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Region of Waterloo International Airport - YKF
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We flew FlyGTA from YKF yesterday. The best part is watching the skyline as we land at Billy Bishop.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/RG19S6Dq9vnxNXyh1
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I just checked the schedule for FlyGTA and I noticed that one of their flights is sold out.  I'm hoping FlyGTA succeeds and will start offering more daily flights and perhaps some weekend flights.

   
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That's a curious flight to sell out: it's not even a flight. All other YKF->YTZ morning flights are at 7:45am, but they sold out a 9:30am flight? That sounds more like they were contacted about using it as a charter.
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(11-09-2017, 01:52 PM)kitborn Wrote: We flew FlyGTA from YKF yesterday. The best part is watching the skyline as we land at Billy Bishop.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/RG19S6Dq9vnxNXyh1

How's the flight? bumpy, etc? And how long, I read under 20 minutes?
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(11-14-2017, 09:05 AM)urbd Wrote:
(11-09-2017, 01:52 PM)kitborn Wrote: We flew FlyGTA from YKF yesterday. The best part is watching the skyline as we land at Billy Bishop.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/RG19S6Dq9vnxNXyh1

How's the flight? bumpy, etc? And how long, I read under 20 minutes?

We decided to go to encourage flights from Kitchener to Toronto. The flight was on a calm and sunny day. The take-off and landing were both smooth.

The views were spectacular. The flight takes 18 minutes from take-off to landing. There is about 5 minutes at the airport to check in and out.

The only problem that I saw was in order to get to the tunnel to the mainland was another 10 minutes walk from their terminal. (It's at the far end of the Billy Bishop Airport.)

We then waited for a free shuttle to the Royal York hotel. The shuttle goes back and forth every 15 minutes.
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(11-14-2017, 08:31 AM)Viewfromthe42 Wrote: That's a curious flight to sell out: it's not even a flight. All other YKF->YTZ morning flights are at 7:45am, but they sold out a 9:30am flight? That sounds more like they were contacted about using it as a charter.

I suspect it's a charter.  Hopefully, FlyGTA will have enough passengers from Waterloo Region to add more flights and possibly use a slightly larger plane, similar to what Bearskin uses.

If FlyGTA is successful it will be a selling feature to other airlines who may want to use YKF.  I imagine some airline execs look at a map and conclude that Toronto is so close to Kitchener that Pearson and Billy Bishop are our local airports.  But, clearly, if people are flying to Toronto they are not our local airport.  This may not be the strongest argument to get airlines to offer service from YKF but every bit helps.
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I saw that flight (and the subsequent return flight later) that both show Sold Out. I too assume its a charter, as its (1) not at a scheduled time and (2) it's a third flight on days there is supposed to be two.

I doubt that no amount of success will get FlyGTA to use larger aircraft. They will increase the number of trips, but they are unlikely in invest in larger aircraft anytime in the foreseeable future. Niagara started with the same flights and is doing 8 a day... I expect to follow the same pattern.

Coke
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If it's a charter, I wonder why they would even show it on their webpage, then?

Maybe just to make it look like they're flying more? (i.e., optics)
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(11-14-2017, 03:14 PM)Coke6pk Wrote: I saw that flight (and the subsequent return flight later) that both show Sold Out.  I too assume its a charter, as its (1) not at a scheduled time and (2) it's a third flight on days there is supposed to be two.

I doubt that no amount of success will get FlyGTA to use larger aircraft.  They will increase the number of trips, but they are unlikely in invest in larger aircraft anytime in the foreseeable future.  Niagara started with the same flights and is doing 8 a day... I expect to follow the same pattern.

Coke

For travelling 90 km I would really prefer a better train service than flying, hands down. Way more sustainable too. Having options are good though...
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(11-14-2017, 04:07 PM)urbd Wrote: For travelling 90 km I would really prefer a better train service than flying, hands down. Way more sustainable too. Having options are good though...

Yes, so would I. But the infrastructure upgrades required for the former are significant, so in the meantime it's good to have this option.
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(11-14-2017, 03:45 PM)Canard Wrote: If it's a charter, I wonder why they would even show it on their webpage, then?

Maybe just to make it look like they're flying more? (i.e., optics)

I suspect it's a (probably unintentional) side effect of having to enter the data into various booking systems, which in turn make that data available to the webpage, which itself just displays anything in the data it requests.
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Either that, or they had a seat or two free on the charter that they were free to sell - and they were snapped up quickly.
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