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Note the connection schedule to feed YYZ and YUL transatlantic flights. It will be interesting to see how these will be marketed. I imagine they will take passengers (to fill the flights) who are not using their Transatlantic Flights. 

Air Transat presents its 2017 transatlantic flight program

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More flights and destination choices for Canadian travellers for summer 2017

MONTREAL, Sept. 15, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Air Transat presents its 2017 transatlantic flight program, offering 27 European destinations that will be accessible to a greater number of travellers thanks to its new connecting flights. True to its position as Canada's leading holiday travel airline, Air Transat further meets customer demand by optimizing its direct flight program to France, the UK, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Croatia, while maintaining its flights to the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and Czech Republic.

"Air Transat is committed to making Europe accessible to the greatest number of Canadian travellers, which is why we are proud to enhance our flight program yet again this year," says Annick Guérard, President and General Manager of Transat Tours Canada. "We stand out by offering one of the most diverse transatlantic portfolios on the market, so it was important to expand our program to offer our clients greater flexibility when it came to planning their vacations."

Increasing flights to France, the UK and the Mediterranean
Air Transat strengthens its flight program to France and the UK, where it has been present for nearly 30 years, offering direct flights several times a week to a wide variety of cities. Flights to Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Nice, Nantes, London, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham will be mainly operated by Airbus A330s as of next spring, providing travellers great comfort, a personal entertainment system with individual touch screens, and superior inflight experience thanks to an attentive crew. Air Transat also offers a multi-destination flight option, making it possible to land in one European city and return from another, at no extra cost — a simple and affordable way to discover even more destinations during each trip.

Air Transat's enriched program to France also includes an increase in flight frequency on the popular Montreal-Paris route (one additional flight, for a total of 14 direct flights a week) as well as on the Montreal-Marseille route (one additional flight, for a total of five direct flights a week), which is the ideal gateway to a holiday in Provence.

There will also be an increase in frequency in some of its flights to its Mediterranean destinations, such as Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal, popular for short and long holidays, as well as for cruises. Flights will be added to these routes:

  • Montreal-Athens (three direct flights a week)
  • Montreal-Venice (three direct flights a week)
  • Montreal-Barcelona (five direct flights a week)
  • Montreal-Madrid (two direct flights a week)
  • Montreal-Malaga (two direct flights a week)
  • Montreal-Porto (two direct flights a week)
  • Montreal-Lisbon (four direct flights a week)
  • Toronto-Athens (three direct flights a week)

Central Europe and Ireland still in the spotlight
For those who wish to discover Central Europe, flight frequency on the Toronto-Zagreb and Montreal-Prague routes, two new additions to the transatlantic program, will increase to twice a week.

And finally, Air Transat will offer an additional flight between Toronto and Dublin, for a total of three flights a week and maintain one flight a week from Montreal.

Europe for everyone thanks to an expanded connecting flight program
Building on the success of its connecting flights, which it has been operating for three years now, Air Transat strengthens its program by inaugurating two new routes — in addition to increasing the frequency of some of its existing flights — making all of its transatlantic destinations available to travellers in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. Therefore, during peak season, Air Transat will offer:

  • Daily flights between Montreal and Toronto
  • Daily flights between Vancouver and Toronto
  • Four flights a week between Calgary and Toronto
  • Five flights a week between Quebec City and Montreal
  • Two flights a week between Vancouver and Montreal (new!)
  • Three flights a week between Ottawa and Montreal (new!)

Air Transat was voted Best North American Leisure Airline at the Skytrax annual World Airline Awards in July 2016, in addition to placing third among the top customer-oriented airlines, after Porter and KLM, according to a recent survey carried out by Protégez-Vous among Quebec consumers.

About Air Transat
Air Transat is Canada's leading holiday travel airline. Every year, it carries some 3 million passengers to nearly 60 destinations in 30 countries aboard its fleet of Boeing narrow-body and Airbus wide-body jets. The company employs more than 2,500 people. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination countries and that distributes products in over 50 countries. Air Transat was named Best North American Leisure Airline at the Skytrax annual World Airline Awards, held in June 2016.

 

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From Transat's Q3 results: 

"The transatlantic market overall, and the United Kingdom in particular, has been affected by drastically increased supply, and demand that cannot keep up quickly enough, fuelled in part by terrorism-related fears," said Jean-Marc Eustache, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat. "We are relatively satisfied with our results, given the circumstances, but we cannot hope for a repeat of our outstanding summer-season performance over the past two years."

So naturally they announce more flights. 

