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?
April 13, 2012 in Airlines, Airports, Canada, Emergencies, Hamilton, London, News, Ontario, Oshawa, The Economy, The United States of America
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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?
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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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