Having dual Canadian/Romanian citizenship, I travel about once a year to Western Romania. Up to 2002, I lived in Windsor, Ontario. (since then, I've been in Calgary).
Prior to 2002 I had two choices of departure cities: Toronto & Detroit (I could also depart Windsor, to Toronto, by Canadian Regional, Air Ontario, or lately AC
From these two departure cities, there are quite a number of airlines that offer connecting service to Bucharest, Romania:
Air Canada/Lufthansa via Frankfurt or Munich
British Airways via London
Air France via Paris
KLM via Amsterdam
LOT via Warsaw
CSA via Prague
Alitalia via Milano ... etc.
Northwest/KLM via Amsterdam
Lufthansa via Frankfurt … etc.
There are no direct flights from Canada to Romania. Back in the 90s, Tarom used to offer flights from Bucharest to Montreal (I’m not even sure if they were direct), but that service is no longer available, nor are any other Trans Atlantic flights, such as New York or Chicago.
Canada has a large Romanian population, especially in Toronto and Montreal. Detroit also has a large Romanian population. I'm sure the demand is there for a direct flight from North America to Romania.
So here are some questions:
1. How come Tarom stopped its services to Montreal, New-York & Chicago? (Are their A310s no longer economical?)
2. How come Air Canada doesn’t offer direct service? (If they were to start what city would the fly from and what aircraft would they most likely use?)
3. How come none of the US carriers fly there? (again… if any of the major ones should start, who would most likely offer it? From where? And what aircraft would they most likely use?)
If I had to answer my own questions (with no actual facts to back them up), I’d say:
1. (I have no clue about this one)
2. Air Canada would fly YYZ
– OTP & YUL
– OTP with an A330.
3. Continental would most likely offer EWR
– OTP with a 767.
Personally I enjoy flying, so I don’t mind changing planes in FRA
, but many people would rather limit that. Connecting flights increase travel times, congest airports (correct me if I’m wrong about that) & increases the chance of getting your luggage lost/delayed.
Personally I think they should have direct service to Romania, especially from such cities as Montreal, Toronto, New York, Chicago.. A lot of people could use it. I know since I live in Calgary, I’m pretty much out of luck. One way or another I have to connect…
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