Entries in Toronto (5)

Wednesday
Jun222011

Sunwing starts Toronto-Lisbon; EasyJet cuts London-Helsinki

Canada's Sunwing Airlines inaugurated a non-stop weekly service between Toronto's Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ; ICAO: CYYZ) and Lisbon's Portela Airport (IATA: LIS; ICAO: LPPT) today.  The eastbound flight will operate weekly, on Wednesday.  The westbound flight will operate weekly on Thursday.  Toronto-Lisbon is scheduled to depart Pearson International at 9:20 in the evening, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive at Lisbon-Portela at 9:40 in the morning the following day, local time.  Lisbon-Toronto is scheduled to depart Portela at 12:10 in the afternoon, local time, and arrive back in Toronto at 3:20 in the afternoon, local time.  Sunwing flies a fleet of Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 767-300ER models.  It is unknown which of the two Boeing models will operate along this route.

According to Travel Week Canada, Sunwing will fly to other European destinations this summer as well, from both Toronto and Montreal's Trudeau International (IATA: YUL; ICAO: CYUL).  It will fly between Pearson, and Gatwick in London (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) four times a week; between Trudeau, and Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG) in Paris twice weekly; between Pearson and de Gaulle twice weekly; and between Pearson and Ireland's Dublin Airport (IATA: DUB; ICAO: EIDW) once weekly.  It will also fly between Toronto and the coastal Portuguese town of Porto (IATA: OPO; ICAO: LPPR) once weekly, and between Toronto and Rome (IATA: FCO; ICAO: LIRF) once weekly.

Meanwhile, today the United Kingdom's popular no frills airline EasyJet flew its year-round London-Helsinki route for the last time (in the foreseeable future at least).  EasyJet flew the route through Gatwick Airport in London, and Vantaa Airport (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK) in Finland.  EasyJet cited "lack of demand" as the reason for the contraction.  The no frills carrier based at London's Luton Airport (IATA: LTN; ICAO: EGGW) ended its Manchester-Helsinki route earlier this month, according to the U.K website Air & Business Travel News.  EasyJet plans to stop its Paris-Helsinki route early next month.

original stories

Sunwing to add six more cities to its European program this summer (Travel Week Canada)

Easyjet to stop serving Helsinki (Air & Business Travel News)

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Sunday
Jun192011

Air Canada begins Toronto-Gander non-stop route

Yesterday Air Canada started a seasonal, daily non-stop round trip between Toronto, the largest city in Ontario, and Gander, a town of about 10,000 in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  The flights will operate between Lester Bowles Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ; ICAO: CYYZ) in Toronto, and Gander International Airport (IATA: YQX; ICAO: CYQX) in the interior of the island of Newfoundland.

Toronto is Canada's largest city (2.5 million) and largest metro area (5.1 million), and is home to the CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere.  In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Gander was lauded as the most hospitable small town in Canada.  Its airport played a crucial role, providing the nearest feasible landing space for 39 aircraft, many flying trans-Atlantic itineraries, which were ordered by NORAD to land as soon as safely possible, in the wake of the attacks.

Gander International Airport's longest runway is 10,200 feet long, plenty long enough to accommodate any jet capable of flying trans-Atlantic.  Incidentally, the Toronto-Gander Air Canada route will be operated with the Embraer E-190, according to Air Canada's press release from this past February.  The departure and arrival times listed on the several-months-old press release are consistent with current search results from Air Canada and from www.kayak.com/flights.

Air Canada's Vice President for Network Planning, Marcel Forget, explained that the new seasonal route enables residents of Gander and the surrounding communities to have one-stop access to all destinations reachable via Toronto-Pearson, emphasizing Pearson's connections to the United States.

For the three days following 9/11 during which airspace was closed, Gander's residents extended incredible hospitality to more than 6,000 visitors, which represented a temporary population spike of more than 50 percent.  In an understated and classically Canadian manner, they rendered assistance quietly, never asking to be recognized on a large scale for their unquestionably large-scale generosity.  This extraordinary collective gesture from Canadians became known as Operation Yellow Ribbon.

