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Pacific Western Airlines

Wardair Expands (1962)

Time Air (1977)


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Through the 1950s to the 1980s, airlines across Canada struggled against the regulations that were established to protect Trans Canada Airlines (TCA). Companies like Canadian Pacific Airlines, Wardair, and Pacific Western Airlines came up with innovative ways to get around the regulations, which included offering charter services and irregular services between cities. Government regulators responded to these successes by imposing new restrictive regulations designed to oppose the effort.

Pressure grew on the federal government to remove the regulations when it became clear that the smaller carriers were fulfilling a need Canadians wanted.

Other smaller airlines, like Time Air, were established and profitably offered feeder air services between smaller communities and the larger centres where the main airlines operated.

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