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Canadian flyers have had a lot to contend with in recent weeks, between flight cancellations, extreme wait times, and changing travel rules. But the situation may worsen after this summer, according to some industry experts. Staff shortages at airlines and airports will continue, exacerbated by new low-cost airlines coming onto the market and upcoming structural changes to established carriers.

"We are going to be facing a tsunami of capacity in the Canadian marketplace over the next 18 to 24 months. Airports will be as busy if not busier than we've already seen this summer," McGill's Faculty Lecturer and Coordinator of the Aviation Management Program, John Gradek, told MTL Blog.

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Air Canada and United are coordinating their schedules to offer more codeshare flights that could simplify cross-border travel. Instead of only having access to destinations offered by each individual carrier, you can now take flights with both in a single trip without having to buy multiple tickets. The process operates much like an STM transfer that allows for travel on both buses and trains and expands how far you can get.

The partnership between Air Canada and United will offer 38 new codeshare flights in the U.S. and eight to major cities in Canada. Travellers will also be able to accrue rewards for the MileagePlus and Aeroplan loyalty programs during shared trips.

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Flair Airlines is letting you escape the city, fly across the country, and come back this winter all for under $200. The company's annual flash sale has brought the price of tickets to Vancouver down to $69, if you're flexible on the departure and return dates, book well in advance, and plan to pack extra light.

If you book a flight for Vancouver on November 30, for example, and then return a week later on December 7, you can pay as low as $177 (including taxes) for the whole trip. The flights are non-stop and average around 5 hours and 15 minutes in each direction.

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Air Canada is temporarily cutting back on flights this summer after an uptick in extreme wait times, cancellations, and customer service shortfalls.

Three routes will be temporarily suspended between Montreal and Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Kelowna, along with one from Toronto to Fort McMurray. Most of the flights affected run to and from the company's Montreal and Toronto hubs.

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If you're planning a trip to a European country in 2023, you'll have to factor in a new cost. The European Union is introducing a visa waiver program that will go into effect starting next May for travellers from 63 different countries, including Canada, the U.S. States, and the U.K.

The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) applies to anyone who doesn't currently need a visa to enter the Schengen Area — over two dozen European countries that have removed passport checks and other forms of border control. Residents and citizens of the European Union are exempt.

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Canada will suspend mandatory random COVID-19 testing for vaccinated travellers at all airports until June 30. Unvaccinated travellers will still be tested on-site until July 1, when testing for all travellers will move off-site. Transport Canada announced the change on Friday, saying it will reduce wait times at Canadian airports.

“Our efforts are having a positive impact. Current traveller wait times at major Canadian airports are decreasing," Transport Canada said in a statement.

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With the arrival of summer weather in Quebec, now's the time to start planning your first aventures estivales.

While a weekend getaway from Montreal might be calling your name, sometimes all you've got time for is a quick day trip, and luckily, there are loads of gorgeous spots with loads to do within a two-hour radius of Montreal.

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With summer around the corner, you're probably beginning to feel that familiar travel itch. And you know what that means — it's time to start planning your next getaway.

The good news is that you don't have to travel too far from home to experience a much-needed change of scenery. Just a two-hour drive west of Montreal, you can find blues and jazz festivals, shows, stunning hiking trails and good eats.

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The Canadian government has extended international travel restrictions by at least another month, which means planning your next trip out of the country won't get simpler anytime soon. Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada have confirmed that all existing travel restrictions will stay in place until at least June 30.

That means all travellers entering Canada by land and sea will need to provide their trip details and proof of COVID-19 vaccination on the ArriveCAN app at least 72 hours before arrival. The rule will continue for all regardless of vaccination status.

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Montreal's regional transit authority is expanding its summer river shuttle service after testing the waters with last year's single-stop pilot project. Starting in June, you'll be able to catch a water taxi in Montreal's Old Port and coast to more destinations, including Île Sainte-Hélène, Longueuil, Boucherville, and Pointe-aux-Trembles. Routes between Bellerive and Charron Island, and Boucherville and Bellerive will also be available.

Walking or biking to off-island destinations can be taxing, so the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) is hoping you'll take a water taxi instead. But the

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Montreal might not have the majestic oceanfronts of Boston, nor the bohemian beach culture that defines Miami, but there's at least one place in southern Quebec where we can pretend it does. Plage Saint-Zotique, the riverside beach 50 minutes from downtown Montreal, is opening for the season on June 11.

The beach features Caribbean-style thatched cabanas, a symbol it has incorporated into its logo heading into its 40th year of operation. It promises a season "filled with surprises and activities for all" to celebrate the milestone anniversary.

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Around the time the weather starts getting a little brisk, you can escape our soon-to-be-frozen island for a tropical one. Affordable fall trips to Hawaii are now on offer, meaning Montrealers can get to the iconic beach paradise for cheap.

If you don't want the summer to end, Air Canada flights from Montreal to Maui are selling for around $500. At the time this was written, discount travel booking site Flytrippers is advertising round-trip tickets at $489 between August 10 and August 22. On other dates, prices fluctuate between $500 and $525.

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