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January 14, 2009 10:27 ET

GO Travel Direct Launches Low Cost Transatlantic Flights

Lower Fuel Costs and a New Bilateral Agreement for Flights Between Canada and the EU Means Direct Non Stop Service From Winnipeg

OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2009) - GO Travel Direct, Canada's leading direct-sell tour operator announces the addition of low-cost, scheduled transatlantic air service to their travel product line. Beginning this summer, consumers in Winnipeg, St. Johns, Toronto, Halifax and Montreal can fly to Europe direct non-stop with GO Travel Direct aboard air carrier Finnair, one of the world's longest operating schedule airlines.

This past December, Canada and the European Union reached an agreement to deregulate transatlantic air travel, removing restrictions on flights between the two regions. The treaty allows European airlines to fly to Canada from any airport in the EU, invest in Canada's airlines and establish operations in Canada. Until now industry regulations dictated that EU-based carriers could only serve Canada from their home country.

"With the new bilateral agreement for flights between Canada and the EU, Finnair is taking advantage of a new opportunity by partnering with GO Travel Direct to offer service between Canada and Europe. We see an opportunity for flights between Canada and London and Paris due to lower fuel costs. We are in a position to purchase fuel at the current lower rates whereas many airlines have already purchased fuel at rates locked in at the previously high rates" says Ian Dodd, GO Travel Direct President.

GO Travel Direct Transatlantic Schedule:
Winnipeg - London: June 22 - Oct 19 starting at $349 one way
St Johns - London: June 23 - Oct 20 starting at $299 one way
Toronto - London: June 21 - Oct 18 starting at $299 one way
Halifax - London: June 23 - Oct 22 starting at $299 one way
Montreal - Paris: June 19 - Oct 09 starting at $299 one way

GO Travel Direct fares are tax inclusive with NO additional fuel surcharges. And, GO Travel Direct offers a price guarantee. If a customer finds an identical flight for less, the company will match that price.

"Liberalized air service agreements have resulted in our community welcoming direct service to Europe with Go Travel Direct", said Barry Rempel, President & CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. He added, "This is an important milestone in creating opportunity for trade and tourism, while promoting competition in the market and more choices for consumers."

Now in its 9th successful season, GO Travel Direct continues to offer all-inclusive sun vacations that are among the most competitive in the industry with departures from Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax to Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Florida. All sun vacation packages include return airfare aboard Skyservice, seven nights in 3, 4 or 5-star hotels with all-inclusive meal plan (food and drinks), hotel and airport transfers and taxes. All GO Travel Vacations also include the daily on-site presence of a fully bilingual GO Travel Direct representative.

GO Travel Direct bookings can be made online at www.gotraveldirect.com, by phone at 613 231-3344 or toll-free at 1 866 749-3344 or in person at our offices at 380 Hunt Club Road, Ottawa or 303 Rue Emery, Montreal.

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