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WestJet to Add Services and More Flights from Québec Province

WestJet is increasing service and launching new routes from Montréal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Québec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport. Overall, the airline is adding 105 more flights per week from Québec province, a capacity increase of 74 per cent.

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Air Canada is launching three-times-weekly seasonal Vancouver-Delhi service on October 20.

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Air Canada will launch non-stop services between four Canadian hubs and 12 U.S. cities in its summer 2016 season, with 10 of the 12 new routes to be operated on a year-round basis.

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This winter WestJet is launching two new routes to Florida, one to Mexico and one to Costa Rica, as well as adding more than 85 flights throughout its domestic and international networks. Additionally, WestJet Encore will launch three-times-daily service between Toronto and Boston.

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The arrival of a Boeing 777-300ER at New York JFK early on March 16 heralded the return of Philippine Airlines service to New York City, 18 years after the carrier ended its brief and unsuccessful first attempt to serve America’s largest metropolitan area.

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The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel is part of a welcome trend – the advent of decent-to-excellent hotels in or near major international airports – that has ramped-up globally over the past decade or so. The hotel, in fact, helped start that trend when it opened its doors in 1999.

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Air Canada is expanding its North American route network by adding eight non-stop routes in its summer 2015 schedule, as well as increasing capacity on two other routes. Four will be operated by regional-airline partner Jazz Aviation LP and four by Air Canada rouge.

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Air Canada will expand use of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet from Vancouver International Airport in early 2015, introducing the type on its routes to Beijing and Seoul from the British Columbia city.

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Air Canada will launch year-round mainline service to Amsterdam from Toronto next June to expand its international network. Additions to the airline’s summer 2015 network also include new Air Canada rouge seasonal service from Montréal to Venice and between Vancouver and Osaka.

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WestJet’s 2014 summer schedule will see the Canadian carrier launch its first-ever service to New York JFK, as well as increasing frequency on 20 existing routes and offering year-round service on five previously seasonal routes.

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Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways is proposing to launch services to Vancouver and Hanoi for the first time, planning to serve both destinations from Tokyo Haneda Airport from March 30. ANA also plans to introduce new routes on March 30 from Tokyo Haneda Airport to London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Jakarta and Manila.

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The Air Canada group of carriers is expanding its international services to Europe from Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Calgary in its summer 2014 Europe schedule.

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WestJet Encore is adding three new Canadian domestic routes, while WestJet itself is launching a seasonal Calgary-Miami service.

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The JAL Business Class cabin in each refurbished Boeing 767-300ER will be fitted with 24 new JAL Sky Suite II seats, each designed to recline 180 degrees into a fully flat bed. Each 767 will also have a total of 175 Sky Wider economy-class seats, arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration.

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Air China is increasing service frequency on its non-stop New York JFK-Beijing service from 7 to 11 round-trips a week on March 31. At the same time, Air China is switching to Boeing 777-300ERs to operate the route, from Boeing 747-400s.

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With the departures on February 1 of Air Canada Express flights AC8371 from Calgary to Fort McMurray, AC8430 from Calgary to Regina and AC8586 from Calgary to Saskatoon, Air Canada has introduced Bombardier Q400 NextGen service in Western Canada.

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United is planning new flights to Latin America from Chicago and Washington, D.C. The carrier is also planning to launch new services to Canada from Denver, New York, and Washington, D.C., as well as additional domestic routes from Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

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Canadian carrier WestJet plans to launch daily non-stop service between Chicago and Vancouver and between Chicago and Calgary on May 14, subject to receiving government approvals.

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Under this program, Chinese citizens with valid U.S. visas who are in direct transit through Vancouver International Airport on their way to and from the United States are no longer required to obtain a Canadian Temporary Residence Permit.

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