Step up efforts to attract and reinforce direct flights in Montréal

Montréal, November 12, 2014 ‒ Aéroports de Montréal, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Montréal International and Tourisme Montréal are pleased to have submitted their structuring project for the revitalization of Montréal to

This concerted, collaborative and targeted initiative involves supporting existing efforts by creating a task force, with a mission to step up efforts to better support direct flights and to ensure existing ones continue. This involves raising awareness in the business community to help increase passenger load factors on long-haul direct flights from Montréal.

“Aéroports de Montréal is pleased with the Montréal business community’s desire to offer concrete support to our development efforts in air service,” said James Cherry, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal. “Our efforts have paid off in recent years, because Montréal-Trudeau is the Canadian airport that has most improved its service. Montréal-Trudeau offers 130 direct destinations, including over 75 international destinations, compared with 30 a decade ago.”

“Attracting and reinforcing direct flights is essential for ensuring quality air service for the city,” said Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. “For the business community, direct flights save time and money, are an incentive for internationalization and offer easier access to new markets.”

“Let’s think BIG for Montréal,” said Dominique Anglade, President and Chief Executive Officer of Montréal International. “Against a backdrop of a highly competitive global economy, this task force will help support Greater Montréal’s air offer for foreign investors, international organizations and strategic talent. It’s a question of the city’s international appeal and our prosperity as a society.”

“We are pleased to be involved in this unifying project that will definitely have a major economic impact on the city,” said Yves Lalumière, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal. “Developing direct flights has long been one of Tourisme Montréal’s priorities. The impact of this effort will be an increase in conferences from the Northeastern U.S and more international tourism in Montréal, thanks to direct air access.”

To find out more about this project, click here.

About the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has over 7,000 members. Its mission is to be the voice of Montréal’s business community and to promote the city’s prosperity. It is involved in key areas of economic development, advocating a philosophy of action based on engagement, credibility, proactivity, collaboration and innovation. The Board of Trade also offers a range of specialized services to individuals and to business of all sizes to support them in their growth at home and abroad.

About Aéroports de Montréal
ADM est une administration aéroportuaire locale à but non lucratif à qui on a confié la responsabilité de gérer, d’exploiter et de développer les aéroports internationaux Montréal-Trudeau et Montréal-Mirabel depuis 1992. La société emploie quelque 650 personnes dans les deux aéroports.

About Montréal International

Created in 1996, Montréal International is the result of a private-public partnership. Its mission is to act as an economic driver for Greater Montréal to attract foreign wealth while accelerating the success of its partners and clients. Its mandates include attracting foreign direct investments, international organizations and international strategic workers as well as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater Montréal. Montréal International, a non-profit organization, is funded by the private sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community) and the Ville de Montréal.

About Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Montréal is a private, non-profit organization. It is responsible for providing leadership in the concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the “Montréal” destination on leisure and business travel markets. It is also responsible for developing Montréal’s tourism product in accordance with the ever-changing conditions of the market. For more information, please visit

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