This monday there is a news confrence at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum to announce a new airline the will be flying into YHM
. Most Rumors point to Canjet. See article below.
Hamilton to get new passenger air carrier
Halifax-based CanJet leading contender
By Mark McNeil and Jennifer Morrison
The Hamilton Spectator
A mystery airline is landing in Hamilton and its name is a tightly guarded secret.
Hamilton airport officials say they will announce on Monday details of a "significant" deal with a carrier to run new scheduled passenger flights out of John C. Munro, Hamilton International Airport.
But they won't say what airline is involved or how many flights there will be.
The announcement comes less than a month after Calgary-based WestJet Airlines said it was scaling back its Hamilton flights by 60 per cent and moving its eastern hub to Toronto.
One leading contender to move into the WestJet void is Halifax-based CanJet.
That carrier has been expanding and scouting new locations in Ontario in recent months.
But all Wayne Morrison, CanJet's director of sales and community relations, would say is: "No comment. No comment. No comment. No comment all the way around."
CanJet provides low-fare service to 10 destinations in Eastern and Central Canada as well as Florida.
Last October, the airline looked at nearby Kitchener-Waterloo airport as a possible location for expansion.
Hamilton International Airport Ltd. spokesperson Ken Mitchell said, "Let me put it this way: It will be a good news day for Hamilton. I know you are interested in the name of the airline and where they are flying, but all that is under a very tight embargo. The airline is really insistent on it."
Spokespersons for Air Canada's discount carrier Zip Airlines, Jetsgo, Quikair, Northwest Airlines, and JetBlue Airways all say their airline isn't the one coming to Hamilton.
Montreal-based Jetsgo announced last week it will more than double the size of its fleet with the purchase of 18 Fokker 100s from American Airlines.
But a spokesman said last night the carrier will be adding more flights, but Hamilton didn't figure in their current plans.
NorthWest spokeswoman Mary Stavik said: "We have announced flights, but it's mostly been in the United States."
Quikair is a new Alberta-based airline that recently announced flights between Waterloo Regional Airport and Ottawa and Montreal.
But its president Paul Phee said he has no plans for Hamilton at this time. Quikair flies 10 to 19 seat Turbojet aircraft.
According to the statement released yesterday, Monday's announcement will feature Hamilton Mayor Larry Di Ianni, Transportation Minister Tony Valeri, and Stoney Creek MPP Jennifer Mossop "to give the perspective of each level of government."
Mossop said she was told about the deal yesterday morning by Mitchell, who was so secretive he wouldn't tell even her the name of the carrier.
"I don't have all the details yet, but I think it's definitely going to pick up some of the shortfall that we've had from the losses of WestJet and Fed Ex," she said.
Mitchell said: "When we lost service last month, we just stepped up our marketing to people we'd already been talking to and Monday's announcement will be the result of those efforts. We, as an airport, try to go out and build our business. We take a look at routes that are not being serviced that our marketing shows have potential, and we go to the airlines and present a business case," he said of the airport's strategy.