Air Canada inaugurates Montreal-Cairo route – .

Air Canada inaugurates Montreal-Cairo route – .

Canadian national carrier Air Canada made its first non-stop flight to Cairo, Egypt on Friday in a 255-seat Boeing 787-800. The inaugural flight is the first year-round service that will see three flights per week between Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) and Cairo International Airport (CAI).

Flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and return to Canada one day later on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. In addition to offering the Star Alliance member a new gateway to the African continent, the new non-stop service will provide an essential link to the large Egyptian community that has settled in Montreal and its surroundings.

Cairo could be good for Air Canada

Speaking of the new non-stop service between Montreal and Cairo Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada, Mark Galardo said the following in a company statement:

“Air Canada is pleased to offer its first scheduled flights to Egypt. We are strategically rebuilding our international network by adding new routes that support leisure and visiting friends and family. With few non-stop options to Egypt from North America, we see opportunities to launch new non-stop flights to Cairo from Montreal, where there is an established Egyptian community.

“We have also established convenient connections to and from our Cairo flights across Canada and the United States to our Montreal hub. This new route demonstrates our commitment to rebuild our international network and our Montreal hub, which have been dramatically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “

Air Canada is the only North American airline to offer a direct flight to Cairo. Image

Montreal-Cairo flights will operate according to the following schedule:

  • Flight number AC74 will depart Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) at 5:50 p.m. and arrive at Cairo International Airport (CAI) at 10:15 a.m. plus one day on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
  • Flight AC75 will depart from Cairo International Airport (CAI) at 12:00 p.m. and arrive at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Passengers can connect with Egyptair

The flights have been deliberately scheduled to optimize connectivity through Air Canada’s North American network and to allow Air Canada passengers arriving in Cairo to connect on Egyptair flights to the following airports:

  • Aswan International Airport (ASW)
  • Hurghada International Airport (HRG)
  • Luxor International Airport (LXR)
  • Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport (SSH)
  • Bahrain International Airport (BAH)
  • Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)

Egyptair is also a member of the Star Alliance network and shares codes with Air Canada on the Montreal-Cairo flight.

On the ten-and-a-half-hour Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner flight, Air Canada will offer three classes of service, Air Canada Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy. All Air Canada flights arriving and departing from Cairo International Airport (CAI) will be operated from Terminal 3, designated for Star Alliance flights.

Speaking about the new non-stop flights between Canada and Egypt with Daily News’ Trade Advisor and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Egypt, Jasmine Wahhab said:

“This new direct route to Egypt, a growing economic and industrial hub steeped in history and culture, confirms Montreal’s position as a dynamic world-class city and Montreal-Trudeau International Airport as a gateway to entry of choice to North America.

“The year-round non-stop Montreal-Cairo route will also facilitate the expansion of Canadian companies in the strong Egyptian market, allowing them to seize major business opportunities in key industrial sectors, such as ICT, agribusiness. , clean technologies, mining and transportation. Air Canada has become the only airline based in the Americas to serve Egypt directly.

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Egypt is open to tourists

Interestingly, Air Canada’s non-stop flight to Cairo is the only one operated by a North American airline. Egyptair, however, offers a non-stop flight between Cairo and New York.

Air Canada Signature Class
Air Canada offers three classes of service on the flight between Montreal and Cairo. Photo: Air Canada

Perhaps due to the persistent COVID-19 pandemic, the inaugural flight only had 150 passengers on board. This could change as we move into the summer months as Egypt is open to tourism with the only requirement being a visa and proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arriving in the country.

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