With Air Canada’s Strategic rebuild of its global network now focusing on leisure and visiting friends and family, Canadian flag carrier operated today its first non-stop service between Montreal and Cairo, serving the large Egyptian community established in Montreal and throughout North America while providing an additional gateway to Africa, as it seeks to move past COVID-19 and the related restrictions that largely shut down air travel in Canada for over a year.
“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 travel. 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 built convenient connections to and from our Cairo flights from across Canada and the US at our Montreal hub. This new route shows our commitment to rebuild our international network and our Montreal hub, which have been dramatically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management.
The airline will offer 3x weekly flights utilized on a 255-seat Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner featuring a choice of three cabins of service: Air Canada Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy class.
Outbound flight schedule from Montreal to Cairo will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with Flight AC74 departing Montreal at 17:50 and arriving in Cairo at 10:15 +1 day.
Return flights will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays departing Cairo at 12:00 and arriving in Montreal at 17:00. The schedule may be adjusted as required based on the COVID-19 trajectory and government restrictions.
Flights are also timed to optimize connectivity across Air Canada’s network and an expanded codeshare cooperation with Star Alliance partner Egyptair will also allow Air Canada customers to conveniently connect to several points in Egypt (Aswan, Hurghada, Luxor and Sharm El Sheikh), Bahrain and Jordan (Amman).
by Victor Shalton Odhiambo