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shoelessjoe Aug 12, 2021 2:50 AM

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Originally Posted by ScreamingViking (Post 9362362)
That makes sense too.

Did you fly often out of Detroit pre-pandemic? Hamilton's other challenge has been availability of cheaper flights from Buffalo, and I imagine Windsor suffers from that too during a "normal" time.

To the U.S. yes...generally on Delta or Southwest. DTW is a major hub for Delta -- so the options and destinations are endless -- however Delta's relative dominance means DTW isn't a particularly low-cost airport (although Spirit has a large operation there as well). Porter has run YQG-SFB seasonally in the past, but that has been the limit of YQG's service to the U.S. (given the proximity of DTW).

That being said, Europe-bound tends to be significantly cheaper from YQG on AC (via YYZ) vs. nonstop out of DTW, often the fares are about 1/2 before even accounting for the exchange rate -- so there is (in non-covid times) significant traffic from the U.S. to YQG. I have been on one of the late afternoon/early evening AC flights out of YQG and it is (at least seemingly) 50% U.S. residents...in that sense the market here is somewhat unique. YHM will always be somewhat handicapped by proximity to BUF -- but the population is growing and some people will choose convenience over cost, especially coming out of 18 months of crossing the border being a non-starter.

LikeHamilton Aug 12, 2021 3:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Boost the Hammer (Post 9362576)
Happened to be at the Airport today. Across the road, easterly, from the new DHL building is a large open field with a LIUNA/Fengate sign on it. Not aware of a project there, can anyone update or advise.

They just closed the deal on the property. Just advertising it is available.

HamAviMech Sep 16, 2021 6:19 PM

Westjet Cargo
 
I see on google maps and if you type in "westjet cargo" in google, it shows it at Hamilton Airport. Does anyone know if they're flying their cargo converted planes out of Hamilton now?

TheHonestMaple Sep 30, 2021 4:33 PM

DHL opens doors of $100M Hamilton Gateway Facility

LikeHamilton Sep 30, 2021 9:03 PM

From another DHL article.

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He said plans are already underway within the massive building to increase the hub area. He said proposals are to expand it in 2022, because “this was one of the smoothest (relocation) transitions of any building in the DHL network.”

Bargotra said DHL can double the capacity within a year, possibly hitting 200,000 packages.

SteelTown Sep 30, 2021 10:11 PM

A friend of mine works at DHL now. He likes his part, driving.

Bring on the expansion! More J-O-B-S please :tup:

ScreamingViking Sep 30, 2021 11:05 PM

This Spec article (originally SC News) has a few other numbers and details about future expansion of the operation (with the new setup it seems... it does note the 2022 building expansion as well)

Hamilton Airport officials see nothing but yellow sunshine with DHL's $100-million expansion

- DHL had employed 225 people during its peak season, but the expansion will provide an extra 150 jobs to the area
- Currently, said Gagan Bargotra, senior manager at DHL Express, the facility ships 25,000 packages per day, with a high of 35,000 packages daily on Mondays. When the facility starts its hub operations Oct. 18, it is projected to ship 50,000 to 55,000 packages per day.
- Bargotra said in the old facility, sorting packages took about 12 hours. In the new, expanded automatic-dominated facility, the same number of packages can be sorted within five hours
- Bargotra said DHL can double the capacity within a year, possibly hitting 200,000 packages. “Every conveyor belt can be doubled up,” he said.
- Since 2019, DHL Express has grown in shipments per day within Canada by about 40 per cent. The company has seen “holiday season-like” shipping volumes throughout North and South America. Every month, 60 per cent of the total Canadian shipments are cleared at Hamilton International Airport.
- The Hamilton airport has seen accelerated growth from its cargo traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic with such shipping companies as Cargojet, UPS, Amazon, Canada Post, Purolator and DHL responding to a jump in e-commerce and the movement in medical supplies, such as vaccines and personal protective equipment. There have been about 10 per cent more landings at the airport in 2020 compared to 2019, with a 6.5-per-cent increase in cargo-related revenue as of June 30, 2020.

Beedok Oct 1, 2021 12:34 PM

I wonder if Hamilton’s airport was the major Canadian airport to best weather the pandemic.