VIDEO PLAYED DURING THE 2010 VANCOUVER WINTER GAMES ABOUT OPERATION YELLOW RIBBON

The air traffic control center in Gander is often the last control center in communication with eastbound traffic before the Atlantic Ocean, and is often the first control center in communication with westbound traffic coming in off the Atlantic Ocean.  Because of its historic importance to North American civil and military aviation, many streets in Gander are named for aviators, such as Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, and Eddie Rickenbacker.

Air Canada was founded in 1936 as Trans-Canada Airlines.  It took its current name in 1965.  It acquired poorly-performing Calgary, Alberta-based Canadian Airlines in 2001.  Air Canada operates hubs at Pearson International, Pierre Elliott Trudeau International (IATA: YUL; ICAO: CYUL) in Montreal, Calgary International (IATA: YYC; ICAO: CYYC), and Vancouver International (IATA: YVR; ICAO: CYVR).  Edmonton, Alberta; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and the national capital Ottawa, Ontario are focus cities for the airline.

Air Canada is a publicly traded company headquartered in Montreal, and traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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Air Canada begins flights between St. John’s and London (May 28, 2010)

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Thursday
Oct212010

Air Canada expands Winter 2011 schedule

Travelers with access to one or the other of the two busiest airports (by passenger count) in the Canadian province of Quebec will have additional Caribbean vacation options through Air Canada this coming winter.  In addition, Air Canada will fly its first-ever route between Canada and the continent of Africa, starting next month.

Starting December 19, the Cuban resort town of Varadero will be accessible with the Canadian flag carrier, non-stop from both Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (IATA: YUL; ICAO: CYUL) in Montreal and Jean Lesage International Airport (IATA: YQB; ICAO: CYQB) in Quebec City.  Each route will operate once a week in each direction, on Sundays.  This route will terminate on April 10, next year.

Starting December 20, Air Canada will fly weekly between Trudeau International and Roberts International (IATA: ROB; ICAO: GLRB) in Liberia, each Monday.  The airline will fly this route until April 18, next year.

Starting December 23, Canada's largest airline (by every common measure) will fly weekly between Trudeau International and Cozumel International (IATA: CZM; ICAO: MMCZ) on the Mexican island of Cozumel, each Thursday.  This route will run until April 14, next year.

Starting December 24, Air Canada will fly weekly between Trudeau International and Abel Santamaria Airport (IATA: SNU; ICAO: MUSC) in Santa Clara, Cuba, each Friday.  This route will cease on April 8, next year.

Finally, starting January 8, Air Canada will fly weekly between Trudeau International and Vere Cornwall Bird International (IATA: ANU; ICAO: TAPA) on the Caribbean island of Antigua, each Saturday.  This route will be flown by Air Canada until April 9, next year.

Trudeau International was called Dorval International from its establishment in 1941, until 2004.

Air Canada was founded in 1936 as Trans-Canada Airlines.  It took its current name in 1965.  It acquired poorly-performing Calgary, Alberta-based Canadian Airlines in 2001.  Air Canada was voted North America’s “Best Airline” at the 2010 World Airline Awards in Hamburg, Germany.  The airline operates a fleet of 202 aircraft (Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer) to 177 destinations on the continents of North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.  It also flies to Sydney, Australia.  It operates hubs at Trudeau International, Lester Bowles Pearson International in Toronto (IATA: YYZ; ICAO: CYYZ), Calgary International (IATA: YYC; ICAO: CYYC), and Vancouver International (IATA: YVR; ICAO: CYVR).  Edmonton, Alberta; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and the national capital Ottawa, Ontario are focus cities for the airline.  Air Canada is a publicly traded company headquartered in Montreal, and traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

related stories

Hawaiian Airlines starts non-stop Maui-Las Vegas route (October 8, 2010)

