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Old Posted Aug 15, 2017, 9:26 PM
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Can't imagine that Minister would drop in on airport without a cheque in hand. Covered and heated walkways and ramps would be super welcome adds (given our daily rain and 6 months of winter).
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There's a CBC article but it is pretty much just the press release repeated.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilt...ount-1.4247911
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Press Release / September 11, 2017

Canada Jetlines to Offer Low-Fare Air Service From Two Toronto Metropolitan Area Airports Commencing Summer 2018

Canada Jetlines Ltd. (TSX-V: JET) (the “Company” or “Jetlines”) is pleased to announce that it intends to offer ultra-low fare service from both John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and Region of Waterloo International Airport, when it begins flight operations in Summer 2018.
 
Stan Gadek, CEO of Jetlines stated “the high demand for lower airfares in the Toronto Metropolitan Area has led to the decision to base our flying in this region. As a result, we are pleased to announce that we have entered into an agreement with the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and are in active discussions with Region of Waterloo International Airport. The combined service area for these airports includes nearly four million people. This factored significantly in our decision to serve both airports.”
 
President & CEO for John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, Vijay Bathija, said “as Hamilton International continues to grow as a low-cost airport in the Toronto Metropolitan Area, the Airport is pleased that Jetlines has chosen Hamilton as its Eastern focus city providing further low-cost travel options for Hamilton and the region.”
 
General Manager for Region of Waterloo International Airport, Chris Wood, said “We look forward to continuing discussions with Jetlines as they plan the launch of a new ULCC to serve the very dynamic economy in the Waterloo Region.”
 
Jetlines plans to offer ultra-low fare service to the major markets in Canada and select destinations in the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean. Mr. Gadek added “Canadians are overpaying for air travel and we intend to change that. By offering customers the freedom to select the travel experience they want in addition to getting every day ultra-low fares, Jetlines will change the way that Canadians fly.”

About Canada Jetlines Ltd.
 
Canada Jetlines is set to become Canada’s first ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC) airline, with plans to operate flights across Canada and provide non-stop service from Canada to the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. Jetlines is led by a board and management team with extensive experience and expertise in low-cost airlines, start-ups and capital markets. The Company was granted an unprecedented exemption from the Government of Canada that will permit it to conduct domestic air services while having up to 49% foreign voting interests.
 
Jetlines plans to operate modern Boeing 737-800NG aircraft in a 189 seat, all-coach configuration. Jetlines believes that Canadians deserve to have affordable low fares with the added convenience of operating from secondary airports. Additional services for baggage, seat selection and onboard beverages will be available to customers for an additional charge. Jetlines is planning to begin ticket sales through its website www.jetlines.ca in Spring 2018 and targeting start of flight operations for Summer 2018, subject to government approval.
 
For more information on Jetlines, please visit our website at www.jetlines.ca.
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Old Posted Sep 11, 2017, 2:37 PM
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Good news, but interesting that Hamilton and Waterloo are branded as Toronto area airports, as if no one in Canada know where these cities are.
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Good news, but interesting that Hamilton and Waterloo are branded as Toronto area airports, as if no one in Canada know where these cities are.
probably for American investors who invest in the TSX Venture Exchange and aren't familiar with Canadian geography.
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'A rebellion against high fares': New low cost airline launching in Hamilton
Canada Jetlines to be based out of Hamilton and Waterloo

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilt...line-1.4284017

A new ultra-low cost airline that claims it will have the lowest base fares in Canada is launching out of the Hamilton and Waterloo airports in June of 2018.

Stan Gadek, CEO of Canada Jetlines, made an announcement about the new carrier's plans in Toronto on Monday.

"As Canadians, why are you paying so much for airfare? I don't understand it. You don't have to," Gadek said.

"The industry has evolved to the extent now where carriers have lower cost structres, lower price of fuel, lower input costs – and yet air fares are extremely high here in Canada. There's no rational basis for that."

"We're going to start a rebellion against high fares in Canada."

​The move comes as Hamilton's airport more than doubled its passenger numbers in the first six months of this year, compared to the first half of 2016. The airport currently hosts flights operated by five passenger carriers: Flair (formerly NewLeaf), Air Canada, WestJet, Air Transat and Sunwing Airlines.

Passenger numbers at Hamilton's airport have long fallen short of expectations, dropping more than 100,000 since 2009. But the new discount airlines, and the bigger carriers trying to compete with them, appear to be turning that trend around.

About 10 per cent of them are coming from Buffalo and upstate New York, according to a report from the airport.

Gadek said that Canada Jetlines will launch on June 1 in 2018, with two 189-seat aircrafts, configured for all coach seating.

The airline will start with flights from Hamilton and Waterloo to Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Halifax.

There will be a "soft start" for 60 days, Gadek said, so the company can demonstrate to Transport Canada that they can operate in accordance with procedure. Then, he said, expansion will ramp up.

After 60 days from launch, Canada Jetlines says it will add two more planes, and expand to 14 locations, including St. John's Las Vegas and Orlando.

Six months in, the company plans to add two more planes for a total of six, and fly to 23 markets, including Tampa, Fla. And Cancun.

"This will be a fairly rapid expansion," Gadek said.

The company also claims it will have the lowest costs of any airline in Canada or the U.S.

"How low will those fares go? Well, I like to say it will be about the same cost as a pair of jeans, quite honestly," Gadek said. He did not give specific indications of prices, but said base fares will usually be under $100.

Exact prices will depend on the market and the time of the year, he said.

The company will be competing with other low cost carriers like NewLeaf and Flair Airlines.