ScreamingViking Oct 1, 2021 1:50 PM

Hamilton was one of only two listed by Statistics Canada that had higher cargo tonnage in 2020 than 2019, an increase of more than 24% (Winnipeg was the other, with 2.7% more total cargo). Cargo flights were up 20% at YHM as well.

Cargo shipped in the holds of passenger planes must have really dipped at most other airports, due to the drop in passenger flights... 60-70% fewer of those flights at major airports.

Cargo data: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1...pid=2310025401
Passenger flight data: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1...pid=2310025301

LikeHamilton Oct 1, 2021 6:20 PM

YHM Will most likly the only airport in Canada that has made money.

Also from Forge and Foster

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Sonoma Homes sold 12.6 acres of commercial land nearby the Hamilton Airport, for $550,000/acre to H & Z Group Inc

Djeffery Oct 3, 2021 3:33 PM

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Originally Posted by ScreamingViking (Post 9412055)
This Spec article (originally SC News) has a few other numbers and details about future expansion of the operation (with the new setup it seems... it does note the 2022 building expansion as well)

Hamilton Airport officials see nothing but yellow sunshine with DHL's $100-million expansion

- DHL had employed 225 people during its peak season, but the expansion will provide an extra 150 jobs to the area
- Currently, said Gagan Bargotra, senior manager at DHL Express, the facility ships 25,000 packages per day, with a high of 35,000 packages daily on Mondays. When the facility starts its hub operations Oct. 18, it is projected to ship 50,000 to 55,000 packages per day.
- Bargotra said in the old facility, sorting packages took about 12 hours. In the new, expanded automatic-dominated facility, the same number of packages can be sorted within five hours
- Bargotra said DHL can double the capacity within a year, possibly hitting 200,000 packages. “Every conveyor belt can be doubled up,” he said.
- Since 2019, DHL Express has grown in shipments per day within Canada by about 40 per cent. The company has seen “holiday season-like” shipping volumes throughout North and South America. Every month, 60 per cent of the total Canadian shipments are cleared at Hamilton International Airport.
- The Hamilton airport has seen accelerated growth from its cargo traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic with such shipping companies as Cargojet, UPS, Amazon, Canada Post, Purolator and DHL responding to a jump in e-commerce and the movement in medical supplies, such as vaccines and personal protective equipment. There have been about 10 per cent more landings at the airport in 2020 compared to 2019, with a 6.5-per-cent increase in cargo-related revenue as of June 30, 2020.

Surprising that being the world leader in small packages that DHL is that they would build a facility so large that can only handle that small amount of pieces in a day. The new Purolator hub in Toronto that opens this fall is modelled on European DHL facilities and will run 65,000 pieces an hour through it. Even the new UPS building up on Dixie Rd can do 35k an hour and it's not a primary sort hub.

ScreamingViking Oct 3, 2021 6:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Djeffery (Post 9413945)
Surprising that being the world leader in small packages that DHL is that they would build a facility so large that can only handle that small amount of pieces in a day. The new Purolator hub in Toronto that opens this fall is modelled on European DHL facilities and will run 65,000 pieces an hour through it. Even the new UPS building up on Dixie Rd can do 35k an hour and it's not a primary sort hub.

Sounds like they've just right-sized the processing capability for now. It will be able to process 28,000 per hour, so if they do double up the conveyors as noted it will be in the same ballpark as that Toronto facility.

https://www.thespec.com/business/202...-facility.html

LikeHamilton Oct 6, 2021 2:27 PM

Airlines plead with feds to allow international flights in Hamilton

By Sebastian Bron Spectator Reporter Wed., Oct. 6, 2021

WestJet and Swoop are pleading with the federal government to green-light commercial international flights in and out of Hamilton after months of restrictions amid COVID-19.

The major Canadian airlines called restoring Hamilton’s international airport designation — stripped in March 2020 at the onset of the pandemic — an “urgent and necessary” measure at a roundtable discussion Monday.

“We believe all Canadian communities should participate in the (air travel) recovery, and that Hamilton shouldn’t be excluded,” said Andy Gibbons, vice-president of government relations at WestJet. “We are asking for immediate and urgent notification that Hamilton will be able to accept international flights this winter.”

