Air Canada adds flight at HIA

Air Canada has tacked a fourth daily flight to Toronto onto its schedule at Harrisburg International Airport.

The flights land at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, which is an international hub for Air Canada, according to Scott Miller, a spokesman for HIA. The route is served by 18-seat Beech 1900 twin turboprops.

Canada is one of Pennsylvania’s main trading partners, and many Central Pennsylvania businesses have offices or operations there. The Hershey Co.‘s Canadian subsidiary, Hershey Canada Inc., for example, is based in Mississauga, a Toronto suburb.

Air Canada also has been trying over the last two years to connect more U.S. travelers to overseas destinations through Pearson, Miller said. “Toronto’s become a pretty good global gateway city.”

In 2017, more than 16,000 passengers flew Air Canada from HIA, up from 8,400 in 2010, according to HIA. The airline added a third flight last June.

About 40 percent of the passengers from HIA stay in Toronto, Miller said. Most others fly elsewhere in Canada, with London and Shanghai also among the top destinations. 

Traffic overall was down at HIA for the first quarter of 2018, largely due to bad weather, Miller said. About 281,000 passengers came through the airport in the first three months of this year, down from about 283,000 for the same period last year. 

The new Air Canada flight, along with the addition of Frontier Airlines, which is expected to begin flying out of HIA this summer, should put the airport on track to meet its goals for the remainder of the year, Miller said.

 

CPBJ Staff

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