Category: Montreal YUL

Air Canada To Begin Year-Round Flights From Montreal to Bogotá, Colombia

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  • Bogotá represents Air Canada’s 39th new route launched from Montreal since 2012, 12th new route since 2017
  • Complements Toronto-Bogotá service

MONTREAL, Sept. 18, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced the introduction of new year-round service between Montreal and Bogotá, Colombia beginning June 2, 2020. Flights will operate three times weekly onboard Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300ER aircraft offering a choice of premium and economy service.

Special introductory fares start as low as $795 round-trip, all in, and tickets are now available for purchase at aircanada.com or through travel agents.

Air Canada today announced the introduction of new year-round service between Montreal and Bogotá, Colombia beginning June 2, 2020 (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada today announced the introduction of new year-round service between Montreal and Bogotá, Colombia beginning June 2, 2020 (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“We are very pleased to offer the only non-stop, year-round flights connecting Montreal and Bogotá, two vibrant cities steeped in history and culture. This new route complements our existing Toronto-Bogotá service, and positions Air Canada as a significant player linking the growing markets between Montreal and Colombia’s capital and largest city. The addition of Bogotá represents Air Canada’s 39th new route launched from Montreal-Trudeau Airport since 2012, firmly illustrating our commitment to developing Montreal as an important, strategic hub. Bogotá is also strategically situated to allow for seamless travel across South America through Star Alliance partner Avianca,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President of Network Planning at Air Canada.

“For several years now, Aéroports de Montréal has been wanting to improve service from YUL to destinations in South America. While a flight to Sao Paolo will be inaugurated in a few weeks, Air Canada is doubling the stakes by adding this new direct connection to Bogotá, Colombia,” said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal. “In addition to greatly facilitating air travel for members of Montreal’s very large Colombian community, this announcement once again affirms YUL’s role as a hub for international air traffic. We are confident that this destination will be extremely popular with travellers. And we thank our partner Air Canada who is sparing no effort to continue improving the range of destinations offered from Montreal.”

“This is a very exciting announcement. We are looking forward to connecting our capital city with Montreal, the global leader in digital art and creativity, which will further advance the growth of the creative industries sector in Colombia. This new route will also enable a greater number of Canadians to experience 21st century Colombia; a vibrant country that stands out for its opportunities in innovation and entrepreneurship, and for its unparalleled offer of sustainable tourism,” said Federico Hoyos, Colombia’s Ambassador to Canada.

“More excellent news for Montreal, its economic dynamism and international influence. The announcement of this year-round service between our city and Bogotá will be positive for Montrealers and we are delighted,” said Robert Beaudry, head of economic development, trade and housing on the City of Montreal’s executive committee.

“This new flight consolidates Montreal’s position as a hub, with openness and international accessibility. This is excellent news for developing the South American market, which has grown by more than 50% in recent years. Tourisme Montréal salutes the efforts of Air Canada. This new direct air link will undoubtedly be a tourism and economic success for Montreal, confirming its status as a gateway to Canada,” said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.

FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week
AC1952Montreal 22:45Bogotá 04:15 + 1 dayTuesday, Thursday, Saturday
AC1953Bogotá 09:00Montreal 16:20Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Flights are timed to optimize connectivity to and from Air Canada’s extensive network at its Montreal hub. In addition, flights are timed to connect to Star Alliance partner Avianca’s network to other destinations including Medellin, Cartagena, Cali, Lima, Cuzco, Guayaquil and Quito.

Customers can also collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits.

Lufthansa Group to offer five Canadian gateways in 2020 with Ottawa as new addition

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  • Lufthansa begins flights to and from Ottawa, Canada – Frankfurt, Germany
  • Canadian passengers will have increased opportunities to experience Lufthansa Group carriers when traveling to Europe and beyond

EAST MEADOW, NY, Sept. 10, 2019 /CNW/ – Great news is coming for Lufthansa Group passengers in the Canadian capital. The group, Europe’s largest aviation company, will increase its number of gateways in Canada, commencing service from Ottawa to Frankfurt, Germany. On May 16th, 2020, Ottawa joins the four other Lufthansa Group Canadian gateways: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

The new Ottawa route, beginning on May 16, 2020 and lasting until October 24, 2020, will be a summer seasonal flight with an Airbus A340-300 offering a seat configuration of 30 Business Class seats, 28 Premium Economy Class Seats and 221 Economy Class seats. The flight will operate five times per week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. LH 473 will depart Ottawa at 5:50pm and arrive the following day at Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub at 7:15am. The return flight from Frankfurt – LH 472 – will depart at 1:45pm and arrive back in Ottawa at 4:05pm. All times are local.

