Welcome, ZOOM Airlines, Ways to fly to Ottawa, Message from Barry, How to volunteer, Handy Hints, WARR HQ Reservations



Welcome again and as we are getting closer to the 27th running of the World Airline Road Race, we would like to update you on the latest happenings and changes to the event. We would like to include you all in this venture and to enable us to include more WARR happenings, you are invited to send information, challenges and any other WARR related articles for possible inclusion in future editions.


ZOOM Airlines

Just off the press, ZOOM will be the host airline for Ottawa 2008. Please note, ZOOM does not have special fares, they have a small network and like WARR in Amsterdam, you will have to make your own arrangements and use the agreements your airline have with the carriers of the world.

Frank Jagers of KLM, sends this photo of ZOOM's 'City of Ottawa'


Ways to fly to Ottawa

Ottawa is ideally located between Toronto and Montreal, and just an hour's drive north of the Canada/US border. Ottawa has the distinct advantage of being well-serviced by VIA Rail nationally, and its newly expanded airport provides easy points of access worldwide. VIA Rail offers regular service to Ottawa from points east and west, with the Ottawa VIA station located just minutes from downtown. Visit VIA online for schedules and fares. Check out Via Rail specials: 2 for 1 seniors and kids travel free.



YOW Airport Overview
Ottawa International (YOW) Airport is located approximately six miles from downtown Ottawa, Canadas capital. The airport opened a new terminal building in October 2003 that features three separate, easy-to-navigate levels for check-in, security, and arrivals; a four-level parking structure; self-service check-in kiosks; and improved baggage facilities. The structural steel of the new terminal is reminiscent of an airport hangar, but the abundant natural light and water features throughout the terminal representing the meeting of the regions three rivers make it an aesthetically pleasing space. Ottawa airport is served by over 15 airlines offering flights throughout Canada and the U.S. Air Canada is the dominant airline offering numerous daily, non stop flights to major Canadian and U.S. cities in addition to a direct flight to Londons Heathrow Airport.


Air Canada / JAZZ (AC & QK)

Non-stop flights to: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, London ON, Montral (Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau), Quebec City, Toronto (Pearson & City Centre), Vancouver, Winnipeg, Boston, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale (Seasonal, December-April), New York (LaGuardia), Orlando (Seasonal, December-April), Washington (Dulles), London (Heathrow)

Websites: and

American Airlines (AA)

Non-stop flights to: Chicago


ASA - Delta Connection (DL)

Non-stop flights to: Atlanta


Continental Express (CO)

Non-stop flights to: Newark


Northwest Airlink (NW) (Pinnacle & Mesaba)

Non-stop flights to: Detroit


United Express (UA) (Shuttle America)

Non-stop flights to: Chicago


US Airways (US) (US Airways Express)

Non-stop flights to: Philadelphia


WestJet (WS)

Non-stop flights to: Calgary, Toronto (Pearson), Winnipeg


Zoom Airlines (Z4)

Seasonal (May-October) direct flights to: Glasgow, London (Gatwick)

Website: www.flyzoom


These airlines fly direct to and from Ottawa:


Air Canada

Bearskin Airlines

Air Nova/Air Alliance

Air Ontario Inc

American Airlines Inc

Business Express Airlines

Canadian North Cargo

Continental Express

First Air

Northwest Airlines/KLM

Royal Airlines

Trillium Air

US Airways

WestJet Airlines Ltd


These additional airlines fly out of either Toronto or Montreal airports:

Cubana Airlines


Air New Zealand


American Airlines Inc

B W I A West Indies Airways

British Airways

Cathay Pacific Airways

Cayman Airways

Delta Air Lines Inc

El Al Israel Airlines

Iberia Airlines of Spain

Japan Airlines

Korean Air

Lufthansa German Airlines

Northwest Airlines/KLM

Olympic Airways Reservations

Qantas Airways Ltd


Travel Info by Merlane Quon

Merlane Quon and her team have made the WARR journey to just about all the WARRs and have sent me the valuable tip as to how they travel to WARR and how you can make it this year to Ottawa.

