New Carriers, Routes Coming To YYZ For Summer 2018
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
With demand for air travel in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) continuing to grow, YYZ has announced additional new airline services from Canada's busiest airport for the summer 2018 travel season.
The airport, which is forecast to welcome nearly 48 million passengers in 2017, will see several new airlines enter the local market, as well as expanded service from existing carriers and more frequent flights on some high demand routes.
Both domestic and international travellers will have new options from YYZ. For summer 2018, Air Canada will offer new direct service to Buenos Aires, as well as new routes from Toronto to Providence, RI, Omaha, NB, Nanaimo and Kamloops.
New Canadian carrier Flair Air will operate for its first summer out of Toronto Pearson after launching service to Edmonton and Kelowna this month.
For international travel, current carriers already operating from Toronto Pearson will add new options for travel in Europe, including AC’s new routes to Bucharest, Zagreb, Porto and Shannon. British Airways, which will add capacity to the UK, will now be offering 3X-weekly service to London Gatwick.
The GTAA says the UK and Europe are experiencing notably strong demand from Toronto region travellers and new carriers serving this area in summer 2018 will include Primera Air, offering service three times weekly to Birmingham and London Stansted, and four times weekly service to Paris. Eastern Europe will also see new choice and connectivity through Ukraine International Airlines, flying three times weekly to Kiev.
"Toronto Pearson is well on its way to becoming a mega hub airport, as evidenced by the addition of these new routes and partnerships on the back of strong passenger traffic growth," said Kim Stangeby, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.