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Air Canada Adds Non-Stop Montreal-Algiers and Montreal-Marseille Flights Starting in Summer 2017 - Sep 28, 2016

 

Air Canada Adds Non-Stop Montreal-Algiers and Montreal-Marseille Flights Starting in Summer 2017

Montreal-Casablanca service returns in April 2017 with year-round flights

 

MONTREAL, Sept. 28, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced the addition of two new seasonal destinations to its international network from Montreal. The new services, Montreal-Algiers and Montreal-Marseille will launch in June 2017, with the Montreal-Algiers route subject to government approvals.

 

"Air Canada is excited to introduce non-stop service from Montreal to two new enticing destinations, Marseille and Algiers. In addition to our recently announced Montreal-Shanghai service, these new destinations further expand our global reach from Montreal, reinforcing Montreal-Trudeau as a strategic hub for all of Eastern Canada and the North Eastern U.S.," said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. "Building on Air Canada's success in Casablanca with flights returning on a year-round basis in April 2017, the service to Algiers will be the only non-stop flight by a Canadian carrier between Montreal and the North African city, establishing Air Canada as an important player in the large and growing market between Canada and Algeria. It will be our second destination in Africa, which makes Air Canada one of only a small number of global carriers flying to all six inhabited continents. The Marseille service will be the only non-stop flight operated by a network carrier between Marseille and North America further expanding Air Canada's reach in France by complementing existing services to Paris, Lyon and Nice, and strengthening our presence in Provence-Côte d'Azur, a popular summer destination for Quebecers."

 

"I am delighted by these new routes to Marseille and Algiers. Access to an even greater number of directs flights is a tangible benefit for Montreal and for our businesses—it saves time and money for travelers and provides easy access to new markets. They are also an asset in terms of attracting international businesses and creating new jobs here. Once again, we can confirm Montreal's status as a major urban center and international hub," stated Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal.

 

"The addition of these two French-speaking cities to our list of direct destinations confirms Montréal-Trudeau airport's status as a hub between North America and the Francophonie. Our thanks to Air Canada," said James Cherry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montréal.

 

Both new seasonal routes will be operated by Air Canada Rouge with a 282-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, featuring a choice of three customer comfort options: Economy; Preferred seating offering additional legroom; and Premium Rouge with additional personal space and enhanced service. Seats on the Montreal-Marseille route are now available for purchase, and tickets on the Montreal-Algiers route will be available in the near future.

 

Flights are timed to optimize connectivity to and from Air Canada's Montreal hub. All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

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ALG is a great addition. Casablanca was a test and it passed successfully. ALG was an obvious choice for a second north african destination. I wouldn't be surprised if they started Tunis or Cairo in the next few years.

 

Marseille makes a lot of sense. Air Canada wants to expand its presence in France, and compete directly with Air Transat on that front. Marseille is also the third largest metropolitan area in France. It is a gateway to southern France. I find it is a logical addition to Air Canada's network in France.

 

Vienna could make sense, with a Rouge flight, but I think it would start from YYZ and not YUL. As for Copenhagen, forget it. Already served from YYZ. Montreal can not supply the kind of traffic needed for secondary European hub connections.

 

BEY is a matter of politics more than economics. As soon as our governments will allow it AC will be first to launch the route!!!! Dakar is also another destination that is on the radar. I think once AC gets used to flying to Africa, they'll launch a flight!! Same goes with Lagos from YYZ.

 

To conclude this rather long post, I think that the two most likely european destinations out of YUL would be either DUB or LIS. But that's just a thought :P

 

Congrats Air Canada!!! Impressing us again with their love for Montreal :P

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I love all this wishful thinking, however if we refer back to AC's own '2018 Network Opportunities' document from last year's 'Long-term Sustained Profitability' presentation, the sectors identified from YUL were/are as follows (and please correct me if I've missed one): Lyon, Marseille, Beirut, Tel Aviv, Tunis, Algiers, Casablanca, Dakar, Shanghai. Within one year AC has already launched or firmed up Shanghai, Lyon, Marseille, Algiers and Casablanca.

Dublin, Vienna, Copenhagen, I don't think they're in the plans at this point.

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