a movie and a few TV shows before turning in for the night.

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 seatback IFE screen

The airline utilizes Intelsat’s (formerly Gogo’s) 2Ku Wi-Fi system, which was surprisingly well-priced for such a long flight. Passes ranged from basic to streaming, to something they call “ultimate streaming”. All three were available either as a one-hour pass or full flight, with prices ranging from CAD$8.75 to $34.50.

Screenshot of Wi-Fi Packages.

I ponied up for an hour of the basic plan, and easily sent emails, texts, and updated social media. Speeds were good, at 31.9 Mbps up and 2 Mbps down.

Like most long-haul flights, the carrier offered two meal services. There were no paper menus but it could be accessed via the IFE and the Air Canada app. The first arrived an hour in. The entree was an assortment of veggies and cubed chicken in a cheesy cream sauce alongside a small side salad, bread and brownie. It was all rather bland but filling. Trays were cleared in thirty minutes.

Air Canada meal on a tray table

Turbulence almost canceled the second service, but a lucky break enabled the hard-working crew to hustle out a basic breakfast of a croissant and yogurt. Once again, it was bland but sufficient.

Breakfast on the tray table

I also appreciated the crew’s attentive but polite policing of masking, and enjoyed the comfort of knowing vaccinations are required to be onboard.

Water was available in the galley during the flight, but no snacks. Bathrooms remained relatively clean, even toward the end, but didn’t have any amenities like toothbrushes or combs.

The flight landed a bit early, parking in terminal two. The connection to my next flight, in T3, was smooth though time-consuming.

Air Canada provided an uneventful and reliable service from Seattle to London via Vancouver. Considering the price point — several hundred less than anyone else — it was worth it. Add in an empty row on a long-haul service, and it couldn’t have gone much better.

Air Transat announces its summer 2022 flight program

MONTREAL, Nov. 11, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat, named World’s Best Leisure Airline, is proud to announce its flight program for the summer of 2022. At the height of the season, it will operate more than 250 flights each week to 44 destinations. It will gradually increase its service to Europe, strengthen its position in the United States by offering flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco for the first time, offer a selection of its most popular South destinations, and enhance its domestic flight program.

“We are actively rebuilding our network with a modern and versatile fleet that will enable us to meet the increased demand expected in 2022,” said Annick Guérard, President and Chief Executive Officer, Transat. “We will be returning to almost all of the destinations served before the pandemic, in addition to offering Canadian travellers major new destinations.”

An expanded Europe flight program

From Montreal, the airline will offer 7 direct flights weekly to London-Gatwick and 14 to Paris. It also plans to restart operations to the French provinces, with service to Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice and Toulouse. A total of 19 European destinations will be accessible via direct service from Montreal, including a new route to Amsterdam.

Air Transat will also strengthen its position as the leading international carrier departing from Jean Lesage Airport in Quebec City by offering exclusive non-stop flights to two European capitals: Paris and, for the first time, London.

From Toronto, in addition to 14 weekly flights to London, travellers will also be able to fly to 13 other key European destinations in Croatia, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the U.K.

Number of weekly direct peak-season flights to Europe

DestinationFrom
Montreal
From
Quebec City
From
Toronto
AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands34
ATHENS, Greece33
BASEL-MULHOUSE, Switzerland1
BARCELONA, Spain32
BORDEAUX, France4
BRUSSELS, Belgium3
DUBLIN, Ireland5
GLASGOW, United Kingdom4
LAMEZIA, Italy1
LISBON, Portugal55
LONDON, United Kingdom7114
LYON, France4
MADRID, Spain3
MALAGA, Spain2
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom4
MARSEILLE, France5
NANTES, France3
NICE, France2
PARIS, France1434
PORTO, Portugal23
ROME, Italy45
TOULOUSE, France4
VENICE, Italy21
ZAGREB, Croatia2

United States: focus on California and Florida

From Montreal, Air Transat will introduce a new direct service to California with two flights a week to San Francisco and three to Los Angeles. It will also intensify its service to Florida by operating flights between Montreal and Miami throughout the year, in addition to flying to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando from both Montreal and Toronto.

