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Is it time to open the skies in Canada and allow U.S carriers?


Air Canada Boeing 747-133 C-FTOC at Zurich Int...

Air Canada Boeing 747-133 C-FTOC at Zurich International Airport (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is it time to open the skies in Canada and allow U.S carriers?

Despite the issues pilots have with their employer, Air Canada, the issues today are showing the serious flaws in Canada’s transportation system. Air Canada, like the photo, is starting to look old and out-dated. There are alternatives for trips to Montreal, Ottawa and other locations; using Porter or WestJet, however other remote and specific locations are leaving Canadians hanging. People are upset and rightly so. There is a dependency in Canada, on Air Canada. However, there are a not a full list of choices. I am sure Buffalo Niagara is seeing an increase and maybe it’s time to get other carriers in Canada. Our Federal policies prevent an American, or other carrier, from flying within Canada. Air Canada is taking a big hit and Canadians are angry. The Conservatives, now with a majority, may take notice. We have underutilized airports in Hamilton, London and even Oshawa. Is it time to open the skies?What do you say?

The little airline that could!


Porter Airlines Q400

Porter Airlines Q400 (Photo credit: ZaNiaC)

Amazing as it seems but Porter has become the little darling airline of the skies. Who would have thought that The Toronto Island airport could be revitalized and we now talk about Porter in the same sentence as Air Canada and WestJet. Toronto-based Porter Airlines reported a record March load factor, filling 59.8 per cent of available seats. Porter saw an increase in numbers, however is it more due to a flawed business plan with Air Canada?

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/03/26/porter-airline-puts-fun-back-in-flying

Wildcat strike has now hit Montreal


Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ/CYY...

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ/CYYZ), Mississauga, Greater Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The wildcat strike, which started in Toronto’s Pearson Airport has now started to affect Montreal. Just heard the news and if you already have not started, please check with Air Canada before heading out. The issue started last night when baggage handlers were suspended for supposedly clapping when an MP was spotted. We are still waiting for confirmation. Air Canada has offered talks, however employees are in solidarity until their peers are reinstated and they are assured the no other repercussions.

Update: News just came in on NewsTalk 1010 – CFRB: Please check your flights out of Dorval, in Montreal. All Air Canada flights are cancelled. Now flights out of Ottawa are being affected by the wildcat strike.

BREAKING NEWS: Air Canada employees wildcat strike at Pearson


Air Canada baggage handlers have walked off the job at Pearson Airport. Twitter is a blaze with angry travellers who are unable to get their bags, board plans or even get off their plane. I am not sure if this is going to help their cause, as it may just speed up the demise of Air Canada and more government involvement by the Conservatives. If you are heading to Pearson you will need to check your flight ahead of time. If you have a connecting flight, at another airport, you may want to check your arrival or departure.

http://www.torontopearson.com/

http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120322/120322_air_canada/20120322/?hub=CP24Home

http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/local/article/195356–air-canada-ground-employees-stage-wildcat-strike

Another airline bites the dust! Skyservice Airlines is now Noservice Airlines…


In a statement released Wednesday morning, the company says recent changes in the Canadian vacation tour market combined with the airline’s debt level have rendered the company unable to maintain profitable operations.

One employee at Skyservice headquarters near the airport tells NewsTalk 1010 that she’s shocked, adding that she thought the company was going through tough times, but not this tough.

Tour operators have been left scrambling to make alternate plans for customers that are either due to fly out in the near future or already in their destination.

“For Canadians currently travelling abroad, the Government of Canada has an emergency consular service telephone line (1-800-387-3124).

“Consumers who have paid for Skyservice tickets should contact the Canadian Transportation Agency at 1-888-222-2592 or visit its website for further information.”

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Toronto Porter Airlines’ Big Apple Plans Soured By FAA


The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has taken a big bite out of Porter Airlines’ Big Apple ambitions.

The regulator ruled the Toronto-based upstart airline must trim its daily schedule of 14 flights between Hogtown and Newark, N.J. by four in order to reduce congestion and delays at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Porter, which operates out of the Toronto City Centre Airport, argued the reduced schedule violates the U.S.-Canada open skies pact, adding that the market should determine the amount of competition that exists.

But the FAA was unconvinced, saying Porter’s new, slimmed-down schedule would take effect in the summer. That means Porter must cancel 29 per cent of its weekday flights and reduce its Sunday schedule. The carrier said that given the 11pm curfew in effect at the Toronto Island Airport the rules will effectively limit its Toronto-Newark flying hours to between 7am and 5pm.

Porter president Robert Deluce had hoped to land at Newark at 5:30pm and leave again at 6:30pm, to capitalize on business travellers heading to and from New York. It has so far sold 25,000 seats on the Toronto-Newark route, competing with Air Canada and Houston-based carrier Continental.

The upstart airline, which began operations in October 2006 flying between Toronto and Ottawa, has expanded to other destinations including Montreal, Halifax and Quebec City.

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What goes around comes around?


I am a fan of the Toronto Island Airport. I like the idea of flying out of the downtown Toronto area, using a convenient connection to places like Ottawa, Montreal and points beyond. I also like the Porter Airline concept, along with the use of Q400Canadian technology in the Q400 from Bombardier. I believe that as long as there is not a “quick and convenient” connection to Pearson International or a direct link to Hamilton International, then the airport must stay for the time being. I will not get into the idea of why no one has considered Buttonville Airport, with some type of direct link to downtown or finally completing the Pickering Airport first. That is a topic for another day! Porter Airlines said it has gone to court to try to break up the ties between Jazz Air and Air Canada. Porter airlines has been flying, for a year, out of Toronto Island airport. Now let’s get through the smoke-screen and look at this closely. Is something else going on? I’ve always liked the underdog story; however I think Porter has some larger issues now, not the making of their own. Or are they? Remember that Jazz was essentially “kicked out” of the Toronto Island. Now, SAS has cut 57 flights after grounding all Q400 aircraft. SAS operates on Danish and Swedish domestic routes, as well as European routes. Of course I do not think that there is anything wrong with the Q400. However, that is not a scientific assessment. One has to wonder, with all of the Q400 craft around the world, why has SAS experienced 3 landing gear problem issues in the last 3 months? This has to be investigated. However, Porter will now have arrows flying at them from all directions now. There will be groups and vested interest groups calling for the grounding of Porter. It really does not matter what we think about the Island airport. However I am curious, if the landing gear failed, on landing at Toronto Island airport, would they get out safely or get waterlogged? In addition, if this lawsuit fails, Porter’s days may be numbered in Toronto. However, with all of the backroom deals, bridge construction issues and obvious manipulation of whomever “got dibs” at the Toronto Island airport you really just have to say. “What goes around comes around, eh!”

By: Andy MJ
a.k.a. ‘The G.T.A Patriot”
Toronto, Ontario


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