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This is going to be very cool.
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A stark contrast in climate today. Even quilt-wrapped Polar Bears are complaining about the weather and praying for clearing skies. We remind everyone that Air Canada, WestJet and Sunwing Vacations have great all-inclusive packages from Gander to places that aren't so cold that grandman's false teeth are chattering in the glass. Be safe if you're out there and go easy on the #stormchips
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3 weeks ago
Jennifer Chaffey - Amy Rowe
4 weeks ago
Ruth Vincent Knee - Love this post! I have to share! Just back from Cuba via Gander. Wish I were still there!
4 weeks ago
Nancy Critchley - Thank God I'm in Punta Cana now!!!!
4 weeks ago
Julie Stroud - Awesome!! LOL
4 weeks ago
Diane Davis - Love the fine print!
4 weeks ago
Wendy Rose - This is awesome...best post I've seen on FB in quite a while!
        
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A curious rebranding - but a great sale! :)
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4 weeks ago
Gloria O'Neill - Wow! Your fairs right now are amazing. I could go to Ireland for less than $300.
4 weeks ago
David Johnson - Happy aprils Fools day eve
4 weeks ago
Brenda Reid - Hahahaha
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Sam Toytman - Bull
        
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Q. Flight XX is shown as diverting to Gander. Can you tell us the reason? – by Twitter

Gander gets diversions. Not every day, but regularly. YQX is right on the sweet spot of the Great Circle Route between Europe and the Americas. Around a quarter million commercial flights will red circle Gander as an emergency alternate every year. Occasionally, an aircraft will divert from its flight plan. More often than not, it is for something routine. Could be a stop for fuel in a strong headwind, or to check an indicator light, or a sick passenger. Less commonly, it’s a security matter – an unruly passenger or other threat.

There are a lot of people who avidly follow aviation and aircraft movements. Everyone has a hobby and it’s a great one. (Don’t all hobbies seem a little peculiar to others?) We are #avgeeks, too, so we get it. The same people who do this tend to produce stunning plane photos and are passionate about aviation, so we applaud the pursuit.

However, people often want to know why an aircraft – still in flight – is diverting to Gander. More than anything, it’s someone who is curious inquiring through social media or a journalist having to produce an instant story given the modern pressure of the 24-hour news cycle.

Here’s the thing – we probably aren’t going to tell you. There are a host of reasons why, but let me explain the most important one.
Think about a time you were driving home and you saw an emergency vehicle – a fire truck, ambulance or police car – hurtling past you in the direction of your neighborhood. In that moment, you’ll inevitably feel an unsettled knot tighten in your stomach, for fear that something may have happened to someone you love.
When an aircraft steers off course and diverts on the North Atlantic, it has hundreds of people aboard, all of whom have loved ones at home, some of whom could be tracking their progress in flight. Speculating on social media just sends those emotional sirens screaming by for anyone who knows someone traveling on that aircraft.

There’s also a more practical reason we are tight lipped: the airport and its partners may know why an aircraft is diverting, but these emergency situations are almost always dynamic and ever-changing. The smoke in the galley may well be a smoldering coffee pot. In aviation, nothing is certain until it is known. A few years ago, a captain let us know a passenger had been pronounced dead by an onboard physician and they were diverting. We aren’t entirely sure what happened, but the aircraft landed at Gander, and the deceased walked past the waiting hearse on the ramp and headed to the hospital for observation. The next day, he boarded another aircraft with the doctor’s blessing. So …. you just don’t know. In scenarios where a passenger has passed away aboard a flight, airlines and aviation authorities have a strict next of kin notification policy. Again, we think first of the family and aren’t going to reveal anything that increases worry. Disclosure also begs the bigger question of people’s right to know and what might be in the public interest.

About half the time, diversions at our airport are the result of a medical issue. About half of those are cardiac related. The rest are typically mechanical issues. Occasionally, there are nervy issues of distressed aircraft, but 90% of those are entirely benign - the aircraft diverts to get something checked out as a matter of due diligence and safety first. Thankfully, in the modern age, there are very few diversions for unruly passenger behavior. If you compare the annual movements of commercial airliners on the North Atlantic versus the number of diversions to alternate airports like Gander, you’ll see the system remains incredibly efficient and safe.

So, if you ask why and we don’t tell, that’s the explanation.
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4 weeks ago
Geoff Graham - Great community engagement by the folks at Gander International! I manage a pretty big social media account and I can spot good SoMe work easily. Keep up the great work folks.
5 weeks ago
Arty William - Very well said and a wonderful explanation !!! You guys are great and your professional services are second to none !!!
        
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A reminder for those interested in serving on the Gander International Airport Authority board, there is posting for a Federal nominee on the Transport Canada website. The selection process will close on March 31, 2017. Details at
http://www.tc.gc.ca/...n-processes.html
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5 weeks ago
Doug Godden - Josiah, good one for you.
        
