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Port of Seattle Welcomes Air Canada Announcement of New Nonstop Service to Montreal

Route links Seattle with Canada’s second largest city and key international market for leisure and business travelers (August 14, 2019)

The Port of Seattle welcomes today’s announcement by Air Canada of new nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Montreal, Canada beginning May 4, 2020. Air Canada’s service to Montreal will complement the airline’s existing service from Sea-Tac Airport to Vancouver and Toronto.

Known for its European charm, year-round festivals, and vibrant arts and culture, Montreal is one of Seattle’s largest unserved international markets. Seattle and Montreal are both leaders in the aerospace, artificial intelligence, gaming, and life sciences industries, generating significant business traffic between the cities. The new route will link two of the world’s largest aerospace clusters, anchored by Boeing in Seattle and Bombardier in Montreal. Other Seattle-based companies such as Microsoft, Expedia, and Amazon also have regional offices in Montreal.

“Canada is our second largest air travel market, after Mexico, and Montreal has been a missing link,” said Port of Seattle Commission President Stephanie Bowman. “Seattle leisure and business travelers alike have been eager for nonstop service to Montreal, and we are thrilled that Air Canada is building on its presence in our market by opening this route.”

Montreal will become Sea-Tac’s seventh nonstop destination in Canada, adding to current service to Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria. Montreal is a hub for Air Canada, and the Seattle flight schedule will allow for convenient connections to many Eastern Canada and Europe markets.

The new service will operate daily on a year-round basis using an A220-300, which brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials, and next-generation technology to deliver 20 percent fuel efficiency, a reduced noise footprint, and lower emissions. This will be the first international A220-300 route out of Sea-Tac. Air Canada’s A220-300 will feature 137 seats, 12 in business class and 125 in economy class.

Flight details are as follows:

Route               Flight #          Departure       Arrival
YUL to SEA      AC 565           5:55 p.m.         8:45 p.m.
SEA to YUL      AC 564           8:35 a.m.         4:34 p.m.

“With the only non-stop service between the two cities, Air Canada is strengthening its position in the Seattle market and providing yet another key link for business and leisure travelers alike. This new route also further strengthens and expands our service from our Montreal hub,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President of Network Planning at Air Canada. “Our customers will benefit from innovative design features in a spacious and comfortable cabin. When connecting through Montreal or other hubs across Canada onward to international destinations, passengers travelling on an A220 will now have a seamless narrow body-to-widebody aircraft cabin experience all along their journey.”

Air Canada’s regional partner Jazz Aviation, operating as Air Canada Express, received the Port of Seattle’s 2019 Fly Quiet Regional Award for operating as the quietest regional jet airline. Jazz Aviation reached remarkably low levels of noise from their operations and had good success flying noise abatement procedures.

More information on Air Canada’s announcement can be found here.

International Service at Sea-Tac
Air Canada’s Seattle-Montreal flight is the second new nonstop international service that has been announced for launch in 2020. Previously, Lufthansa announced it will launch nonstop Seattle-Munich service on June 1, 2020. Air Canada’s Montreal flight will be the 13th new international service added to Sea-Tac since 2017. The new International Arrivals Facility is currently under construction and slated to open in the Fall of 2020, creating an expanded and enhanced experience to meet the growing regional demand for international travel.

Press Release Contact:
Perry Cooper | Sea-Tac Airport
(206) 787-4923 | cooper.p@portseattle.org

This is press distributed by Port of Seattle on 14th August 2019 - https://www.portseattle.org/news/port-seattle-welcomes-air-canada-announcement-new-nonstop-service-montreal

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