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Air Canada questions continued operations at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, reports its highest load factor ever for 2014

Air Canada (Montreal) is now questioning whether it should continue operations at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport due “to current imposed terminal rates and terms”. Air Canada currently operates 15 round-trip flights a day between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Montreal (Trudeau). Air Canada competes against Porter Airlines. See the statement below.

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On the bright side, the company reported its highest load factor ever for the full year 2014. The company issued this statement:

For the month of December 2014, Air Canada reported a near record system load factor of 82.6 per cent, its second highest system load factor ever on a system-wide capacity increase of 8.5 per cent, versus a load factor of 82.7 per cent in December 2013. On this additional capacity, system wide traffic for December increased 8.3 per cent. For the full year 2014, load factor was a record 83.4 per cent, versus 82.8 per cent in 2013, an increase 0.6 percentage points. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including Air Canada rougeTM, which began operations on July 1, 2013, and regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity.

“I am pleased to report our highest load factor ever for the full year 2014 and second highest for the month of December on continued strong traffic growth of 8.5 and 8.3 per cent, respectively,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Led by an increase in traffic in the U.S. transborder market of 16.2 per cent, Air Canada generated greater traffic for the month of December in all markets the airline serves. These strong results, for both the month and full year, underscore the effectiveness of our commercial strategy focusing on international growth and the strategic deployment of Air Canada rouge to compete more effectively in leisure markets. I thank our employees for taking care of our customers while transporting them safely to their destination. Their professionalism and efforts in earning our customers’ loyalty have been recognized by many industry awards, including the selection of Air Canada as the Best Airline in North America by frequent world travelers.”

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Operations

While Air Canada’s traffic and load factor at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport increased in 2014 over the previous year, as part of its continuing cost transformation initiatives, Air Canada is assessing the viability of Billy Bishop operations based on current imposed terminal rates and terms.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema/AirlinersGallery.comAir Canada Express, operated by Sky Regional Airlines, Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FSRJ (msn 4165) departs from Montreal (Trudeau).

Air Canada aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Air Canada Express-Sky Regional aircraft slide show:


Aegean Airlines to launch Athens-Copenhagen flights on May 22, 2014

Aegean Airlines (Athens) will start a new route, three days a week, between Athens and Copenhagen starting on May 22, 2014. The new route will be operated with Airbus A32os. The Copenhagen route is part of an overall expansion plan in 2014 (see below).

Previously on October 31 Aegean outlined its future plans now that Olympic Air has been acquired:

Aegean Airlines presented the benefits, arising from the acquisition of Olympic Air, for the company, the passengers, the society and the Greek tourism, as well as its overall strategy, during a press conference held on October 31 in Athens.

In the immediate period of the next 6 to 14 months, following the acquisition of Olympic Air, the resulting synergies will lead to an enhanced fleet and an immediate expansion of the network, to the enhancement of the connectivity in Greece and abroad, as well as to cost savings from the consolidation of Administrative Services, with benefits saving up to €35 million annually.

Aegean’s objective and commitment is to pass these benefits to the passengers with more competitive rates, enhancement of privileges for loyal customers of both companies and network expansion.

In terms of benefits arising regarding the prices, Aegean has already announced the launch of two new categories of fares in economy class, the GoLight and Flex fares, with prices starting from €24 to Athens, which ensure money-saving and unlimited flexibility respectively. These new fares will be offered to Olympic Air’s passengers from February 2014.

Moreover, following a recent meeting with representatives of the Greek region, the company announced a package of initiatives to support the remote areas of Greece, by integrating the second lowest fare of €39 from/to remote areas in order to boost the demand, by introducing new charges for the connection between the remote islands and abroad with a significant reduction in travel cost up to €140, as well as by increasing capacity during July – September, at no additional cost to the state, where it is commercially and operationally feasible.

Aegean will make dynamic start in 2014 also in terms of its network, with a further expansion of international destinations and new routes.

