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#5621 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 10 October 2021 - 11:12 AM

Interesting read....

 

https://canadianavia...ational-travel/

 

 

 

With no concrete timetable for when international travel will resume at Kelowna International Airport (YLW), the airport is at risk of losing $2.5 million in revenue as a result, according to the airport’s director.

 

YLW director Sam Samaddar said that he was advised by WestJet that if the status surrounding the airport’s access to international travel is not sorted out soon, the airline company will have to decide whether or not to cancel a number of Sun destination flights scheduled for early December.

 

“If we lose these flights, they’re not coming back,” said Samaddar. “WestJet will not put on flights in the middle of winter and January and February for Sun destinations, because they know people will have already made their decisions on what they’re doing.”


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#5622 Kilo95

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Posted 10 October 2021 - 11:14 AM

Interesting read....

 

https://canadianavia...ational-travel/

 

Alaska is scheduled to restart a 1x daily YYJ-SEA in mid-November. Must be optimistic since I haven't seen anything suggesting YYJ was given the green light for international flights? The last official announcement I saw was from July announcing YHZ, YOW, YQB, YEG, and YWG being allowed to accept flights from International destinations, but clearly the change has now been made for YTZ as well.



#5623 Nparker

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Posted 10 October 2021 - 11:46 AM

 

...“In many discussions and dialogue with them, we’ve asked for what is the criteria and what is the timeline for opening up our airport back to accept international flights. We have not got an answer on any of that,” he said. We asked to give us the criteria for what was used for Quebec City and Toronto Island with Billy Bishop Airport, and they weren’t willing to provide that either.”

It's all about politics and nothing to do with public health at this point.


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Posted 10 October 2021 - 11:47 AM

Alaska is scheduled to restart a 1x daily YYJ-SEA in mid-November. Must be optimistic since I haven't seen anything suggesting YYJ was given the green light for international flights? The last official announcement I saw was from July announcing YHZ, YOW, YQB, YEG, and YWG being allowed to accept flights from International destinations, but clearly the change has now been made for YTZ as well.

Airport code translations?



#5625 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 10 October 2021 - 01:04 PM

why didn't everyone just jump out?   :confused:

 

 

https://www.vicnews....-plane-crashes/

 

 

 

15 dead after Russian skydiver plane crashes

The cause of the crash was not immediately determined


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#5626 LJ

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Posted 10 October 2021 - 07:23 PM

Airport code translations?

Halifax, Ottawa, Quebec City, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto Island


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Posted 10 October 2021 - 11:23 PM

why didn't everyone just jump out? :confused:

Exactly what I thought when I read it!

#5628 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 11 October 2021 - 06:19 AM

Southwest Airlines canceled more than 1,800 flights this weekend, disrupting the travel plans of thousands of customers and stranding flight crews — the airline blamed the meltdown on a combination of bad weather, air traffic control problems and its own shortage of available staff.

 

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Other airlines canceled relatively few flights. Southwest did not comment on the disparity.

 

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The disparity between Southwest’s operation and other airlines fueled speculation on social media that employees were calling out sick, with some suggesting it was in protest of a Covid vaccine mandate. Southwest said that was not the cause of the mass flight cancellations.

 

“It’s inaccurate,” a Southwest spokeswoman said by email. “There’s a lot of unfounded rumor and speculation circulating.”

 

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, Southwest pilots’ labor union said that “we can say with confidence that our Pilots are not participating in any official or unofficial job actions.”

 

 

 

https://www.cnbc.com...ions-mount.html

 

 

 

Mass Flight Cancelations ...SPECULATED TO BE PILOT VAXX STRIKE

 

On Friday, Southwest's pilot union filed legal docs seeking to halt a vaccine mandate that went into effect last week -- following Biden's order for federal workers and/or contractors, which applies to the airline. That was left unresolved heading into the weekend, it seems.

 

While Southwest hasn't spoken on a possible strike ... the union itself shot down the notion they were to blame, saying ... "[W]e can say with confidence that our Pilots are not participating in any official or unofficial job actions." Then ... some major shade.

 

They add... "Our Pilots will continue to overcome SWA management’s poor planning, as well as any external operational challenges, and remain the most productive Pilots in the world."

 

On the record, they're denying any sort of protest -- but there are reports, citing airline sources, that a massive "sickout" went down, and that ripple effects are still being felt.

 

 

https://www.tmz.com/...vaccine-strike/


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#5629 Mike K.

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Posted 11 October 2021 - 06:26 AM

You know it’s bad when tmz is taking photos of pilots at the airport.
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#5630 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 11 October 2021 - 06:29 AM

I just quickly found another source for the real reason, since CNBC refused to even hint about the obvious pilot action until like the 19th paragraph.  Nothing to see here.  It's quite an art to avoid the actual meat of the story for so long.  

 

Let's Go Brandon!

 

 

 

 

Global air industry data tracker FlightAware reported that 808 Southwest flights were canceled Saturday, nearly a quarter of the carrier’s schedule, and another 1,187 flights (36 percent) experienced some type of delay.

 

On Sunday, 1,112 flights (30 percent) never departed and 1,063 were delayed.

 

As of Sunday night, 33 more Southwest flights were canceled for Monday.