There are presently nine airports in Canada permitted to accept international flights — a limited list that was upped from four last August in the wake of new travel mandates.

But travel advisories across the country should evolve to reflect rising vaccination rates, Gibbons argued. He said aviation will “likely” be Canada’s first fully vaccinated industry at the end of October.

“This is also a public health and COVID management issue,” he said. “We should be expanding the airport list so we can ensure that guests are spread out across multiple airports in Canada. We don’t want over-congestion in a limited number of airports.”

The delay in restoring Hamilton’s international airport status has caused Swoop to push back a fleet of tropic-bound flights scheduled for October.

Those triweekly or weekly flights — to Cancun and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, and Montego Bay in Jamaica — are now slated for takeoff in November, said Charles Duncan, president of the low-fare carrier.

“The airport is ready to accept international travellers,” he said, adding that, just on Monday, Swoop hired 33 new, Hamilton-based flight attendants. “Our international network is ready to go.”

So, too, said Cathie Puckering, president and CEO of the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.

After a 2020 that saw airport guests drop by 66 per cent, Puckering said John C. Munro made “record-breaking investments” in construction and education to mend passengers’ reservations about flying during COVID.

“We have done everything that we can do to modify this facility to demonstrate we are safe,” said Puckering, later adding: “We are in a ready-state to serve our local community … We cannot lose anymore time.”

https://www.thespec.com/business/202...-hamilton.html

LikeHamilton Oct 6, 2021 7:46 PM

Swoop targeting November return for international flights from Hamilton’s airport

By Don Mitchell Global News October 6, 2021

The president of ultra-low-cost air carrier Swoop says it’s setting its sights on a November resumption of international passenger service out of Hamilton’s John C. Munro airport.

Charles Duncan says a pair of Florida destinations — St. Pete/Clearwater and Orlando — are the targets next month with the hopes of expanding flights to Mexico and the Caribbean in December, assuming they can get clearances from Ottawa.

“We do need some help from the federal government, from Transport Canada, to make that a reality,” Duncan told 900 CHML’s Good Morning Hamilton.

“We’re just getting all of the horses aligned, if you will, to make that happen.”

Duncan says the airline is awaiting an update to the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) from the Trudeau government which restricted direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada and from a number of international destinations following advice from public health amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, parent company WestJet and Swoop hosted a 90-minute restart roundtable in Hamilton to get a vision of what travel would be like for the entities post-pandemic.

In the darkest days of COVID, staff revealed a 90 per cent decrease in demand for passenger service and in revenue — worse than what was seen amid SARS and 9-11.

The impact to Hamilton’s international passenger service was a 66 per cent decrease in visits between 2019 and 2020 contributing to Ontario’s loss of $5.2 billion in tourism overall since the start of COVID-19 restrictions.

A recent economic impact study from the airlines revealed, pre-pandemic, the two contributed $80 million in GDP for the city which included 500 full-time jobs.

The unprecedented decline in demand for flights in the industry as a whole saw WestJet lay off over 9,000 of its pre-pandemic workforce of 14,000 between March and June of 2020.

Up until the summer of 2021, Swoop only had three weekly flights from Hamilton International Airport, to Edmonton and Abbotsford, but saw a return of flights to Kelowna, Winnipeg and Halifax in June.

The international restart for Swoop largely depends on travel advisory changes from Ottawa tied to COVID-19 vaccination rates, changes to mandatory testing when reentering Canada, child travel policies and the restoration of full service to the county’s airports.

“The federal government has been mandating that all of our employees — and that’s every single employee — be fully vaccinated by the end of this month,” Duncan said.

“They’re also rolling out a requirement for full vaccination of all of the travellers who are on all modes of transportation, not only airlines but via rail and others.”

As of October, only 10 airports across Canada have approval from Ottawa to continue international service. Duncan said WestJet and Swoop are “angling” to ensure that Hamilton is the 11th.

The future is already looking a bit brighter in terms of employment for Swoop, which began training recalls and new staff in anticipation of a restart in the months ahead.

