Air Transat’s new Vancouver-Quebec direct service

On August 2, Air Transat celebrated the launch of its brand-new direct service between Vancouver and Quebec City, becoming the first and only airline to operate this route. To mark the inauguration of the new route, the 163 passengers of the very first TS969 flight from Vancouver were welcomed in a festive manner at YVR. […]

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Turkish Airlines collaborates with Dr. Oz for TK Extra Care Program

Turkish Airlines, which began flights to Vancouver on May 2, 2021, has collaborated with Dr. Mehmet Oz, world-renowned surgeon, author, and television personality, to educate the public on protection protocols for every point of contact throughout their journey. The measures are grouped into five stages; before the flight, airport, boarding, inside the aircraft, and getting off the […]

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YVR Art Foundation supports First Nations art

The YVR Art Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1993 by Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to support BC First Nations art and artists.  In 2015 the Foundation expanded its program eligibility to include Yukon First Nations’ artists. The YVR Art Foundation is funded through generous support from YVR, individual donors, foundations, corporate donors […]

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Turkish Airlines adds Vancouver to its Canadian gateways

On May 2, Turkish Airlines introduced three times weekly flights to Vancouver from Istanbul, Turkey. Vancouver is now the 14th destination serviced by Turkish Airlines in North America. Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines has a fleet of 362 aircraft (passenger and cargo) flying to 319 worldwide […]

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Month-long celebration of Indigenous history, heritage and diversity

The month of June is designated as National Indigenous History Month in Canada, with Monday, June 21 celebrated as National Indigenous Peoples Day. Virtual activities will be held across Canada on that day, celebrating the rich, cultural diversity of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal […]

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Air Transat staff get their groove on

The Jerusalema dance challenge took off in February 2020 as COVID lockdowns began. The song, which originated in South Africa, has become an uplifting track for the difficult times faced by all during the pandemic and has sparked a global video trend that includes participation by nuns, construction workers, police officers, waiters and airlines. On […]

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CAC calls for Government action as Canadian airports post record losses in revenues

The Canadian Airports Council (CAC), the voice for Canada’s airports, continues to call on federal and provincial governments to work with airports and other industry stakeholders to ensure that post-pandemic, there will be a functioning air sector that supports Canadian travel, tourism and trade. With the increase in air travel restrictions, and new quarantine and […]

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YVR personnel assist at River Rock mass vaccination site

Effective March 16, 2021 YVR partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) to assist at the mass vaccination site, located at the River Rock in Richmond. With its expertise at moving people and delivering an exceptional customer experience, YVR will oversee the non-medical aspect of the vaccine rollout, including logistics and staffing. The partnership between YVR […]

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Air Canada and Transat agree to terminate buy/sell agreement

Air Canada and Transat have mutually agreed to terminate an Arrangement Agreement for the proposed acquisition of Transat by Air Canada. The two companies had originally agreed in June 2019 on the acquisition, the terms of which were subsequently amended in August 2019 and then revised in October 2020 as a result of the severe […]

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Air North’s April Fools’ Tall Tail Charters

During a press conference on April 1, Air North president and CEO Joe Sparling, announced that the airline would be launching “Tall Tail Charters,” a set of specially curated holiday experiences just for dogs. Some of the initial experiences on offer included splashing in the ocean at Wreck Beach in Vancouver, enjoying belly rubs under […]

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CUPE and WestJet reach tentative agreement

On Feb. 28, 2021, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and WestJet announced a tentative first collective agreement for the airline’s mainline cabin crew. CUPE has represented cabin crew at WestJet since July 2018. The parties have been engaged in collective bargaining towards a first union contract since April 2019. President Chris Rauenbusch of CUPE […]

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