Canada Ends Restrictions for Unvaccinated Travelers, Mask Mandate

It has been almost two and a half years since the Covid-19 pandemic devastated the air transport industry, forcing airlines to slash their schedules and inducing governments to introduce strict restrictions on passengers’ mobility. While some countries started to progressively relax restrictions months ago, some governments have decided to take…

Flair Airlines Grows Presence in Mexico

On Wednesday, Canadian low-cost carrier, Flair Airlines announced a new non-stop service to Cancun from Toronto, further strengthening its presence in Mexico. Flair will initially operate the route twice-weekly, with service beginning November 3. Airfare for the particular route starts at $109 CAD. “We’re delighted to add an additional route…

Canada Suspends Vaccination Mandate For Air Passengers

As the travel industry attempts to return to a semblance of normality after months of restrictions due to the COVID pandemic, each country tried to find its own way to deal with the situation balancing the need to protect its population in a rapidly changing health environment and the need…

Canadian Transportation Agency Clears Runway For Flair Airlines

After several months of uncertainty, the legal future of Canada’s Flair Airlines has been determined by the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA). On Wednesday, the CTA ruled that the Edmonton-based low-cost carrier had satisfied concerns raised in a Preliminary Determination issued on 03  March 2022. The preliminary determination finding stated that…

Harbour Air Resumes Service to Seattle

Earlier this month, Harbour Air resumed its seaplane service between downtown Vancouver, Canada and downtown Seattle. The route has been on hiatus since the transborder closed in 2020. The Vancouver-based carrier attempted to restart flying between the pair in June 2021. However, the uptick in Covid cases and tight entrance…

Gatwick Airport Expands Connectivity to Canada Over Summer

London’s Gatwick airport is to increase connectivity with Canada over the summer season with airlines offering 50 flights to six destinations. Services from the U.K.’s second-largest airport will be operated by WestJet and Air Transat with extra capacity being added to existing operations. Quebec City this week joined Vancouver, Calgary,…

Flight Cancellations and Passport Delays Set to Disrupt Summer Travel

The lifting of coronavirus travel restrictions in North America and across Europe has created a sharp increase in the demand for air travel. Though the lifting of restrictions had been foreseen as a positive for an aviation industry hit hard by the pandemic the reality has been something else entirely.…

Air New Zealand Adjusts Operations Amid Gradual Border Reopening

New Zealand has gradually reopened its border to international travelers. After lifting the travel restrictions for Australian citizens three weeks ago, the nation welcomed citizens coming from almost 60 visa-waiver countries, including the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Japan. Fully vaccinated travelers need to take a Covid test before boarding…

Canadian Carrier Flair Airlines’ Ownership Row Escalates

The ownership row over Canadian ultra-low-cost carrier Flair Airlines escalated this week with the issuing of a joint statement by two major industry bodies. The National Airlines Council of Canada and the Air Transport Association of Canada are calling on the Canadian federal government to reject the Edmonton-based airline’s request…