“These are exciting times for the Lufthansa Group and its expansion, growth and increased capacity in North America. We have been serving Canada for over six decades and the ongoing expansion of our airlines flying to the region, especially the addition of the new Ottawa – Frankfurt route, underscores the Lufthansa Group’s ever-increasing commitment to the Canadian market, its economy and our customers,” said Hans DeHaan, Senior Director of Sales Canada, Lufthansa Group.

Onboard Experience

Lufthansa’s Ottawa service employs the Airbus A330-300 in a three-class cabin configuration. The aircraft includes 30 Business Class, 28 Premium Economy and 221 Economy Class seats to accommodate a total of 279 passengers. Lufthansa’s state-of-the-art aircraft offers customers an onboard experience that includes comfortable seating in all classes, acclaimed culinary offerings, a plethora of in-flight entertainment operations and Wi-Fi throughout the entire journey. As the only five-star-rated airline in the Western Hemisphere (certified by Skytrax), Lufthansa is one of a select group of airlines worldwide to earn the coveted rating.

Frankfurt, Germany’s most international city, offers a rich culture and history, with a population of about 5.6 million. The Frankfurt Rhine-Main metropolitan region is one of Europe’s leading economic centers and a popular travel destination. It is home to a wide range of tourist attractions and sights, including world-class ballet, opera, theaters and art exhibitions. As Germany’s fifth largest city, it is the nation’s financial powerhouse—home to the German Central Bank and the European Central bank, which manages the euro. It is also the gateway to Germany’s robust hi-tech scene.

The Lufthansa Group – with its airlines Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Edelweiss, Eurowings and Swiss International Air Lines – as well as its Star Alliance and joint venture partner Air Canada, additionally offer a large range of options to fly from Canada to Europe and beyond.  Passengers specifically arriving in Frankfurt can connect to over 1,300 destinations worldwide through Lufthansa Group carriers and Star Alliance partners—the world’s largest airline network.

Aside from the new Ottawa route, the Lufthansa Group also serves four other Canadian gateways:

Lufthansa Group in Montreal
Beginning in March 2020, Brussels Airlines will launch its new, non-stop seasonal service between Montréal, Quebec and Brussels, Belgium. With Brussels’ new gateway in Montreal, Lufthansa Group’s passenger airlines will be fully represented in this region, joining Austrian, which was successfully introduced to Montreal in April 2019, as well as Lufthansa and SWISS.

Lufthansa Group in Toronto
Lufthansa offers year-round, daily flights from Toronto to its two hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.

Lufthansa Group in Vancouver
Lufthansa and Edelweiss (a subsidiary of SWISS) fly to Vancouver. Lufthansa flies daily from Vancouver to its two main hubs in Frankfurt and Munich, while Edelweiss offers service from Vancouver to Zurich on a seasonal basis.

Lufthansa Group in Calgary
SWISS’s subsidiary, Edelweiss, offers seasonal flights from Calgary to Zurich. The next timetable runs from May – August 2020.

The New Service in Brief
2020 Summer Schedule (May 16th, 2020 – October 24th, 2020) in local time

FlightFromToDepartureArrivalDays
LH473OttawaFrankfurt17:5007:15 (+1)Mon,Tu,Thu,Sat,
Sun
LH472FrankfurtOttawa13:4516:05Mon,Tu,Thu,Sat,
Sun

Canadian passengers scramble after British Airways cancels flights due to strike

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The Associated Press, 9 September 2019

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British Airways Pilots’ Two-Day Strike Grounds Nearly All Flights

LONDON — Canadian travel agencies are scrambling to help passengers whose British Airways flights have been cancelled on Monday and Tuesday after a pilots strike grounded the global carrier.

The airline says more than a dozen flights between Canada and London are slated to be cancelled over the two days, affecting about 3,500 passengers based on the size of the scheduled aircraft.

Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is most impacted with four flights each day. One arrival and one departure are cancelled over the two days in Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

“Customers were sent email notifications if they have been affected,” British Airways said in an advisory to travel agents.

Passengers can receive refunds or rebook for later flights. They may also be able to rebook on partner airlines such as American Airlines, Finnair and Aer Lingus, if seats are available.

Toronto travel agency TTI Travel says some customers have called to inquire but there doesn’t appear to be any alarm.

