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Air Canada's Kelowna to Montreal route takes flight

FILE PHOTO - An Air Canada Airbus A330-300 is pictured in this undated submitted photo.
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The first direct Montreal to Kelowna Air Canada flight was made today, kicking off a new service that will be increasing to four times a week by mid-July and five times in August.

The route, which will use Air Canada's Airbus A220-300 fleet, will mean Kelowna is now connected to all four of the airline's hubs which connects the Okanagan Valley directly to Air Canada's vast global network with at most, one-stop.

"Air Canada's non-stop Montreal-Kelowna service marks a vast milestone for YLW to bring travel between Quebec and the Okanagan region," Sam Samaddar, Airport Director, Kelowna International Airport said in a press release.

"Montreal has been a significant region for tourism in the Okanagan and we have worked numerous years to achieve this community connection. I look forward to welcoming residents of Quebec and those who connect through Montreal to our four-season paradise."

Ellen Walker-Matthews, senior vice president acting president and CEO for Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association said the route opens tremendous possibilities for domestic travel in the Thompson Okanagan Region.

"We have been realizing an increased demand out of Quebec over the past several months with inquires from trade travel, travel media and individual and this new direct service will help satisfy and grow this demand," Walker Matthews said.

Air Canada's Airbus A220-300 features 12 Business Class seats and 125 Economy Class seats with upgraded in-flight entertainment at every seat throughout the aircraft.

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