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8 hours ago, CanadaEH said:

From Transat's Q3 results: 

"The transatlantic market overall, and the United Kingdom in particular, has been affected by drastically increased supply, and demand that cannot keep up quickly enough, fuelled in part by terrorism-related fears," said Jean-Marc Eustache, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat. "We are relatively satisfied with our results, given the circumstances, but we cannot hope for a repeat of our outstanding summer-season performance over the past two years."

So naturally they announce more flights. 

 So, would your wish be that we capitulate and leave all the market to you and Rouge?

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I think Canada Eh's concern is Eustache seems to be blowing and sucking at the same time.  Unless your a didgeridoo, that smacks of rudderless panic.

Rational growth, backed up by consistent news releases by the CEO, would make this a non-event.  Unfortunately, you can't explain away poor results with one excuse, and then act a few weeks later as though you hadn't said it.

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Perhaps a reaction to the oversupply situation on the North Atlantic.

Air Transat adds Tel Aviv to its summer program

 

It becomes the only airline to offer direct flights to Israel from Montreal

MONTREAL, Jan. 9, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Transat is proud to announce that it will be offering direct flights from Montreal to Tel Aviv. Also available from Toronto with a connection in Montreal, this non-stop flight between the Montréal–Trudeau airport and the David Ben-Gurion international airport of Tel Aviv will operate twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Sundays, from June 18 until late October.

Transat will also be offering an array of packages, guided tours and hotels for discovering Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, as well as the region's many tourist attractions.

"We are thrilled to feature our very first destination in the Middle East. The demand for a direct Montreal-Tel Aviv flight was high for travellers visiting friends and family in the two cities and those in search of new discoveries," states Annick Guérard, President and General Manager of Transat Tours Canada. "Tel Aviv is a vibrant and modern metropolis with plenty to offer when it comes to culture, gastronomy and nightlife. It is also the ideal gateway for a vacation immersing travellers in ancient and religious history."

"This is great news for Quebecers who are eager for the re-establishment of a direct air link between Montreal and Israel, presenting travellers with a wonderful opportunity to discover the riches of the Holy Land, the beauty of its landscapes and the diversity of its peoples", says Ziv Nevo Kulman, the Consul General of Israel in Montreal and its Permanent Representative to ICAO. "Thanks to this direct flight, more Israelis will also be able to enjoy the 150th and 375th anniversary festivities in Canada and Montreal."

"I welcome the decision by Transat to expand its operations into Israel. The opening of an air route is further proof of the success of our marketing efforts and that airlines view Israel as a sought-after tourism destination with economic potential. We view Transat as a partner that will help increase the numbers of tourists arriving in Israel and we hope to see additional routes opening soon," adds Yariv Levin, the Israeli Minister of Tourism.

"We are delighted that Air Transat has decided to add Tel Aviv to its roster of over 40 summer destinations out of Montréal–Trudeau. This year, Air Transat's weekly seat capacity will be increased by 20%, compared to 2016. Travellers departing from the city now enjoy an unparalleled choice of flight options from Montréal–Trudeau, with nearly 140 direct-flight destinations," says Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal.

This new Montreal-Tel Aviv flight on Airbus A330-300 aircraft consisting of 345 seats will allow travellers to enjoy an unparalleled flight experience with Air Transat, named Best North American Leisure Airline five years in a row. The cabin comfort, personal entertainment system accessible via individual touch screens, complimentary checked baggage allowance and attentive crew are just some of the reasons flying Air Transat is so enjoyable. Travellers passing through the Montréal–Trudeau airport can also feel the joy of vacations in the new Espace Air Transat section, offering an immersive multimedia experience designed by Moment Factory, among other features.

Air Transat's 2017 transatlantic flight schedule includes 28 destinations, now available to a greater number of travellers thanks to its enriched connecting flight program. Air Transat recently announced that it will be multiplying its direct flights to France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Croatia, while maintaining service to the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

Flights to Tel Aviv will soon be available for booking on the Air Transat website and at travel agencies. For the complete list of available destinations, visit airtransat.com.

About Air Transat
Air Transat is Canada's number one holiday travel airline in the Canadian and transatlantic markets. Every year, it carries some three million passengers to approximately 60 destinations in 26 countries. Based in Montreal, the company employs more than 2,500 people and operates a fleet of Boeing narrow-body and Airbus wide-body jets. In 2016, Air Transat was named Best North American Leisure Airline for the fifth consecutive year by Skytrax. In recent years, the carrier has earned multiple distinctions for its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint. Since 2011, it has consistently been ranked number one in North America for energy efficiency, and in the Top 20 worldwide, by the Atmosfair Airline Index. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., a leading integrated international tourism company active in air transportation, accommodation, travel packaging and distribution. Transat was awarded Travelife Partner status in 2016 in recognition of its commitment to sustainable development. The vacation travel companion par excellence, Transat celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017. 

