Miami - North American airline, Air Canada, will begin non-stop service from Montréal to Casablanca by summer 2016.
Miami – North American airline, Air Canada, will begin non-stop service from Montréal to Casablanca by summer 2016.
According to a TAC press release by Stockhouse, the Canadian carrier announced today that it would start operating direct flights to North Africa for the first time and has chosen Casablanca for its launch.
President of Passenger Airlines at Air Canada, Benjamin Smith said today in a statement, “Air Canada is delighted to offer its first flight to Africa and it is natural that Montréal should be the departure point for this significant new addition to our international network. The route will be appealing both for tourists traveling to Casablanca and beyond, as well as for the large Moroccan community based in Montréal”.
He also emphasized, the new service will be well-connected to other Canadian and US cities within “Air Canada’s extensive network. For these reasons, we aim to eventually convert this seasonal route to a year-round service”.
According to the press release, the carrier’s leisure brand, Air Canada rouge will be operating the Montréal-Casablanca direct route.
Mayor of Montréal, Denis Coderre has expressed his joy for the new announcement since it will allegedly be a great opportunity for business in the French-Canadian city, especially since Morocco and Canada share the use of the French language.
Taking it a step further, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montréal has also welcomed Air Canada’s new service claiming it “confirms Montréal-Trudeau’s role as a hub between North America and the francophone countries of Europe and Africa”.
Canada’s flag carrier is considered one of the 20 largest airlines in the world and the only international carrier to earn a Four-Star ranking according to independent UK research firm Skytrax.
The direct route to Casablanca will be operated using a 280-seat Boeing 767-300ER. To launch the new service, Air Canada is offering low introductory rates to travel before July 2016 for a reported CAD$869 roun-dtrip.