Hamilton Highlights Newsletter – June 2018
In the June edition of Hamilton Highlights…
- National Steel Car Rolling Along
- Hamilton Flying High
- Tourism Hamilton welcomes back RBC Canadian Open in 2019 and 2023
- Video Captures Development in Downtown Core
- Coppley Investing in Downtown Hamilton
Feisty low-cost Euro airline Norwegian Air taking off at Hamilton’s airport
Low-cost airline Swoop takes flight in Hamilton
A new low-cost airline is coming to Hamilton.
Swoop, an offshoot of WestJet Airlines, will be taking off from Hamilton International Airport with its inaugural flight to Abbotsford, B.C., taking off at 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Steven Greenway, president and CEO of Swoop, said they chose Hamilton because it’s cost-effective, efficient, and travellers can board and disembark from the plane in a matter of minutes, which is ideal for a ULCC (ultra-low cost carrier).
Greenway said the average flight will start at just over $100 and doesn’t include excess fees like baggage and seat selection.
“I think Swoop can actually revolutionize Canada in terms of travel patterns,” said Greenway. “Where people are catching cars and buses today, they’ll be able to fly. For those who can only afford perhaps one flight a year, they can now afford two or three. For those people who are taking their hard-earned Canadian dollars over the border and flying U.S. airlines to other destinations, I say, ‘Come back, and fly with us from Hamilton.’”
Mayor Fred Eisenberger said Hamiltonians have been asking for more convenience when it comes to travelling out of the city’s airport.
“You know, if you talk to a Hamiltonian today, what do they want from our airport? They want to have more destinations, more locations, more convenience to be able to fly right here out of Hamilton. And that’s what we’re able to do today.”
He added that Canada is behind other parts of the world when it comes to offering consumers a low-cost no-frills model of air travel.
“To go to one major city to another, in Europe, it’s a hundred bucks, or equivalent to a train ride or a boat ride or any other form of transportation,” said Eisenberger. “High volume at lower cost and building your own amenities is really the way to go for future flight.
Cathie Puckering, president and CEO of Hamilton International Airport, said the launch of Swoop comes halfway through a year that began with the airport earning the title of the fastest-growing airport in Canada, with 600,000 passengers travelling through in 2017.
“We’ve known for over 20 years that this is the airport that needs to satisfy the passengers and the new opportunities that are in the marketplace today,” said Puckering. “And flying on Swoop is an opportunity that we are so glad to be supporting and part of.”
Currently, Swoop only has two planes and five destinations within Canada — Hamilton, Abbotsford, Halifax, Edmonton and Winnipeg — but the airline hopes to have six planes and offer international destinations by the end of the year.
Article courtesy of Lisa Polewski, 900 CHML
Hamilton planting an artistic seed in the Baltic
Hamilton Highlights Newsletter – May 2018
In the May edition of Hamilton Highlights…
- May a Huge Month for AI in Hamilton
- Hamilton as an Intelligent Community
- Find New Employees Faster and Easier
- Hamilton marks National Tourism Week with Salute to Tourism
- Liquid Arts Fest
CN places another order with Hamilton’s National Steel Car
CN investing in 1,000 new generation grain hopper cars to renew fleet and meet long-term needs of farmers
CN Media Release (PDF)
Amazon, Nokia invest in Hamilton incubator focused on autonomous vehicle research
City conducting annual business employment survey
Hamilton, Mac & law firm Gowling are helping startups make their way in the world
A unique partnership between McMaster University, the city of Hamilton, and an international law firm is aiming to help “start ups” in the city get off the ground and profit.
There are some really cool projects at the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre. Joel Roeleveld is a research engineer with McMaster who says the the partnership could help a lot of local ideas.
“New motors and motor technology we hopefully think will revolutionize high-efficiency and robust motors.”
All used in the creation of hybrid race cars that were built at MARC.
“Those cars are student build cars, 90% of the components are hand built by the students.”
“The one thing that the university has is a lot of great ideas on the we can bring it to a certain stage,” says Gay Yuyitung, and industry liason for McMaster University, “but takes a village to create successful companies.”
That’s where the law firm “Gowling” comes in.
“What we’re trying to do is facilitate connections between those businesses so that they might become aware of McMaster and Hamilton and it’s economy, become it’s customers, suppliers, lenders, with a view to helping this area along.” says Louis Frapporti, managing partner at Glowing WLG’s Hamilton office.
The partnership is in the early stages but already engineers at McMaster can imagine the financial benefits. The end goal of the partnership is to launch new technology from Hamilton, attract business here, and even bring top notch engineers to the city and university.
Article courtesy of CHCH