UAE Starts Flights To Montreal, Suggesting A Surge In Summer Travel Demand

The Dubai airline will fly non-stop to the Canadian city daily from July


Emirates, the Dubai-based airline, is broadening its reach by launching its first non-stop flights to Quebec's largest city. This is the airline's second Canadian destination, following its 16-year service to Toronto. Starting July 5th, Emirates will operate daily flights to Montreal using its Boeing 777 aircraft, featuring first class, business class, and economy class cabins. The journey lasts for 13 and a half hours, with return airfares starting at Dh5,555.

“Emirates is excited to launch our second gateway into Canada as we expand our reach in the country with direct services from our hub in Dubai. As a major metropolitan center and as Canada’s second-largest city, we are pleased to add Montreal to our growing global network of over 130 destinations and strengthen our coverage in the Americas to reach 18 points served by our services from Dubai,” told Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ chief commercial officer to a media house.

Home to the world’s largest jazz festival and the Canadian host for the Formula One Grand Prix, Montreal is famed for its European vibes — French is its first language — and its thriving cultural scene.

Montreal is the fourth largest French-speaking city in the world but the majority of its population is bilingual, speaking both French and English.

Canada is one of Dubai’s top 20 source markets for inbound tourism. The emirate welcomed 158,000 Canadian visitors last year, according to Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism.

Emirates' new service will launch just in time for the busy summer period, giving travellers flying to and from Canada more choice for travel to the UAE.

It is the latest in a series of network developments for air travel between Canada and the UAE following the signing of an agreement between the destinations to boost bilateral flight services.

Earlier this month, Emirates announced it was adding to its North American network by adding daily A380 superjumbo flights to Toronto.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is also increasing flights to Toronto following the agreement between the two nations. From May 30, the national airline of the UAE will operate daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Toronto, in “response to strong travel demand between the UAE and Canada”.

Air Canada will begin flying from Vancouver to Dubai, the only non-stop flights from western Canada to any destination in the Middle East, in October.

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