On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) assessed COVID-19 as a pandemic. This assessment by the WHO is not unexpected. Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change the WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by COVID-19 and it does not change what the WHO is doing. Explore
After Canadian Transport Minister, Marc Garneau announced that he was issuing a safety notice to ground the Boeing 737 MAX 8, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has followed suit. The FAA issued an order for the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by U.S. airlines or in U.S. territory yesterday (March 13).Explore
WestJet took the travel trade in Western Canada behind-the-scenes last week to show off its brand, new 787 Dreamliner.
Those hoping to obtain or renew a Nexus pass will have to wait until the shutdown is over to reschedule interviews with U.S. customs. Canadians travelling to the United States may want to check their flight status or plan for delays because of a shortage of airport screeners, as the U.S. government shutdown became the longest in history on the weekend.Explore
Le Boat Canadian boating vacations are the perfect way to discover the beauty of the Rideau Canal. One of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century, the Rideau Canal is the oldest continuously-operated canal system in North America. Explore
Canadian-based corporate travel management company MeritBiz has launched a new business travel app for iPhone and Android devices, designed to deliver “best in class itinerary management and duty of care solutions.”
The app, self-titled MeritBiz, has a suite of features centred around four key principles – traveller support, itinerary management, communication and duty of care. With the app, clients are able to access detailed city maps with restaurants and points of interest without the requirement of mobile data. They’ll also be able to manage their expenses, store their travel documents and embed other pertinent travel information from other apps like Uber and OpenTable.Explore
Air Canada will launch its own loyalty program in 2020 when the airline’s commercial agreement with Aimia – the operator of Aeroplan – expires.
Effective June 30, 2020, Aeroplan will no longer be the loyalty program for Air Canada. Aeroplan has been independently owned and operated by Aimia for almost a decade.Explore
The number of Service Canada Centres offering passport services across the country will double from 151 to more than 300, providing Canadians with more options when applying for or renewing a passport.
According to a statement by the Government of Canada, the expansion will result in more than 97 per cent of Canadians having access to passport services within a 100 km distance of their home.
Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of families, children and social development, and Ahmed Hussen, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, made the announcement yesterday. Service Canada Centre locations across the country are now receiving passport applications and validating citizenship documents.Explore
The Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) reports that the more than 1,400 pilots at WestJet have voted for representation by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA).
With 97% of eligible pilots participating in the election, 62% voted in favour of joining the world’s largest pilot union.
“WestJet pilots told us that it’s time for a certified union, and the Organizing Committee worked hard to build unity within their group,” said ALPA president, Capt. Tim Canoll. “With ALPA representation, pilot unity plays an integral role in supporting the process of negotiating a legally binding collective agreement.”Explore