We need to manage the Uber revolution more carefully

The opportunity to augment your income is appealing in an economy that has left so many people far behind

We need to manage the Uber revolution more carefullyTaxis have been commonplace in our cities for decades and – in some cases – centuries. We need to apply the lessons we’ve learned to the ride-sharing revolution. The first documented coach for hire was in 1621, in London, England. It only took 33 years for there to be enough issues that parliament passed a…

Air Canada, WestJet rank high in airline satisfaction survey

Among traditional North American carriers, Alaska Airlines ranks highest for the 12th consecutive year

Air Canada, WestJet rank high in airline satisfaction surveyThe J.D. Power 2019 North America Airline Satisfaction Study ranks Air Canada as fourth overall in the traditional carrier category and Calgary-based WestJet as third overall in the low-cost carrier category. “Among Canada-based airlines, Air Canada (729) saw its customer satisfaction score decline five points from 2018. WestJet (758) saw its score increase 11 points…

Air Canada buying Transat A.T. Inc. for $520 million

Will create a Montreal-based global travel services company in leisure

Air Canada buying Transat A.T. Inc. for $520 millionHot on the heels of the announcement this week that Calgary-based WestJet is being sold in a $5-billion deal to Onex Corp., Air Canada announced on Thursday that it intends to buy Transat A.T. Inc. for about $520 million or $13 per share. In a news release, Air Canada said it will create a Montreal-based…

CN acquires Alberta-based H&R Transport

Strategy is to offer more end-to-end rail supply chain solutions to a wider range of customers

CN acquires Alberta-based H&R TransportCanadian National Railway, through a subsidiary company, has reached an agreement to acquire the intermodal division of the Alberta-based H&R Transport Limited, it announced on Thursday. “H&R is well known in Alberta and across the industry for investing in its people, systems, and assets, as well as its customer centric services and best in class…

Sitting on the dock of the bay, watching an idle ferry

The Canadian response to being stranded for 11 hours on a BC ferry? Free food, cheers and applause!

Sitting on the dock of the bay, watching an idle ferry“Please be advised that the next sailing from Langdale to Horseshoe Bay has been delayed by at least four hours. Those passengers wishing instead to return to Powell River, please pull over to the right-hand side as you exit the ferry, and you will be guaranteed a return trip. …” “Hmmmmm. What’s that all about?”…

In one fell Swoop, Jetlines gets a leg up on its competition

Canada’s newest ultra-low-cost carrier has made a bold move by changing its home base to Vancouver from Abbotsford

In one fell Swoop, Jetlines gets a leg up on its competitionCanada Jetlines has yet to take its inaugural flight but it’s already flying full throttle in its dogfight with rival airlines. Canada’s newest ultra-low-cost carrier made a bold announcement this month, changing its home base to Vancouver International Airport (YVR). It had planned to be based in Abbotsford, a 90-minute drive away on a good…

Why predatory pricing in Canada’s airline industry must stop

If the smaller competitors are driven from the market, how long will it take for fares to increase, to the detriment of consumers?

Why predatory pricing in Canada’s airline industry must stopCanada’s air travel industry is a mess, with 87 per cent of the domestic market controlled by two carriers and Canadians enduring some of the highest airfares in the world. We actually fly less and see less of our country compared to citizens of other countries precisely because it’s so expensive. We deserve a better…

Trucking firm Mullen Group experiences net loss in 2018

Major impact felt by oilfield services segment, particularly those business units tied to drilling activity

Trucking firm Mullen Group experiences net loss in 2018Okotoks-based Mullen Group Ltd., one of Canada's largest suppliers of trucking and logistics services, reported on Thursday that it had a net loss of $81.1 million in its fourth quarter and $43.8 million for 2018. The company also offers specialized transportation services to the oil and natural gas industry in Canada. In reporting its financial results,…

WestJet’s 2018 net earnings nosedive by more than 67 per cent

Calgary company’s total revenue in 2018 rose by 5% to $4.7 billion

WestJet’s 2018 net earnings nosedive by more than 67 per centCalgary-based WestJet saw its net earnings plunge by 67.2 per cent year over year in 2018. In reporting its fourth quarter and year-end results on Tuesday, the airline said full-year net earnings of $91.5 million were down from $279.1 million in 2017. Diluted earnings per share also fell by 66.4 per cent to 80 cents…

Record year for YYC Calgary International Airport

Handled 17.3 million passengers in 2018, plus 75% of all air cargo into Alberta

Record year for YYC Calgary International AirportYYC Calgary International Airport had a record year in 2018 with 17.3 million passengers, one million more than in 2017. “We are proud that YYC continues to lead economic growth in our region,” said Bob Sartor, president and CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority, in a statement. “The 2018 passenger and cargo figures show that…