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We understand some locals might be driving to other *less fabulous* airports to save money on airfare.

Hey, we’ve got no problem with people getting a great deal. You work hard for your money. But have you looked at Gander Airport before you booked?

Airfares to the most popular destinations have fallen between -30 and -50% in recent years. It’s never been cheaper to Fly Gander and there have never been more choices for travelers.

Of course, with gas hovering around a retina-popping $1.35/L, you’re looking at anywhere between $100 (economy vehicle) and $200 (big-ass truck) for a six-hour round-trip drive.

If you need airport parking, Gander has the cheapest posted weekly and monthly rate of any airport on the island. In fact, you can park for a month at Gander for what it will cost you for a week at another airport. If you’re looking at long term parking, that’s anywhere from $40-100 in your pocket.

Your time is worth something, too. If you have to take additional vacation time off to drive to fly, dock your hourly wage from the additional transit time. In the time it takes to drive to another airport, you can fly to Toronto.

Add gas station sandwiches and a few gallons of windshield wash to the mix and you could be looking at hundreds of dollars in additional costs before you even board the plane.

Then there’s the intangibles you can’t put a price on. A long drive after a long flight. Slaloming through moose. Speeding tickets. Speeding drivers. “Are we there yet?” Bad weather. Whiteouts. White knuckles. Wear and tear on your vehicle. Wear and tear on your nerves. Does it really add up?

When you travel, give Gander a look before you book. If you are saving big money, we won’t begrudge you that. If you aren’t, you might consider skipping the long drive, saving your sanity, and enjoying the convenience of flying from your local airport.

Money aside, every time you fly from Gander Airport, you cast a vote for the Central Newfoundland economy. You support local businesses and jobs for your neighbors. Moreover, you keep your money in the region. Buying local and flying local are the same thing.

Gander International Airport exists to serve Central Newfoundland. It’s our airport. Make it your airport of choice.
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6 weeks ago
Deborah Bourden - We are so fortunate to have the Gander Airport. Let's help keep it and help it thrive!
6 weeks ago
James Adams - Gander the only time I fly out of the city of St. John's is to get to Mexico or Jamaica but would much rather do it from gander but it's not offered so make that happen and keep us in gander
6 weeks ago
Nicole Keats - I've flown cheaper out of Gander to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Paris twice, Florida, Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco than any other airport in NL at the time of booking. Why leave home to get away?
6 weeks ago
Clar Sweetapple - The convenience of a Gander departure and arrival is worth a little extra cost especially when I consider I can be home in an hour after landing.
6 weeks ago
Thelma Rideout Stuckey - not always true. With the cost to drive to st.johns and fly to cuba we are still saving. it would have cost us a lot more to fly from Gander . Which is sad, I definately would rather fly from Gander anytime but not at a higher cost, sorry. The other issue is the cost to park your vehicle ... NL has the highest cost of airport parking........
6 weeks ago
Mike Walbourne - I'm not exactly sure what the stat is but gander gets a lot more fly days than St. John's!
6 weeks ago
Roxane Hoskins Antle - My husband been using YQX for the last 8 years he flys to YMM return once a month. Last week on his arrival to YQX he went to the long term parking to get his truck and found that his tailgate had been stolen. He notified security but they were not that helpful. It goes to show our vehicles are not safe when we choose to park in your long term parking. You need better security!!!!
6 weeks ago
Trevor Hickey - This Facebook post was verbose
6 weeks ago
Jody Keats - I do whatever is possible to avoid St John's at any cost. I hate flying to it , near it our out of it. Toronto - Halifax - Gander way before Toronto - ST John's - Gander. that airport sucks ass.
6 weeks ago
Irene Saunders - I will never understand why people chose to drive for 3 hrs or more just to save a few dollars . If the Gander airport was not here to use than they would have something else to complain about .People support your own commuity . Gander is the way to go !!!
        
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If you are looking to thaw yourself out, there are plenty of sun choices. Sunwing offers direct service to Punta Cana and Varadero, while Air Canada and Sunwing Vacations can connect you with unforgettable beach vacations.
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7 weeks ago
DeAnna Pinsent - Varadero ... Not Havana ... Right?
        
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Suffering from WMD? Consider Caribbean Vacation, the best treatment for winter blues. Sunwing Airlines direct service to Cuba and the Dominican Republic begins next week. Great packages are always available to sun destinations with WestJet and Air Canada Vacations.
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If you are interesting in serving on the Gander International Airport Authority board, there is posting for a Federal nominee on the Transport Canada website. The selection process will close on March 15, 2017. Detailks at http://www.tc.gc.ca/...n-processes.html
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5 weeks ago
Gander International Airport - A reminder for those interested in serving on the Gander International Airport Authority board, there is posting for a Federal nominee on the Transport Canada website. The selection process will close on March 31, 2017. Details at http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/corporate-services/current-selection-processes.html
        
