#Swoop; #WestJet; Winnipwg, #Manitoba
Winnipeg (Manitoba), Nov 17 (Canadian-Media): 11 direct flights between Winnipeg and Los Cabos, Mexico; Las Vegas, Nev.; Orlando, Fla.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Tampa Bay, Fla. are now being offered by Swoop -- a Canadian ultra low-cost carrier owned by WestJet.
Swoop. Image credit: Official site
The first flights to the newly added locations left the city on Friday.
"This weekend marks an exciting milestone for Winnipeg travellers, gaining access to more destinations across North America at an affordable price," said Swoop president Steven Greenway.
"Swoop's growing network offers more flights to popular destinations at an ultra-low fare for all Canadians to enjoy."
Swoop makes travel more accessible for Canadians by giving them the power to add only the things they want, the airline said in a news release announcing the new flights.
"Winnipeg Richardson International Airport travelers now have more options to explore North America thanks to Swoop," said Barry Rempel, president and CEO of the Winnipeg Airports Authority.
"Swoop recognizes the demand in this market for ultra low-cost air travel and [the Winnipeg Airports Authority] is pleased our partnership continues to evolve with the addition of these new routes."
The new flights will boost tourism in the city, said Economic Development Winnipeg president and CEO Dayna Spiring.
"Increased connectivity has the potential to strengthen our economy and is good for our community...These additional international flights make it easier for visitors to make their way to Winnipeg," said Spiring.
Flights from Winnipeg to Orlando, Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa Bay are being offered twice weekly, while service from Winnipeg to Los Cabos will be offered once a week until Dec. 18, when it will be changed to twice weekly.
Flights are now available for booking through to April 2020.
#PurchaseOfSpanishRivalAirEuropa; #TheInternationalAirlinesGroup; #Madrid; #Spain
Madrid (Spain), Nov 4 (Canadian-Media): An agreement has reached between the parent company of British Airways and Iberia to buy Spanish rival Air Europa for 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion), media reports said.
Air Europa. Image credit: Wikipedia
The purchase of Air Europa will be completed by the end of 2020, subject to the approval of competition regulators, stated The International Airlines Group (IAG) on Monday.
It is expected by IAG expects that the purchase of Air Europa would to turn its Madrid base into “a true rival” to Europe’s main air travel hubs in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London and Paris and to lead flights between Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean.
As one of the world’s largest airline groups, IAG flies to 268 destinations with 573 airplanes and 66 aircraft to 69 destinations in and outside of Spain are operated by Air Europa
British Columbia, Nov 3 (Canadian-Media): Sixteen SeaBus sailings cancelled Sunday because of continued job action, media reports said.
Sea Bus. Image credit: Wikipedia
The union, representing 5,000 bus drivers voted 99 per cent in favour of job action and served strike notice this week.
Contract talks broke down around noon Thursday and set the stage for the first phase of job action. Key issues in the ongoing contract dispute were wages, benefits, and working conditions.
As part of job action by transit operators across Metro Vancouver, sailings were first cancelled Friday afternoon as maintenance staff refused to work overtime.
On Friday, transit operators, like bus drivers, also refused to wear their Coast Mountain Bus Company uniforms in order to draw attention to their cause.