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Bearskin Airlines announces increased service

phpbdnrkgpmSept. 4, 2009, Sioux Lookout, Ont. - Effective September 28, 2009, Bearskin Airlines will increase service between the Region of Waterloo International Airport and Ottawa International Airport.

September 4, 2009  By Carey Fredericks


Sept. 4, 2009, Sioux Lookout, Ont. – Effective September 28, 2009, Bearskin Airlines will increase service between the Region of Waterloo International Airport and Ottawa International Airport from three flights to four flights each business day. Sunday service will also be increased from one flight to two flights.

In addition to the extra frequency, flight times have been enhanced to better meet customer preferences and facilitate improved connections to Northeastern Ontario via Ottawa.

“Our customers have been asking us for more flight options between Waterloo and Ottawa,” commented Ron Hell, director of marketing & sales for Bearskin Airlines, “especially more choices in the evening and an earlier morning departure from Ottawa. We’re certain that these schedule enhancements will dramatically increase the value of our service to the business community.”

Bearskin Airlines launched nonstop service between Waterloo Region and Ottawa on October 1, 2007 following a request from the Region of Waterloo International Airport and subsequent surveys of the business community indicating support for the service. High frequency service and participation in the Aeroplan Frequent Flyer Program are geared to serving the business community who commute regularly between Waterloo Region and Ottawa.


Nonstop flights are just 70 minutes verses two to three hours when compared to the use of Toronto’s Pearson Terminal and associated drive to/from Waterloo Region. Bearskin’s service can save business traveler’s as much as four or five hours on a same day return trip.

"It is great to see Bearskin Airlines’ Ottawa air service enhanced," said Ken Seiling, Regional Chair. "The increased frequency will provide greater convenience for our community and save precious travel time by providing a local alternative for air travellers."

Bearskin Airlines utilizes the 19 passenger Fairchild Metroliner on this route. The Fairchild Metro was designed specifically to serve the regional airline market. Since its introduction, more than 1,000 Metros and Merlins have been built, making the Metro and its derivatives the most popular regional aircraft in the industry. Bearskin operates 14 Fairchild Metroliners. Equipped with twin turbine engines, these pressurized aircraft offer exceptional speed and range and are ideally suited for business commuter traffic. Every passenger receives a window and aisle seat in this two row, centre aisle configured aircraft.

This expansion of service coincides with Bearskin Airlines 2nd Anniversary of service to the Waterloo Region as well as Thanksgiving weekend and local Oktoberfest celebrations. Sale fares are available until September 6, 2009 starting at $99. one way plus taxes and surcharges. Double Aeroplan Miles are also offered between September 15 and October 15, 2009.

The Region of Waterloo International Airport is located along the HWY 401 corridor and is central to Waterloo Region, deemed Canada's Technology Triangle. The urban cluster created by the communities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge is home to 500,000 people and represents' the tenth largest economy in Canada and the fifth largest in Ontario.

Founded in 1963, Bearskin Airlines is one of Canada’s oldest privately owned commuter airlines offering over 100 scheduled flights daily to 17 destinations from Flin Flon and Winnipeg in the west to Ottawa in the east. Waterloo Region is the southernmost destination served. Named after the Northern Ontario community of Bearskin Lake, the company maintains major bases of operation in Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout and employs over 250 people. Bearskin Airlines has provided a direct link between Ottawa and Northern Ontario since 1993.


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