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The AirlineGeeks Podcast Episode 43: Airlines Expediting Recoveries

Thank you for reading the AirlineGeeks Podcast Recap. This article gives a brief look at last week’s episode of our news podcast. For our full analysis of each of these stories, you can listen to The AirlineGeeks Podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Overcast or through our distributor, Anchor. Delta Unblocks Middle Seats This week’s episode begins with a look at Delta Air Lines’ decision to unblock middle seats for flights on or after May 1. The airline was…

Air Canada and Air Transat Forgo Merger Following Challenges

Following two years worth of debate and speculation, the Air Canada and Air Transat merger is officially off the table. Both parties agreed to terminate the Arrangement Agreement and will go their separate ways following nearly two years of attempting to merge. The deal was originally constructed in June 2019…

Grounded Air Transat Investigates Alternatives To Air Canada Deal

Canadian leisure airline Air Transat is exploring its options as the takeover deal that would see it become part of the Air Canada Group is still being vetted by the European Commission. The Montreal-based carrier grounded all its flights on Jan. 29 following the decision by the Canadian government to…

Canadian Airlines Suspend Flights to Mexico and Caribbean Until May

Many countries are still adopting restriction measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. While the vaccination process is slowly advancing, governments are finding themselves having to deal with the third wave. With the appearance of new strains from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa, travel restrictions, mostly…

Negative Covid-19 Test Required for Airline Passenger Arrivals into Canada

In a further blow to the aviation industry, the Canadian government has announced that inbound air travelers to the country will need to present a negative Coronavirus test prior to departing for Canada. The requirement for the test will be in addition to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period upon arrival…

Air Transat Reinstates Its Flight Operations with Winter Schedule

Even though it may seem like travel demand will not return to its higher pre-pandemic levels for a long time, several major airlines around the world are continuing to add flights back to their current and future schedules. Air Transat, Canada’s largest leisure carrier, has officially released its plans to…

Manchester Airport Prepares for Summer Season Ramp Up

Manchester Airport has set out its plans to prepare for a ramp-up in passenger travel over the summer season despite the coronavirus outbreak. The news comes as the U.K. government announced over 50 countries which it deems safe for non-essential travel, allowing for travellers to visit without having to self-isolate on…

Air Transat Presents Q2 Results and Return to Operation Plan

Air Transat released its 2nd quarter report on June 11 and announced its plans to return to the skies next month. Predictably, its 2nd quarter results were significantly impacted by the ongoing health crisis but in the airline’s announcement, it stated that summer sales figures are showing “clear improvement.” Canada’s…

Cayo Largo del Sur Airport Closes For At Least a…

The airport in Cayo Largo, a resort island in Cuba, closed unexpectedly on Tuesday, stranding passengers with no way out. The closure was initiated after the airport’s runway was damaged. At the time of writing, it is unclear how the damage occurred, but the airport will be closed until at…

Trip Report: Flying Air Transat from Manchester to Toronto

At 2019’s Skytrax awards, Air Transat was awarded the title of the World’s Best Leisure Airline for the second year running. I checked them out earlier this month on a long-haul service between Manchester and Toronto, operated by an Airbus A330-200. At Manchester, check-in is the traditional system without any…