There are over 85,000 pax per year that fly Montreal-Atlanta, thats more than Montreal-boston, and there are how many flights between YUL and BOS... 10 was the last time I counted.
Toronto's YYZ-ATL is estimated at around 135,000 pax per yerar according to StatCan. Now tell me, does the discrepancy between YUL and YYZ, means that you get 7 flights by DL, plus 5 A319s to ATL (which usually are half-full anyway) to YYZ, and we cant supprot a few CRJ's?????? Comeone...
YUL-ATL is more than YUL-BOS or YUL-PHL, all of which are served by AC CRJ's. Furthermore, ATL is a growing market, and since 1995, the StatCan numbers show that this is one of the markets that has grown the most out of YUL anyway. In 1995, about 50,000 pax travelled between YUL and ATL, and now its somwhere near 85,000 pax, and getting larger by the day.
For those YYZers, of which I have much respect for (except for two clowns onthis board), YYZ is a very big market. IT IS THE dominant one in Canada by far. However, there are other markets with potential. Toronto is not 6 times larger than Montreal, its about 1.5 times. TOronto is not overwhelmingly richer than Montreal, because it suffers from the highest cost of living burden in Eastern Canada (by far!). Toronto is no longer the only city that is booming, Montreal is catching up just fine thank you very much. You simply need to consult your nearest StatCan bureau, review the indexes from this year. YOU Will be STUNNED to find that Montreal has not only produced more jobs than Toronto this year, it has also had more non-residential construction than Toronto.
And this is welcomed news, to knowthat we are getting out of Neil's YYZ717 "city that is getting smaller, city that is declining, poor low-pci, city made up of 3rd world citizens" view of Montreal. With this, the justification for new non-stopsd out of Montreal just keeps rising. MANY airlines have expressed interest in the Montreal market, many of which are not happy with Dorval airport, and many of whom are waiting to see a more modern and expanded Dorval. But with YYZ becoming so big, and bigger by the year, (and with all due respect) it will be hard for you guys especially, to try to think that there is life outside YYZ.....
And for those YYZers who would ask 'well who is interested in flying to Montreal'... well let me compile a little list here..
-Lufthansa wants a piece of YUL-FRA... Air Canda started its 2nd flight to FRA from Montreal for a purpose. For the last 2 weeks, the flights have been sold-out. With nearly 500 seats to FRA per day, expect to see LH back someday soon. This is also been confirmed by several travel agents on the Montreal board, who are in constant contact with LH reps.
-Alitalia Montreal-Milan... AZ has been in discussions with the ADM for a little while now. The interest is there, who knows if it will ever materialize.
Ans then the success of Austrian Airlines, who will expand YYZ and YUL at the same time, will knowing that is doing fantastic in both markets.. now this kind of news, would just crush Neil...