(A complete article published originally in the WFP, Jan. '70)
Ottawa (Staff) - Joint application by Transair and Midwest Airlines for a revision of Prairie air routes now operated by Transair has been approved by the Canadain Transport Commission.
Under a new proposal, which permits Transair to serve Winnipeg-Regina non-stop, there will be a continuing regular Transair weekday link between Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert.
Direct flights to Regina will put Transair in competition with existing Air Canada services.
The commission’s decision directs the two carriers to cooperate on schedule and requires Transair to utilize ground handling, ticketing and reservation facilities of Air Canada at Regina and Saskatoon.
Transair will be limited to turbo-prop aircraft on is new direct service to Regina. Air Canada uses jets on this route.
Transair, which had reported major financial losses on its inter-city Prairie services, originally applied to suspend operations in the region as of Jan. 31.
The revised system worked out in co-operation with Air Canada, means withdrawal of the suspension application.
Transair now serves Prairie points on two basic routes. One links Winnipeg , Brandon, Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. The other links Winnipeg, Dauphin, and Yorkton.
The existing licences prohibit direct Winnipeg-Regina or Winnipeg-Saskatoon flights.
These prohibitions have now been removed from the licence, the CPC announced Friday.
Midwest, which recently merged with Transair, will provide new services between Winnipeg, Brandon, Dauphin and Yorkton.
It will be required to provide twice-daily weekday service between Winnipeg and Brandon and a daily weekday service linking Winnipeg, Dauphin and Yorkton.
The commission said the new arrangement does not provide continuance of air service between Brandon and Regina.
However, in the full year 1968 only 379 passengers had used this route out of Brandon, and 419 out of Regina.
The 1969 traffic figures are "no more encouraging."
The commission did not feel it was justified to direct Midwest to operate the Brandon-Regina link. However, the commission announced it is prepared to consider an application from any interested party which could establish that the licencing of a local commuter air service appropriate to this traffic was in the public interest.