 

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Note the connection schedule to feed YYZ and YUL transatlantic flights. It will be interesting to see how these will be marketed. I imagine they will take passengers (to fill the flights) who are not using their Transatlantic Flights. 

Depends. As an example, on a TLV - YUL - YYZ cycle, the only way they could put domestic passengers on the YUL - YYZ leg would be if everyone cleared customs in YUL. I don't know if that's still a requirement or not. I remember discussions with CBSA about allowing passengers on such a flight to clear customs at their final destination rather than the first point of entry, but never heard if that came to pass.

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Still need to clear at point of entry.  Which wouldn't be a bad thing if they allowed you to remain sterile in the process and negate the need to clear security again.

The whole process for connection traffic sucks for international travel.

 

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10 minutes ago, J.O. said:

Depends. As an example, on a TLV - YUL - YYZ cycle, the only way they could put domestic passengers on the YUL - YYZ leg would be if everyone cleared customs in YUL. I don't know if that's still a requirement or not. I remember discussions with CBSA about allowing passengers on such a flight to clear customs at their final destination rather than the first point of entry, but never heard if that came to pass.

In the past, Canada Customs did allow "split clearances" as long as the passengers for the final destination stayed onboard the aircraft. Is this still the case?

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Order No. 2017-A-7

 
 
January 13, 2017
APPLICATION by Air Transat A.T. Inc. carrying on business as Air Transat for an exemption from section 59 of the Canada Transportation Act, S.C., 1996, c.10, as amended (CTA).
Case Number: 
17-00076

BACKGROUND

Air Transat A.T. Inc. carrying on business as Air Transat (applicant) has applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) for an exemption to permit it to sell, cause to be sold or publicly offer for sale in Canada a scheduled international service, large aircraft, between Canada and Israel, in the absence of a licence.

Section 59 of the CTA states that no person shall sell, cause to be sold or publicly offer for sale in Canada an air service unless, if required under Part II of the CTA, a person holds a licence issued under that Part in respect of that service and that licence is not suspended.

The applicant has applied for a scheduled international licence to operate a service between Canada and Israel, using large aircraft, in accordance with the Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the State of Israel on Air Transport, done at Jerusalem on 21 January 2015 (Agreement). However, as the application is not yet complete, the applicant has requested an exemption from section 59 of the CTA.

The applicant intends to commence commercial activities on June 18, 2017. The applicant indicates that it is in the process of obtaining a revised Canadian aviation document (CAD) from Transport Canada, which is required to complete the licence application.

The applicant states that it would like to proceed to market with its service offerings and fares as soon as practicable as it is entering the peak advance booking period for next summer’s vacation travel season. Consequently, the applicant requests an exemption for sales in the Canada-Israel air transport market pending the completion of all formalities.

ANALYSIS

The Agency deals with applications for exemptions from section 59 of the CTA on a case by case basis. The Agency recognizes that section 59 is a consumer protection measure. It is intended to prevent situations in which consumers in Canada pay for a service to an entity that does not hold an Agency licence and are left out of pocket or experience any manner of inconvenience or hardship that may result if that entity does not commence operations on schedule.

Accordingly, the Agency, prior to granting an exemption from section 59 of the CTA, must be satisfied that the applicant is taking all the necessary steps to meet all licence issuance requirements and that the applicant has demonstrated a high probability of obtaining the required licence prior to the proposed start-up date of operations.

A Canadian applicant for a scheduled international licence must establish that it:

  1. has been designated by the Minister of Transport as eligible to hold a scheduled international licence;
  2. meets the prescribed financial requirements;
  3. has the prescribed liability insurance coverage in respect of the service to be provided under the licence; and,
  4. holds a CAD.

The applicant has been designated by the Minister of Transport as eligible to hold a licence to operate a scheduled international service under the terms of the Agreement.

The applicant has the prescribed liability insurance coverage in respect of the proposed service, and it is not required to meet the financial requirements because it already holds a licence to operate large aircraft. The Agency considered the steps the applicant has taken to obtain a revised CAD from Transport Canada, and is satisfied that the CAD will likely be issued on time for the Agency to issue a licence before the proposed start-up date of operations.

