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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

So Many Flights delays and cancellations have already Affected Thousands of Travelers

This winter has unfortunately already proven itself to be a tyrant to Travel. Flight delays and cancellations have already affected thousands of Travelers and it's only early January  !
When Flights are cancelled, guests are usually re-accommodated on the next available Flight(s) to their destinations. How soon depends on the frequency of service on that route. If there are seven Flights a day it should only be a matter of hours (or less) between Flights. If a service is only once daily, as it is to many sun destinations, it would be 24 hours before a guest would reach his destination. The challenge with re-accommodation during peak Travel periods, especially Christmas, is that Flights are very full. Airlines may try and use a spare Aircraft if one is available, especially in cases where service is less frequent.

Larger Airlines like an Air Canada do add Flights when they have the extra crews and capacity, so if your Flight is cancelled and you try to rebook and cannot find something suitable, it is worth checking back frequently as more Flights can be added.

If the Flight is cancelled, you are entitled to a refund for the unused portion of your ticket on Airlines like Air Canada. When it is peak Travel season like this it can be days before you are able to be rebooked.  Most Airlines would refund if you ended up say renting a car and driving rather than flying.

If the Flight is delayed and it is weather related they do not have to provide hotels or meals.  Each Airline is different in what they do provide. Check your passenger rights. In the case of WestJet for example, they provide you with hotel vouchers if an overnight stay is required and you are not in your home city, plus they offer a meal and cab vouchers.

At this time of year, it's a good idea to consider interruption insurance. Many of the policies will provide some coverage due to weather delays. Often people decline cancellation and Interruption insurance as they feel it can be too much money but don't realize how valuable this interruption insurance can be at times like this. As we get into cruise season, it's particularly important for people who have made their own Flight arrangements and need to make
connecting Flights to a tour or cruise. Air Canada's On My Way, a trip interruption service gives you priority services in cases of disruption.

Other things to consider to ease the pain of a delayed or cancelled Flight:

Book first Flights out
Avoid layovers
Bring only carry on if you can

If you must do a connection avoid the northern states and rather if possible connect in Houston, Atlanta or somewhere further south vs. Chicago or Boston.  
Check the status of your Flight before leaving for the Airport even if the sky is blue. Weather elsewhere is very important, especially in the winter months. If there is bad weather in more than one city the delay could have a domino effect.

Bring with your phone numbers for the Airline and your Travel agent so you have all these details handy should you need them.   Often if there are big storms and cancellations the sooner you can get Re booked the better as space can disappear quickly.   Don't rely on one person at the Airline - think outside the box.  If you were flying from Ft Lauderdale can you rather get out of Miami or West Palm?  Fly home to Buffalo, Toronto, Hamilton, Montreal etc.   Don't forget car, bus or trains in extreme situations

Pack your patience

One last tip, if Airlines are changing / re-booking your ticket - make sure you get a new Eticket number, especially if they have endorsed it over to another Airline.  Just because you have a boarding pass it does not mean the Airline has reissued the new Eticket.


Skygreece Airlines (GW, Athens Int'l) has been granted route authority to operate scheduled International Services between European Union and Canada

Skygreece Airlines (GW, Athens Int'l) has been granted route authority by the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) to operate scheduled International Services between member states of the European Union and Canada.

As such, the licence paves the way for the Greek charter specialist to begin its planned 2x weekly Zagreb to Toronto Pearson service running from June 22 until October 15. Service is on-board the carrier's B767-300(ER).

SkyGreece Airlines S.A. is a private company incorporated in Athens, Greece with offices in Montreal, Toronto, and New York. The airline is also awaiting a response from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding its application for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit filed in March last year.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Royal Canadian Air Cadets from across Canada wrote their Flying Scholarship Qualification Exams

On Jan. 10, members of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets from across Canada wrote their Flying Scholarship Qualification Exams. In Castlegar, three Air cadets from Trail, Castlegar and Nelson wrote their exams.

In addition to their regular cadet activities, since September, the local cadets have been taking extra courses through the Selkirk College Aviation Department. The next step for the cadets will be a formal interview conducted by members of the B.C. Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League Canada and the Canadian Forces.

If selected for the Gliding Flying Scholarship, the cadets will attend a six-week course at CFB Comox. If selected for the Power Flying Scholarship, the cadets will attend a seven-week course at one of several locations in B.C. Approximately 80 cadets from B.C. will receive either their glider or powered civilian pilot licenses in the summer of 2015.

The scholarships are funded by the B.C. Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League Canada and the training is provided by the Canadian Forces.

These scholarships are two of the more senior courses that Air Cadets can attend. Other Senior Courses include an International Exchange, Advanced Aerospace and Advanced Aviation Technology – Aircraft Maintenance. Junior Cadets can attend summer training courses that are two or three weeks in duration in subjects such as Aviation, Survival, Sports and Fitness, Band and Marksmanship.

The Air Cadet Flying scholarship program has graduated some very notable Canadians such as astronauts Chris Hadfield and Jeremy Hansen and several members of the military performance Flying team, the Snowbirds, including Maryse Carmichael, their first female commanding officer.

The Air Cadet League of Canada, B.C. Committee owns a fleet of 14 Schweitzer 2-33 gliders and six Cessna 182 tow planes which they use to facilitate familiarization Flights for cadets across B.C.

The Royal Canadian Air Cadets, in partnership with the Air Cadet League of Canada and the Department of National Defence has been training youth in Canada for over 70 years. The cadets are the largest government funded youth program in Canada with over 50,000 participants across Canada. The Royal Canadian Air Cadets accepts youth between the ages of 12-18 who have a desire to learn more about the Air element of the Canadian Forces, wish to develop the attributes of leadership and good citizenship and who wish to promote physical fitness. While the program is military based, there is no obligation for a cadet to join the Canadian Armed Forces when he or she finishes their cadet career. Cadets are also encouraged to learn more about opportunities within Canada’s Aviation Industry.

Locally, there are Air Cadet Squadrons in Trail, Nelson, Castlegar and Grand Forks.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Canada's EIC Finalizes Acquisition of Provincial Aerospace

Provincial Airlines (PB, St. John's) parent, Provincial Aerospace Ltd. (PAL), has finalized a CAD246million (USD217.19million) take-over deal with Canada's Exchange Income Corporation (EIC), first announced in November 2014.

According to a filing, the EIC paid a total purchase price of approximately CAD246 million of which 5% was paid through the issuance of 523,188 common EIC shares. The balance, or CAD234 million, was financed through the Corporation’s unutilized credit facility. 

EIC is a diversified acquisition-oriented company whose interests focus on three sectors in particular: aviation services and equipment, metal manufacturing, and infrastructure services.

PAL is a diversified Canadian-based aerospace and aviation company among whose subsidiaries is Provincial Airlines, an independent Airline that operates a fleet of five Dash 8-100s, three Dash 8-300s, and two Saab 340Bs, on scheduled, charter and cargo services in Newfoundland, Labrador, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

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