The Canadian carrier also announced its winter program to Cozumel, Mexico.
- Air Transat expands its winter routes to include direct flights to Lima, Peru from Montreal and Toronto, giving travelers new options for South American destinations.
- The new routes will be operated on Air Transat’s Airbus A321LR aircraft, which can accommodate 199 passengers in a two-class configuration.
- Air Transat will also be flying to Cozumel, Mexico this winter season, providing competition with other airlines on this popular Caribbean route.
Air Transat has announced it will offer exclusive new direct routes to Lima International Airport (LIM) in Peru this winter from Montreal (YUL) and Toronto (YYZ). These new routes will be operated on the airline’s flagship Airbus A321LR.
New routes onboard the A321LR
The Canadian carrier will launch a program expansion this winter season, reaching new South American destinations. Starting on December 20 and 22, Air Transat will begin flying from Toronto and Montreal to Lima, respectively.
Toronto-Lima flights will be operated twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from December 20 to April 24. In addition, Montreal-Lima flights will be operated once weekly, on Fridays, from December 22 to April 26.
These new routes will be operated onboard the airline Airbus A321LR aircraft. Air Transat’s A321LRs have the capacity to carry 199 passengers in a two-class configuration, including 12 recliner Club seats and 187 standard economy seats. Air Transat has 14 A321LRs and expects to receive three more in the future.
The Club Class seats have a width of 56 centimeters (22 inches) and a pitch of 97 centimeters (38 in). Each has an individual touch screen of 33.8 cm (13.3 inches). Meanwhile, the Economy seats have a 46 cm (18 in) width and 79 cm (31 in) pitch, and 25.7 cm (10.1 in) individual touch screens.
The company’s A321LRs can be seen on select routes such as flights from Toronto to Dublin, Orlando, London Gatwick, Manchester, and more.
Going to Lima
Michèle Barre, Air Transat’s Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), said the company is proud to add Lima to its portfolio of destinations on three continents. He added,
“This strategic expansion allows us to diversify our long-haul offering by maximizing the use of our A321LR aircraft and to capitalize on the sustained growth of tourism in South America. Meanwhile, we are consolidating our presence in the Mexican market – a key destination of our Caribbean winter program – by restarting our operations in Cozumel.”
With these routes, Air Transat would directly compete with Air Canada, which also operates seasonal services to Lima from Montreal and Toronto. Air Canada employed its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet for these services earlier this year.
What about Cozumel?
The Mexican destination in the Caribbean will also be served by Air Transat this winter season. Montreal–Cozumel flights will be operated once weekly, on Fridays, from December 15 to April 26. It should also be noted that Transat offers all-inclusive packages to Cozumel at select hotel partners.
Air Transat will face more competition on this route, as Air Canada and WestJet are known for flying to Cozumel, a small island in front of Cancun, full of white-sand beaches and without the crowded hotels Cancun is known for.
Talking about Air Transat’s operations in Mexico, last month, the company entered into a sale and purchase agreement for its land property located in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, for US$38 million to Finest Resorts, a luxury resort group, part of The Excellence Collection. The sale of the land is aligned with Transat’s strategic plan to refocus on its airline activities. It should be recalled that the company had announced in 2018 the purchase of the land as part of the development of a hotel subsidiary, for which the activities were discontinued in 2021.
Source : Simply Flaying