Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (Photo: WIkipedia)

Montreal to Lyon, Nice and the West Indies by Air Canada; Quebec City to London Gatwick and Montreal-Amsterdam by Air Transat. The Canadian companies bet on Europe.

The reopening of Canada to vaccinated European visitors

represents an opportunity for Canadian companies. Which sees in particular the possibility of proposing more international connections since Quebec. France is in fact particularly pampered by Air Canada. The national company Air Canada resumed last weekend its air routes to the Caribbean from Montreal. The carrier operates three weekly frequencies every Friday, Saturday and Sunday to Pointe-à-Pitre by Boeing 737-8 two-class aircraft. Air Canada also launched a route between Montreal and Fort-de-France on October 30. A Boeing 737 MAX with a two-class configuration operates the route every Saturday. However, Air Canada has indicated that it intends to gradually increase its routes to five flights a week.

In mainland France, the carrier will relaunch the Montreal-Lyon route on December 11. The airline will offer up to four flights a week this winter with Airbus A330-300s. The aircraft features an Airbus A330-300 refurbished to accommodate 32 passengers in Business class, 24 in Premium and 241 in Economy. Air Canada has already announced that it will increase its summer schedule to five flights per week. The route to Montreal should remain the only route to North America from this airport.

The Montreal-Nice route is also scheduled to resume in May. The route is seasonal, with up to 5 flights per week at the height of the season. Air Canada also indicates that it still wants to open a regular route between Montreal and Toulouse.

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For its part, Air Transat has announced that it will inaugurate three weekly flights between Montreal and Amsterdam in May. And it will resume its Paris-CDG-Quebec City route during the summer schedule in parallel with the launch of a weekly frequency between London-Gatwick and Quebec City.

Luc Citrinot