Most the WARRior airlines fly to one of the gateways in Canada. If it is Toronto or Montreal - it is close enough to hire a car and drive or take the train. Some flights of AC do fly right in YOW - Ottawa. LHR - YOW for sure I know there is a few flights. There are plenty of web fares to get with AC right now.

Thanks Merlane.


SHotel booking information

Please go to:

Hotel Reservations


How to volunteer

WARR week is going to be a busy time with help needed at various stages and times of the event especially at the registration venue. If you would like to volunteer and assist during WARR week send your name and contact information to Jim Batten email:


Message from Barry, for Team Captains

Team Captains, please notify me if there is any change in the Team Captain status of your airline as this is one of the most important aspects for me to keep in contact and enabling me to update you and your team with WARR happenings and arrangements. We also need you to forward the information to your team members and airline friends spreading the word about World Airline Road Race 2008 and be part of:

'Canada calls, Come Run the Rideau'


WARR Team Captain

Have you contacted your TC about WARR 2008? If you do not know who the Team Captain for your airline is, contact me and I will send you the contact details


WARR Veterans

Recognition is given to all WARRiors who have achieved WARR Veteran Status and to reach this goal you should have participated and finished a specified number of WARRs namely, 10, 15, 20 and 25. Anything before 10 does not count, 11 to 14 also does not count as with 16 to 19 and 21 to 24.

Barry de Kock -

I need you to send me your updated information as we are getting close to the point where we have to order the required items. If you are not on the list you will not receive your hard earned recognition as a WARR Veteran.



Check on the Canadian Government website as to which countries requires visas.


Generally not required unless you come from a yellow fever area. (Africa, South America, etc.) Usually a Yellow fever shot is valid for 10 years.


Customs and Quarantine:



110v and plugs are similar to the USA




Canadian Dollar - Refer to this website for current exchange rates


There is a 5% GST.


Canada one-dollar coin

Loonie is the name Canadians have given the gold-coloured, bronze-plated, one-dollar coin shortly after its introduction in 1987. It bears images of a common loon, a well-known Canadian bird, on the reverse, and of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse

Two-dollar coin

Toonie is the name of the two-dollar coin, a combination of the number "two" with the name of the Loonie


About Canada

       Canada has a population of approximately 30 million people

       There are 2 official languages - English and French

       The first Prime Minister was Sir John A. Macdonald. At present, the P.M. is Stephen Harper

       Canada's largest city is Toronto, followed by Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa

       The country's capital is Ottawa

       Ten million square kms of land make up the country, making it the second largest country (next to Russia)

       Canada is divided up into 10 Provinces and 3 territories The National Anthem is 'Oh Canada'

       The Maple leaf and beaver are Canada's national symbols

       Canada has six time zones (The easternmost, in Newfoundland, the Atlantic, the Eastern, the Central, the Rocky Mountain and the Pacific)

       Canada's main natural resources are natural gas, oil, gold, coal, copper, iron ore, nickel, potash, uranium and zinc, wood and water.

       Canada's leading exports are automobile vehicles and parts, machinery and equipment, high-technology products, oil, natural gas, metals, and forest and farm products.

       Leading industries include automobile manufacturing, pulp and paper, iron and steel work, machinery and equipment manufacturing, mining, extraction of fossil fuels, forestry and agriculture.

       The coastline (243,792 km) is the longest in the world

       Canada has the longest covered bridge in the world. It's located in Hartland, New Brunswick and is 1,282 feet long.

       The longest street in the world is Yonge Street (in Toronto), and is 1,900.5 kilometers long

       Also in Toronto, the CN Tower stands at 1,815 feet and 5 inches high. It was completed in 1975 and is the tallest freestanding structure in the world

       Anyone in Canada can send a letter to a member of Parliament (while it's in session) without paying postage

       Life expectancy in Canada is 75.6 years for males and 81.7 years for females (which ranks in the world's longest)

       Canada has the longest national highway in the world - the Trans-Canada highway (7,821 kilometers)

Well thats about it for this edition of Runways to WARR Ottawa 2008, remember, you are WARR and without you WARR is a non starter.

We have supplied information as best we can source it you should check out the facts yourself and not rely entirely on our information.