Analytically, Aegean announced the addition of 15 new destinations from Athens in 2014, reaching to 47 overall international destinations from Athens. Specifically the new destinations include: Birmingham in England, Marseille and Nantes in France, Zurich in Switzerland, Hamburg, Hanover and Nuremberg in Germany, Copenhagen in Denmark, Catania in Italy, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Beirut in Lebanon and Paphos in Cyprus, as well as four additional cities including Stockholm, Sweden or Oslo in Norway, Ljubljana in Slovenia, Dubrovnik in Croatia.

Overall in 2014, 45 to 50 new routes will be added from the eight bases of the company in Athens and in the Greek region, including the new base in Chania.  As a result, Aegean and Olympic Air will jointly cover in 2014 a network of more than 250 routes, of which 205 or more are international routes and 47 to 50 domestic routes.

The progress so far and the development of Aegean is based on collaborative effort and support by six major business groups (Vassilakis, A & P Laskarides Constantakopoulos A., D. Ioannou, G. David, Piraeus Bank) and 52,000 shareholders who continue to support the company into its dynamic new course that appears after the acquisition of Olympic Air.

Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 SX-DGB (msn 4165) taxies at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

Aegean Airlines: AG Slide Show

Lynx Aviation gets a reprieve, will keep three Q400s to serve Aspen

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) and the Republic Airways Holdings parent is giving the Lynx Aviation (Denver) division another chance to survive. Frontier announced that Lynx will continue its Denver (DEN) to Aspen (ASE) service under the Frontier brand. Frontier will service the Aspen flights with Lynx’s Bombardier DHC-8-400 (Q400) turboprop aircraft. Service will include one departure per day from October 1 through November 17, two departures per day November 18 through December 15 and four daily departures from December 16 through April 2011. Frontier Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. (Indianapolis).

Frontier had announced in late July that it would cease its Denver to Aspen service on September 30. However, the company has made the decision to retain three of its Bombardier Q400 aircraft in order to carry on service to Aspen and several other Colorado locations.

In addition to Aspen, Frontier will use the Q400s to serve other Colorado routes, including Durango and Colorado Springs.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N501LX (msn 4165) taxies from the gate at the DEN hub.

Frontier Airlines to end Aspen service on September 30 as Lynx Aviation is phased out

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) will end service to the mountain ski resort destination of Aspen on September 30, 2010. This is also the last day of operations for Lynx Aviation and the Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s). Frontier has elected to not use Republic Airlines’ (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170s or ERJ 190s into ASE.

Delta Air Lines will also not return to Aspen this coming winter season, leaving only United with the United Express service.

For a Denver Business Journal article on the subject:


Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N501LX (msn 4165) taxies from the gate at the DEN hub.

Lynx Aviation to be shut down on April 19 and the 11 DHC-8-402s returned

Republic Airways Holdings (Indianapolis) on February 4, 2010 announced it will transition the regional service operated by Lynx Aviation (Denver) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprop aircraft to Embraer 170 and 190 jet service operated by Republic Airlines (2nd)(Indianapolis). Republic will remove three Q400 turboprop aircraft from service effective April 6, 2010. Another three aircraft will be removed from service on April 19, 2010.

Service will continue to all current Lynx destinations with the exception of Fargo, ND and Tulsa, OK, where Lynx will cease operations on April 5, 2010.

These changes will result in the reduction in April of approximately 175 positions at Lynx, including flight crews, operations, customer service and support personnel. Most employees affected by this announcement will have the opportunity to continue with either Republic or Frontier in similar capacities. Employees who choose not to accept a position within the Company and who work through their release date will be provided severance.

Frontier Airlines (2nd) formed the subsidiary to feed passengers to and from nearby cities to the DEN hub. Lynx operations commenced on December 7, 2007.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N501LX (msn 4165), appropriately with the image of a Lynx on the tail, taxies away from the gate at the DEN hub.

Frontier reports a $17.8 m profit in July


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Frontier Airlines (2nd) and Lynx Aviation (Frontier Airline Holdings) (Denver) which reports monthly during its bankruptcy protection, reported a $17.8 million net profit in July.


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