Airline to begin seasonal service from Vancouver & Edmonton
Icelandair will take off from Vancouver to more than 20 destinations in Europe starting May 13, 2014 and continue through Oct. 12, 2015, with service twice a week.Flights will depart from Vancouver International Airport to Keflavik International Airport and connect to flights to Icelandair's European network, which includes Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm.
Icelandair will also provide service from Edmonton to more than 20 destinations in Europe starting March 26, 2014 and continue through Jan. 2015, with service four times a week.
The Icelandair schedule for 2014 is the biggest in the company's history and will increase by 18 per cent from 2013 with new gateways, new destinations and added frequency to several cities in North America and Europe.
“Our Seattle service, which serves those primarily south of the border, has been a success for us and we hope our Vancouver service will be just as popular,” said Birkir Holm Gudnason, CEO of Icelandair in a statement. “Besides adding Iceland as a nonstop destination from Vancouver, our service will make it much easier to travel to Scandinavia.”
An Air India passenger got a mile-high shock after being called an 'idiot' by the in-flight entertainment unit.
The bizarre incident happened on board a recent flight from London to New Delhi, the Times of India reported.
The female passenger, whose identity was not revealed, said she tried to watch a movie about 5 hr. into the flight but the entertainment unit wouldn't work properly.
She adjusted the switches and buttons, at 1st with no response. The next thing she knew, a rather rude message popped up on the screen.
At the top it read: "The selection is not currently available. Please try again." The message continued towards the bottom of the screen: "Lie low ... Sit down you idiot!"
The passenger complained to cabin crew and took a photo of the screen, which kept going blank. She said an airline employee apologized.
It's unclear exactly why the message popped up, with airline sources speculating it's only possible it was the handiwork of a disgruntled or mischievous employee.
An Air India spokesperson said the incident is being investigated but it appears to be an unfortunate coincidence: "Our investigation indicates that it was the English subtitle of a Hindi movie that the lady passenger was watching, which froze on the screen when the server went offline. The matter has been taken up with the concerned authorities for rectification."
However, the messages at the top and bottom of the screen appeared to be in the same font, making it more likely to be some techie’s idea of a joke.
Travellers may face delays over Labour Day weekend!!
72- Hour Strike Notice Served At YVR The Union representing workers employed directly by the Vancouver Airport Authority has served 72 hour strike notice at the airport.
Job action could begin as soon as Friday, Aug. 30.
Approximately 300 members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada/Union of Canadian Transportation Employees Local 20221 provide key services such as emergency response, international arrivals customer care, runway maintenance, airfield & approach lighting, passenger loading operations, maintenance and administrative services at the airport.
"We felt we had no choice." said Bob Jackson, regional executive vice-president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada in a statement. "YVR is demanding concessions but at the same time are budgeting millions of dollars per year on capital projects. Our members find this unacceptable."
The Airport Authority has tabled language that weakens apprenticeship provisions in the collective agreement and wants to create a two-tier wage system by creating a new class of 'seasonal' workers.
"Job action will cause significant delays at the airport and we are advising travelers to plan accordingly," said Dave Clark, regional vice-president of the UCTE in a release. "The public should contact YVR or their airline to check on the status of their flights."
Eleventh-hour negotiations with the assistance of a federal mediator are scheduled for Aug. 28 and 29.
"We hope our talks are productive but we are prepared to take job action if necessary. The ball is in YVR's court." Clark said.
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
As posted By Tiffany Heimpel on February 7, 2012
As you know, I have four weddings to attend in three countries in one month this July.
As I wrote about last week, this entire venture looks like it will cost me just under $14,000. $7000 of this is accounted for in flights and car rentals between Niece, Detroit and Toronto. After I wrote this post, Kirsty from Flight Center contacted me via Twitter to let me know she could check around to see if she could find me a better deal. Being someone who fancy’s themselves fairly web savvy, I thought, how great a deal could she really find?
With the availability of do it yourself sites like Expedia.ca, Priceline.com, and Hotels.com, I haven’t used a travel agent in eons. To be honest, I don’t think I have ever used a travel agent. Maybe my parents did but that would have been ages ago! I have always spent hours perusing sites, comparing deals, putting together the best package because I was under the impression I could do it best and for less.
After being contacted by Kirsty Connolly from Flight Center, I am changing my tune.
Within a few hours of posting this (thank you Twitter) she let me know she could look around and source some travel options. I agreed, thinking it would take her as long as it normally took me. Translation - I didn’t expect to hear from her for a few days. Within minutes she got back to me with a travel plan to fly from Toronto to Niece, Niece to Detroit and Detroit to Toronto for $1580 TAXES IN!!! That’s a savings of $5420!!! Not to mention how much time she saved me by not to look for it myself! I suppose this is why one uses travel agents.
You wouldn’t fix your plumbing if you didn’t know what you were doing no matter how much do-it-yourself stuff was available at Home Depot. So what makes making travel plans any different? I am certainly at fault for not using travel agents but after being privy to this, I’m taking a new direction. I love saving money but I also love saving time and Kirsty managed to do both… and on such a whim! There was no guarantee I’d purchase my flights from her or Flight Center and yet she went out her way regardless. Doesn’t that make you want to work with someone that much more?
