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Air Canada Starts COVID-19 Testing Trial at Toronto Pearson

Due to COVID-19, the interconnected world has become significantly less connected. Many airlines have either stopped international flying entirely or are operating on greatly reduced schedules. Many countries have closed off borders to everyone except their citizens and residents greatly impacting leisure travel. It’s not easy for people to return to their home countries either. Once they do land, they’re generally subject to a 14-day quarantine period to ensure they are not infected with COVID-19. While this is somewhat manageable…

Qatar Airways Announces New North America Route as Industry Shows…

Qatar Airways has announced today that it will be flying between Doha and Toronto as of July 4. Flights will operate four times a week using the airline’s Airbus A350-900s. In a statement, Qatar Airways CEO said: “Qatar Airways has never stopped operating to Canada throughout this crisis and we…

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…

WestJet Expands European Network with New Barcelona Flight

Calgary-based WestJet launched seasonal nonstop flights to Barcelona's El Prat Airport from its hub at Toronto on Friday, marking WestJet's fifth transatlantic service. Joining the list of the airline's mostly seasonal European operation, this is also the airline's first flight to Spain and the Iberian Peninsula. The new service will…

Air Italy Announces Two New North America Routes

Air Italy has announced a new route to Toronto, Ontario as it continues to expand its North American network. The flight from Milan Malpensa to Toronto will begin on May 6, 2019, marking the fifth route in Air Italy’s expanding North American push, the first of which to be in…

OTG is Giving Passengers a Spicy Gift at Toronto-Pearson This…

On Monday, airport restaurateur and hospitality company OTG will be launching a unique holiday promotion at one of its restaurants at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The well-established Indian restaurant Marathi, located in Pearson's Terminal 1, will be giving away spice kits to diners so they can recreate a special chicken…

Primera Air Goes Up Against Star Alliance with Opening of…

Low-cost airline Primera Air announced four new transatlantic routes this morning from a new European base in Frankfurt, Germany to cities in North America. The announcement comes on the heels of the airline’s expansion to new transatlantic bases in Brussels and Berlin last month. The new routes will focus on…

Emirates and Etihad Increase Flights to Canada as Visa Restrictions…

Strengthening business ties announced in May between Canada and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are seeing positive growth for Gulf carriers after years of stalled progress due to the restrictive bilateral air service agreements in place between the two countries. This week both Emirates and Etihad Airways have announced two…

Low-Cost Airlines Crossing the Pond: Primera Air

Since the introduction of numerous low-cost airlines to the transatlantic market, access to Europe has never been easier or cheaper. New fuel-efficient aircraft and low-cost business models have allowed for increased competition among low-cost carriers, with more and more starting up every year. This series will serve to give an in-depth…

Norwegian Announces First Entry into Canada

European low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle has announced it is expanding its overseas and long-haul operations to Canada. Already serving numerous cities throughout the United States under its Norwegian Long Haul, Norwegian Air UK and Norwegian Air International subsidiaries, the airline announced that the cities of Hamilton and Montreal in…