Accordingly, the Agency is satisfied that there is a high probability that the licence will issue prior to the intended start-up date of June 18, 2017.

In these circumstances, considering the intent of section 59 of the CTA and the fact that the applicant is taking all the necessary steps to meet all licensing issuance requirements, the Agency finds that compliance by the applicant with section 59 of the CTA is unnecessary.

Accordingly, the Agency, pursuant to paragraph 80(1)(c) of the CTA, exempts the applicant from section 59 of the CTA, effective from the date of this Order, permitting it to sell, cause to be sold or publicly offer for sale in Canada a scheduled international service, large aircraft, between Canada and Israel, without holding the required licence, subject to the following conditions:

  1. All advertising in any media, whether written, electronic or telecommunications, shall include a statement that the air service is subject to government approval, unless and until the section 59 exemption expires following the issuance of a licence. All prospective passengers shall be made aware, before a reservation is made or a ticket issued, that the air service is subject to government approval;
  2. The applicant shall apply its published tariffs, on file with the Agency and in effect, to sales of transportation for each scheduled point;
  3. This exemption does not relieve the applicant from the requirement to hold a licence in respect of the service to be provided and, accordingly, no flights shall be operated until the appropriate licence authority has been granted; and,
  4. Should the licence not be issued or not issue by the time an air service sold to a passenger is to be used, the applicant shall arrange to provide alternative air transportation by an appropriately licensed air carrier, at no additional costs for all passengers who have made reservations with the applicant. If such arrangements are not possible or acceptable to the passenger, the applicant shall arrange to provide a full refund of all monies paid by the passenger.
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38 minutes ago, chockalicious said:

CBSA still allow progressive clearance, happens in YYC and YEG.

Thanks, so there is a likely solution for AirTransat and it's service to TLV. 

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AirCanada reacting to AT's new route?

Air Canada Increases Israel Service with a New Non-Stop Route from Montreal and Daily Flights from Toronto

Added capacity reflects deepening Canada-Israel cultural & business ties

MONTREAL, Feb. 13, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada announced today a significant expansion in services between Canada and Israel, with the introduction of a seasonal non-stop service between Montreal and Tel Aviv and an increase in its current Toronto-Tel Aviv non-stop service to a daily frequency year-round. With the new services beginning this summer – a 28 per cent capacity increase over summer 2016 – Air Canada will be the airline offering the most seats and frequencies between Canada and Israel.

"Air Canada is the leader in the Canada-Israel market, which we have now served for 22 years. Today we are pleased to step up our capacity in response to the increased demand in business, leisure and cultural travel between both countries. As of June 2017, Air Canada will be launching a new seasonal non-stop service between Montreal and Tel Aviv, strengthening our hub in Montreal, which will also offer convenient connections throughout Canada and the U.S.," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada.

"This new service also reflects Air Canada's ongoing international expansion strategy, from which Montreal is deriving significant benefits. This month Air Canada will launch new service to Shanghai from the city and for next summer we have already announced new routes to Algiers, Marseille, Reykjavík and Dallas from Montreal," said Mr. Rovinescu.

"In the same week as the inauguration of a non-stop Air Canada service to Shanghai, it is with pride today that we welcome a new international link with Tel Aviv. This important investment demonstrates the vitality of our city and Montreal's relevance as a North American aviation hub. This new air link by Air Canada will facilitate travel and trade between our two cities and countries. Coming only a few months after Montreal's trade mission to Israel, this new route is a concrete example of the strength of the economic, family and community ties that unite us," said Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal.

Toronto's current service will increase this summer to daily from six days a week while the new Montreal-Tel Aviv service will operate twice weekly from June 22 to October 16, 2017. The Montreal flight will be operated with a 292-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft with three cabins of service, including Air Canada's International Business Class cabin, featuring 27 Executive Pods with 180- degree lie-flat seats all configured for direct aisle access. The Premium Economy cabin has 21 seats that offer generous personal space, wider seats and extra legroom and recline, as well as premium meals, complimentary bar service and priority check-in and baggage delivery at the airport. The Economy cabin has 244 seats providing comfortable personal space and a state-of-the-art individual on-demand entertainment system. All flights are timed for convenient connections with Air Canada's extensive domestic and transborder network.

Tickets for the new Montreal-Tel Aviv service will be available for sale beginning Wednesday, February 15, 2017, subject to final government approval.

 

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Day of Week

AC082

Montreal 18:35

Tel Aviv 12:15 + 1 day

Thursday, Sunday

AC083

Tel Aviv 13:55

Montreal 18:20

Monday, Friday

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