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Big celebratory sale, today only. https://www.facebook...0155097386343552
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8 weeks ago
Phoebe Bartlett - Nicole Penny
        
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While it's been a Winter Wonderland in Gander of late, not every day has been so glorious. Here's to our winter operations team, those airport professionals who battle 15 feet of annual snowfall with an indomitable spirit and a strong disposition to persevere. Storm worn and snow battered, our staff keep everything moving in one of aviation's most extreme operating environments. A salute and thanks to our dedicated Winter Warriors.
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9 weeks ago
Andy Keough - Big HORSEPOWER BLOWERS !!!
9 weeks ago
Susan Hoyles - They are the best! Those runways are like summer roads!
9 weeks ago
Tom Healey - I will say that the snow clearing crew at GIA is second to none and I am proud to work with them!
9 weeks ago
Bev Erley - Audrey Penney
9 weeks ago
Brittany Snow - Frazer Snow
        
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The Gander International Airport Authority made a $1,000 contribution toward the Power of Pink campaign to purchase two cuddle beds for James Paton Memorial Hospital.

This is a fantastic endeavor lead by the wonderful Brown family who lost a loving mother and wife. This work honors Lisa Brown’s life by making a real difference in the lives of others.

We’d encourage anyone with the means to support their effort, as they are just shy of their stated goal. You can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/3dx08ww

http://www.cbc.ca/ne...raiser-1.3991227
Mother's death inspires effort to buy more 'cuddle beds' for Gander hospital
        
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On Valentine’s Day, we celebrate special relationships. Here at Gander International Airport, we’d like to send our love and appreciation to the people who make our little hearts beat. Don’t get nervous - ours is a platonic love. Not a love that scrawls weird messages in lipstick on the bathroom mirror.

Firstly, our love to the airlines who serve our market – Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Provincial Airlines. Without airlines, an airport is just a big building with an extremely long driveway. You complete us.

Secondly, we send our love to our loyal customers who make Gander a part of their travel plans. Without passengers, there are no airlines. We are just an airport, standing in front of a person, asking them to fly with us. Big hugs.

Thirdly, to our hard-working, high-achieving airport staff – the heart of the entire operation. We believe they are the Best Damn Airport Team on the North Atlantic. While people are home gorging on bon bons today, they are battling a winter storm.

Finally, to all the people in the airport community who make the whole thing tick, from those who fly the plane to those who fix and fuel the plane, there are hundreds of crucial people who make an airport work. We are blessed to have great partners.

From all of us at Gander International Airport, Happy Valentine’s Day! XOXXOXOXOXXO
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9 weeks ago
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10 weeks ago
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10 weeks ago
        
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Despise an early morning rise? WestJet begins daily afternoon Halifax departures at 250 pm beginning April 30. Combined with Air Canada's afternoon flight, we have more choices for morning haters across the region.

http://www.ganderairport.com/?p=1418
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6 weeks ago
Adrienne Stacey - Disappointed with the morning flight to Toronto being taken away in favor of this. My husband who works out west will have to fly with air Canada for now on in order to arrive to work on time.
11 weeks ago
Kathy Hodder - We already had adequate coverage to Halifax. Direct flights to and from Toronto are much better. It's actually shorter to drive to St. J's and take a direct flight to Toronto than it is to fly to Halifax, waste a couple of very boring hours at Halifax, and then fly to Toronto.
11 weeks ago
Carla Keefe Humphries - Flying westjet out of Gander just got harder. Impossible to make connections to the southern US on the same day. Dislike the new schedule very much!
12 weeks ago
Wanda J Moore - And no chance to make a trip to the US or Western Canada without overnighting. both ways. Thanks Gander!! Looks like St Johns will be getting our business!
12 weeks ago
Jennifer Coish-Freake - So... What does this mean for travellers who have flights already booked for the end of May direct from gander to Toronto!
12 weeks ago
Regina Young - This is a disappointment. We used the West Jet to fly to Florida out of Gander. We got to Toronto with plenty of time to make our connection to Tampa. We arrived in Tampa early in the afternoon. We loved flying West Jet and were looking forward to flying again with them in April. Now it will take two days to get to Florida with West Jet. Too bad.
12 weeks ago
Kristie Kippenhuck - More choices for morning haters but less choices for those needing to connect in Toronto. I travelled that route during Christmas break and it was so convenient because I was able to make my connecting flight in Toronto with WestJet, I will no longer be able to make that connection with WestJet!
12 weeks ago
Mohamed Barasi - very bad decision...loosing the daily direct Yyz route.....
12 weeks ago
Patricia Beson - Too bad this is not year round
12 weeks ago
Darren Pittman - Awesome but CYQM to CYQX would have been a better routing !! About same population use Moncton airport that use Halifax airport People in this area have to use Halifax because air lines don't use moncton for convections to other airports.
        
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Gander Airport Chairperson Des Dillon tables 13 top tips for effective meetings and productive boards. http://www.ganderair...m/meeting-goals/
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