“We’ve been looking at flights and trying to re-accommodate them and make some decisions around how we support them and what those options are,” said TTI vice-president Lucy Lavigna.

Air Canada says it has added larger aircraft on the route between Toronto and London-Heathrow to accommodate increased demand it has seen in recent days.

“Last night we operated one flight on the route (we have four flights daily) with a 400-seat, Boeing 777 instead of the scheduled 298-seat Boeing 787-9, and will do the same tonight,” said spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick by email.

“That makes for a total of about 400 extra seats in the market. We continue to monitor the situation, but there are no plans for additional capacity at this time, in part because our aircraft are already committed under the existing schedule.”

WestJet Airlines said it’s “business as usual” for the Calgary-based airline.

British Airways cancelled almost all its flights for 48 hours, affecting as many as 195,000 travellers, due to a strike by pilots over pay.

The U.K.’s flagship carrier said in a statement Monday that it had “no way of predicting how many (pilots) would come to work or which aircraft they are qualified to fly.”

As a result, it said it had “no option but to cancel nearly 100 per cent” of its flights for the duration of the strike.

“We have supplemented our fleet by using aircraft and crew from other airlines (wet-leasing) and working with our partner airlines to schedule larger aircraft to take the maximum number of customers,” said the trade support website that details customer guidelines.

British Airways operates up to 850 flights a day. London’s sprawling Heathrow Airport was most affected by the work stoppage as it is the airline’s hub and is used for many of the company’s long-haul international flights.

The departure area at Heathrow Terminal 5 was almost empty, with only a handful of BA flights set to leave on Monday.

There were no queues at any of the check-in desks or security gates and only a handful of people waiting on benches. The terminal is typically quite busy.

British Airways said it stands ready to return to talks with the pilots’ union, Balpa, and that it has offered all affected customers full refunds or the option to rebook. The airline had been preparing for weeks for the strike, giving travellers advanced notice.

“We understand the frustration and disruption Balpa’s strike action has caused our customers,” it said.

“After many months of trying to resolve the pay dispute, we are extremely sorry that it has come to this.”

British Airways says it has offered pilots an 11.5 per cent pay raise over three years but the union says its members want a bigger share of the company’s profits.

The union accuses British Airways of making big profits at the expense of workers who made sacrifices during hard times. British Airways’ parent company, IAG, made a net profit of 2.9 billion euros (US$3.2 billion) last year.

Union leader Brian Strutton said pilots are determined to be heard.

“They’ve previously taken big pay cuts to help the company through hard times. Now BA is making billions of pounds of profit, its pilots have made a fair, reasonable and affordable claim for pay and benefits.”

A further strike is penciled in for Sept. 27.

— With files from The Canadian Press

Creation of an ecological park at YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport

Provided by Aéroports de Montréal/CNW

MONTRÉAL, Aug. 30, 2019 /CNW/ – ADM Aéroports de Montréal is pleased to announce the creation of an ecological park located north of the YUL airport site in the Saint-Laurent borough. This announcement follows discussions with the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, who supports changing the land’s vocation to an ecological park. The more than 2 million-square-foot property will be preserved and landscaped for the benefit of the entire community.

“As part of its environmental policy, ADM is committed to protecting areas with high-ecological value at its sites. Preserving this sector underscores this commitment,” said Philippe Rainville, ADM President and CEO.

ADM has compiled an ecological inventory of the site and will ensure its safeguarding. Marshes and swamps are present on a good portion of the site, along with mature woodland, birds and mammals.

“This initiative reflects our goal of offering the community a place to connect with nature. Its proximity to the REM station at the Technoparc will make it accessible to a greater number of people. In the coming weeks, a clean-up operation will be organized with Jour de la Terre and a landscaping plan drawn up by our experts,” said Mr. Rainville.

The land is adjacent to the airport site and, in accordance with the requirements of TP 1247F “Land Use in the Vicinity of Aerodromes,” ADM will continue to be responsible for ongoing wildlife management and bird hazard control.

Air Canada To Launch Year-Round Montreal-Toulouse Service

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  • The only year-round flights from North America to the south west of France start June 4, 2020
  • Service links two of the world’s leading aerospace industry hubs

MONTREAL, Aug. 28, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada announced today the introduction of year-round service between Montreal and Toulouse starting June 4, 2020. The five-times weekly flights will provide the only year-round service between the two cities and be operated with Air Canada’s Airbus A330-300 fleet, featuring Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy cabins. Special introductory fares from Montreal to Toulouse start as low as $729 CDN round-trip, all-in, and tickets are now available for purchase at aircanada.com or through travel agents.

