With demand for air travel in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) continuing to grow, Toronto Pearson, which is forecast to welcome nearly 48 million passengers this year, will see several new airlines enter the local market in 2018, as well as expanded service from existing carriers and more frequent flights on some high demand routes.
As a critical economic engine for Ontario and Canada, additional connectivity from Toronto Pearson opens key development opportunities for local industry and facilitates growth for area businesses.
For the summer 2018 season, Air Canada will offer new direct service to Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as new routes from Toronto to Providence, RI, Omaha, NB, Nanaimo, BC, and Kamloops, BC.
New Canadian carrier Flair Air will operate for its first summer out of Toronto Pearson after starting service to Edmonton, AB and Kelowna, BC this month.
For international travel, current carriers already operating from Toronto Pearson will add new options for travel in Europe, including Air Canada’s new routes to Bucharest, Romania; Zagreb, Croatia; Porto, Portugal; and Shannon, Ireland. Also, British Airways, who will add capacity to the UK, will now be offering three times weekly service to London Gatwick.
The United Kingdom and Europe are experiencing notably strong demand from Toronto area travellers and new carriers serving this area in summer 2018 will include Primera Air, offering service three times weekly to Birmingham and London Stansted, UK and four times weekly service to Paris, France. Eastern Europe will also see new choice and connectivity Ukraine International Airlines, flying three times weekly to Kiev.