Finally, travellers from Quebec City will now be able to enjoy direct flights to Fort Lauderdale year-round.

Number of weekly direct peak-season flights to the U.S.

DestinationFrom
Montreal
From
Quebec City
From
Toronto
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida414
LOS ANGELES, California3
MIAMI, Florida3
ORLANDO, Florida23
SAN FRANCISCO, California2

The South all year

Because Canadians are fond of South getaways even during the summer, Air Transat will offer a selection of its most popular destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean out of Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto.

Number of weekly direct peak-season flights to sun destinations

DestinationFrom
Montreal
From
Quebec City
From
Toronto
CANCÚN, Mexico415
CAYO COCO, Cuba22
HOLGUIN, Cuba11
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica1
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti2
PUERTO PLATA, Dominican Republic21
PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic515
SAMANA, Dominican Republic1
SANTA CLARA, Cuba22
VARADERO, Cuba22

More domestic flights and connections

By closely observing the market and emerging travel trends, Air Transat is convinced that the popularity of travel within Canada will still be strong in the summer of 2022, which is why it will continue to enhance its domestic flight program.

These flights will also provide many Canadians with access to international destinations via connections in Toronto and Montreal.

Number of weekly peak-season domestic flights

City-pairNumber of
flights
MONTREAL–CALGARY8
MONTREAL–QUEBEC CITY5
MONTRÉAL–TORONTO15
MONTRÉAL–VANCOUVER10
TORONTO–CALGARY8
TORONTO–VANCOUVER10
Air Transat may have to modify its flight schedule subject to the changing COVID-19 situation and resulting travel restrictions.

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 achieved Travelife certification in 2018 in recognition of its sustainability commitments.

Recent distinctions and awards

  • World’s Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards
  • Named to Forbes World’s Best Employers List
  • Best Tour Operator and Favourite Overall Supplier at the Agents’ Choice Awards presented by Baxter Travel Media
  • Ranked as Canada’s 21st best corporate citizen by Corporate Knights

Vancouver International Airport begins using new terminal building expansion

From Daily Hive Vancouver – link to source story

Kenneth Chan | Nov 9 2021, 6:04 pm

Vancouver International Airport begins using new terminal building expansionPier D international terminal building expansion of Vancouver International Airport. (Vancouver Airport Authority)

With depressed passenger volumes, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has been operating conservatively since Spring 2020 by limiting the use of its vast terminal building to reduce operating costs.

But with a steady rebound in passenger volumes from increased traveler confidence and the relaxation of travel restrictions, YVR has been gradually reopening previously shuttered sections of the terminal building since early summer to accommodate the rising numbers.

The incremental reopening of the terminal building’s wings has now reached the newly completed Pier D international terminal building expansion.

Ever since Pier D reached full completion in January 2021, it has been unused, but that changed as of the past week. A spokesperson for the Vancouver Airport Authority told Daily Hive Urbanized that passenger demand has warranted the opening of Pier D for largely cargo volumes and some passenger operations.vancouver international airport yvr pier d terminal

The new Pier D international terminal expansion of Vancouver International Airport. (Vancouver Airport Authority)vancouver international airport yvr pier d terminal

The new Pier D international terminal expansion of Vancouver International Airport. (Vancouver Airport Authority)

Sustaining a recovery trend that first began in early September 2021, the spokesperson added that YVR is still averaging 28,000 to 30,000 passengers daily, which amounts to a significant rebound from earlier this year and the pandemic low of only 69,000 passengers for the entire month of April 2020. YVR expects passenger volumes will pick up in late November and throughout December as the holiday travel season gets underway.

Over the coming months, more of the Pier D space will be used as needed, and it is anticipated it will be open for full use before the start of Summer 2022, when global aviation is forecast to see a very strong rebound.