 

No other US carrier had more than 66 canceled flights on Saturday or 159 Sunday.

 

https://www.casino.o...n-200-in-vegas/


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#5631 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 11 October 2021 - 12:54 PM

Southwest Airlines canceled several hundred more flights Monday following a weekend of major disruptions that it blamed on bad weather and air traffic control issues. The company and the pilots union said the cancellations were not in response to the airline's decision to mandate vaccinations.

 

Southwest cancelled more than 360 flights - 10% of its schedule for the day - on Monday, and more than 1,000 others were delayed, according to the FlightAware tracking service.

 

Shares of Southwest Airlines Co. briefly fell more than 4% before a partial recovery; they were down 3% by afternoon.

 

The third straight day of large-scale cancellations left thousands of passengers stranded and upset.

 

“My concern is we had no explanation really that was, I feel, very legitimate or believable,” said Brian Gesch of Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, who was traveling through Reagan Washington National Airport with his wife. He doubted that weather and air traffic controllers were the real issue. “So we are frustrated and missing a day of work.”

 

https://www.ctvnews....onday-1.5618880

 

Pilots are not conducting a sickout or slowdown to protest the vaccine mandate, according to the union, which said it “has not authorized, and will not condone, any job action.”

 

The pilots association offered another explanation: It said Southwest's operation “has become brittle and subject to massive failures under the slightest pressure” because of a lack of support from the company. The union complained about the “already strained relationship” between it and the company.


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#5632 Missed Approach

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Posted 19 October 2021 - 07:40 PM

Virtual VAA Fall 2021 Airport Consultative Committee Meeting

 

Oct 19, 2021

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=dB2WAVqcdFk


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Posted 19 October 2021 - 08:14 PM

Virtual VAA Fall 2021 Airport Consultative Committee Meeting

 

Oct 19, 2021

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=dB2WAVqcdFk

 

I'll watch through it tomorrow, but anything worthwhile or notable mentioned in it (assuming you watched it)?



#5634 Missed Approach

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Posted 19 October 2021 - 08:59 PM

I'll watch through it tomorrow, but anything worthwhile or notable mentioned in it (assuming you watched it)?

 

 I did watch it all the way thru. The highlights are, YYJ did finically well compared to other airports across Canada, with manly non aero funds.

 

A lot of patting themselves on the back during Covid.

 

Flashed a couple pictures of a expanded parking lot with relocated rental and bus station.

 

Flashed a picture of a expanded terminal with larger aircraft and more gates ( long term I'm guessing )

 

Nothing terribly exciting. Same YYJ, wait, watch and keep quiet.

 

Cross border, still hoping for SFO or DEN service ( I see Alaska is showing flights open for booking in late Nov 2021 )


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#5635 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 20 October 2021 - 06:20 AM

As Canada’s largest airlines struggle amid COVID-19 pandemic, an Edmonton-based discount carrier with ambitious expansion plans has been looking for opportunities that include Victoria and Comox.

 

Flair Airlines — which bills itself as an ultra-low-cost carrier offering unbundled, bare-bones fares — announced Tuesday it is increasing the size of its fleet and expanding its service to new destinations in Canada and the U.S.

The airline said it will add four new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to its fleet in the spring of 2022.

 

This brings Flair’s total aircraft count to 16, and will allow the airline to expand its route offerings by 33 per cent. Flair will launch service this spring to new destinations including San Francisco, Nashville and Denver.

 

https://www.timescol...omox-1.24364942



#5636 Missed Approach

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 02:38 PM

AC is trying some new routes this summer from YQB - for an airport closing in on YYJ for overall annual passenger numbers.

 

https://canadianavia...ng-next-summer/



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Posted 22 October 2021 - 03:08 PM

I think Quebec is actually a good parallel to Victoria in terms of secondary airports.

Both are approx 3 hours by ground from a major international hub. Both are tourism & conference destinations.

Quebec's population is a bit more than Victoria (they're approx 500,000), although their metro area is 800,000 so substantially higher than Greater Victoria. Yet their passenger numbers are behind ours and only now are they getting some mid-con and trans-con flights.

Based on that you could argue that Victoria's airport is punching above it's weight in terms of destinations and options. Of course, the ferry effect somewhat compensates for their greater population. But they also have rail service to Montreal which we don't have here for those wishing not to drive.


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Posted 25 October 2021 - 09:43 AM

WJ is planning on a up tick in routes this fall / winter ....

 

WestJet to return to 95 destinations this winter
 

Airline continues to restore sun, transborder and domestic routes as Canadians confidence in travel grows

 

https://canadianavia...ns-this-winter/


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Posted 27 October 2021 - 05:01 AM

Wilson suspends shuttle service to Victoria International Airport

Times Colonist - 27 Oct 2021

The only shuttle-bus service between Victoria International Airport and downtown has been suspended.

Wilson Transportation Group discontinued the service on Oct. 11, saying it was losing money because there were too few passengers.

“When we restarted service in August, we were hopeful that we could revive the service,” said chief executive John Wilson. “Unfortunately, with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, as well as travel restrictions, passenger counts remain too low to make the service viable at this time.”
 


#5640 Mike K.

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Posted 27 October 2021 - 06:44 AM

And people think we should be running buses to connect with the earliest flights of the morning.

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