Flair Airlines direct flights between Windsor and Vancouver to start in June

Flair Airlines announced new service between Windsor, Ont. and Vancouver on Monday.

The direct flights will begin on June 10, 2023, and will run twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday.

“Windsor has been an important market for us, and we’re excited to increase our service in and out of the airport with the addition of service to Vancouver,” said Garth Lund, chief commercial officer of Flair Airlines, in a news release. “We want to give Windsorites affordable options to travel across the country, coast to coast, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with Windsor International Airport.”

This will be Flair’s third destination from Windsor. The airline also offers Halifax and Tucson.

Mark Galvin, President and CEO – Windsor International airport is hopeful that more in-demand destinations will be in the offing in the future for Windsor’s airline portal.

“Vancouver has been on every poll we do — it’s always on the list of destinations,” said Galvin.

“And, yes, certainly – we’re always talking to airline partners both existing and potential, about routes and destinations that we think people want to go and connect them to those routes.”  

One-way fares from Windsor to Vancouver begin at $49 CAD, including taxes and fees. The company says there are limited seats and availability for the fares. Flights are available for booking at https://www.flyflair.com.

– With files from CTV News Windsor’s Gary Archibald

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Public invited to ‘Christmas in July’ | Local News

It began after Christmas in 2017.

The Rev. Russ McDowell, then pastor of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, was taking a vacation day on the last Sunday of that December.

So member Wanda Samson planned a Christmas service.

“When the day came, it was snowy and cold and church was cancelled so I was a little sad,” Samson said.

In early 2018, Samson suggested a “Christmas in July” so the church could have the service she’d planned.

The church council approved Samson’s idea and, ever since, the last Sunday in July has become “Christmas in July.”

This year, the event starts with a worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 31 in the church at 538 W. 16th St., Fremont.

The public is invited to the event, which is a joint service with Salem Lutheran Church in Fremont.

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“This is something that brings our two congregations together,” said the Rev. Shari Schwedhelm, pastor of both churches.

Those who attend are encouraged to wear Christmas shirts, ties and jewelry or even just red or green attire.

“I always wear a Christmas shirt,” said Samson, event coordinator. “My Christmas shirts have cats on them so I can guarantee a cat Christmas shirt.”

If they’d like to participate, attendees may bring nonperishable items, which St. Timothy congregants will donate to the Care Corps’ LifeHouse food pantry. Attendees also may donate items for Salem’s food distribution ministry called, “The Table.”

“People can choose which hunger program their donations go to,” Schwedhelm said.

Schwedhelm said Salem’s ministry always needs breakfast cereal, jelly and canned tuna.

During the church service, participants will sing 11 Christmas hymns. It also will include a Christmas creed written by Martin Luther, while the sermon consists of a history of four of the hymns.

Guests are invited

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