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Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Thu May 23, 2002 11:49 am

Tomorrow afternoon Sunquest vacation is going to be holding a press conference in Hamilton tomorrow to unveil its schedule for this coming fall and winter


Will post more when I find out more.
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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Thu May 23, 2002 11:59 am

Really....that is interesting.....are they competing with WJ or allowing connections....but that doesn't make sense??

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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Thu May 23, 2002 1:37 pm

If they're holding the PC in YHM, it sounds like maybe a YHM-focused expansion for the fall/winter.

Grant.....it's likely to be sun charters only. Nothing to do with WJ.

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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorrow

Thu May 23, 2002 8:54 pm

I'll try to find out more about this and fill you all in.

If WestJet eventually does do sun destination charters from YHM like they will be doing in YXX, then yes that is potentially direct competition for SSV.
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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Thu May 23, 2002 10:42 pm

Unfortunatly i have mono or I would be at this conference today Im going to keep going to the website
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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Thu May 23, 2002 11:34 pm

I found out some info

YHM
Mondays to Cancun,Tuesdays to Puerto Plata,Mondays to Punta Cana and Tuesdays to Cayo Coco

YOW
Montego bay,Mondays to Cancun, Wednesdays to PuertoVallarta, Punta Cana, Sundays to Varadaro,Mondays to Cayo Coco

YQG
Saturdays to Cancun, Holguin Fridays to La Romana Thursday to Puerto Plata

YXU
mondays to Punta Cana

Punta Cana from Ottawa doesnt have a departure date


I know YHM got 2 more
does anyone remember where they flew from out of YOW,YQG and YXU?


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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Thu May 23, 2002 11:42 pm

Last winter YXU was to La Romana only. So the destination was just switched.

YQG I think has had La Romana added.

As far as I can remember YOW had:
Cancun - Monday
Puerto Vallarta - Saturday
Punta Canta - Tuesday
Varadero - Sunday
Ciego De Avila - Friday
Ottawa - Montego Bay - Sunday

So the same number of destinations, just a few different ones this time.
 
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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Fri May 24, 2002 1:56 am

I presume all these YHM sun destinations are with SSV?

I guess WJ COULD operate nighttime charters from YHM, but with most of their fleet being 732's, there might be some range/payload restrictions to some destinations.
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Fri May 24, 2002 2:02 am

WestJet overnights one B737-700 currently and will overnight an 800 starting around June 20th. So overnight charters to sun destinations could be done with no range worries.

They would have to be back in time for their early morning departures though. Would be tight.
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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Fri May 24, 2002 2:31 am

Excellent news for Hamilton. This is definitely a step in the right direction for low cost focused air travel. I wonder what this will lead to in the next few years? Only time will tell (or a.net members will tell I'm sure)  Big grin
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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Fri May 24, 2002 2:35 am

Definatly great for YHM.
would be nice to see some TransAtlantic Charters from here.
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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Fri May 24, 2002 2:38 am

You never know about that. I know lots of people will say the airport and its vicinity can't support it, but I wouldn't be surprised if that couldn't be worked out. Have a low cost operation, even if with 757's or a small widebody, do charters out of yhm to southern destinations, and some European charters.

Maybe in a few years it will happen.
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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Fri May 24, 2002 2:51 am

Captiangomes
The people that say that have no idea what they are talking about seeing as how its been the fasted growing airport in Canada the last 2 years and its in the midst of a 250 million dollar expansion. Im sure it could easily handle a european bound charter maybe set something up with westjet as they bring in people from places like YSB and YAM to YHM they could connect onto one of those flights.

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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorrow

Fri May 24, 2002 5:23 am

Fly_yhm,

Could be. Lots of stuff in and out today including a Nav Canada Flight Testing DASH 8, Tail Reg. C-GCFK.

Why do you ask?
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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Fri May 24, 2002 6:48 am

Because I thought I saw it on final for 24 this afternoon but ive never seen one from that angle before so Im not sure but I saw the Dash 8 as well.
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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Fri May 24, 2002 7:14 am

When NX flew the sked YHM-LGW DC-8 flights, they also flew DC-8 YHM sun charters from YHM in the winter.

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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Fri May 24, 2002 7:40 am

"YQG I think has had La Romana added."

Last season we had flights to Cancun, Varadero, and Puerto Plata. So Holguin (I'm assuming it's a YQG-CUN-Holguin or YQG-Holguin-CUN flight departing on Saturdays?) was also added. VRA was removed, I guess it wasn't popular; towards the end of last season the flight was changed to a joint YYZ-YQG flight.

