Air Canada’s Summer 2022 Schedule Adjustments

2 July 2022 – Air Canada 🔗

This week, Air Canada announced changes to its summer schedule to support unprecedented and unforeseen strains on our organization. International flights are unaffected, with a few timing changes to reduce flying at peak times. Flights adjusted are to and from our Toronto and Montreal hubs. These will be mostly frequency reductions, affecting primarily evening and late-night flights by smaller aircraft, on transborder and domestic routes. Four routes will be temporarily suspended.

Temporary Route Suspensions:

Montreal – Kelowna
Montreal – Baltimore
Montreal – Pittsburgh
Toronto – Fort McMurray

Frequency Reductions

Toronto – Deer Lake: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 1 flight daily
Toronto – Saint John: reduce 2 frequencies, now operating 1 flight daily
Toronto – Charlottetown: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Toronto – Quebec City: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily
Toronto – North Bay: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 1 flight daily
Toronto – Timmins: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Toronto – Sudbury: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily
Toronto – London, ON: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily
Toronto – Windsor: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily
Toronto – Winnipeg: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 5 flights daily
Toronto – Edmonton: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 7 flights daily
Toronto – Calgary: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 11 flights daily
Toronto – Vancouver: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 14 flights daily
Toronto – Boston: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 6 flights daily
Toronto – LaGuardia: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 9 flights daily
Toronto – Newark: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 6 flights daily
Toronto – Baltimore: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Toronto – Philadelphia: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily
Toronto – Washington (DCA): reduce 1 frequency in August, will operate 2 flights daily (3 flights remain for July)
Toronto – Miami: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 1 flight daily
Toronto – San Francisco: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily
Montreal – Moncton: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Montreal – Fredericton: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Montreal – Saint John: reduce 1 frequency, now operating total 1flights
Montreal – Halifax: reduce 1 frequency in August, will operate total 3 flights daily (4 flights remain through August 3)
Montreal – Ottawa: reduce 2 frequencies, now operating 6 flights daily
Montreal – Quebec: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily
Montreal – Toronto (Island): no weekend operations and Friday reduced to 3 flights daily
Montreal – Edmonton: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Montreal – Calgary: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily
Montreal – Boston: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily
Montreal – LaGuardia: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily
Montreal – Newark: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily
Montreal – Fort Lauderdale: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Ottawa – Toronto (Island): no weekend operations

Route Retimes:

Montreal – Los Angeles
Montreal – Las Vegas
Montreal – Punta Cana
Montreal – Fort Lauderdale
Montreal – Winnipeg
Montreal – Edmonton
Toronto – Manchester
Toronto – Edinburgh
Toronto – Copenhagen
Vancouver – Portland
Vancouver – Regina
Vancouver – Cranbrook

Flair Airlines to jet from Windsor to Tucson, Halifax and Montreal

From CBC News 🔗link to source story

Flights from southwestern Ontario border city will begin this July

CBC News • April 05, 2022

Flair Airlines spokesperson Eric Tanner, Windsor International Airport CEO Mark Galvin and Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens stand inside of the airport’s terminal following an announcement Tuesday for new flights departing from Windsor. (Jacob Barker/CBC)

Windsor International Airport is offering new flights to Tucson, Halifax and Montreal this summer on Flair Airlines, the company announced Tuesday. 

The Edmonton-based discount carrier said the twice-weekly services to Halifax will begin July 8 and twice weekly to Montreal on July 7. The cost of a one-way ticket including taxes is set to be $29 to Montreal and $49 to Halifax from Windsor. 

The company will also offer weekly, $99 flights from Windsor to Tucson, Ariz., from Dec. 1, 2022, to March 23, 2023.

Tuesday’s announcement ushers in the first direct flight connecting Windsor to the east coast. 

“I think that’s really important,” said airport chief executive officer Mark Galvin. 

“We tend to get into travel patterns and I think COVID actually had a positive — people experienced new places and did new things … The destinations we were talking about were the same destinations Flair was talking about.”

Galvin said he’s thrilled by the addition of new destinations and will keep pursuing more to bring to the airport. 

When asked how the airline is able the keep prices so low, a representative said Flair runs efficient routes for flights and crews. 

Flair Airlines will offer flights to Tucson, Ariz., Halifax and Montreal from Windsor. (Jacob Barker/CBC)

“Our goal is to stimulate demand,” said Eric Tanner, director of network planning and scheduling for Flair Airlines.

“Our biggest competition as an airline is the couch. We want to get people off the couch and bring a long-weekend culture to Canada, where people say ‘I’ve got no plans this weekend what do you want to do? Let’s go to Halifax, let’s go to Montreal.'”