Construction on Pier D at a cost of $300 million began in 2018 for an opening by late June 2020. In late March 2020, however, construction came to a temporary halt due to the pandemic’s sudden onset and impact on YVR’s financial position. A decision was made in August 2020 to restart the final construction work on the nearly-finished terminal expansion.vancouver international airport yvr pier d terminal

The new Pier D international terminal expansion of Vancouver International Airport. (Vancouver Airport Authority)vancouver international airport yvr pier d terminal

The new Pier D international terminal expansion of Vancouver International Airport. (Vancouver Airport Authority)vancouver international airport yvr pier d terminal

The new Pier D international terminal expansion of Vancouver International Airport. (Vancouver Airport Authority)

The Pier D expansion features eight new additional gates, including four traditional jet bridge gates and four remote stand bus gates.

In addition to the increased capacity, Pier D will provide international passengers with a wide range of retail, restaurants (over 20 new food and beverage concepts), amenities, and services.

The interior design evolves the airport’s motif of a West Coast-themed experience, with an eye-catching glassed-in island forest with access to the outdoors — setting a new bar for the airport’s design. There is an opening in the roof that allows the forest to be saturated with rainfall or even snowfall.

The new atrium space, where the island forest is located, also features a unique digital public art ribbon as one of the immersive features of the ever-evolving design of the airport.

Pier D is the largest expansion of YVR since the complete modernization and overhaul project of the terminal facilities in 1996.vancouver international airport yvr pier d terminal

The new Pier D international terminal expansion of Vancouver International Airport. (Vancouver Airport Authority)vancouver international airport yvr pier d terminal

The new Pier D international terminal expansion of Vancouver International Airport. (Vancouver Airport Authority)vancouver international airport yvr pier d terminal

The new Pier D international terminal expansion of Vancouver International Airport. (Vancouver Airport Authority)vancouver international airport yvr pier d terminal

The new Pier D international terminal expansion of Vancouver International Airport. (Vancouver Airport Authority)

Pacific Coast Airlines announces Summer 2022 Schedule

Thanks to MW

30 October 2021

Check Out our Summer 2022 Flight Schedule

Take advantage of additional flight options. Book your summer trip today.

Origin and DestinationSunMonTueWedThuFriSatWeekly FlightsHighlights
Vancouver – Victoria4x4x4x4x4x4x1x21 Improved minimum connection times between YYJ and other destinations
Vancouver – Powell River4x4x4x4x4x4x2x26
Vancouver – Bella Coola1x1x1x1x1x1x1x7New daily service
Vancouver – Trail2x2x2x2x2x2x1x13
Vancouver – Williams Lake2x1x2x1x2x1x1x10
Vancouver – Comox2x2x2x2x2x2x0x20All non-stop flights (no more stops in YBL )
Vancouver – Campbell River3x3x3x3x3x3x2x12All non-stop flights (no more stops in YQQ)
Vancouver – Port Hardy1x2x1x2x1x2x1x10Evening flight Sunday to Friday will operate on Saab
Vancouver – Bella Bella1x1x1x1x1x1x1x7New daily service – all flights will operate on Saab
Vancouver – Tofino1x1x1x1x1x1x1x7Flights will operate on Saab, Sunday to Friday. New Saturday service.
Victoria – Kelowna2x2x1x2x2x2x0x11
Victoria – Prince George1x1x1x1x1x1x0x6
Vancouver – Cranbrook1x1x1x1x1x1x0x6
Vancouver – Masset1x1x1x1x1x1x1x7New daily service – all flights will operate on Saab
Vancouver – Penticton1x1x1x1x1x1x1x7New daily service
Vancouver – Kamloops1x1x1x1x1x1x0x6

Book With Greater Peace of Mind.

We’re offering unlimited ticket changes for customers who purchase flights by January 31, 2022. Travel worry-free. Learn more.

For ultimate peace of mind and the ability to cancel and receive a refund to the original form of payment, we recommend booking a refundable Encore Fare.

