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Senate Committee Proposes Ways To Make Canadian Air Travel Cheaper


Buffalo Niagara International Airport is one of more than a dozen U.S. border airports Canadians fly out of to save money (Photo: Melyssa Lipsey)

It’s no secret that Canadians frequently fly out of the U.S. to save on airfare, and Parliament may finally be taking notice. A senate committee is urging Ottawa to eliminate the rent it charges federally owned airports, a cost that is passed on to travellers, and that it ultimately release its ownership of Canadian airports. (more…)

Transportation Agency Wants Your Input in Airline Advertising Regulations


Air Canada search results for Montreal–Halifax flight (Photo: screenshot http://aircanada.com)

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) is asking the public for input on how airline prices should be advertised as part of new transparency legislation. (more…)

Travellers Rediscover the Bus

Photo by ChicagoGeek

By Waheeda Harris

With high prices for airfare and gas and limited options on train routes, increasingly, those who need to get to places are boarding the bus. (Though the newly revived $5.50 air and sea tariff into the US is likely not what is driving traffic to the bus, political satirist Rick Mercer is convinced otherwise.)

According to a recent article in Business Week, the “Megabus effect” has made bus travel the fastest growing way to travel in the United States. British discount bus company Megabus (affiliated with Coach Canada) entered the Canadian market two years ago after overwhelming popularity in the US and has seen a 58% rise in the past year.

Offering bus transport to destinations in Ontario, Quebec  and south of the border, Megabus found its fans with low fares and promotions like $10 round-trip tickets on its most popular route between Toronto and Montreal, $1 one-way tickets, new coaches and onboard complimentary wi-fi. Main competitor Greyhound has been quick to play catch-up, introducing new buses with wi-fi and outlets and, most notably, launching its discount BoltBus service in the US in 2008.