Both Flair and NewLeaf have been linked since NewLeaf launched last summer, offering flights for as little as $59 one way between Canadian cities such as Abbotsford, Halifax, Edmonton, Hamilton and Winnipeg.

NewLeaf launched with a rocky start, with the Consumers' Association of Canada issuing an alert concerning NewLeaf and Flair over what it called "arbitrary cancellations and alterations to flight dates and times."

Canada's aviation history is littered with airlines that either went out of business or failed to get off the ground.

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I wonder if they'll do a Spirit model where you have to pay extra for carryon. Also six planes isn't really that different from what Flair is doing now.
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I wonder if they'll do a Spirit model where you have to pay extra for carryon. Also six planes isn't really that different from what Flair is doing now.
Yes they will. They will be an ULCC (Ultra Low Cost Carrier). They will charge for everything.
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Old Posted Sep 12, 2017, 5:42 PM
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Well I won't tell my work they exist, so I can probably avoid using it, except maybe for Vegas for leisure. I think Vegas could be a good route for them, as they could really undercut AC and WJ in the Hamilton Toronto market.

Also looks like Flair is adding Toronto to Edmonton. Hopefully this isn't a repeat of Westjet for Munro.

Flair airlines expands to Toronto, Vancouver and Kelowna; names Edmonton main transfer hub

http://globalnews.ca/news/3734355/fl...-transfer-hub/
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Just got asked to participate in a marketing survey outside Jackson for an ultra low cost airline. Showed me different logos with the airline called "Swoop".
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Apparently in a few weeks, WestJet will be announcing the name of and route structure for their new ULLC (Ultra Low Cost Carrier). According to previous press releases, they will be starting next year with 10 B737-800’s. They will be using all contract personnel for check-in’s and ground handling, and will run completely separate from the WestJet’s main line company with a separate reservation system.
Staff at YHM and YHM WestJet staff have been told that in will be based out of Hamilton. WestJet will most likely keep a couple of main line routes out of Hamilton for the business travellers, point collectors, people who don’t want to fly with a ULLC and to feed other parts of the system to Europe and Hawaii and the start of far east flights in 2019/20.
The start date will be based on getting the new B737 max’s that they have on order approved by Transport Canada and in service. They will be replacing the main line B737-800’s that will be going to the new ULLC. Apparently there are 4 ready to go at Boeing waiting for approval from Transport Canada.
There has been several European ULLC’s and charter airlines touring Hamilton Airport. Right now it looks very possible that there will be service to Europe next summer from Hamilton.
And yes they have dusted off their expansion plans.

WestJet article on their ULLC
https://ca.reuters.com/article/busin...CN1BH2OZ-OCABS

Picture posted by the Director of operations at YHM not to long ago.




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Flair Airlines new livery for their B737-400's



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That would be great if we had European service. For the US NYC and Chicago would be nice, but I don't have my hopes up.

I'll be curious to see where Hamilton ends up ranking wise for Canadian airports in 2018. How long until we are in the top ten?
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That looks like quite the expansion.
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Please bring back direct flights to Florida again.
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So in the wikipedia page, in 2016 Hamilton was 30th for passengers in Canada for 2016 with 333,368. Doubling the through June number in 2017 would put us at 539,802 would put us at 20th place, just behind Yellowknife.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o..._JAN-JULY_2017

Victoria is 10th with 1,856,421 in 2016, so maybe in 2018 we could get there.
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Picture posted by the Director of operations at YHM not to long ago.

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This picture brings back memories. I worked for TradePort for many years. A lot of money and time was spent on the new terminal design to accommodate WestJet's new eastern hub, until WJ decided to move the hub to Toronto. It was actually the marketing manager for TradePort who convinced them to expand into eastern Canada sooner than later.
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I guess the new guys coming in are scaring WestJet. Apparently they are going to start flying to Las Vegas in December.
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I guess the new guys coming in are scaring WestJet. Apparently they are going to start flying to Las Vegas in December.
Ugh. Although I assume WJ would lose a fair amount of money trying to price match an ULCC.
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WestJet aims to offer 40% cheaper fares with new ultra-low-cost carrier 'Swoop’
The carrier to be launched next summer will charge fees for everything from carry-on luggage to in-flight entertainment and advertising within the cabin is not off-limits

http://business.financialpost.com/tr...-carrier-swoop

WestJet Airlines said it will offer fares that are 40 per cent cheaper than those currently available in Canada as it unveiled new details about Swoop, the ultra-low-cost carrier it plans on launching next summer.

After months of behind-the-scenes planning, WestJet revealed the new name and logo of its no-frills carrier, which will operate as a separate and distinct brand within the WestJet family. Swoop is expected to start selling discounted tickets in early 2018 and will begin flying passengers on six Boeing 737-800s in late June of 2018.

Bob Cummings, WestJet’s executive vice-president responsible for the launch of the new ultra-low-cost carrier, said in an interview with the Financial Post on Tuesday that Swoop will boast the lowest cost per available seat mile (CASM), a measure of how much an airline spends to fly passengers, within less than a year of launching.

“What we modelled out from an ultra-low-cost carrier perspective is that when we reach 10 aircraft (in spring 2019) and scale economies, we will have the lowest cost of any Canadian ULCC,” Cummings said.

While the company announced that Swoop’s headquarters will be located in Calgary, Alta., the same home base as WestJet, the list of markets the airline will serve has yet to be finalized. Cummings confirmed that Swoop will fly in and out of the Abbotsford Airport, located southeast of Vancouver, and that there are ongoing discussions with major airports in Canada as well as the Hamilton, Waterloo and Windsor airports. The goal, he said, is it launch progressive partnerships with airports that will also “repatriate some of the Canadians going across the border” to access cheaper flights.
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