I haven’t met Kirsty, I have never used Flight Center, but I just wanted to say thank you for reaching out. It’s was sincerely appreciated.
By Tiffany Heimpel on February 7, 2012
Union of Canadian Transportation Employees votes in favor of job action
A possible strike could cause delays for travellers arriving or departing from Vancouver Airport in the near future, as workers represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)/Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of job action.
A strike could take place as soon as the Labour Day long weekend.
"Workers at the airport voted 83 per cent in favour of strike action last week," said Bob Jackson, PSAC regional executive vice-president for B.C. in a statement. "PSAC members are united behind their Bargaining Team and prepared to walk the picket line if necessary."
Approximately 300 members of PSAC/UCTE Local 20221 employed by the Airport Authority provide key services such as emergency response, international arrivals customer care, runway maintenance, airfield & approach lighting, passenger loading operations, maintenance and administrative services at the airport.
Key bargaining issues include an option to work flexible hours and protection from contracting out.
"We felt we had no choice but to take a strike vote." said Dave Clark, regional vice-president of the UCTE, a Component of the PSAC in a release, "YVR says they're one of B.C.'s top employers, but are refusing to discuss our demands around work-life balance and job security. They also want to weaken the apprenticeship provisions in our Collective Agreement and create a two-tier wage system by creating a new class of 'seasonal' workers."
"We're prepared to strike if our key issues aren't dealt with. The next move is up to the employer," Clark added.
TD Bank will officially become the primary credit card issuer for Aeroplan as of Jan. 1, 2014.This means the bank will replace the loyalty program's current financial partner, CIBC.
The move was somewhat expected after Aeroplan pointed at the pending change with the announcement of its program enhancements in June, saying "TD Bank Group (TD) will become its new financial credit card partner...unless CIBC chooses to exercise its contractual right to match the terms of the agreement which expires on Aug. 9, 2013."
Now, there are ongoing active discussions among TD, Aimia (Aeroplan's parent company) and CIBC about a broad framework that would see CIBC retain cards held by their franchise banking customers which are about half the portfolio and TD acquire the remainder.
The parties are trying to reach agreement, complete due diligence and finalize definitive documentation by Aug. 26, 2013, however, according to TD, "There can be no assurances that an agreement will be reached."
"There are ongoing active discussions among Aimia, TD and CIBC about a broad framework that would see CIBC retain cards held by their existing customers. Should this happen, there could be Aeroplan co-branded cards offered by both CIBC and TD," according to an Aeroplan spokesperson. "It's important to note that nothing changes this year for Aeroplan Members – they can continue to earn miles on their CIBC Aero credit cards.
"Also, it's important to point out that all miles are deposited into a member's Aeroplan account (not tied to a credit card) so members can always redeem their miles."
As it stands, beginning in January 2014, TD will offer a full suite of co-branded Aeroplan Visa credit cards, giving customers several ways to earn miles for flights and enjoy other features and benefits of the Aeroplan program, including benefits within Aeroplan's new Distinction recognition program which also launches in January.
Customers will be able to choose from enhanced premium, premium and mid-market co-branded Aeroplan credit cards, each providing different benefits and earn rates. It is expected that the new co-branded credit card line-up will also include a credit card for U.S. residents and a credit card for Canadian small business owners.
Vacationers on Holland America Line's ms Statendam in Alaska got more adventure than they expected on Friday, when their cruise turned into a rescue operation for 103 tourists on a disabled sightseeing boat.
Statendam responded to a call for aid to assist the 79-foot sightseeing vessel Baranof Wind, which had lost power in the ice near John Hopkins Glacier after a mechanical problem.
The ship lowered two tenders and picked up 102 tourists and one Glacier Bay National Park ranger.
After dropping off the sightseers in Bartlett Cove, where the Baranof Wind's excursion originated, it sailed on to Seward, Alaska, where it arrived on schedule.
Monday, August 5, 2013
1. Have fun on the Pirate Deck and enjoy the only Fireworks at sea!
2. Experience French inspired Gourmet cuisine in the adult only restaurant.
3. Splash in the pools and enjoy the water slide high above the decks.
4. Have fun at Broadway style musicals and Live Stage Spectaculars.
5. Get away in the Ocean view Spa and adult-exclusive pool.
Online travel agency Travel Click Holidays (www.travelclickholidays.co.uk) has ceased trading weeks after complaints about it began appearing on customer forums.
The Civil Aviation Authority has issued a posting on its website saying the Enfield firm, which sold package holidays and flight-only trips, has ceased trading with immediate effect.
The company's own website is just a homepage with a message saying: "Website is currently being updated. We apologise for any inconvenience."
An ABTA member with a small ATOL licence, the agency had become the subject of a number of complaints on a holidaywatchdog.com forumin the last month.
Customers claimed they had paid for holidays and received no further information and said when they complained the company had been rude and dismissive.
Some said they had booked with Travel Click Holidays through other websites and via email alerts, such as Secret Escapes and Travelzoo.
Monday, July 22, 2013
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