Ottawa to Frankfurt means Ottawa to everywhere



    OTTAWA, June 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Today marks the much anticipated launch of
Air Canada's direct, daily service between Ottawa and Frankfurt, Germany.
    At approximately 5:00 p.m., the Ottawa International Airport Authority's
firefighters provided a spectacular send-off for the inaugural flight to
Frankfurt with a water arch over the Boeing 767-300 aircraft. Guests were
treated to refreshments and commemorative gifts to celebrate the new route.
    Paul Benoit, Ottawa Airport Authority President and CEO, was particularly
pleased. "Today's inaugural flight represents the culmination of a significant
amount of work on the part of the Airport Authority, the business community
and our partners at Air Canada". He went on to say that "this flight makes the
world more available to our community and Ottawa much more accessible to the
rest of the world. Air Canada has shown tremendous confidence in this market,
and we appreciate not only their support but the economic impact that this new
service will have in the National Capital Region".
    Air Canada has recognized the strength of the Ottawa-Gatineau market in
recent months by adding new services and additional frequencies to existing
routes. Since October 2007, Air Canada has added year-round flights from
Ottawa to Fredericton, Moncton, St. John's, Charlottetown, Thunder Bay,
Saskatoon, Washington-Reagan, and now Frankfurt.
    "Air Canada, in cooperation with its Star Alliance partner Lufthansa, is
pleased to offer residents of the National Capital Region more travel choices
with this new, non-stop service between Ottawa and the global transport hub of
Frankfurt. This summer, Air Canada has increased its Ottawa service 19 per
cent over the previous year, demonstrating its commitment to the region. Our
expansion is also a testament to the Ottawa International Airport Authority's
success in providing the efficient transportation infrastructure needed to
sustain such growth, which benefits business and leisure travellers, as well
as freight forwarders, by connecting to the National Capital Region and the
world," said Ben Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
at Air Canada.

    The Ottawa-Frankfurt schedule is as follows:

    Departs Ottawa at 17:10, arrives Frankfurt at 06:30 the following day.
    Departs Frankfurt at 14:15, arrives Ottawa at 16:45

    OMCIAA operates Ottawa International Airport without government subsidies
under a 60-year lease transfer agreement with Transport Canada. The OMCIAA's
mandate is to manage, operate and develop airport facilities and lands in
support of the economic growth of the National Capital Region.

    
                                 Fact Sheet
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    The new route:

    -  Air Canada commences service between Ottawa International Airport and
       Frankfurt, Germany.
    -  Start date: June 1, 2008
    -  Non-stop, daily service operating year round
    -  Aircraft: Boeing 767-300 ER with 211 seats featuring new Executive
       First Suites with lie flat beds and personal seat back entertainment
       for all passengers throughout the aircraft
    -  Complements existing daily service by Air Canada to London-Heathrow
    -  Will become the eighth new unserved non-stop destination added by Air
       Canada in Ottawa in under a year (with, Fredericton, Moncton,
       St. John's, Charlottetown, Thunder Bay, Saskatoon, and
       Washington-Reagan)
    -  Flight departs Ottawa at 5:10 p.m., arriving in Frankfurt at 6:30 a.m.
       the following morning.
    -  Flight departs Frankfurt at 2:15 p.m., arriving in Ottawa at 4:45 p.m.

    Frankfurt Airport (FRA)

    -  Frankfurt Airport is the main hub for Air Canada's Star Alliance
       partner Lufthansa.
    -  Star Alliance offers flights to well over 100 destinations in Europe,
       the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia from Frankfurt, making it one
       of the most important connecting hubs in the world. Overall, there are
       flights to more than 250 cities from Frankfurt.
    -  Over 54 million passengers used Frankfurt Airport in 2007.
    -  Flights to and from Ottawa are timed to connect with flights
       throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

    Impacts of the new route:

    -  Ottawa is now connected daily with two of Europe's most important
       travel hubs, London-Heathrow and now Frankfurt, bringing significant
       economic benefits to the entire community.
    -  Service to Frankfurt helps to expand travel options for Ottawa
       residents and visitors to the National Capital Region. This directly
       impacts Ottawa business travellers, tourism to Ottawa and the
       Outaouais region, and strengthens the region's attractiveness for
       large-scale meetings and conventions.
    -  Service to Frankfurt expands the number of connecting possibilities
       through Ottawa for residents of other communities.
    -  The new route strengthens Ottawa's position in both the Air Canada and
       Star Alliance networks, making it easier to get there from here, and
       to get here from there.
    -  A study completed this year found that a daily international flight to
       and from Ottawa generates a total of over 90 person years of
       employment, with a total annual regional economic impact of over
       $15 million.
    




For further information:

For further information: Krista Kealey, Ottawa International Airport
Authority, (613) 248-2050, krista.kealey@ottawa-airport.ca,
www.ottawa-airport.ca

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