The five-times weekly flights will provide the only year-round service between the two cities and be operated with Air Canada’s Airbus A330-300 fleet, featuring Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy cabins. (CNW Group/Air Canada)
The five-times weekly flights will provide the only year-round service between the two cities and be operated with Air Canada’s Airbus A330-300 fleet, featuring Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy cabins. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“Air Canada is very pleased to offer non-stop, year-round flights linking Montreal and Toulouse. This service will create opportunities to accelerate synergies between two of the world’s leading aerospace industry hubs. Combined with our recently announced non-stop flights between Montreal and Seattle, the world’s other major aerospace hub, starting next year, we are helping solidify Quebec’s position as a global player in the aerospace industry, which will help maintain and encourage the growth of high-skilled, high-paying jobs in the sector. This further demonstrates the power of having a global champion in Montreal such as Air Canada; one with the capacity and network breadth to compete effectively in aviation, the most international of businesses,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer at Air Canada.

“This new route is our sixth destination in continental France and represents further growth from our Montreal hub, where Air Canada has launched 35 new global routes since 2012. Apart from its attractions as a business travel market, Toulouse is also known for its rich heritage spanning 2,000 years, abundant culture and its culinary scene. At the same time, as this route will be the only year-round service to south west France from Canada, it will strengthen Montreal’sposition as both a business and tourism destination while making it a premier North American Atlantic gateway, conveniently connecting customers to Air Canada’s extensive North American network,” Mr. Rovinescu concluded.

“The announcement of year-round service between Montreal and Toulouse is excellent news. Many economic sectors are bringing us closer to Toulouse, particularly aerospace, and we are convinced that this new Air Canada service will help strengthen or establish new collaborations between companies here and in Toulouse,” said Robert Beaudry, head of economic development, housing and design on the City of Montreal’s executive committee.

“We are very pleased that our major partner, Air Canada, is adding this new route to Toulouse, the aeronautical capital, and enhancing air service options departing from YUL. The Montréal-Toulouse link will offer direct access year-round to one of the world’s largest economic and industrial centres which is also the headquarters of Airbus, our important partner at YMX, International Aerocity of Mirabel,” said Philippe Rainville, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montréal.

“This new non-stop service will strengthen the aerospace cluster in Montreal and throughout Quebec by improving access and facilitating travel for the many aerospace companies doing business in the Toulouse area, home of the headquarters for Airbus, which also has major facilities in the Montreal area. In light of a recent report that points to challenges and opportunities in the aerospace sector, this new route by Air Canada comes at an ideal time to enhance our competitiveness,” said Suzanne Benoît, President of Aéro Montreal.

Air Canada’s Montreal-Toulouse flights begin June 4, 2020 and will be operated with a 292-seat, Airbus A330-300. The aircraft offers three cabins of service, including Air Canada Signature Service with fully lie-flat seats, Premium Economy and Economy service. All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at the Montreal hub, priority boarding and other benefits.

FlightFromToDepartsArrivesDays of Operation
AC826Montreal (YUL)Toulouse (TLS)19:1508:15 +1 dayTue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
AC827Toulouse (TLS)Montreal (YUL)10:0012:00Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun

Air Canada Announces First Two New Routes To Be Operated With Game Changing Airbus A220-300

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  • The only non-stop flights from Montreal-Seattle, and from Toronto-San Jose, California
  • Customers to benefit from modern, spacious new cabin interior
  • A220 technology reduces fuel consumption by 20 per cent per seat

MONTREAL, Aug. 14, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced the first two new routes to be operated with the Airbus A220-300, the only non-stop service between Montreal and Seattle and between Toronto and San Jose, California, both beginning in spring 2020. As well, the carrier also provided a first look at the interior features of its newest aircraft, which will offer customers a choice of Business and Economy Class service, its newest in-flight entertainment system, onboard Wi-Fi and more.