JetBlue now flies between Boston and Phoenix non-stop (September 4, 2010)

Finnair flies to Stockholm-Bromma starting Wednesday (August 16, 2010)

original story (Air Canada)

Saturday
Sep252010

Bomb threat diverts plane to Sweden; suspect released

The suspect connected to a bomb threat aboard a Boeing 777 en route from Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ; ICAO: CYYZ) in Toronto, the largest city in Canada, to Jinnah International Airport (IATA: KHI; ICAO: OPKC) in Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan, was released by authorities in Sweden today, after being questioned.  Canadian officials had received two tips via telephone yesterday, from a woman located in Canada, that the Boeing 777, operated as Pakistan International Airlines Flight 782, had explosives on board.  During the second call, the caller gave a description of the person who she said was in possession of the explosives.  This information informed the decision to divert the plane to Arlanda Airport near Stockholm (IATA: ARN; ICAO: ESSA).  Nine hours later, all passengers from Flight 782 except for the suspect flew on the same Boeing 777 to Manchester, England, and then flew from there to Jinnah International in Pakistan.

related stories

Thai Airways plane diverts to Los Angeles after bomb scare (September 8, 2010)

Kuwait City-Mumbai flight diverted due to bomb scare (August 21, 2010)

American Airlines flight aborts on taxiway after bomb threat (August 19, 2010)

AA jet lands in Aleutians after fire warning light goes on (July 13, 2010)

JFK terminal evacuated after bomb scare, reopened (July 4, 2010)

original story (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

Sunday
Jun132010

Air Canada inaugurates non-stop MontrĂ©al-Brussels route

Yesterday, Air Canada began flying between Montréal, Québec, Canada, and Brussels, Belgium non-stop using the Boeing 767-300ER.  The two daily flights, one in each direction, will operate year-round.  According to the intended schedule, the aircraft departing Trudeau International in Montréal (IATA: YUL; ICAO: CYUL) for Brussels National (IATA: BRU; ICAO: EBBR) will have come from Pearson International in Toronto (IATA: YYZ; ICAO: CYYZ) 95 minutes earlier.  This allows air travelers departing from Pearson International, direct (though not non-stop) access to Brussels as well.  The Boeing 767-300ER aircraft operating the flight have 211 seats for passengers, including an Executive First Class section.

The scheduled flights from Toronto, through Montréal, to Brussels, and back, will operate as Air Canada flights 832 and 833 respectively.  Their time slots are as follows.  The Boeing 767-300ER will depart Pearson International at around 5:00 in the afternoon ET, and is scheduled to arrive at Trudeau International at 6:10 in the afternoon ET.  It will leave from Trudeau International at around 7:45 in the evening ET, and arrive at Brussels National at about 8:35 CET the following morning.  For the return route, departure from Brussels is scheduled for 10:45 in the morning, CET, and arrival in Montréal is scheduled for 12:25 ET that same afternoon.  The onward flight to Toronto will depart Trudeau International around 2:00 ET in the afternoon, and arrive at Pearson around 3:15 ET.

At the time of this post, this new route was the only non-stop access to and from Brussels on Air Canada.  Air Canada is Canada’s flag carrier.  The airline was founded in 1936 as Trans-Canada Air Lines.  It acquired Canadian Airlines in 2001.  Air Canada has hubs in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montréal.

related stories

Delta will begin once-daily Seattle-Osaka route today (June 7, 2010)

Swiss International begins Zurich-San Francisco route (June 6, 2010)

Delta will fly between Seattle and Beijing starting Friday (June 1, 2010)

Air Canada begins flights between St. John’s and London (May 28, 2010)

Hawaiian Airlines gets nod from DOT for service to Haneda (May 9, 2010)

Delta now praises DOT for approving non-stop flights to Haneda (May 8, 2010)

original story (Air Canada)