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  • Porter Starts New Florida Routes

      Porter Airlines is taking to the skies for two new routes to Orlando International Airport (MCO). The start of service to Orlando from Toronto and Ottawa marks the third new Florida destination that Porter has touched down since the start of November, following Tampa and Fort Myers. “Canadians are the most frequent international visitors to Florida, and Porter is proud to take off on two more routes into the Sunshine State,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief operating…

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    Westjet Airlines Acquires Sunwing

      The federal government has approved WestJet Airlines’ acquisition of Sunwing Airlines and Sunwing Vacations. WestJet announced in March 2022 that it had reached an agreement to acquire Sunwing Airlines and its tour operations business, saying the deal would “deliver new travel options and greater value for travellers in the rapidly expanding leisure and work-from-anywhere travel markets.” The government said the decision to approve this acquisition was not taken lightly, especially considering the delays and bottlenecks experienced by travellers last…

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  • 2023 Travel Trends For Canadians

      CheapOair.ca has looked into its crystal ball to share some of the top travel trends that Canadians need to be aware of in the coming year. The tourism industry rebounded in 2022, reaching 70 per cent of its pre-pandemic levels globally, however, the year was not without its own challenges, as travellers were met with staffing issues, long airport waits, and cancelled flights. Will travel in 2023 continue to bring new challenges and opportunities? Taking into consideration the continuing…

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  • WestJet to Purchase Sunwing Airlines

      Calgary-based airline WestJet has agreed to purchase Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines. Following the close of the transaction, a new tour operating business unit will be created under the WestJet Group, to include both Sunwing Vacations and WestJet Vacations Inc., and will be led by Sunwing CEO Stephen Hunter. Sunwing’s current shareholders will become equity holders in the WestJet Group. The WestJet Group of companies will expand to include Sunwing Airlines. This will add increased capacity, dedicating otherwise seasonal aircraft…

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    Air Canada Named Best Airline

      Air Canada has been named the Best Airline in North America for the third straight year by the readers of Global Traveler. The airline also won for Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness for the second consecutive year in the 18th edition of the GT Tested Reader Survey of the magazine’s readership of frequent business and luxury travelers. Additionally, in its annual ratings for 2022, APEX has reaffirmed Air Canada as a Five-Star Global Airline in the APEX Official Airline Ratings, based on customer feedback. For the 2022 awards, nearly…

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  • Expert Panel Recommends Eliminating Tests and Quarantines for Fully Vaccinated People

    Canada’s airlines are welcoming an expert panel report that could pave the way for the country to reopen its border to global travel. The COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel made several recommendations that would upend the government’s approach to the border. It recommends doing away with Canada’s mandatory hotel stay for international arrivals. The panel, mostly made up of doctors, says the hotel policy is expensive and inconsistent. It also recommends testing on arrival for all but a small segment…

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  • Temperature Screening to Become Mandatory at Canadian Airports

    Travellers flying in and out of Canadian airports will soon be subjected to a mandatory temperature check. The announcement made by Transport Minister Marc Garneau June 12, applies to both domestic and international flights. “We have already introduced measures to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19, including mandating face coverings and publishing health guidance for the air industry,” said Garneau. “Mandatory temperature screenings are yet another measure in our multi-layered approach to help protect the safety of the…

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  • An unforgettable year for Canada’s airlines: A look back at 2019

    Press Release TORONTO — It was a whirlwind 12 months for airline acquisition news. And it all started with one particularly surprising week in May. On May 13 WestJet announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement for its acquisition by Onex Corporation for an all-cash deal worth $5 billion. On May 16, three days later, Air Canada and Transat said they were in negotiations, with the upshot that Air Canada was looking to buy Transat for some $520…

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  • Delta tops The Points Guy’s 2019 Best Airlines Report

    Press Release The Points Guy (TPG) announced today that Delta Air Lines has been named the number one airline in America in its third annual Best Airlines Report for 2019. TPG ranked airlines in the United States, from best to worst, using a new strategic method that reflects the changing aviation landscape, with brand new categories like cancellations, bumps and revenue passenger miles. The traditional study-specific criteria and data including customer satisfaction, cabin comfort, timeliness, lost baggage, lounges and more have been…

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