Air Canada's two-class cabin on the A220 will have a total of 137 seats: 12 in a 2x2 configuration in Business Class and 125 in a 3x2 layout for Economy passengers. Every seat on the A220 features a Panasonic eX1 in-flight entertainment system with content available in 15 languages and featuring more than 1,000 hours of high-quality entertainment, including access to Bell Media’s premium entertainment service, Crave, and Canadian-based multi-platform audio service, Stingray. (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada’s two-class cabin on the A220 will have a total of 137 seats: 12 in a 2×2 configuration in Business Class and 125 in a 3×2 layout for Economy passengers. Every seat on the A220 features a Panasonic eX1 in-flight entertainment system with content available in 15 languages and featuring more than 1,000 hours of high-quality entertainment, including access to Bell Media’s premium entertainment service, Crave, and Canadian-based multi-platform audio service, Stingray. (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada announced the first two new routes to be operated with the Airbus A220-300, the only non-stop service between Montreal and Seattle and Toronto and San Jose, California, beginning in spring 2020. (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada announced the first two new routes to be operated with the Airbus A220-300, the only non-stop service between Montreal and Seattle and Toronto and San Jose, California, beginning in spring 2020. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

Special introductory fares from Montreal to Seattle start as low as $315 CDN one-way, all in, and fares from Toronto to San Jose starts as low $297 CDN one-way, all in. Tickets are now available for purchase at aircanada.com or through travel agents until August 28 for travel between May 4 and July 31, 2020.

“This aircraft is a game changer for Air Canada as there is simply no rival in this category. The A220 will further strengthen our position on transborder and transcontinental markets and be instrumental in our continued growth. Our customers will benefit from innovative design features in a spacious and comfortable cabin. When connecting through our hubs across Canada onward to international destinations, customers travelling on an A220 will benefit from a virtually seamless cabin experience offering the same level of service and comforts as on a widebody aircraft,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President of Network Planning at Air Canada. “The two routes announced today are the first of many future possibilities as the A220 will allow us to further develop our North American network, offering customers new routes and more robust year-round schedules.

Air Canada

“With these two new non-stop routes, Air Canada is deepening its transborder network. This includes strengthening our position in the Seattle market by providing yet another key link for business and leisure travellers with service from Montreal, complementing our existing non-stop service there from Toronto and Vancouver. And with our new Toronto-San Jose route, we are increasing our presence in the Bay Area, adding to our many flights into San Francisco in addition to our existing service to San Jose from Vancouver. Customers from Canada now have another gateway to the Bay Area and Silicon Valley,” said Mr. Galardo.

Montreal-Seattle

Air Canada will begin the only daily year-round flights to Seattle from Montreal on May 4, 2020, complementing existing services to Seattle from Toronto and Vancouver.

Flights are timed to provide connectivity in Montreal to and from Europe and North Africa including Casablanca, Paris, Nice, Lyon, Algiers, London, Frankfurt, Geneva, Rome, Dublin and more.

FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week
AC 565Montreal 17:55Seattle 20:45Daily
AC 564Seattle 08:35Montreal 16:34Daily

Toronto-San Jose

The only year-round, daily service to San Jose from Toronto starts May 4, 2020, complementing existing services from Vancouver to San Jose.

Flights are timed so customers can connect through Toronto on Air Canada’s wide-ranging domestic network, allowing easy connections to another Silicon Valley city.

FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week
AC 765Toronto 08:55San Jose 11:28Daily
AC 766San Jose 12:15Toronto 20:10Daily

Customers can collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits. Eligible connecting international customers departing Toronto Pearson International Airport have access to Air Canada’s Signature Suite, recognised as the World’s Best Business Class Dining Experience by Skytrax.

About the Air Canada A220-300

Air Canada

Air Canada’s first Airbus A220-300, built at Airbus Canada’s Mirabel facility employing 2,500 people, is scheduled to be delivered later this year. Each A220 includes parts from 30 Canadian suppliers.

Air Canada will be the first North American carrier to operate the larger A220-300 version of the aircraft, which has a range of 3,200 nautical miles.

To be initially deployed from Montreal and Toronto on existing Canadian and transborder routes such as to Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and New York – La Guardia, the A220-300 will open new markets such as the Montreal-Seattle and Toronto-San Jose flights announced today.

The two-class cabin will have a total of 137 seats: 12 in a 2×2 configuration in Business Class and 125 in a 3×2 layout for Economy passengers. Customers will have more personal space thanks to the widest economy seats in the fleet, and the largest overhead stowage bins for an aircraft this size.

Additional features include larger windows and full-colour LED ambient and customizable mood lighting that contribute to reducing fatigue while travelling. The high ceilings, extra shoulder room and storage make this an unparalleled interior in the narrow-body segment.

Every seat on the A220 features a Panasonic eX1 in-flight entertainment system with content available in 15 languages and featuring more than 1,000 hours of high-quality entertainment, including access to Bell Media’s premium entertainment service, Crave, and Canadian-based multi-platform audio service, Stingray.

