Canada’s new air passenger bill of rights

The Canadian Transportation Agency’s (CTA) second half of Canada’s air passenger rights’ bill, which outlines what form of compensation passengers are entitled to when their flights are delayed or cancelled, is now in effect. The CTA’s first phase of the passenger bill of rights was introduced in July 2019 and laid out new rules for […]

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Air Transat begins flights from YVR to two Costa Rican cities

Air Transat has begun service between Vancouver and two Costa Rican cities — San José and Liberia. The route to the two cities is available twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, until April 18, 2020. To mark the inaugural flight on December 18, 2019, the team at YVR served beverages and sweet treats to passengers […]

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Sun Country airlines launching flights to YVR in May, 2020

Sun Country Airlines has announced a new seasonal nonstop service from Minneapolis-St. Paul to YVR, marking Sun Country’s first-ever route to Canada in the company’s 36-year history. Sun Country Airlines is an award-winning airline, the eleventh largest in the U.S., that is recognized for being a leader in leisure travel, with a focus on connecting […]

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Harbour Air’s historic ePlane flight ushers in the future of aviation

Harbour Air, North America’s largest seaplane airline and magniX, the company powering the electric aviation revolution, made history last month with a successful flight of the world’s first all-electric commercial aircraft. Piloted by Harbour Air CEO and founder Greg McDougall, the flight of the ePlane, a six-passenger DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver magnified by a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 […]

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KLM trials closed-loop recycling for catering supplies

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has trialled a closed-loop recycling system for catering materials collected from four flights from Amsterdam to Vancouver.  The airline collected catering waste material, including plastic food containers, cups, covers and cutlery from the flights, which were then cleaned and recycled on another flight to Vancouver. The materials for the products were […]

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Air Canada’s new YVR-Auckland service

Air Canada has began service from Vancouver to Auckland, marking the carrier’s launch of seasonal service between Canada and New Zealand. Flights will operate four-times weekly until the end of March 2020. Air Canada’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft will be used on the route. The aircraft features 20 Signature Class lie-flat seats, 21 Premium […]

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World’s oldest travel agency makes a comeback

Thomas Cook company will return to business later this month after its brand name was purchased by another agency, Chinese-based Fosun Tourism, also the owner of Club Med. The British agency collapsed in September 2019, leaving 2,500 jobs lost and triggering the rescue of 150,000 travellers from the United Kingdom. Fosun, which holds a major […]

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More than $60K in scholarships awarded at BCAC 2019 Silver Wings Awards

The 2019 British Columbia Aviation Council’s Silver Wings Awards cocktail dinner-style event, held on October 24, recognized industry colleagues for specific achievements within the province’s aviation and aerospace industry. In addition to fine food, entertainment and a silent auction, the gala celebration included distribution of more than $60,000 in annual scholarships presented to students who […]

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Los Cabos visitors now charged a tourist tax

Visitors to the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, home to popular resort cities such as Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and La Paz, are now charged a tourist tax of 350 pesos, equivalent to about $24 Canadian. This surtax will be charged directly to tourists and will be payable at kiosks located […]

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Canada aviation pioneer Elsie MacGill

Vancouver-born Elizabeth Muriel Gregory (Elsie) MacGill, an aviation engineering pioneer in an era when women faced significant hurdles pursuing careers in science and technology, accomplished an astonishing number of firsts. She was the first woman in Canada to earn a degree in electrical engineering and is thought to be the first woman in the world to […]

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BorderXpress NEXUS verification kiosks live at YVR

Innovative Travel Solutions (ITS), the innovation team at YVR, recently announced that the airport’s line of self-service kiosks, BorderXpress, has been configured to meet the requirements of the Canada Border Service Agency’s (CBSA) modernized NEXUS program. NEXUS is a joint CBSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection-operated Trusted Traveller program designed for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into […]

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