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Cayo Largo del Sur Airport Closes For At Least a Week, Stranding Passengers

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 least 26 Feb. The runway has reportedly been damaged since Feb. 16. "The trips to / from Cayo Largo are interrupted," the Canadian Embassy said. “Canadians planning to travel to…

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…

Air Canada Enters Talks To Finalize Air Transat Acquisition

On Thursday, Air Canada announced that it has commenced exclusive talks with fellow Quebec-based Transat A.T. Inc., owner of Air Transat, for a full takeover of the Canadian leisure carrier. The publically proposed transaction is valued at approximately $387.5 million or $13.00 per share, a 23 percent premium to the…

Air Canada, WestJet and Air Transat Seek to Adopt Higher…

Canada’s three major airlines individually announced this month that they would seek shareholder approval to amend their articles of incorporation to increase the limits of foreign ownership. The official announcements by St. Laurent, Quebec-based Air Canada, Calgary-based WestJet and Montreal-based Air Transat follow the passing of the Transportation Modernization Act…

The Abating Airbus: The A310 Fades into History

“The sequel is never a good as the original.” It’s a phrase often associated with TV or movies but the same could be said for Airbus Industries aircraft. Coming off the success of the A300, the Airbus A310 was supposed to provide a smaller version of the original jet for…

Air Canada to Operate 737 MAX Between Montreal and Bordeaux,…

Air Canada announced the introduction of new seasonal service to Bordeaux, France, the world’s wine capital, from their hub in Montreal Friday. The service commences on June 15, 2019, and will operate four days a week until Sept. 15, 2019. The flights to and from Bordeaux will also be timed…

Air Transat Announces European Expansion for Summer 2019

Montreal-based Air Transat recently unveiled its flight program for summer 2019 with a big emphasis on European expansion. The airline announced it will fly to 27 destinations across Europe and the Middle East, with the introduction of a new once-weekly flight between Toronto and Split, Croatia - totaling three services…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: CanJet

With the Canadian leisure market being dominated by carriers like Cananda 3000, SkyService and Sunwing in the start of the 2000s, the ability to get another low-cost leisure airline to provide any sort of substance proved to be a challenge. However, IMP Group, with help from Canada 3000, started a…

Air Transat to Become First Airline to Operate Airbus A321LR…

Montreal-based airline Air Transat will become the first North American carrier to operate Airbus's new A321LR aircraft in 2019. The airline reached a deal to lease ten of the aircraft from Dutch aircraft leasing company AerCap. John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer-Customers at Airbus, told Airways Magazine he feels the aircraft…

Air Transat Increases Competition for Glasgow Operations

Canadian-based leisure carrier Air Transat has been operating flights from Glasgow to Canada for the last 25 years. Air Transat says that there currently is an increase in demand for flights from Glasgow to Canada of 12% for their summer season. Lesley Kane, the UK sales director at Air Transat…