The A220 will come equipped with satellite based high speed connectivity for Wi-Fi access with USB A, USB C, and AC power available to every passenger.

The A220 will also further Air Canada’s environmental commitment, with the innovative Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G geared turbofan engines projected to yield a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption per seat and NOx emissions 50 per cent below CAEP/6 standards. The A220 is also the quietest aircraft in its category thanks to its new technologies.

Learn more about the A220-300 on our special web page. 

Air Canada Partners with Award-Winning Canadian Chef Antonio Park to Expand Meal Options on Asian and South American Flights

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Chef Antonio Park becomes the fourth member of the airline’s panel of celebrated Canadian culinary and wine talent

  • Attention video editors: Speech excerpts from Chef Antonio Park and Andrew Yiu discussing the partnership available at: https://vimeo.com/351321901

MONTREAL, Aug. 1, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced a partnership with award-winning Canadian Chef Antonio Park to design destination inspired meals that will be exclusively featured on select Air Canada flights to Asiaand South America. Chef Park’s designs will complement Chef David Hawksworth’s and will guide Air Canada’s flight caterers in creating a selection of meal options on international flights, starting with Montreal-Tokyo-Narita, a route that links two cities he has called home.

Air Canada Partners with Award-Winning Canadian Chef Antonio Park to Expand Meal Options on Asian and South American Flights (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada Partners with Award-Winning Canadian Chef Antonio Park to Expand Meal Options on Asian and South American Flights (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“We’re thrilled to continue showcasing the very best of Canadian talent with Chef Park joining our team of celebrated Chefs. Apart from elevating our customers’ dining experience with destination inspired creations on Asian and South American flights, we chose to partner with Chef Park due to his passion for promoting the Canadian culinary scene and his appreciation for fresh ingredients and sustainability,” said Andrew Yiu, Vice President, Product at Air Canada. “We look forward to presenting Chef Park’s unique culinary creations to customers travelling to Tokyo-Narita from Montrealin our Air Canada Signature Service, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.”

“It’s a blessing and an honour to partner with Air Canada. I’m extremely proud and humbled to be sharing my food with Air Canada’s customers flying at 30,000 feet beginning with the Montreal to Tokyo-Narita flight. It is the perfect opportunity to use Canadian ingredients and Japanese techniques, marrying the two to enhance the on-board experience,” said Chef Antonio Park. “The future of this world is education and you have to share your knowledge. This is a new chapter for the PARK restaurant family and myself. Thank you, Air Canada, for making a dream come true. Bon Appétit!”

Chef Park joins Air Canada’s panel of Canadian culinary and wine talent who have designed award winning food and wine options. The panel includes:

  • Celebrated Canadian Chef Hawksworth, who creates signature dishes that are exclusively featured on Air Canada flights worldwide in Signature Class, and the Air Canada Signature Suite;
  • Véronique Rivest, the company’s sommelier, who carefully hand picks wines to pair with Chef Hawksworth’s menu at 30,000 feet;
  • Contemporary Chef Vikram Vij whose inspired Indian dishes are presented in all cabins of service on Air Canada’s Canada-India flights from Toronto and Vancouver.

Roll-out of Chef Park’s menu starts with meals on board flights between Montreal and Tokyo-Narita today followed by flights from Toronto to Tokyo-Haneda, Vancouver to Tokyo-Narita, and flights from Montreal to Sao Paulo this Fall. In 2020, Chef Park’s meals will also be available on flights to Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Sao Paulo (from Toronto), Santiago and Buenos Aires, and seasonal flights from Calgary to Tokyo-Narita and Vancouver to Osaka. Chef Park’s options will be available in Signature, Premium Economy and Economy Class on all flights from Canada to Japanand exclusively in Signature Class on all other flights departing Canada to Asia and South America, in addition to options created by Chef Hawksworth.

This culinary partnership complements the company’s investments in Air Canada Signature Service, an end-to-end premium experience that features for eligible customers a 5-star dining experience at the exclusive Air Canada Signature Suite at Toronto-Pearson International airport and best-in-class premium pre-flight and in-flight experiences across the company’s network.

YUL has welcomed 9.7 million passengers since the beginning of the year

Provided by ADM Aéroports de Montréal/CNW

MONTRÉAL, July 31, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – ADM Aéroports de Montréal has released its consolidated operating results for the three- and six-month periods ended June 30, 2019. Since the beginning of the year, YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport has welcomed 9.7 million passengers, an increase of 5.7% over the same period last year.

