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Growth is not slowing: an active summer season at Montréal-Trudeau


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MONTRÉAL, March 28, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - The year 2017 was marked by remarkable growth, with a record 18.2 million passengers welcomed at Montréal-Trudeau airport, a 9.5% increase over 2016. The coming 2018 summer season promises continued growth, with new air services and new destinations offered.

Here are the highlights for this summer:
  • Five new destinations from Montréal, all served by Air Canada:
    • Tokyo (from June 1 - year-round)
    • Bucharest (from June 7 - summer only)
    • Baltimore and Pittsburgh (from May 17 - year-round)
    • Victoria (from June 22 - summer only)
  • Montréal will welcome a 34th carrier, its 22nd international airline: low-cost carrier Level-France. It will offer a thrice-weekly flight from Montréal to Paris Orly from July 2 to November 3.
  • The total number of seats offered will rise by 6%, with 8% growth for the international sector.
  • Added seat capacity for the season for several carriers, including Interjet (+ 52%), Air Transat (+ 18%), Air China (+ 10%) and Air Canada (+ 8%).
  • Added seat capacity for many destinations, especially for international service, including Tel Aviv (+ 52%), Mexico City(+ 21%) and Paris (+ 4%). The number of weekly flights to Lisbon will double for the summer.
  • Several international carriers will increase their flight frequency for the summer season, including Tunisair (four flights/week), Air China (six flights/week to Beijing) and Air Algérie (eight flights/week).

"Travellers from Montréal and elsewhere in Québec will have access to a record number of international destinations this summer," said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal. "Montréal-Trudeau is, more than ever, a gateway for discovering the world! In addition, the inaugural flight to Tokyo in June will be a third direct link with Asia, a continent that was not served until just recently. We are continuing to move steadily forward, with sustained growth and a constant focus on providing our passengers and partners with a vibrant, pleasant and safe airport environment."

Montréal-Trudeau is proportionately the most international of all Canadian airports. A grand total of 146 destinations, a record 89 of which are international, will be offered in 2018. Montréal-Trudeau was also recently recognized at the Skytrax World Airport Awards, rated sixth-best in the category "Best Airport Staff Service in North America" and ranked by Skytrax among the Top 10 Airports in North America.

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On 3/30/2018 at 8:12 PM, Ian said:

Quelqu’un sait c’est quoi le plus +52 % pour Interjet qui est mentionné dans le communiqué? Upgauge à 321 ou nouvelle fréquence?

I was wondering about this as well. Checked Interjet's schedules a few days ago. Flights are still 3x weekly to CUN, and 3x weekly to MEX this summer.

I'm guessing it's just full year of service, vs half year last year, since it was launched in the summer. (kind of b/s on the part of ADM, i know.)

Unless ADM knows something we dont, and InterJet hasn't updated their schedules yet, but considering summer season is approaching, that is highly unlikely.

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