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Connect Airlines Update

Connect Airlines is still in an early stage of startup. Only a limited amount of information has been published about the carrier, although it does plan on launching in October 2021. In the meantime, take a look at our alternative airline options below to discover more about carriers that are currently operating similar routes to the ones proposed by Connect Airlines.


About Connect Airlines

Connect Airlines is a startup scheduled passenger airline, based in North America. Although the company will be based in the U.S. (Boston), it will have its only and primary hub in Toronto (Canada). The airline plans on operating transborder flights, connecting Canada’s Toronto Billy Bishop City Airport with U.S. destinations in the Northeast and Midwest. Connect Airlines will provide a premium experience, with a focus on convenience, reliability, and comfort.

Connect Airlines is being established by Waltzing Matilda Aviation (WMA), a Boston-based FAA Part 135 jet charter operator. The CEO of Waltzing Matilda Aviation is John Thomas, a former executive at Virgin Australia. The company is currently in a process of applying for its scheduled services air operators certificate.

The airline will initially use Q400 turboprop aircraft when it begins flying. These aircraft will be acquired from Flybe, a UK airline that ceased operations in 2020.


Destinations

Connect Airlines will fly from Toronto Billy Bishop City Airport (YTZ), which serves the city of Toronto - the capital city of the Canadian province of Ontario.

From Toronto, Connect Airlines will fly cross-border into the U.S., to destinations in Northeast and Midwest America.


Baggage Allowance

Carry-On Baggage

Connect Airline hasn't announced any carry-on baggage allowance yet.

However, in all instances, no prohibited items should be in carry-on baggage. Prohibition items found by airport security or by the immigration department upon the arrival airport could be confiscated.

Checked Baggage

The airline has yet to announce what the baggage allowance will be for passengers.

However, in all instances, checked baggage cannot weigh over 32kg due to international health and safety regulations.

If available, additional baggage can be added on to your booking when you book through flights with Alternative Airlines. Passengers booked with us can also contact our customer service team to add excess baggage after the booking has been made.


Check-In Information

Check-In Online

It is not yet known whether online check-in is available.

Airport Check-In

Connect Airlines has yet to publish a statement regarding recommended check-in times. However, in most instances for international flights, it is recommended that passengers arrive as early as possible, usually about 2 hours before scheduled departure.


Class Fares

The airline has yet to announce what cabin classes (Economy, Premium, or Business, for example) will be available, as well as what the onboard experience will be like. The airline hopes to appeal to business travellers, heading cross-boarder for the day. So, passengers can likely expect a comfortable cabin. The seating in the Q400 turboprop aircraft is configured in a 2-2 formation.


Fleet

Connect Airlines will operate Q400 turboprop aircraft, which are twin turboprop-powered regional airliners, popular for short-haul and regional flights. These aircraft will be acquired from Flybe, a U.K. airline which ceased operations in 2020.


Hub Airport

Toronto Billy Bishop City Airport (YTZ)

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (often referred to as Toronto Island Airport) is a small regional airport located on the Toronto Islands in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The airport is a hub for Porter Airlines and FlyGTA, two domestic carriers that connect the airport to smaller regional airports. The only other airline to fly to YTZ is Air Canada Express, which also flies domestically to Montréal–Trudeau, in Canada.


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Alternative Airlines

If you're looking to fly internationally between Canada and the U.S., Air Canada is a popular airline, flying between Toronto (as well as other destinations in Canada) and many of the largest cities in the U.S. Other options include Porter Airlines, United Airlines, WestJet and American Airlines.

The following airlines operate domestic flights within Canada:

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