Highlights – passengers

  • YUL is continuing to welcome more and more passengers: 5.0 million passengers in the second quarter of 2019 (+5.0%) and 9.7 million in the first half of 2019 (+5.7% ).
  • All three activity sectors, international, transborder and domestic, contributed to the growth. The increase was especially pronounced on the international side, with the sector posting a 9.8% increase in passenger traffic for the quarter under review and 10.7% in the six-month period.
  • With an expanding number of destinations, YUL remains Canada’s most international airport as a proportion of its total passenger traffic (among the country’s largest airports).
  • In the second quarter of 2019, commercial air movements at YUL dropped by 2.1%, reflecting an increase in the number of passengers per flight. For the first six months of the year, the decline was 1.2%.

Financial results at a glance: 

  • EBITDA was $85.4 million in the second quarter of 2019, up $1.5 million, or 1.8%, from the same period in 2018. For the first half of the year, EBITDA totalled $175.0 million, up $25.5 million, or 17.1%, from the same period in 2018.
  • Consolidated revenues totalled $170.1 million in the second quarter of 2019, an increase of $10.8 million, or 6.8%, compared to 2018. Total revenues at June 30, 2019, increased by 14.2% to $348.1 million in 2019 from $304.8 millionthe previous year. This increase is mainly attributable to the increase in passenger traffic, the rate increase of AIFs, as well as to a gain on the disposition of assets.
  • Operating expenses for the quarter under review were $56.0 million, an increase of $7.7 million, or 15.9%, over the same period in 2018. For the six months ended June 30, 2019, operating expenses increased by 
    $13.4 million, or 13.2%. This variance is mainly attributable to investments to maintain a high level of service for travelers in a context of infrastructure under-capacity as well as to implementation costs related to initiatives to enhance competitiveness.
  • The Corporation’s capital investments totalled $77.2 million during the second quarter of 2019 and $116.5 million in the first six months of 2019 ($62.0 million and $86.3 million, respectively, in 2018). Investments in YUL and YMX were financed by cash flows from operating activities.

“The first six months of 2019 show sustained growth in passenger traffic, demonstrating the strength of Montréal-Trudeau as an international hub for air traffic. The management of Aéroports de Montréal wishes to thank its employees and those of the airport community, who contribute every day to achieving these more than satisfactory results, in addition to enhancing the level of service offered to the passengers who visit YUL,” said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal.

All information about these financial results is available online.

In recent months, various initiatives have been deployed:

  • On July 19, ADM held a ground-breaking ceremony to formally kick off construction work for the future Réseau express métropolitain (REM) station. The first REM metro car will enter the station at YUL in 2023 and will enable users to reach the city centre from the airport in about 20 minutes.
  • ADM announced its participation in Known Traveller Digital Identity (KTDI), a pilot project that will allow paperless travel between YUL and Schiphol Airport. The first trip using a digital identity for travelers is scheduled to take place in 2020.
  • ADM committed to increasing the proportion of its light electric vehicles to 100% by 2030 by joining the EV100initiative aimed at helping companies adopt electric vehicles.
  • On May 9, ADM launched WebTrak, the flight data system that provides access to flight paths, aircraft types, altitude and noise levels recorded at different noise measurement stations. This initiative provides citizens with greater accessibility to data related to aircraft activity at YUL.

Danielle Laberge, new Chair of the Board of Aéroports de Montréal

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MONTRÉAL, July 26, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – ADM Aéroports de Montréal is announcing changes to its governance with the retirement of Normand Legault, Chair of the Board of Directors since September 16, 2015. Mr. Legault has completed his third term as Chair of ADM, the maximum number of years allowed under ADM’s governance rules. He is being succeeded as Chair by Danielle Laberge, a director of the Corporation for the past eight years and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors since the fall of 2018, effective today.

Danielle Laberge, new Chair of the Board of Aéroports de Montréal (CNW Group/Aéroports de Montréal)
Danielle Laberge, new Chair of the Board of Aéroports de Montréal (CNW Group/Aéroports de Montréal)

The Board of Directors and the Management Committee of ADM would like to thank Normand Legault for his many years as Chair, during which he championed many major files with discipline and skill.

“Mr. Legault assumed the helm of the organization at a pivotal time in the development of ADM,” said Philippe Rainville, President and Chief Executive Officer of ADM. “Among others, he steered the Board through the decision-making and governance process for one of the largest private infrastructure projects in Québec: the cityside development program, a project valued at $2.5 billion. Ms. Laberge is taking over at a key moment for the organization. With her recognized know-how and expertise, particularly in project management and governance, she will be just the person we need to enable ADM to carry out its major upcoming projects.”

