Air Transat Unveils Summer 2019 Flight Program

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Cutline: A new bird for next summer.

For summer 2019, Air Transat is adding Split, Croatia, to its European destinations and increasing direct flights for many of its main transatlantic markets, including Italy, Greece, Croatia, France and Portugal. 

Altogether, the TS summer 2019 program features 27 destinations in Europe and the Middle East accessible from six airports in Canada via connecting flights. The other big news is that pax heading to destinations such as Nice, Porto and Basel will fly in one of two new Airbus A321neo LR airplanes being added to the Air Transat fleet.

 “Our fleet’s transition period that started last winter is continuing. Summer 2019 will mark the arrival of two new Airbus A321neo LR airplanes, benefitting our flexibility and efficiency,” says Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer at Transat. 

Here are more highlights of the program:

The Balkans

“We’re adding Splitin response to Croatia’s soaring popularity as a tourist destination, while maintaining our position as a leader in many of our key markets, including the Mediterranean region.” 

With Split added and two weekly flights to Zagreb continuing, that makes three direct flights to Croatia every week from Toronto. There will be more direct flights to Greece and Italy, for a total of four weekly flights to Athens from Montreal and Toronto. Lamezia, the gateway to the South of Italy, will be accessible twice a week from Toronto. 

The airline is increasing its departures to a number of other destinations as well: from Montreal, there will be three flights to Porto, three to Nice and two to Basel. Meanwhile, there will be five weekly flights to Dublin (Ireland) from Toronto.

The UK

By flying direct every week from four Canadian cities, TS makes London easily accessible with departures from Toronto (daily), Vancouver (daily), Montreal (three times a week) and Calgary (three times a week). Vacationers looking to discover other areas of the UK can choose from five direct flights weekly to Manchester and Glasgow from Toronto, as well as connecting flights from Montreal, Vancouver, Quebec City, Calgary and Edmonton.

France

As the leading airline between Canada and France Air Transat is once again offering direct flights from Montreal to the biggest cities in France, that is, Paris (daily direct flights), Marseille (five direct flights weekly), Lyon and Toulouse (four direct flights weekly), as well as Nice, Nantes and Bordeaux (three direct flights weekly). And with its network of connecting flights, Air Transat makes most of these destinations available to people in and around Quebec City, Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary. 

The Med 

The Mediterranean region is vital to the airline’s flight program. First, there’s Spain. Air Transat will continue its direct flights from Montreal to Barcelona (five direct flights weekly) and Malaga (three direct flights weekly) as well as from Toronto, with three direct flights weekly to Barcelona. These Spanish destinations remain accessible to people in the Quebec City, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton areas via Air Transat’s network of connecting flights. 

Getting to Lisbon (Portugal) will be as easy as ever with five direct flights weekly from Montreal and four from Toronto.

Rome remains accessible too, with five direct flights from Montreal and seven from Toronto. The Italian capital will be easily reachable for travellers from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton via connecting flights through Toronto.

Air Transat flies direct to Tel Aviv from Montreal twice a week and from Toronto once a week with a connecting flight. 

More Europe

Brussels, the Belgian capital, is accessible from Montreal with three direct flights weekly, and from Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary with connecting flights.

The airline offers Canadians seven direct flights to Amsterdam, including four from Toronto, two from Vancouver and one from Calgary, along with two direct flights to Prague from Montreal.

Summer South

As well as Europe, Air Transat will also maintain summer flights to 20 South destinations, Guérard says, “because people love the beaches of Mexico and the Dominican Republic even in the summer.” 

Domestic Connections

For the past five years, Air Transat has been expanding its domestic flights, linking the country’s major cities. “These flights give an increasing number of Canadians access to more European destinations than ever, with connecting flights to Toronto and Montreal, as well as give access to other Canadian cities,” explains Annick Guérard.

It’s also worth noting Air Transat is launching a new summer flight between Edmonton and Toronto, opening the door to European travel to people in northern Alberta.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.




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