AC, TS Say New Deal Could Lead To Expanded Israel Service
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Air Canada's Benjamin Smith
Air Canada and Air Transat have welcomed the announcement by the governments of Canada and Israel of an expanded air transport agreement. The airlines say that the revised agreement will lead to expanded services between the two nations.
"Air Canada welcomes the expansion of the Canada-Israel air transport agreement as it will allow us to enhance our network and further advance our successful international expansion strategy,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines.
“We look forward to increasing our services to Tel Aviv, which currently comprise of daily non-stop service from Toronto and seasonal non-stop flights from Montreal. We thank the Canadian government and congratulate it on its success negotiating this new agreement, which will enable us to offer more travel options to our customers."
The new air transport capacity agreement expands the number of weekly frequencies between the two countries from 12 to 19 return flights.
"We congratulate the federal government for reaching an expanded air transport capacity arrangement with Israel. This deal will open up new development and growth possibilities for Canadian-based international carriers such as Air Transat," said Jean-Marc Eustache, Transat President and CEO.
AC has operated flights between Canada and Israel since 1995. In addition to its non-stop YYZ-TLV year-round daily service, it launched seasonal, non-stop service between YUL and TLV in June 2017 that resumes in May, and which it is planning to increase to three-times weekly this summer from twice-weekly last year.
TS made its first foray into the Middle Eastern region in the summer of 2017 when it launched direct flights and vacation packages between YUL and TLV. Building on that success, it will be offering three direct flights per week out of YUL this summer, along with service from YYZ supported by connecting flights. The new program begins 23MAY.
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