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More Than a Third of Canadians To Buy Airline Tickets in the U.S. in 2012

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: K Nicoll

In a survey from the Hotel Association of Canada, more than a third of respondents said they intend to buy their airline tickets in the U.S. this year. (more…)

Transportation Agency Wants Your Input in Airline Advertising Regulations

By SHANNON KELLY

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…)

Porter Airlines to Offer Vacation Packages

By SHANNON KELLY

Quebec City will be on of the new Porter Escapes destinations (Photo: Brian Negin)

Toronto-based Porter Airlines will begin offering vacation packages this year, initially to its most popular leisure-travel gateways. (more…)

WestJet Will Launch Regional Airline in 2013

Photo by Richard Eriksson

In a landslide vote yesterday, WestJet employees approved an initiative to launch a regional airline making short-haul flights to small cities and towns in Canada, beginning in 2013. Ninety-one per cent of employees were in favour of the move. (more…)

WestJet Considers Launching a New Low-Cost, Regional Airline

Photo by Martin Cathrae

WestJet announced Monday that it is considering starting a low-cost airline with regional flights to smaller towns and cities across Canada as early as 2013. A Toronto Star article suggests that destinations could include British Columbia’s Cranbrook, Prince Rupert and Fort St. John; Brandon and Thompson in Manitoba; and in Ontario, Sudbury, Sarnia and Timmins. (more…)

Air Canada Lawsuit: Should Obese Passengers Pay More to Fly?

Photo by caribb

By Waheeda Harris

In July, a US Airways passenger was forced to stand during a seven-hour flight from Anchorage to Philadelphia because a 400-pound passenger took up half of his seat. US Airways acknowledged that the obese passenger should have been made to pay for two seats—but is that fair? (more…)

Preferred Seating on Airlines: the Joke’s on the Customer

You'll pay more for bulkhead seating on some flights. (Photo by caribb)

An article yesterday by Peter Greenberg, travel editor for CBS News, and Scott McCartney, the Wall Street Journal’s airline industry reporter, lambasted the preferred seating plans many airlines are employing these days.

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Porter Airlines Celebrates Five Years

By Waheeda Harris

Porter Airlines had its fifth birthday this past weekend, and to celebrate, awarded 140 free flights, one return trip for one passenger on every flight. (more…)

Doctors Recommend Airlines Ban Pets From Cabin

Photo by Lovro Rumiha

Doctors who met at the annual general council of the Canadian Medical Association in St. John’s, Nfld. on Tuesday, want commercial airlines to ban cats and dogs from the cabin. Their concerns come from the risk these pets pose to those with allergies and asthma—beyond sniffling and sneezing, severe allergies can result in anaphylactic shock.

Guide dogs and other service animals would still be an exception, like they are at restaurants, hotels and many other spots where pets are usually asked to stay outside.

The CMA sees no health risks from pets riding in cargo hold, though some pet owners would argue that does create health risks, for their pet.

You can read both sides, the CMA and the response by Canadian airlines, at the Toronto Star.

Canadian Air Travel: Only 78 Per Cent of Summer Flights On Time

Photo by Robert S. Donovan

We all worry about bad weather flight delays in the winter, we even come to expect them in a country like Canada where climates are more wild than mild. Come summer, if you expect delays to go away, you’d be wrong. Data compiled by QMI Agency showed that during June and July roughly 78 per cent of flights on Canada’s three major carriers arrived on time. Compare this to the US where an estimated 76.6 per cent of flights within that country are on time, and we’re only slightly ahead.

In Canada, flights from Toronto to the East Coast look to be the most frequently delayed of all routes. You can read more on individual air carriers on-time estimates and what the impact of delayed flights on the economy, here.