9 AUGUST 2021
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Air Transat has operated its first passenger flights in six months, with President and CEO Annick Guérard saying that the carrier was “thrilled to finally reunite with our travellers.”
Canada’s third largest airline suspended flights back in February of this year, following the Government’s introduction of strict new arrivals rules.
Suspensions remained in place until 30 July, when flights took off from Montréal to Punta Cana and Vancouver.
Air Transat says that at the height of this summer season it will offer 24 routes to 16 destinations, including domestic services between Calgary, Montréal, Québec City, Toronto and Vancouver. Direct flights between Québec City and Vancouver will mark a first for the airline.
Further afield the carrier will fly from Toronto to the European destinations of Gatwick and Porto, as well as Holguin and Varadero (Cuba), Punta Cana, Cancun, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.
According to the Air Transat website the first flights between Toronto and Gatwick are scheduled for 15 September, with a three times weekly service departing the Canadian city on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
A turbulent 18 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic was capped by the collapse of a proposed merger with Air Canada in April, following concerns over approval for the deal by the European Commission. These difficulties appear to have been resolved with the airline meeting Transport Canada’s financial requirements.
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