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  1. shocking Winnipeg airport improvement fee notching up Sept. 1 06/1/2020 7:46 AM Winnipeg Airports Authority will be increasing its Airport Improvement Fee by Sept. 1 to offset the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fee, applied to commercial airline passengers departing the Richardson International Airport, will increase from $25 to $38 per passenger, according to the airport authority. The Winnipeg Airports Authority cited the economic consequences of the pandemic, noting that air traffic in April alone fell in excess of 95 per cent, and that it is expected to take several years to return to normal air traffic volumes. The airport improvement fees are dedicated towards capital needed to maintain critical infrastructure for the benefit of the community, and does not cover airport operating costs, the airport authority said.
  2. People are sheep. And most can’t think for themselves. When a number like three years is floated out there, in the interest of a) not having to do any thinking and b) be a sheep and not disturb group think, many others jump onto it as well. No one knows. People can make plans with various scenarios - and three years being one of them. The only reason I’m not on a plane right now is because I’m not doing a two-week quarantine on the outbound and inbound. Who has a month to kill.
  3. Airport authorities spend money with such disregard to any rational frugal thought. And why should they - Just jack the AIF. Non profit - get bent. Spend at Will and chase the revenue later.
  4. The odds of that happening are low. More risky driving to the store. Rational thinking is missing from far too many actions.
  5. Ration thinking left humanity long ago. Our “education” system wouldn’t want to teach kids how to critical think and ponder rational thoughts - it would throw a wrench in the entire liberal education agenda.
  6. I was trying to convey my thanks to those people at Canadian and hoped that they had favours returned to them.
  7. In a former life the friendly kind folks at Canadian were always willing to help out. Always appreciated. I hope somehow they got it back.
  8. People are fearful sheep soaking up internet nonsense.
  9. The photos are Interesting but the pax load is what caught my attention.
  10. Get what you pay for. Swoop won’t be around forever as people realize what a crappy product it is and with any sort of planning you can pay almost the same on AC/WS. Plus I wonder if Onex will keep it once Flairs dies. The only “value“ is Swoop flying non-stop in markets the big two don’t. But everyone I talked to said their Swoop flights were delayed (I’ve done one and it was 2.5 hrs late). So what do you really save?
  11. Canada Jetlines postpones launch over financing challenges, lays off staff http://dlvr.it/RH8Nmp @GlobeBusiness
  12. I’m sure AC wouldn’t be opposed to returning to Airbus NB. CR is going to up Boeing’s #*% on this fiasco and will be coming home with some free shiny new 787s and suitcases of money.
  13. I doubt Don Bell would have allowed such nonsense back in the day. There is always circumstances that must be considered. WS used to empower their people to make the right decision. Now it’s the news media telling tens of thousands, of not more, about WestJet crappy service.
  14. Presently First Air operates two flights a day (one on Sat) each to Churchill and Rankin. Those appear to be gone eff. Nov1. Wonder if they are going to CALM Air?
  15. Looking at the schedule beyond Nov 1 - appears Winnipeg is being dropped entirely from the network?
  16. Swoop must not operate with any spares. And even if they did, the operation is so spread out any problems at one end of the country takes 5-6 hours for the hot spare to even show up.
  17. I've read on other forums that AA connections were solid on the previous WS YYC-DFW and YYC-ORD flights. I wonder if DL and AA could get into a tussle for a piece of the WS action?
  18. What are the odds Delta takes a slice from Onex?
  19. Bloomberg reporting, and some evidence to support, that China has grounded the 737Max fleet. Bloomberg, citing Caijing, reports that China has asked domestic operators to ground their 737 MAX aircraft. While we have yet been unable to officially confirm such, this is the number of 737 MAX flights above China now vs. the same time last week. https://www.flightradar24.com/36.94,103.39/4 https://twitter.com/flightradar24/status/1104897693149728768/photo/1 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-10/china-asks-local-airlines-to-ground-boeing-737-max-caijing-says
  20. Where are these -175s all coming from?
  21. Anyone who thinks AB, especially YYC, is improving economically is dilusional. AC continues to give YYC to WS. Trunk route flights will always be solid - but the “hub status” for AC is long gone. YWG will transform into a major “low cost” city, with ever increasing presence of these carriers. Again, AC moves towards providing trunk route service only.
  22. This kind of a response confirms my interpretation of the original statements intention.
  23. If you don't understand why the pilots - along with FA's and those employee flying non-rev all chipped in to help groom the aircraft, then you don't understand the philosophy of WestJet (at least the old school philosophy) By the way, in my opinion, thinking that it's demeaning to pilots for helping turn the aircraft is pompous, arrogant and insulting.
  24. The famous - expand because peak periods we are busy. Meanwhile the place is empty 23 hours a day. Typical Airport Authority nonsense. Airlines should be charged based on time-of-day demand.
  25. Helps when you sell the airport for a half a billion
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