AIr Canada departs Ford International Airport for last time
David Moore August 23, 2013 | WGVU
Come September 2, Air Canada
will terminate its twice daily service to Toronto, according to the Grand Rapids
Airport Executive Director
Brian Ryks told the business journal that while most carriers fly with about 85
percent of their seats filled, Air Canada flights were typically between 29 and
43 percent full.
Ryks admitted there
wasn’t a lot of local demand for Toronto service, adding that Delta service to Detroit,
with its international connection links, put Air Canada at a competitive
Ryks says he assumes other
carriers will pick up what relatively little Toronto bound traffic there was.
The loss of Air Canada service to Toronto will
have a minimal impact on operations, nor will the move affect Ford’s status as
an international airport, which actually has to do with its ability to clear
international freight and corporate aircraft through onsite customs.
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