AC ‘Disappointed’ As Feds Turn Down YUL-BEY Route Again

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

“Disappointed to say the least,” was AC VP Global Sales Duncan Bureau’s tweeted reaction to news that the Federal Government has turned down a route request that would have linked Montreal and the Lebanese capital Beirut.

It’s not the first time.

In early June, 2003, AC was poised to launch its inaugural non-stop YUL-BEY flight. Thousands of tickets had been sold when the Feds rescinded approval for the route, citing ‘national security’ issues.

It seems little has changed over the past 14 years.

The Huffington Post reports that the government provided precious little detail at the time. The Globe and Mail interviewed a ‘senior federal government official’ who said the decision to was to "safeguard Canadians against terrorism" based on information from CSIS.

Yet in the intervening years, several European airlines including BA, LH and AF have launched and maintained service to BEY.

In his tweet, Bureau said the decision was “a huge disappointment for us and Lebanese community.”

That community is estimated at about 250,000 in Canada, with the majority residing in the Montreal area.

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