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Air Transat Resumes Flights After Six Month Hiatus
Today, Air Transat has resumed service after six months of inactivity due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Three flights were operated today with return service between Montreal and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, as well as Montreal-Vancouver.
On Friday (July 30, 2021), Air Transat announced the restart of flights after six months of activity due to pandemic travel restrictions. Today, the airline operated three flights with return service between Montreal and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, as well as service between Montreal and Vancouver. The flights kick-off the carrier’s summer 2021 program, which will include at its height 24 routes to 16 destinations in Canada, the U.S., the South and Europe. Additionally, to meet growing demand for travelers wishing to explore closer to home, Air Transat is offering an extensive domestic schedule between Calgary, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Vancouver, including new Quebec City-Vancouver service, a first for the airline.
In Friday’s announcement, Transat’s President and CEO, Annick Guérard, said,
“It is with great joy and excitement that we return to the skies after these long months of suspension. We are thrilled to finally reunite with our travellers and allow them to reconnect with their favourite destinations through our world-renowned travel experience. In preparation for our return, our teams have been working hard to ensure the safety of travellers and facilitate their planning by continuously adjusting our Traveller Care health and safety program and our practical guide on travel requirements.”
From Montreal, Air Transat will also gradually operate flights to Cuba (Holguin and Veradero), the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana), France (Paris), Haiti (Port-au-Prince), Mexico (Cancun), Portugal (Lisbon) and the U.S. (Fort Lauderdale and Orlando). Guests departing Toronto will enjoy direct service to Cuba (Holguin and Veradero), the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana), England (London), Mexico (Cancun), Portugal (Porto) and the U.S. (Fort Lauderdale and Orlando). Finally, on departure from Quebec City, the carrier will offer direct service to Fort Lauderdale, Florida (US).
Air Transat also continues to transform their fleet with the delivery of three new Airbus A321LRs, expanding the number of the aircraft flight in the fleet to 10. The company expects to receive seven additional A321LRs through 2023.
Based in Montreal, Transat A.T. Inc. (TSX: TRZ), the parent company of Air Transat, has 5,000 employees and is the third largest airline in Canada and leading integrated tourism company specializing in holiday travel. The company offers vacation packages, hotel accommodations and air service to more than 60 destinations in over 25 countries in the Americas and Europe (pre-pandemic figures). Air Transat has been named ‘World’s Best Leisure Airline’ at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.
Source: Air Transat