Well known in the academic world for her proficiency in project management, the new Board Chair, Danielle Laberge, is Professor Emeritus at the School of Management Studies at  Université du Québec à Montréal. During her career, Danielle Laberge has served as Interim Rector, Vice-Rector (Academic Life) and Executive Vice-Rector, and Vice-Rector of Teaching, Research and Creation at Université du Québec à Montréal.

Construction begins on the REM station at YUL

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MONTRÉAL, July 19, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – ADM Aéroports de Montréal today held a groundbreaking ceremony to officially launch construction of the future Réseau express métropolitain (REM) station at YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. The first REM metro car will enter the station in 2023.

Groundbreaking ceremony to officially launch construction of the future Réseau express métropolitain (REM) station at YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. (CNW Group/Aéroports de Montréal)
Groundbreaking ceremony to officially launch construction of the future Réseau express métropolitain (REM) station at YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. (CNW Group/Aéroports de Montréal)

The construction of the REM station is part of a much larger project, the cityside development program, which will include rebuilding the multi-level parking complex and the drop-off/pick-up zones at YUL, access infrastructures that are at the end of their useful life and at full capacity. A new space, YULtransit, will also be built underground where modes of public transport will converge.

Representing an investment of more than $2.5 billion from ADM, this program is one of the largest private infrastructure projects in Québec and marks a new milestone in the history of Montréal-Trudeau Airport.

To support execution of the work, ADM has awarded the project management contract to a consortium composed of firms with specialized expertise: Pomerleau, SNC-Lavalin and Kiewit (PSK Construction). As partners of the program, they will be mandated to identify opportunities for optimizing the schedule and phasing of the work while ensuring that impacts on passenger service are minimized.

Highlights

  • The construction of the REM station will be completed in 2023;
  • The REM will transport users from downtown to the airport in around 20 minutes;
  • ADM will assume the $250 million investment related to the construction of the REM station;
  • The installation of technical equipment (platform screen doors, rails, electric power supply, communication and control systems, etc.) will be carried out as part of the REM project;
  • Excavation to build the station will be at a depth of 35 meters under the multi-level parking complex;
  • The capacity of the new YUL drop-off/pick-up zones will be tripled;
  • The multi-level parking complex will be completely covered by a green roof with solar panels;
  • Depending on current needs, sufficient spaces will be reserved for electric vehicles at the front-end of the new multi-level parking complex as soon as it opens;
  • The project will be built in keeping with sustainable building standards with the goal of obtaining Envisioncertification.

Quotes:

“We are delighted to begin construction of the REM station. For over 25 years, we have been waiting for our international airport to be connected to downtown Montréal by an efficient rail link. This structuring project is the first step in an ambitious redevelopment of our access infrastructures that will enable us not only to respond adequately to the growth of passenger traffic at YUL, but also to improve the inter-modality of the airport site to make it more accessible for the benefit of travellers, as well as to put an end road congestion challenges.” –Philippe Rainville, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montréal. 

“Today, we are starting to build a new gateway to our metropolis and marking an important step in the realization of the REM. In just a few years, Quebecers will have access to an extensive, reliable and frequent transportation network to get to the airport, regardless of traffic. For visitors, this will be a new, fast and efficient link to the heart of the city’s activities on modern metro cars with a unique view of the city.” –Macky Tall, President and Chief Executive Officer of CDPQ Infra.

“This station will significantly reduce travel times between downtown and the airport. I have no doubt that business people, tourists and the Greater Montréal population will appreciate this new service that will make it easier to travel to and from Montréal. Anyone travelling in the world today values this type of accessible mobility between an airport and downtown and we are delighted to have such a service coming to Montréal.” –Benoit Dorais, President of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal

“The Government of Québec is proud to be marking this important step that will enable citizens and visitors to move around on the REM, a modern, efficient and electric public transit infrastructure. Thanks to the REM, users will be able to travel easily between the city centre and YUL without having to worry about traffic congestion. This is an additional step to improve mobility in the greater metropolitan area by facilitating the inter-modality and interconnection of various modes of transportation.” –François Bonnardel, Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Estrie Region

“Our government understands the importance of public transit and that is why we are investing heavily in structuring projects such as the REM and the Montréal Metro blue line. The REM will benefit communities in the Greater Montréal region and enable travellers and tourists passing through the airport to reach downtown through an accessible and integrated public transit system.” –The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport