Friday, September 23, 2011

American and WestJet continue to expand codeshares

From Airline Route Updates, American and WestJet have further expanded the routes they code share on:

American Airlines operated by WestJet
Calgary – Edmonton
Calgary – Phoenix
Calgary – San Diego
Edmonton – Phoenix (eff 01OCT11)

WestJet operated by American Airlines
Los Angeles – Fresno
Miami – Jacksonville FL
Miami – Key West
Miami – Nashville
Miami – New Orleans
Miami – Pensacola
Toronto – Boston

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Air Canada increases service to Maui again

Further to my post in June on Air Canada increasing service to Maui to 5x weekly, it appears they are further increasing it to 6x weekly. Although not finalized, the latest version of Air Canada's winter schedule shows the flight operating everyday except Sundays.

Hat tip to Johnny Aussie on SSP

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Earn up to 105,000+ Bonus BA Miles between YYC and LHR (or beyond)

British Airways is running a new promo for their Executive Club members in North America which of course includes us here in YYC. The offer although limited to Full Fare tickets is definitely worth taking advantage of you or your employer buys these type of fares. The offer is as follows (as taken from my Rewards Canada site)

British Airways Executive Club
Earn up to 105,000 (and more) Bonus Avios Points/BA Miles when you fly on a full-fare, transatlantic round-trip ticket for travel beginning and ending in North America. Valid for flights that are operated and/or marketed by American Airlines, British Airways or Iberia Airlines in the following booking classes: First (booking classes F, A), Business Class (booking classes J, C, D, R, I) World Traveller Plus Premium Economy (booking classes W, E, T) and Economy (booking classes Y, B, H)
- 25,000 bonus Avios points/BA Miles for first round-trip purchased and flown as an Executive Club member in a qualifying full-fare
- 35,000 bonus Avios points/BA Miles for second round-trip purchased and flown as an Executive Club member in a qualifying full-fare
- 45,000 bonus Avios points/BA Miles for third (and each additional) round-trip purchased and flown as an Executive Club member in a qualifying full-fare
Full Details, Online Registration & Booking (Registration is required) Until Dec 31, 11
Valid for residents of U.S. and Canada only

Monday, September 19, 2011

WestJet and El Al sign interline agreement

On September 12th WestJet signed an interline agreement with Israel's El Al Airlines. The agreement will allow consumers to purchase one ticket for flights from Israel to Toronto on El Al and connect to WestJet flights within Canada (including Calgary of course) and to Florida and the Caribbean.

To celebrate El Al Matmid Club members can earn 20% bonus Matmid points on the WestJet portion of their flights during the month of December.

Source: Shalom Life

Thursday, September 15, 2011

July 2011 Passenger Statistics

The slight increase in passenger growth seen at YYC in June has been negated with a decrease in July traffic when compared to 2010. Overall July 2011 saw a decrease of 0.9% from the same month last year.

Broken down domestic and International traffic were the sectors driving the decrease with a drop of 0.8% and 7.4% respectively while Transborder traffic increased by 2.9%. This has been a tough year for international numbers at YYC with the year to date numbers running 1.4% below 2010 and the huge drop in July is surprising given that it is summer holidays and the Stampede was taking place.

July 2011
Domestic: 869,246
Transborder: 221,480
International: 118,164


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Air Canada reducing some capacity out of YYC

First off let me apologize to the readers of this blog, it has been over a month since I posted anything. A busy work schedule has kept me away from this 'fun blog' of mine as my focus has been on all my Loyalty sites and consulting. This does not mean that I have forgotten about Iflycalgary or YYC in general. My love of travel and passion for flying out of YYC has not diminished and I know I am not the only one. In fact, I would recommend visiting the "Calgary International Airport" thread over on Skyscraper pages. the news in that thread is as current as it can get because you have a group of guys (and probably some girls) who are just as passionate or more passionate then I am about YYC. I really should just stop lurking there and start to participate in the dialogue. In fact, today's news comes from one of the posters in that thread:

Although not huge, "Johnny Aussie" posted that Air Canada is cutting flights to London, ON and San Francisco plus there are are reductions to Saskatoon and Castlegar. Saskatoon is going to 6 flights per day from 7 and Castlegar is losing service on weekends (weekday flights remain). According to the post Air Canada has dropped 17 frequencies per week out of YYC for this upcoming winter season compared to last winter.