Montreal welcomes Jumpstart; international (non-US) traffic continues to grow

Image: AeroMexico ribbon cutting
AeroMexico launched a twice-weekly service from Mexico City to Montreal on 2 April. Frank Galan, Vice President, US Division, AeroMexico, said: “These flights between Montreal and Mexico City reflect AeroMexico’s commitment to service a growing number of major Canadian markets as we strategically expand the airline’s North American network.”

Montreal is the host for the upcoming ACI North America JumpStart Air Service Development Programme, and its main airport at Dorval (now known as Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport) is the third busiest in Canada after Toronto Pearson (32.3 million) and Vancouver (17.9 million), and still just ahead of Calgary (12.5 million). Between 2003 and 2007 Montreal’s main airport grew by an impressive 43% but last year traffic remained virtually unchanged.

Chart: Montreal airport traffic
Source: ADM

Last year the airport’s traffic mix was neatly split between three geographic segments. Canadian domestic traffic accounted for 5.28 million passengers (down 2.1%), US transborder traffic generated a further 3.07 million passengers (down 3.5%), while other international traffic accounted for the remaining 4.47 million passengers (up 5.2%).

Chart: Traffic development
Source: ADM

International (non-US) traffic has continued to grow in the first quarter of 2009 (by 3.9%) while overall traffic is down 5.3%.

Air Canada operates around half of all capacity and over 55% of all scheduled flights this summer. In terms of capacity WestJet is second with almost 7% of capacity (on six domestic routes and a weekly flight to Fort Lauderdale), followed by Air France which operates four daily flights to Paris CDG. Measured by flights American is the second busiest carrier with over 100 weekly departures across five destinations: Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami and New York JFK and LaGuardia.

European carriers with direct flights to Montreal include British Airways (to London Heathrow), KLM (to Amsterdam), Lufthansa (to Munich but not Frankfurt), Olympic (to Athens) and Swiss (to Zurich). Major European flag carriers not present include Alitalia, Iberia and SAS.

US Airways starts Charlotte; Air Canada off to Geneva

Image: US Airways
Among the most significant new routes – in terms of frequency – are the daily flights to Charlotte with US Airways (operated by Republic with Embraer E190s).

Analysis of the schedule data provided by the airlines to OAG reveals which services have been lost and which have been gained during the last 12 months.

Gained AGP (Air Transat), CLT (US Airways), DME (Transaero), FLL (WestJet), MCO (Air Transat), MEX (AeroMexico), VCE (Air Transat), YBC (Max Aviation), YZV (Air Labrador)
Lost BGI (Air Canada), BOD (Air Transat), CDG (Zoom), FCO (Zoom), LGW (Zoom), MAD (Air Transat), YDF (Air Canada), YHM (Air Canada), YQB (Air Labrador), YRJ (Air Creebec)
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 4 May 2009 and w/c 5 May 2008

Most of the lost European routes were operated at low frequency. Zoom’s demise last August resulted in the loss of three services. Among the new routes the most significant (in terms of frequency) are the new daily flights to Charlotte with US Airways (operated by Republic with Embraer E190s) and the double-daily flights with Air Labrador to Sept-Iles in Quebec.

On 1 June Air Canada will be introducing a new daily service to Geneva using a 211-seat 767-300 ER. The carrier will also be re-launching non-stop flights to Rome from mid-June. This route was started in 2007 but dropped for 2008.


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