SSTsomeday From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 1283 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1960 times:
It seems strange that YOW, which has become quite a large operation since I was young, has still not managed to maintain a route to the European mainland. Only a daily to LHR exists. (I realize there are probably some charters.)
I would suggest that the demand is there. KLM tried it for a while to AMS, but the Canadian Government was requiring them to make a stop in I think Halifax in order to have rights to the route. That restriction made it undesirable for those originating in Ottawa, and there wasn't enought compensating demand from the Maritimes, so KLM cancelled it. I believe they were doing thrice weekly?
It seems to me that if KLM thought there was potentially enough demand YOW-AMS (government intervention not withstanding), then there would be certainly enough demand for the two powerhouse European hubs: FRA, CDG, would there not?
Is Ottawa still putting this one-stop requirement on any airline that applies?
Johnnybgoode From Germany, joined Jan 2001, 2187 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1852 times:
Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 1): A YOW-FRA route would make the most sense; to allow connections via the massive STAR alliance hub at FRA. AC and LH are founding members of the Star Alliance.
afaik, there's no openskies between Canada and Germany, but a new agreement has been reached will take effect in early 2008 (i hope I'm not getting things wrong here).
perhaps then will see additional services between Canada and Germany. I am very sure the YOW-FRA is a route closely looked at by AC and LH. i think this one's quite likely!
If only pure sweetness was offered, why's this bitter taste left in my mouth.
Jamincan From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 792 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1785 times:
Well, YOW-FRA was listed on some AC document as one of those imminent routes that they hope to develop in the future. We'll see how committed they are to it.
I'm rather curious about AF to YOW once open skies are in place. Currently they are restricted from flying there due to the bilateral; however, once that restriction is gone, they may consider the route. They currently operate a bus service connecting Ottawa to their Montreal flights, and I believe the region is the third most populous francophone area in Canada, probably over half a million. I suppose they'd jump on YQB first if the airport could handle them (I don't know what their facilities are like, but I imagine they could).