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Air Canada's Return To Louisiana  
User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6552 posts, RR: 51
Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2184 times:

This article appeared in yesterday's edition of the Times Picayune...an ejoyable read for anyone interested in Air Canada's MSY service.


Nonstop flights to Toronto resume


Saturday September 06, 2003


By Rebecca Mowbray
Business writer

Air Canada this week resumed the nonstop daily flight service between Toronto and New Orleans that had been suspended because of SARS, airline executives said Friday.

"We're very pleased to return to New Orleans. It's an important market for us, both for leisure travel and conventions and meetings. We certainly hope that for New Orleans that Toronto is an equally important route," John Reber, a spokesman for the Montreal-based airline, said Friday.

Air Canada announced in May that it would interrupt service to New Orleans and other cities beginning June 21 because the Toronto outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, had taken such a toll on the airline's business.

Reber said the route has performed well in the past, however, so service resumed as planned Tuesday. The flight, which uses the 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft, leaves Toronto at 9:55 a.m. CDT and departs New Orleans at 1:35 p.m.

The restoration of the Air Canada connection gives New Orleans two international flights. The El Salvadoran airline Taca flies to San Salvador with a stop in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, five times a week for most of the year, and seven days a week during the summer.

"We're happy to have them back," Michelle Duffourc, spokeswoman for Louis Armstrong International Airport, said of Air Canada. New Orleans has lost international flights in recent years as Taca's Central American consortium, Grupo Taca, cut back service, and AeroMexico and TWA eliminated international service. TWA was later absorbed by American Airlines.

The situation has been troublesome for the Louisiana Office of Tourism, which has been trying to increase international travel to Louisiana, and for the state's trade development efforts.

"International flights are extremely important," said Gina Ndas, director of the city's Office of International Trade Development. International flights help put New Orleans on the map, enable business people to do their work, and are imperative for time-sensitive cargo such as seafood, flowers, medical supplies and spare parts. Last year, Louisiana and Canada did about $2 billion worth of trade with each other, Ndas said.

"We were all glad to see that Air Canada is coming back," said Beverly Gianna, vice president of public affairs at the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Canada has always been one of our strongest markets and this only helps to keep that strength and to grow it."









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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2081 times:

The restoration of the Air Canada connection gives New Orleans two international flights.


Impressive  Sad  Sad


User currently offlineCaribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1637 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2031 times:

I'm happy to hear this. MSY is an interesting destination and there is a historical link with Canada. It would be nice to eventually see a nonstop to Montreal to connect the two French regions of North America. I guess that will take time to develope though.. in the meantime nice for New Orleans and good to see Air Canada on the comeback.

User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

Caribb, I have heard many rumors about an MSY-CDG link being established, possibly with AF 777 for the reason you outlined above--a historical link.

I'm glad to see that MSY now has a link with Canada again, I was getting worried. How is Canadian college student supposed to get to the cheesy New Orleans festivals without a non-stop flight?



America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1972 times:

I have heard many rumors about an MSY-CDG link being established, possibly with AF 777 for the reason you outlined above

MSY's been after AF for years, and for years has gotten the same response: "too close to Atlanta & Houston"

About the closest MSY has ever gotten to CDG is a direct same-number 1stop BusinessElite flight via ATL.... which was due to be instated late 2001. Bet ya cant guess why that never happened  Sad



User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16248 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1926 times:

It would be nice to eventually see a nonstop to Montreal to connect the two French regions of North America.

It's unlikely to ever happen. There are no ethnic or business links betw MSY and Quebec.

The largest Cdn city YYZ can only just support a daily nonstop.




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
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