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Updated: Sep 15, 2018

Air Canada to offer year-round non-stop flights between Yellowknife and Vancouver.

Daily flights to double during aurora viewing season.

Travellers will find it much easier to travel between Yellowknife and Vancouver this winter — Air Canada announced it is planning to offer two daily non-stop flights during the popular northern aurora viewing season.

One flight, which was previously offered from December 2017 to April 2018 will be returning beginning in late October this year and will double during the winter season.

The second flight will now be offered year-round, according to a joint news release from the territorial government and Air Canada issued Wednesday.

The year-round non-stop flight will begin on Sept. 5. The seasonal non-stop flight will run from Oct. 28, 2018 to the end of April 2019.

Air Canada set to buy back Aeroplan

Air Canada, two banks and Visa Canada say they are offering to buy the Aeroplan loyalty business from Aimia Inc. in a deal valued at $2.25 billion.

The consortium says the transaction would provide continuity for Aeroplan members as well as customers of Air Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank, CIBC and Visa – which all have long-standing relationships with Aimia.

If completed, the proposed transaction would result in a positive outcome for Aimia shareholders and Aeroplan members, allowing for a smooth transition of Aeroplan members points to Air Canada’s new loyalty program launching in 2020, safeguarding their points and providing convenience and value for millions of Canadians.

Aeroplan’s future has been in doubt since Air Canada announced in May 2017 that it planned to launch its own loyalty rewards plan in 2020..

Air Canada created Aeroplan as in-house loyalty program but it was spun off as an independent business, now called Aimia Inc. TD and CIBC currently offer Visa cards with Aeroplan rewards points, which can be redeemed for Air Canada flights and other merchandise.

WestJet warning of higher fares.

WestJet CEO says soaring fuel prices to result in fare increases.

Airline passengers should expect to face higher fares later this year to compensate for rising fuel costs that contributed to WestJet Airlines posting its first quarterly loss in 13 years, its chief executive said recently.

This seems to be the way guests now need to think is that airfares will be rising just as they did back in 2010, 2011 when we had the last major fare spike.

The increases will likely be felt this fall after the negative effects on demand from a threatened pilots strike dissipate.

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