Travellers through Dublin Airport will be practicing their French verbs and running their fingers over maps of southern Quebec next year, as Aer Lingus will be launching a route between Dublin to Montreal.
Flights from Dublin to Montreal will take off on August 8, 2019, with fares from €239 ($361 CAD) each way, as part of a return trip.
Aer Lingus will also begin flying to Minneapolis-St Paul next summer.
Speaking at the launch of the new routes, Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh said: “Today we are pleased to announce two new transatlantic routes from our Dublin Hub with daily direct service to Montreal and Minneapolis-St Paul commencing in summer 2019. These destinations each have a rich heritage, vibrant culture and much to offer visitors travelling for business or leisure.”
Kavanagh said Aer Lingus “hasn’t finished yet in terms of our ambition in Canada”, adding that Vancouver “is an obvious candidate” for a future flights to Canada from Dublin.
Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal added: “We are tremendously proud to welcome Aer Lingus, the 37th airline to join the great Montréal-Trudeau family.
“I’m sure travellers will appreciate this year-long direct connection and am confident this new collaboration will be a successful one.”
Until June, 2018, the only airline with direct service between Dublin and Montreal was Air Transat, a Quebec-based airline that still operates the route, albeit only during the warmer months between May and October.
Air Canada started operating a regular service between the two destinations this summer. The subsequent arrival of Aer Lingus to the party shows the growing popularity of both cities for purposes of tourism and trade.
And don’t forget, immigrants on both sides of the Atlantic will now have more regular, and perhaps more affordable, options for visiting home.
“This news will be music to ears of the Irish community in Montreal. Regular travellers between Montreal and Dublin have had stopovers in the same handful of cities for so long, they could probably make their way around Heathrow, Charles-de-Gaulle, JFK and Keflavik blindfold,” says Moving2Canada Editor, Hugo O’Doherty, who grew up in Dublin but has lived in Montreal for seven years.
Visitors to Montreal can expect a warm welcome from locals, who are known for their charm, wit and joie de vivre, which is in some ways similar to locals in Dublin.