Air Canada resumes service to Toronto Island
May 2, 2011, Montreal - Air Canada resumed service at the City Airport in downtown Toronto today, providing customers with additional options for flying Canada's busiest air corridor between Toronto and Montreal.
"Air Canada's return to the Toronto Island airport has been much anticipated as it will give customers even more options for flying to and from the heart of Canada's largest city and its financial and entertainment capital. Our inaugural City Airport route to to Montrealwill complement our existing Rapidair service between Montreal and Pearson International Airport. Air Canada provides the fullest range of options and amenities on this heavily-travelled route, with the most frequencies of any carrier, leaving as often as every 30 minutes at peak periods and hourly through the day. Air Canada alone offers lounges at all airports, Aeroplan and the reliability of Air Canada's award-winning service," said Ben Smith, Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer.
Service between Toronto City Airport and Montreal will be operated by Sky Regional Airlines Inc. It will provide up to 15 daily non-stop return flights hourly between 07:30 and 21:30 from Toronto and between 6:45 and 20:45 from Montreal. Customers will enjoy the comfort of state-of-the-art Bombardier Q-400 aircraft with leather seats, complimentary premium bar service and snacks, as well as the ability to collect Aeroplan® Miles through Canada's leading loyalty program. In Toronto, a complimentary, regularly scheduled shuttle bus service is available between the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and the Toronto City Airport. Prior to boarding, customers can enjoy free lounge access complete with wi-fi and refreshments.
Sky Regional flights from the City Airport will fly under the new Air Canada Express brand, which will be applied to all Air Canadaregional services operating under a capacity purchase agreement. The livery will be gradually adopted by Air Canada's regional airline Jazz over a five-year period, starting with the introduction of their new fleet of Q400 aircraft on June 1, 2011. Other regional carriers, including Central Mountain Air, Air Georgian and EVAS, will transition to the new livery over their regular aircraft paint schedule.
"This change does not impact our regional operations, but having a single, readily recognizable brand such as Air Canada Express for all our regional services will make it easy for customers, who can book flights assured of a consistently high-quality travel experience. This initiative is also in line with industry standards with respect to the relationship of mainline and regional carriers around the world," said Mr. Smith.