Kelowna International Airport. (File)

Kelowna International Airport. (File)

Direct flights between Kelowna and Montreal to be available this summer

Air Canada plans to begin offering the new route four days a week beginning June 26

Non-stop flights will be available between Kelowna and Montreal this summer.

Air Canada plans to begin offering the new route four days a week beginning June 26, stated the airline in an email on Wednesday (March 17).

Flights will depart Kelowna on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 10 a.m., arriving in Montreal at 5:30 p.m. Flights will depart Montreal at 7:05 p.m. and arrive in Kelowna at 9:25 p.m.

“In the tourism world, this is huge news,” said Michael Ballingall, chair of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association and senior vice president of Big White Ski Resort.

“Now, we just need to do the work to fill the seats when the timing is right – and hope it stays at least one day a week come winter.

Tourism Kelowna CEO Lisa Ballantyne said strong air service is an essential element of Kelowna’s local tourism economy and will be vital in the industry’s recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Direct air access is an important consideration in our sales and marketing programs and now, we can add Montreal to our target travel audience. While we wait for interprovincial travel restrictions to lift, we hope travellers from Montreal and area will begin to research and plan their future trip to experience all that Kelowna and the Okanagan has to offer across all four seasons.”

The flights will operate using Air Canada’s new Airbus A220 aircraft.

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