Air Transat has announced a gradual suspension of its flights to Europe until April 30th. This decision follows an announcement from the government of Canada that the country is closing its borders to foreign nationals.
As the merger with Air Canada approaches completion Gilles Ringwald, vice president of commercial with Air Transat, tells Breaking Travel News what the deal will mean for fliers in the country. With new frequencies also launching to London, he also tells us how important the city is to the future of the carrier.
Air Canada will face a competition probe before the airline can complete its proposed acquisition of Air Transat. Air Transat shareholders overwhelmingly voted last week in favour of the C$720 million deal, which valued the carrier at C$18-a-share.
Air Canada and Transat have concluded a definitive arrangement agreement that provides for flag-carrier’s acquisition of all issued and outstanding shares in the private carrier. The value of the all-cash transaction is approximately $520 million.
The flag-carrier hopes the proposed transaction, valued at approximately $13 per share, will create a Montreal-based global travel services company in leisure, tourism and travel distribution.
Air Transat has announced the appointment of Liz Langan as UK sales manager with responsibility for southern England. With over 15 years of experience in airline sales, Langan joins Air Transat from Oman Air, where she was a key account manager, before previously holding account manager positions at Air Canada and Etihad Airways.
Air Transat has unveiled a new livery as the carrier marks its 30th anniversary. The new look was unveiled at Air Transat’s facilities at Montréal–Trudeau airport, which was attended by 375 partners and guests.
Air Transat has responded to rising demand from Scottish travellers by increasing capacity by 12 per cent on services from Glasgow this summer. The Canadian leisure carrier is introducing larger aircraft on its services from Glasgow, with the vast majority of flights this summer to be operated by the airline’s state-of-the-art Airbus A330 with individual screens and over 100 channels of entertainment on demand.
Air Transat has launched Scotland’s newest route, with a service from Glasgow Airport to Montreal Pierre Trudeau Airport. The new weekly flight, which runs until October, connects the province of Quebec to Scotland for the first time. Montreal is Canada’s second largest city with a population of just over 3.5 million people.