I have it from a high placed Iberia source, ie way up Americas management, that unfortunately it looks like if AC
cuts the MAD
service they will not step in, although they've cosnidered YYZ
and they might still. Sorry to disappoint you Mark, and this is not intended to cause any side debates, but I asked directly whether they were thinking about canada and was told not likely but that it would only be YYZ
they would come to, YUL
is not even considered a remote possibility.
He thinks Transat or one of the cdn Charters will try to pick up the MAD
route, much of that traffic was summer leisure pax anyway.
I agree with you though Mark, it's a darned shame Canada can't support direct service to Spain.