Tanner said the company wants to see if passengers are willing to travel, before Flair considers opening more routes elsewhere from the city. 

“This is our beta test for Windsor and we’re really excited about it, and we’re quite confident it will work.” 

Galvin said he hopes this is the beginning of pre-pandemic travel for the airport. 

Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor-Essex Pelee Island, said he’s also looking at ways to market the city to outside travellers, especially those conducting business. 

“We do see great opportunities, for sure,” said Orr. 

“The direct flight opportunities are paramount and I think they’re a great opportunity to promote that to the U.S. market. 

“To encourage them to come here and either add a day or two on either side of their trip and or stay overnight prior to their departure has great benefits so we’ll definitely be marketing it to the U.S. for sure.”

Windsor airport hopes to bring in more carriers, low-cost flights

From CBC News 🔗 link to source story

Flair Airlines to offer $99 flights from Windsor to Tuscon starting in December

Flair Airlines will begin offering low-cost flights from Windsor to Tuscon, Ariz., later this year. (Paula Duhatschek/CBC)

Windsor International Airport is welcoming its first low-cost airline, but it won’t likely be the last.

Flair Airlines will offer weekly, $99 flights from Windsor to Tuscon, Ariz., from Dec. 1, 2022, to March 23, 2023.

“There’s a pent-up demand, and I think people really want to travel with us to see loved ones or to do business or to go on vacation,” airport CEO Mark Galvin said.

There are currently no low-cost flights from Windsor to other Canadian destinations, however, although the airport said it’s working behind the scenes to attract more carriers (at the moment, there are four carriers offering flights out of the Windsor airport).

Boosting the number of low-cost flights from Windsor, and the number of carriers operating out of the airport in general, is something passengers recently told CBC News they’d be in favour of.

“I think any growth for Windsor is important,” said Beverly Cartlidge, who grew up in Windsor, but then moved to Switzerland, and was returning to visit the city this week. “So, more flights to Windsor means more people, which I think would be beneficial for for businesses here.”

Tom Gibson, who spoke to CBC News after arriving in Windsor from Winnipeg, said his home city offers plenty of low-cost, direct flights to various destinations, which are very convenient for travellers.

“We can get direct flights to California, direct flights to Mexico and Arizona from there,” he said. “I would think if you could do the same kind of thing here, we would be a lot better.”

Flair Airlines Establishes Winter Base in Tucson Arizona, Bringing Non-stop Sun at Affordable Prices to Underserved Canadian Markets

  • Flair Airlines, Visit Tucson, and Tucson International Airport announce long-term partnership to connect more Canadians to Arizona
  • Service to Tucson begins in November and December from five Canadian airports, including Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Prince George, and Windsor
  • The Tucson winter base furthers Flair’s mission of providing affordable leisure travel to Canadians
  • To celebrate its first week of sales, one-way fares on Flair flights to Tucson, including taxes and fees, begin at $99

Edmonton, Alberta, March 29, 2022 – Flair Airlines, Canada’s everyday low fare airline, is excited to announce a long-term partnership with Tucson, Arizona to connect underserved Canadian communities with affordable, non-stop, winter flights to sunshine and warmth. As the first step in the partnership, Flair will overnight an aircraft in Tucson next winter and today is opening sales for five new routes: Edmonton International Airport, Fort McMurray International Airport, Lethbridge Airport, Prince George Airport, and Windsor International Airport to Tucson International Airport.

“Basing winter operations in Tucson, Arizona offers an exciting new option for Canadians. We know that Canadians in communities across the country will be keen to soak up the winter sun in Tucson. With consistent service for years to come, we think this is the beginning of an excellent yearly tradition for Canadians,” said Garth Lund, Chief Commercial Officer, Flair Airlines. “For too long, many communities in Canada have been without service to warm weather destinations. Flair is looking forward to stimulating new demand with our everyday low fares.”

Tucson, Arizona

“We are excited about the many benefits to our community through this relationship with Flair,” said Danette Bewley, President and CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority. “Not only have we found a way to achieve a long-time goal of adding nonstop flights to and from Canada, TUS will be the only Arizona – or U.S., for that matter – destination from four of those airports. We look forward to welcoming and introducing Canadians to our beautiful region.” Bewley added, “In addition to new air service, there is tremendous added economic potential for Southern Arizonans and Canadians to develop new connections and relationships.”

Edmonton, Alberta

“Flair’s continued growth and success is a great story for aviation and for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Adding another non-stop sunny destination and a US winter base in Tuscon is a great complement to Flair’s headquarters at Edmonton International Airport,” said Myron Keehn, Vice President, Air Service and Business Development, Edmonton International Airport. “Congratulations on your continued growth and we look forward to the service starting later this year.”

