Air Canada to Build Global Transit Hub in Toronto
Air Canada announced plans to build a global transit hub around Toronto Pearson International Airport, citing the model of European transit hubs such as London Heathrow and Amsterdam Schiphol airports.
Under the plan, which was announced by Ben Smith, Air Canada’s president, speaking at an aviation industry meeting in Las Vegas, Toronto would become the airline’s international hub and it is already “seeing a massive increase” in the number of passengers connecting in Toronto. The Canadian carrier also wants to increase the number of connecting international passengers who originate their trips in the United States. Air Canada has failed to take advantage of its Toronto hub in the past, he told the audience, but will rectify that going forward.
The airline will market Toronto as “North America’s first global transit hub,” Smith said, and will use its growing fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to accomplish this.
Smith said that Air Canada will use its Vancouver hub as a transit point for trans-Pacific passengers once it gains regulatory approval for its joint venture with Air China. It will also use Montreal Trudeau International Airport as a hub for flights to France and the French Caribbean.
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