MIAMI — As previously reported by Airline Route in January, Air Canada announced yesterday it would resume daily flights from Montréal to John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport in Hamilton with up to two daily services, starting next May 24. The airline is returning to Hamilton after it pulled back during summer 2008, attributed to high fuel prices and the economic slowdown.
Flights will be operated by regional partner Jazz Aviation LP under the Air Canada Express banner. The Montreal-based carrier will operate both daily flights on CRJ200s, with the exception of Saturdays.
The schedule will meet the needs of both O/D passengers, as well as connecting passenger in Montréal. According to the airline, customers will be able to catch a flight to Halifax and St. John’s in eastern Canada, and Europe-bound flights such as Rome, Geneva, Barcelona, Paris, and Lyon.
“Located in the heart of the populous Golden Horseshoe of Southern Ontario, Hamilton is a convenient departure and arrival point for the business community as well as tourists, visiting friends and relatives,” said Benjamin Smith, President of Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “This is the only non-stop service between Hamilton and Montreal and is part of our strategy to increase and strengthen our presence in the Greater Toronto Area as well as in Montreal.”
More Flexibility between Montreal and Toronto
The new flight to Hamilton will offer a new travel option for those traveling between Montreal and the Toronto metropolitan area. Hamilton International Airport is located about 49 miles southwest of Toronto-Pearson close to Lake Ontario. Currently, customers have the choice to fly to either Toronto-Pearson or Toronto City from Montreal, and now Hamilton will be part of the game.
The air corridor between Montreal and Toronto is the busiest in Canada, with flights departing every 30 minutes during peak hours on weekdays. Customers can benefit from thousands of seats in each direction every day. Hamilton is an option for those customers who do not wish to go through the congested airports of Pearson and Billy Bishop.
It would not be a surprise if Air Canada would add frequencies and even some more routes out of Hamilton. NewLeaf Travel, the “first” Ultra-low-cost carrier in Canada announced earlier this year that it would begin operating flights to Hamilton starting in February. However, flights have been postponed until Spring because the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has to revise the licensing regulations for Indirect Service Providers.
Current Service to Hamilton
Four airlines are currently serving Hamilton International Airport with regular, seasonal, and charter flights. Air Transat and Sunwing Airlines offer winter seasonal flights to Mexico and the Caribbean. Canadian North operates charter flights to Fort McMurray, Halifax, and Saskatoon. Finally, WestJet Airlines flies year-round to Calgary with seasonal service to Cancun, Orlando, Punta Cana, and several cities across Canada. More than 332,000 passengers went through Hamilton in 2014.