"including a Nav Canada Flight Testing DASH 8"

It apparently departed YHM to YQG this afternoon, don't know if it left yet.

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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Fri May 24, 2002 10:11 am

I have overheard Sunquest might be planning vacation charter flights from Montreal in the near future, but I am not sure... would be great!!

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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Fri May 24, 2002 9:46 pm

Well here is the article in the Hamilton Spectator todaySunquest is hot for Hamilton

Mike Pettapiece
The Hamilton Spectator



Hamilton is going to the sun twice as much as last year. Sunquest Vacations is doubling the number of sun resorts it will fly to this winter, adding Mexico to the list.
Releasing its schedule at least two months early, the charter operator said Hamilton airport was a huge success last winter.

"Hamilton is hot, is what it comes down to," said Chris Robinson, vice-president of marketing at Sunquest. "We are convinced there is very strong demand out there for the Hamilton gateway."

Sunquest said it will have four flights a week to the Dominican Republic, to Cuba and to Mexico. The packages offer sun-worshippers a choice of 30 resorts.

The flights will again depart Mondays and Tuesdays. They begin just before Christmas and run until late March. Hamilton is one of six southern Ontario cities from which Sunquest is flying to the sun.

To accommodate the extra flights, the airport is adding 800 parking spaces and building a new Canada Customs facility near the terminal. Last winter, there were complaints from people who sat on planes, waiting to go through customs, on their return to Canada.

John Gibson, vice-president of marketing for the airport operator, said the new Canada Customs office will be able to handle 200 passengers each half-hour. Five customs officers, as opposed to two before, will be able to work out of the facility. In addition, the airport is going from 12 to 20 ticket counters and is adding a passenger walkway. Parking at the airport for a week costs $45.

Robinson said yesterday that Sunquest is offering an early-booking bonus of $200 per couple -- book by July 15 to get it.

And hotels in the various packages offer their own discounts -- which could mean $600 per couple total savings. For two of the resort hotels in Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, an early booking might be as low as $1,300 for an all-inclusive week.

Sunquest will fly to Puerto Plata and Punta Cana in the DR, to Cayo Coco in Cuba, and to Cancun in Mexico. The charter company will use Airbus 320 jets that can take 180 passengers.

Robinson said many passengers have felt anxious about flying after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Now, there appears to be "a surge" of renewed interest.

Sunquest is taking advantage of that interest -- it usually rolls out its winter schedule in mid-August or mid-September.

Robinson said this is "the earliest a program for the winter has ever been launched in Canada."

There have been rumours that Signature Vacations is also looking at Hamilton for sunspot flights.

But a spokesperson for Signature said there were no immediate plans for using Hamilton airport. However, she added, "you never say never in our industry."

Robinson said Sunquest is "at risk" for all the seats on planes it books with jet operator Skyservice Airlines.

Although Sunquest has been known to share the risk with Signature, he said his company is not thinking of partnering with the competitor in this case




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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Sat May 25, 2002 1:52 am

This is perhaps a good example of how WJ helped make west-end YYZ'ers used to traveling from YHM.....so it creates a larger market for everyone, including sun charters. Similar to the growth at YXX which WJ started.

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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Sat May 25, 2002 2:35 am

Yes similar to YXX except I think everyone would agree on a larger scale population base wise which means bigger opportunities.
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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Sat May 25, 2002 2:46 am

While YHM certainly has a larger population scale than YXX, YXX is no slouch with approximately 1.3 million people within a hour's drive from the airport. At least 500,000 are closer to YXX than YVR, plus the free parking is an incentive for people to fly out of Abby. The thing the YHM has going for it though is that is serves a larger area and not just Toronto.
 
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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Sat May 25, 2002 3:04 am

Spyders
exactly right my man now YXX if they get growing too much that who free parking thing might become a thing of the past of YHM use to have free parking as well

Kinda strange what me and some other people have been saying for a while now is actually starting to sink in to people heads.
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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Sat May 25, 2002 3:27 am

There's no more free parking at YHM???!!!!???!!!

Oh well, no more incentive for me to fly out of there. hehehe
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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Sat May 25, 2002 3:45 am

Captiangomes
its still a lot cheaper than YYZ.

would you have considered flying out of yhm?
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RE: Sunquest/Skyservice To Announce Yhm Flight Tomorro

Sat May 25, 2002 3:49 am

As a side note about YHM, there is now a shuttle that takes from YHM to downtown Toronto for $49.95. (...and NO it's not free, sorry)

Here is more info on it...

http://www.symphonylimo.com/shuttle.html
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