Air Transat, a Canadian leisure airline, is expanding its service to the French regions from Montreal. This week, the first direct flight from Montreal to Marseille took off, and five more are on the way.
Quebec travellers will be able to travel directly to French areas such as Brittany, Provence, Aquitaine, and Auvergne once again. From its base at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport, the airline is expanding to all six destinations (YUL).
From Quebec City and Toronto, the airline will introduce new flights to Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG). A robust demand for visiting friends and family, according to Joseph Adamo, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Air Transat, was a major contributor to the resumptions:
“We are very pleased to resume our flights to France’s regions. These routes—most of which we operate exclusively—have been an integral part of our flight program for many years.”
“The ties between Canada and France are very valuable and as our global recovery picks up speed, we look forward to meeting the significant latent demand. We know that whether travellers are going on vacation or catching up with loved ones, they really appreciate the ease of flying direct to their final destination, especially on our new- generation aircraft.”
The airline has just announced that it will fly 69 direct flights this summer, all of which will be served by Airbus A321neo aircraft.
Short-haul domestic flights in France are being phased out, so the restored linkages are welcome news for Canadian passengers. While routes connecting to overseas destinations are excluded from the prohibition, international travellers wanting to self-connect for onward travel to France's regions now have fewer alternatives.