Air Canada reschedules flights after problems with regional carrier

Ryan Ross
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Air Canada Charlottetown Airport

Canada’s biggest airline has had to do some shuffling of its flights out of Charlottetown after problems with Air Canada’s newest regional carrier led to delays and cancellations.

Doug Newson, the Charlottetown Airport Authority’s CEO, said Air Canada moved some of its regional flights to Air Georgian last week, but has temporarily replaced them with the company’s own airplanes.

“They’ve had some challenges, I guess, in the first week working out some operational issues with Air Georgian,” he said.

The switch back to Air Canada plans has been ongoing since the switch last week.

There were six Air Georgian flights cancelled on Tuesday and replaced with Air Canada planes.

Newson said that would continue for a few days until the operational issues are resolved.

Prior to the change on May 1, Air Canada used Jazz as its regional on some routes, but its flights out of Charlottetown will be limited to the Montreal route.

Air Georgian will fly to Toronto and Ottawa while Evas Air will fly to Halifax.

Newson said Air Georgian is still adjusting to the new routes and planes, which caused some issues.

“Hopefully they’ll work out those kinks and we’ll be back to normal very soon.”

Air Georgian had been flying in and out of Charlottetown with other aircraft, but needed certification with Transport Canada, which was delayed a few days, and crews needed to be trained on the airplane, Newson said.

“It’s a big change to start flying a new route with a new plane.”

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Organizations: Air Canada, Air Georgian, Charlottetown Airport Authority Transport Canada

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Canada, Montreal Toronto Ottawa Halifax

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  • Kemim
    May 18, 2014 - 16:06

    Ohhhh you better replace that picture before you get sued for brand defamation. That is a JAZZ AIR LP. operated airplane for Air Canada on contract in the picture and not the sub-par AIR GEORGIAN that had to have its flights replaced. That's what you get when you only and always go to the lowest bidder. Air Canada. Race to the bottom business.

  • Paul
    May 08, 2014 - 00:17

    Oh you'll notice a difference alright!

  • Rico
    May 07, 2014 - 04:23

    Air Canada is "jobbing out" it's flying to the lowest bidder. Beware to the flying public when you choose your ticket,,,it may say Air Canada, but it will probably be some new, cheap, and inexperienced airline!

  • Charlottetown guy
    May 06, 2014 - 21:43

    A fried of mine was on one of these flights the other day when one of the engine blew up mid flight and they had to make an emergency landing in Toronto.Scary stuff.

  • Recent passenger
    May 06, 2014 - 20:52

    Now all they have to do is make sure the overhead luggage racks are wide enough to let a normal carry on fit without hammering it in.

  • stacpat
    May 06, 2014 - 20:07

    Who cares if the pilots are inexperienced ? They will be much cheaper than the experienced ones , and that means cheaper fares. Look at Westjets propeller airline Encore. It has young pilots who are the lowest paid in Canada and there fares are awesome cheap ! Kudos Air Canada for finally taking an interest in the consumer.

    • peanut
      May 07, 2014 - 00:26

      Unless you work in for the Connector,....give your head a good shake.

    • peanut
      May 07, 2014 - 00:32

      Maybe make your carry on a little smaller? I am a 125 lbs 5'9 woman and I fit in the over head bin. Check in your luggage and it's like Christmas morning when you see it arrive on the conveyor belt at your destination :)

    • Not stupid
      May 07, 2014 - 01:32

      Really, Saving money is more important than your LIFE?

    • learjet guy
      May 07, 2014 - 10:05

      I agree with "not stupid". Are you willing to risk your own life just to save a few bucks stacpat???

  • Chris Wright
    May 06, 2014 - 20:01

    Thank you Air Canada for ruining our holiday. My wife and I were booked to fly to Toronto and on to Grand Cayman on Saturday 3rd May at 5:30am. The flight was cancelled and no alternatives were available. We could not go. We had been due to meet friends from the UK who were visiting their son and his girlfriend who currently live in Cayman. Another friend was joining us in Toronto. The opportunity will never arise again because the son and girlfriend are leaving Cayman soon. A 'once in a lifetime' opportunity wrecked. Well done!

  • Flygirl
    May 06, 2014 - 18:57

    Yes, you will notice a difference when flying Air Georgian! Your pilots at Air Georgian will be around 21 years old with about 2 years flying experience....your Jazz captains average 41 years old with 22 years flying experience and benefit from a much higher standard of training., same with the professional Jazz Flight attendants. When the chips are down and the weather is poor......which airplane do you want to be on?

  • townie22
    May 06, 2014 - 18:56

    WestJet.

  • The Observer from Stratford
    May 06, 2014 - 16:15

    So who/what is Air Georgian and when was this change in service announced? This change should have been reported when the decision was made but this is the first I've heard of it. Was Air Canada afraid to let the information be made public that they were abandoning a Canadian province?

    • Veronica
      May 06, 2014 - 17:24

      The Observer from Statford: Air Georgian has been operating for Air Canada since 1997. This new change in service was announced last year, in just about every major newspaper in Canada. There were multiple press releases and it was also on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Eg. http://business.financialpost.com/2013/12/10/air-canada-awards-air-georgian-u-s-cross-border-routes-previously-operated-by-chorus/

    • Jack Williams
      May 06, 2014 - 17:34

      This decision has been announced few weeks/months ago. Those flights were already operated by another carrier (Jazz) for years. Now it will simply operated by Air Georgian. It will be the same aircraft painted with the Air Canada Express livery, you won't notice the difference.