Air Canada is introducing seasonal non-stop service between Montreal and Tel Aviv and increasing its current Toronto-Tel Aviv non-stop service. The expanded services to Israel, which will come into effect this summer, represent a 28 per cent capacity increase over summer 2016.
“Air Canada is the leader in the Canada-Israel market, which we have now served for 22 years. Today we are pleased to step up our capacity in response to the increased demand in business, leisure and cultural travel between both countries. As of June 2017, Air Canada will be launching a new seasonal non-stop service between Montreal and Tel Aviv, strengthening our hub in Montreal, which will also offer convenient connections throughout Canada and the U.S.,” said Calin Rovinescu, president and chief executive of Air Canada.
“This new service also reflects Air Canada’s ongoing international expansion strategy, from which Montreal is deriving significant benefits. This month Air Canada will launch new service to Shanghai from the city and for next summer we have already announced new routes to Algiers, Marseille, Reykjavík and Dallas from Montreal,” said Rovinescu.
Montreal’s mayor, Denis Coderre, said the city is delighted to welcome a new international link with Tel Aviv, the news of which comes in the same week as the inauguration of a non-stop Air Canada service to Shanghai. “This important investment demonstrates the vitality of our city and Montreal’s relevance as a North American aviation hub,” said Coderre. “This new air link by Air Canada will facilitate travel and trade between our two cities and countries. Coming only a few months after Montreal’s trade mission to Israel, this new route is a concrete example of the strength of the economic, family and community ties that unite us.”
Toronto’s current service will increase this summer to daily from six days a week while the new Montreal-Tel Aviv service will operate twice weekly from June 22 to October 16, 2017. The Montreal flight will be operated with a 292-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft with three cabins of service, including Air Canada’s International Business Class cabin, featuring 27 Executive Pods with 180- degree lie-flat seats all configured for direct aisle access. The Premium Economy cabin has 21 seats that offer generous personal space, wider seats and extra legroom and recline, as well as premium meals, complimentary bar service and priority check-in and baggage delivery at the airport. The Economy cabin has 244 seats providing comfortable personal space and a state-of-the-art individual on-demand entertainment system. All flights are timed for convenient connections with Air Canada’s extensive domestic and transborder network.
Tickets for the new Montreal-Tel Aviv service will be available for sale beginning Wednesday, February 15, 2017, subject to final government approval.