Flair Airlines grows Winnipeg service with flights to Regina and Saskatoon

Service beginning in Spring 2022 key to Flair’s strategy to delight Saskatchewan and Manitoba passengers with low fares

Edmonton, Alberta, Oct. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Flair Airlines, Canada’s only independent ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC), continues to grow its 2022 schedule with the addition of twice weekly nonstop service between Winnipeg and Regina as well as Winnipeg and Saskatoon. The new routes are part of Flair’s unprecedented growth as the airline expands its fleet to 16 aircraft and creates new affordable connections across North America.

“Low fare travel has arrived for the Prairies and we are excited to connect more families and travelers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan,” said Stephen Jones, President and CEO, Flair Airlines. “Connecting Regina and Saskatoon to Winnipeg with sustainably low fares is an important step in Flair’s growth and we know our customers will love the service.”

“We eagerly anticipate the arrival of these new Flair service offerings between Winnipeg and Regina/Saskatoon at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “Our partnership with Flair is growing and their efforts to provide Manitobans with more convenient, low-cost domestic travel options are playing a critical role in quickly restoring the affordable, wide-ranging air services our community relies upon to sustain itself and grow.”

“Skyxe is thrilled with the continued expansion of our relationship with Flair Airlines. Winnipeg is a key domestic market for Saskatoon which will benefit from increased air service opportunities for our guests. The addition of Flair’s low cost air service option will provide residents of Saskatchewan the ability to visit friends and family in Winnipeg conveniently and more frequently,” said Stephen Maybury, President & CEO, Skyxe Saskatoon Airport.

“We are thrilled to see Flair Airlines introduce this new route between Regina and Winnipeg. Travelers in southern Saskatchewan want connections between these two cities. This is a fantastic addition from Flair to build on the other amazing Canadian cities they are already serving out of YQR,” said James Bogusz, President and CEO, Regina Airport Authority.

Flair is adding new 737 MAX aircraft to its fleet in 2022 as it strives to become Canada’s greenest and most sustainable airline. The new aircraft deliver fuel savings and reduce the airline’s CO2 emissions by 14%. Flair recently announced a 33 percent increase in its fleet and additional routes within Canada and to the US.

Fares on the new routes will start at $49 CAD one-way for both the Winnipeg-Regina and Winnipeg-Saskatoon routes, including taxes and fees. All routes and schedule details can be viewed at https://www.flyflair.com.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s only independent Ultra Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) and is on a mission to liberate the lives of Canadians by providing affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve 28 cities across Canada and the U.S. For more information, please visit http://www.flyflair.com.

New Routes

  • Winnipeg – Regina (YWG-YQR) – 2x weekly starting April 14, 2022
  • Winnipeg – Saskatoon (YWG-YXE) – 2x weekly starting April 16, 2022

Recently Announced & Current Winnipeg, Saskatoon & Regina Routes

  • Regina – Edmonton (YQR-YEG) – 2x weekly starting April 14, 2022
  • Regina – Toronto (YQR-YYZ) – 2x weekly ongoing
  • Regina – Vancouver (YQR-YVR) – 2x weekly resumes March 28, 2022
  • Saskatoon – Edmonton (YXE-YEG) – 2x weekly starting April 16, 2022
  • Saskatoon – Toronto (YXE-YYZ) – 2x weekly ongoing
  • Winnipeg – Abbotsford (YWG-YXX) – 2x weekly resumes December 16, 2021
  • Winnipeg – Calgary (YWG-YYC) – 2x weekly ongoing
  • Winnipeg – Edmonton (YWG-YEG) – 3x weekly starting April 15, 2022
  • Winnipeg – Waterloo (YWG-YKF) – 2-3x weekly ongoing
  • Winnipeg – Ottawa (YWG-YOW) – 2x weekly ongoing
  • Winnipeg – Toronto (YWG-YYZ) – 2-6x weekly ongoing
  • Winnipeg – Vancouver (YWG-YVR) – 2-4x weekly ongoing