Fort McMurray, Alberta

“This announcement is one we’re extremely excited about, and are confident the community will be too,” said RJ Steenstra, President & CEO, Fort McMurray Airport Authority. “We’re pleased to welcome back Flair Airlines to YMM and will continue exploring new destination opportunities as we work to rebuild route capacity.”

Lethbridge, Alberta

“The City of Lethbridge has been proactively investing in our Airport to position us for an opportunity just like this and we are thrilled to welcome Flair Airlines to our community,” said Lethbridge Mayor Blaine Hyggen. “We’ve heard from our residents that they want a sun destination from the Lethbridge Airport and Arizona was one of the top places they want to visit. I’m excited for this new partnership and I’m certain this will be a hot ticket for all southern Albertans.”

Prince George, British Columbia

“We are very excited to see this air service option for both Canadian and American travelers” says Prince George Airport Authority’s President and CEO Gordon Duke. “Tucson offers a warm getaway for Canadians during the winter and also provides an opportunity for Americans to experience ‘Bucket List’ winter activities here in and around Prince George. We are looking forward to continuing to develop our relationship with Flair and connecting the world to our region.”

Windsor, Ontario

“We are excited to welcome Flair Airlines to YQG – Windsor International Airport,” said Mark Galvin, CEO, Windsor Airport “and are thrilled to add a direct flight from Windsor to the Sun Corridor of the United States.”

All flights to Tucson are non-stop and offer a quick and easy way to explore Arizona. There is no shortage of national parks, such as Saguaro National Park, and natural attractions to explore around Tucson, as well as vibrant nightlife and trendy restaurants.

To celebrate its first week of sales, one-way fares on Flair flights to Tucson, including taxes and fees, begin at $99 from Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Prince George, and Windsor. There are limited seats and availability for the fares. All routes are available for booking at flyflair.com. Flair looks forward to further connecting communities in Canada with non-stop service to exciting leisure destinations.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s leading low-fare airline and its greenest airline, on a mission to provide 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 over 30 cities across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. For more information, please visit flyflair.com.

New Winter Routes

  • Tucson (TUS) – Edmonton (YEG): 2x weekly, effective November 30, 2022 – March 24, 2023
  • Tucson (TUS) – Fort McMurray (YMM): 2x weekly, effective November 30, 2022 – March 22, 2023
  • Tucson (TUS) – Lethbridge (YQL): 1x weekly, effective December 1, 2022 – March 23, 2023
  • Tucson (TUS) – Prince George (YXS): 1x weekly, effective December 2, 2022 – March 24, 2023
  • Tucson (TUS) – Windsor (YQG): 1x weekly, effective December 1, 2022 – March 23, 2023

Windsor left off list of airports able to accept international flights as of Nov. 30

From CTV News – link to source story

Melanie Borrelli, CTV Windsor Web Writer / Reporter | November 3, 2021

Windsor International Airport (YQG) in Windsor, Ont. on Tuesday, July 27,2021. (Chris Campbell/CTV Windsor)

WINDSOR, ONT. – 

Windsor International Airport is not included in the federal government’s new list of Canadian airports able to accept international flights as of Nov. 30.

Transport Canada announced Tuesday the easing of the restrictions on international flight arrivals, but Windsor was left off the list of eight additional airports.

Effective on Nov. 30, 2021, international flights carrying passengers will be permitted to land at the following additional Canadian airports:

  •  St. John’s International
  •  John C. Munro Hamilton International
  •  Region of Waterloo International
  •  Regina International
  •  Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International
  •  Kelowna International
  •  Abbotsford International
  •  Victoria International

The decision to leave YQG off the list is a financial blow to the City of Windsor.

“People from Windsor can cross the border, catch a flight from Detroit or one of the surrounding airports in Michigan but they can’t fly to international destinations from their own airport. It makes no sense whatsoever,” councillor Fred Francis who also serves as YQG board director said.

The city faces a $13 million deficit, a large part of it coming from YQG according to Francis.

“It adds to the deficit we have and then you don’t tell us if you’re going to give us money to make us whole again,” he said. “It’s either one or the other. Either give us money to make us whole again or you don’t cut us off at the knees and let us run our airport like we can where it makes money.”

YQG airport CEO says losing revenue from flights isn’t the only issue.

“It’s not just the flights. It’s the revenue from parking from all those kinds of things and it’s something that you’re looking at three to four flights a week, the 737 going to those destinations so it’s a significant revenue impact to us,” said Mark Galvin, CEO YQG Airport.