“Just this week on Monday, we have 33 new flight attendants from the Hamilton area who were training to join Swoop later next month,” Duncan said.

https://globalnews.ca/news/8247060/s..._campaign=2021

JakeLRS Oct 18, 2021 7:42 PM

YKF (Kitchener-Waterloo) will be getting flights to Ottawa (YOW) and Montreal (YUL) with upstart Pivot Airlines.


I really hope we get direct flights to Montreal again. Does anyone remember why Air Canada stopped them in the first place?

LikeHamilton Oct 18, 2021 8:38 PM

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Originally Posted by JakeLRS (Post 9426811)
I really hope we get direct flights to Montreal again. Does anyone remember why Air Canada stopped them in the first place?

They chased the passenger back to Toronto by cancelling more flights then flights that went. They made the run unreliable! You came to Hamilton and then took a cab at Air Canada's cost to Toronto an then a flight from there to Montreal.

shoelessjoe Oct 19, 2021 1:10 AM

Opportunity cost on some level -- the service did reasonably well however AC (and Jazz through their CPA) decided the aircraft could be deployed more profitably elsewhere in the network. I have wondered if -- with the 'shakeup' brought about by COVID if perhaps AC might return -- it's a distinct possibility however the fleet (including at Jazz) has been culled to an extent.

Pivot - for the record - is the remains of Air Georgian - which previously had a CPA with AC and operated both the CRJ and Beech 1900D out of YYZ. Their fleet currently consists of a have a single CRJ.

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Originally Posted by JakeLRS (Post 9426811)
YKF (Kitchener-Waterloo) will be getting flights to Ottawa (YOW) and Montreal (YUL) with upstart Pivot Airlines.


I really hope we get direct flights to Montreal again. Does anyone remember why Air Canada stopped them in the first place?


LikeHamilton Oct 19, 2021 3:42 AM

From Pivot Airlines

Pivot Airlines (legally 2746904 Ontario Inc.) is a Canadian charter airline founded in 2020 after purchasing the assets of Air Georgian. The airline's Canadian air operator certificate allows for the operation of CRJ-100 series aircraft.

Pivot Airlines entered in a formal arrangement with the Region of Waterloo International Airport to provide scheduled domestic air service to Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor and Montreal. We are excited to form a true partnership with the Region of Waterloo International Airport by having their support in helping develop regional markets aimed at serving Waterloo Region.

Service commences upon receipt of the necessary regulatory approvals and is contingent upon a loosening of COVID-19 travel-related restrictions; flights will be operated with Canadian-made CRJ jets and De Havilland Dash 8 regional turboprops.

Our agreement with YKF allows us to build maintenance, operations and office facilities at the airport, which will enable us to serve the community and travelling public better while creating local jobs.

Pivot Airlines is part of the Binder Capital Corporation who also own Central Mountain Air in BC & Alberta. They fly de Havilland Dash 8-100, de Havilland Dash 8-300, Dornier 328 and Beechcraft 1900D aircraft.

LikeHamilton Oct 19, 2021 4:25 AM

I always thought that London Airport would be the competition for Hamilton and not Waterloo International. They have a plan for up to 2.5 million passengers annually. They are owned by the Region of Waterloo and don’t seem to have a problem finding money.

Construction underway on Waterloo International Airport's $44M expansion

Stephanie Villella CTV News Kitchener Oct. 14, 2021

WATERLOO - Construction is underway on the Region of Waterloo International Airport's $44 million expansion project.

The project should see the airport double in size in the next six months in a bid to increase the number of passengers from 70,000 in 2019 to more than one million in 2023.

Region of Waterloo Chair Karen Redman, council, and staff celebrated the occasion Thursday by putting shovels in the ground.

“It is an exciting time for the region and today is an important milestone as the airport continues to grow and drive a thriving economy,” said Redman in a release. “Airline partners have recently announced an increase in destinations and frequency of flights, which will move the airport to the next level in world-class service. This will also provide more opportunities for the Region in terms of jobs and economic expansion.”

The project, which initially broke ground this summer, includes the construction of two buildings featuring baggage carousels, holding areas, food services, retail and pre-board screening.

"The increased commercial service into our Region coupled with increased capacity gives our destination a competitive edge and bodes well for the strength and growth of the community," said Minto Schneider, chief executive of Explore Waterloo Region.

Officials said the expansion, which is receiving $4 million from the federal government, will help drive economic growth in the region, create jobs and support tourism.

