Tracey Tong/metro ottawa
A new direct air link between Ottawa and Frankfurt, Germany, announced yesterday will improve the local tourism industry, says the president and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority.
“Our local tourism industry will thrive from improved access to and from the National Capital Region,” said Paul Benoit. “The flight is opening up Ottawa to international markets.”
Ottawa and Frankfurt will be connected via a new, non-stop Air Canada route starting on June 1, officials announced at the airport yesterday.
“Having a non-stop connection to Frankfurt has been a top priority not only for the airport authority, but for our community as well,” he said.
Ottawa travellers have expressed a need for another European destination, he said. And Frankfurt is one of the most important connection hubs in the world, with more than 250 destination points in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
The direct flight will raise Ottawa’s profile in large European markets, said Daniel Laliberté, chairman of Ottawa Tourism.
“Adding new non-stop flights is a huge win for Ottawa, as Frankfurt is a key hub for the European continent and beyond.
Served by a 211-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft, the route is a co-operation between Air Canada and Lufthansa, which is also introducing new non-stop flights between Toronto and Dusseldorf and Calgary and Frankfurt.
The new routes will bring the number of Air Canada flights between Canada and Germany to 11 per day.