Sunwing had issued a statement in May announcing the return of sun destinations departing from Windsor this winter. It is unknown if further restrictions will be lifted to allow these flights to take off.

“Sunwing sun destinations to Cuba, Dominican Republic, which we’ve enjoyed seasonly for years and they were ready to go,” Galvin said.

The government said “consideration will be given to adding additional airports as conditions dictate, based on demand, operational capacity, the epidemiological situation in Canada, and recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada.”

The 10 Canadian airports currently accepting international flights are: Halifax Stanfield International, Québec City Jean Lesage International, Montréal-Trudeau International, Ottawa/Macdonald–Cartier International, Toronto Pearson International, Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre, Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International, Edmonton International, Calgary International, and Vancouver International.

The news comes after the YQG control tower was to be part of a study by Nav Can in an effort to safely streamline its operations.

Earlier this year, the group announced air traffic control would not be removed from the airport.

“We still don’t know the specific reasons for the second time so how do you fix something when you’re actually not provided a list of the things that are wrong,” Windsor West MP Brian Masse said.

Masse penned a letter to the minister of transport calling for an explanation as to why Windsor was not approved and for the situation to be corrected before “fundamental market structure damage becomes permanent.”

He also notes the City of Windsor has suffered “significant economic repercussions” due to the closure of international passenger traffic, and residents have had to travel hours to alternative travel areas and business has also been lost due to complications of connections to supply and demand issues.

“This has impacted the local vendors of the airport that provide private aviation services to the business workforce. Accordingly, this has led to large revenue losses for the City of Windsor as the owner of YQG,” Masse said.

He says the resident and municipality are owed an explanation for the decision and what can be done to allow international air passenger service to be restored.

“This is ridiculous. They certainly should come to Windsor because based on what I’m seeing and the reasoning, they have no idea what’s happening in Windsor,” Francis said. 

– With files from CTV Windsor’s Angelo Aversa

Windsor Airport officials hoping for OK to resume international flights

From Windsor Star – link to source story

Brian Cross  •  September 1, 2021

The exterior of the Windsor International Airport is shown on Friday, January 29, 2021. PHOTO BY DAN JANISSE /Windsor Star

Officials at Windsor Airport are hoping they will soon be allowed to resume international flights, after a pandemic-caused suspension that’s lasted 18 months.

Until recently, only four major Canadian airports — in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver — were allowed international flights. That expanded Aug. 9 when five more airports — in Quebec City, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Halifax and Ottawa — were added by the federal government.

“So obviously for us, we want to be in the next cohort that expands, as we have Sunwing (Airlines) returning to Windsor in December of this year,” airport CEO Mark Galvin said Wednesday.

Sunwing had been running seasonal flights out of Windsor to such locales as Punta Cana and Cuba for many years until COVID-19 shut things down in April of 2020. Galvin said Sunwing is scheduled to resume flights out of Windsor starting in December, as long as Windsor Airport is cleared for international flights.

“We want to have our seasonal sun destinations starting in December, so it is crucial to us to have those flights come in and out and for Windsor and Essex County residents to have the choice to fly to Cuba or Punta Cana,” he said.

He said officials at the airport, also known as YQG, are working actively with the federal government to ensure it’s cleared for international travel in advance of Sunwest’s scheduled return.

“We certainly anticipate that will happen in short order.”

Staff from the Canada Border Services Agency are not permanently stationed at the airport. Instead, a crew of CBSA officers who normally work at the tunnel or bridge assemble at the airport prior to an arrival to clear passengers, Galvin said.

The airport currently is only running domestic flights including three daily Air Canada Jazz flights to Toronto’s Pearson International and two WestJet flights per week to Calgary. Porter Airlines flights to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport are set to resume in October with two flights daily.

More options for Windsor travellers as Porter launches new jet service across North America

From CTV News – link to source story – thanks PN

Stefanie Masotti, CTV Windsor Reporter | Monday, July 12, 2021

porter airlines

WINDSOR, ONT. — It has been nearly 18 months since Porter suspended flights due to COVID-19 public health and travel restrictions.

Flights from Windsor’s International Airport to Toronto Pearson International Airport are scheduled to resume Oct. 6.

At the same time, the airline company has announced 80 brand new state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient Embraer E195-E2 aircraft will be added to their fleet.

Destinations will include the west coast, and sunny spots in the southern United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Although the new aircrafts won’t touch down at YQG, it will provide Windsorites with more options if they choose to make a pit stop first, for example in Toronto.

New routes will be finalized ahead of aircraft deliveries in mid-2022.