Primera announces 2nd Canadian gateway; WOW ups Europe sked ex YYZ, YUL

Thursday, July 26, 2018 | Posted by Travelweek Group

TORONTO — Two long-haul low-cost carriers are adding new routes from Canada’s two biggest cities.

Starting Oct. 28 Primera Air will operate a new route between Paris and Montreal, on the carrier’s new Airbus A321neo fleet. Fares start at $169 one-way.

Montreal – Paris will be Primera Air’s third transatlantic route to the Canadian market after flights between Toronto (YYZ), London (STN) and Paris (CDG), which started earlier this summer.

“We have already done 500 flights between Toronto and Europe. Both our London and Paris routes have been performing very well, and this has encouraged our plans to increase presence in the Canadian market,” said Primera’s CCO, Anastasija Visnakova.

Earlier this month Primera Air received its second Airbus A321neo unit for the Paris base, which means that now all transatlantic flights to Toronto, New York and Boston will be operated on the new A321neo fleet. In June Primera announced it would have to suspend its Birmingham flights from Toronto and New York because of Airbus delivery delays.

The new Montreal-Paris flights are seasonal, starting Oct. 28 from Paris and running four times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through March 30.

The Toronto-Paris flights are scheduled to operate Oct. 31 – March 30 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The three times weekly Toronto-London flights will continue into December and start again in March.

Meanwhile another long-haul LCC, WOW air, is ramping up its Europe offering from Canada with new flights to Milan out of Toronto and Montreal, starting this November.because of Airbus delivery delays.

WOW air’s routes out of Canada currently include Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Dublin, Edinburgh and Tel Aviv. In May the low-cost carrier announced it was adding India flights ex Toronto and Montreal, starting in December.