Air Transat brings 207 Syrian refugees to Canada

Flight TS8500 has now left Amman for Toronto
Air Transat is the first Canadian airline to carry Syrian refugees to Canada

MONTREAL, Dec. 20, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - 12:00 noon – Air Transat Flight TS8500 has now left Amman, Jordan, bound for Toronto with 207 Syrian refugees aboard. "We are very pleased to be the first Canadian airline company to engage in this major humanitarian effort, and to be assisting the Canadian government and international authorities in this way," said Jean-François Lemay, General Manager of Air Transat.

The operation is being led by the International Organization for Migration, in collaboration with Canadian authorities. The flight, operated with an Airbus A330, is expected to arrive Toronto early evening today.

About Air Transat
Air Transat is Canada's leading holiday travel airline. Every year, it carries some 3 million passengers to nearly 60 destinations in 30 countries aboard its fleet of Boeing narrow-body and Airbus wide-body jets. The company employs more than 2,500 people. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination countries and that distributes products in over 50 countries. Air Transat was named Best North American Leisure Airline at the Skytrax annual World Airline Awards, held in June 2015.

About Transat
Transat A.T. Inc. is an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination countries and that distributes products in over 50 countries. A holiday travel specialist, Transat operates mainly in Canada and Europe, as well as in the Caribbean, Mexico and the Mediterranean Basin. Montreal-based Transat is also active in air transportation, destination services, accommodation and distribution.

 (www.transat.com)

 

SOURCE Transat A.T. Inc.

Image with caption: "December 20, 2015 - 207 Syrian refugees left Amman this morning on an Air Transat Airbus A330, en route to Toronto. Air Transat is the first Canadian airline to participate in this large-scale humanitarian operation. (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151220_C8051_PHOTO_EN_587855.jpg

Image with caption: "An Air Transat Airbus A330 has left Amman, Jordan, on December 20 with 207 Syrian refugees aboard. Toronto is Flight TS8500's final destination. This is the first flight operated by a Canadian airline company as part of a huge operation to bring some 25,000 refugees to Canada at the initiative of the Canadian government. "We are very pleased to be assisting the Canadian government and international authorities in this way," said Jean-François Lemay, General Manager of Air Transat. (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151220_C8051_PHOTO_EN_587843.jpg

For further information: Media: Michel Lemay, 514 987-1616, ext. 4523


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