New Route of the Day – Americas (22 December 2023): Air Transat between Montreal and Lima
Air Transat introduced flights between Montreal and Lima on Friday 22 December. The weekly service will be maintained by the A321LR aircraft on a year-round basis. The Canadian carrier faces no competition on the route. It complements its new 2-weekly rotation between Toronto YYZ and the Peruvian capital which commenced on 20 December.
Flight TS150 departs Montreal at 22:15 local time, arriving in Lima at 06:40 local time the following morning. The return service, operating as flight TS151, takes off from Peru’s capital at 08:25 local time on Saturdays, arriving back in Canada’s second largest city at 16:45 local time.
What they said
Michèle Barre, Chief Revenue Officer at Air Transat, said: “It is a great pleasure for Air Transat to bring this promising route to fruition and finally see our star fly over Peru. Lima represents a strongly strategic South American gateway within our portfolio of destinations, allowing us to continue to benefit from the sustained growth of tourism on this continent. We are also very proud to offer our passengers the opportunity to broaden their horizons and discover the treasures of Peru.”
Stéphane Lapierre, Vice President of Air Operations and Air Services Development at operator Aeroports de Montreal, noted: “ADM Aeroports de Montreal is pleased to welcome Air Transat’s new non-stop service to Lima, which will allow travellers to discover a destination rich in history and culture. This year-round service will benefit not only Montreal’s large Peruvian community, but also all Quebec travellers who want to explore the region. We would like to thank all the Air Transat teams who worked tirelessly to develop this route, which once again confirms YUL’s status as a major hub for international air travel.”
Emilio Parada, Commercial Strategy and Marketing Manager at Lima Airport Partners, added: “The launch of nonstop service from Lima Airport to these two prominent destinations is a significant milestone in Peruvian commercial aviation, and overall, a truly a special moment for us. This achievement will play a key role in the economic recovery of the Peruvian aviation industry, increase inbound tourism, facilitate connectivity, and create new alliances between Peru and Canada.”
Air Transat becomes only Canadian airline to serve Peru
Air Transat’s new Peru bound routes from both Montreal and Toronto YYZ are the only ones to link Canada with the South American country. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, Air Canada’s leisure subsidiary Air Canada Rouge maintained services from both cities to the Peruvian capital with its 767-300 aircraft. However, since the global health emergency, the airline retired its wide-body fleet and with it many destinations that were served with the jets, including Lima.
There is a large Peruvian community in Canada, with 43% residing in Quebec and 39% in Ontario. Montreal has by far the biggest Peruvian diaspora in the country, followed by Toronto and Vancouver.
Pre-pandemic, Canada was an important source market for international visitors to Peru. However, with flights discontinued, the volume of visitors has been unable to reach levels seen before 2020. This is expected to change with the new Air Transat flights. Apart from offering a nonstop air service, the company is now providing all-inclusive packages with select hotel partners in Lima, alongside options in several other Peruvian cities. Excursions across various Peruvian regions are now also available.