Air Canada is launching the only daily, year-round, nonstop service from Montréal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) to Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Texas (IAH) on November 30.
The flights will be operated by Air Canada’s regional partner Jazz, with 75-seat Bombardier CRJ705 regional jets offering a choice of Executive or Economy Class service and featuring individual seatback entertainment throughout the aircraft.
Because Houston Intercontinental is the hub of Air Canada’s future Star Alliance partner Continental Airlines, the Air Canada Jazz flights are being timed to allow connections to Continental’s vast network across the Southern United States, Mexico, Central and South America. In Montréal the new service will offer convenient connections to Air Canada’s network across Canada.
“With our brand new United States departures hall opening today, this announcement is extremely timely and encouraging,” says James Cherry, president and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal, the operator of Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. “The new Montréal-Houston service fits in with Montréal-Trudeau’s objective of becoming a more active hub in the Americas.”
Air Canada’s flight AC7997 will depart YUL at 9:00 a.m. to arrive at IAH at 11:55 a.m.; and the return flight AC7998 will leave Houston at 12:25 p.m. to arrive back at YUL at 4:40 p.m. With the addition of Montréal-Houston service, Air Canada will be serving 17 U.S. destinations with non-stop flights from YUL.
YUL is Air Canada’s third largest hub, the airline carrying more than three million passengers at the airport in 2008. Together with its regional affiliate Jazz, Air Canada operates more than 48,000 flights a year to and from YUL, serving 60 destinations (including seasonal routes and Air Canada Vacations destinations): 20 destinations in Canada; 16 in the United States; 19 in the Caribbean and Mexico; and five European gateways.
Air Canada has three Maple Leaf Lounges at YUL: a newly renovated Domestic Maple Leaf Lounge with a seating capacity of 160 and more than 220,000 visits in 2008; a Transborder Maple Leaf Lounge, which opened in February 2004, has a seating capacity of 80 and saw more than 75,000 visits last year; and anInternational Maple Leaf Lounge, which opened in December 2005, offers a seating capacity of 110 and saw more than 85,000 visits in 2008.