“This investment in the airport will help to ensure we are attracting people and companies to put down roots in Waterloo Region,” Redman said. “This growth is just the beginning as we build a community that is globally competitive and one of the world’s greatest places to live.”

Redman adds that about 80,000 passengers came through the airport in 2019, but that number is expected to grow by one million by 2023.
WestJet, Sunwing, Pivot Airlines, and Flair are all flying out of the regional airport, but plans are in the works for others to come.

"This has been successful, so this may see other airlines say okay maybe we should think about that," said Chris Wood, the general manager for the airport.

In 2017, WestJet cancelled its weekly flight to Orlando due to demand issues, and in the summer Flair cancelled a number of flights out of the region's airport as well.

"They're not going to continue to lose money on routes that aren't working," said Wood. "You can now fly to Calgary. I think you could buy tickets today for $89. You could never do that before."

The terminal expansion project is expected to be completed next spring, but the new arrivals building should be up and running by the end of 2021.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...786001ce_c.jpgwaterloo-international-airport-expansion-1-5623149-1634232109721 by , on Flickr


The 20 Year Airport Master Plan consists of five development stages. Each stage is triggered by pre-set annual passenger volume:

Stage 1 - Upon approval of 20 Year Airport Master Plan (April 2017)
Plan for 500,000 passengers a year

Stage 2 - Airport reaches 250,000 passengers (Roughly 3 Boeing 737 flights per day)
Plan for 1 million passengers & build for 500,000 passengers annually

Stage 3 - Airport reaches 500,000 passengers (Roughly 6 Boeing 737 flights per day)
Plan for 1.5 million passengers & build for 1 million passengers annually

Stage 4 - Airport reaches 1 million passengers (Roughly 12 Boeing 737 flights per day)
Build for 1.5 million passengers annually

Stage 5 - Airport reaches 1.5 million passengers (Roughly 18 Boeing 737 flights per day)
Build for 2.5 million passengers annually

thistleclub Oct 23, 2021 2:54 PM

Swoop sold flights from Hamilton to sunny destinations — even though it isn’t allowed to fly them
(Hamilton Spectator, Sebastian Bron, Oct 23 2021)

Swoop cancelled 40 tropic-bound flights this month due to federal travel restrictions at Hamilton’s international airport — but only after the low-cost carrier sold tickets to unwitting customers.

The flights — to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico — were available to book as early as June, when the airline announced a fleet of departures to sunny destinations set to start taking off in October.

Commercial flights between John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as Central and South America, have been grounded by the federal government since at least February 2021.

Swoop said in a statement all impacted travellers were provided with options for “reaccommodation,” including refunds, flights out of Toronto or flights out of Hamilton at a later date.

“A relatively small number of travellers (were) impacted,” said spokesperson Denise Kenny. Swoop, however, would not specify how many…

The Canadian Transport Agency said it has received 131 complaints, including 20 from Hamilton, related to Swoop since Aug. 1. A spokesperson said “it does not appear” any of them relate to this flight-cancellation issue.

The low-fare carrier isn’t the only airline to offer international passenger flights out of airports without federal clearance.

This week, Sunwing told London passengers who booked December flights to sunny spots to rebook their trips, while Flair sold tickets to Florida from Waterloo that it couldn’t guarantee.

The abrupt cancellations come as airlines across the country plea with the government to clear a travel advisory primarily affecting smaller, regional airports, including Hamilton. At present, international commercial flights are only permitted at nine major Canadian airports.

“We have done everything that we can do to modify this facility to demonstrate we are safe,” John C. Munro president and CEO Cathie Puckering said at an Oct. 4 roundtable discussion. “We are in a ready-state to serve our local community … We cannot lose any more time.”

As of Friday, Swoop — which hired 33 new Hamilton-based flight attendants last month in anticipation of the advisory being lifted — was still selling flights to sun-drenched locales, including Mexico in December and Jamaica in January.

“Swoop’s schedules are built many months in advance,” said spokesperson Kenny, who later added: “We remain optimistic that the federal government will extend its list of approved airports to receive international travellers to include Hamilton.”

The discount carrier said it will provide passengers with advance notice should it be required to postpone service again.


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