MIAMI — Aéroports de Montréal confirmed this morning that Tunisair will start flying year-round between Tunis-Carthage and Montréal-Trudeau, starting on June 18.

The flights will be operated twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays aboard an Airbus A330-200. This aircraft offers 24 seats in business class and 242 in economy. Passengers can enjoy Wi-Fi and a new inflight entertainment system.

“Besides offering a direct link with Tunis, this route will be a useful option for passengers travelling to West Africa and the Middle East. We are very proud of these additions that show once again the tremendous success of our international hub” said James Cherry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montréal.

According to the airport authority, Tunisair will be the fourth airline to launch operations out of Montréal this year, joining WOW Air, Icelandair, and Canadian North.

The new service to Montreal will be the airline’s first transatlantic route. Tunisair currently operates flights to 70 destinations in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

“It is perfectly natural for Tunisair to choose Montréal as its first entry point into America,” said Faouzi Mouelhi, General Manager of Tunisair for North America, the United States and Canada. “We are indeed very happy to serve the world’s second francophone city and the ideal hub between America and the Francophone

Past Tunis-Montreal Attempt

In April 2014, defunct Tunisian carrier Syphax Airlines opened the route, also operated by an Airbus A330-200 leased to Airbus. Nevertheless, the financial situation of the airline caused it to drop the planned year-round weekly flight to summer seasonal just five months after its launch.