New airline may soon take travellers from Pearson Airport in Mississauga to Qatar and beyond


Published March 20, 2023 at 9:31 am

Canada Jetlines

A new low-cost Canadian airline based at Pearson Airport in Mississauga is preparing to jet people non-stop to Qatar, from where travellers can access connecting flights to the Middle East, Africa and across Asia.

Canada Jetlines, whose first-ever flight took off from Pearson last Sept. 22 bound for Calgary, is in discussions with Qatar Airways Group “to explore a potential collaboration between the two airlines,” officials with the Canadian carrier said in a news release.

According to the news release, officials with the two airlines are talking about running non-stop flights between Pearson and Doha, the home of Qatar Airways and the country’s capital. The plan is subject to all regulatory approvals.

“This would offer Canadian travellers access to Qatar Airways’ unparalleled network via Doha to destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and across Asia,” Canada Jetlines officials said. “Qatar is not only a growing and exciting destination, it is also home to the world’s best airport, Hamad International Airport, which provides seamless connectivity to Qatar Airways’ superior global network.”

Canada Jetlines president and CEO Eddy Doyle added that Qatar Airways is “known for its world-class service and consistently recognized by the industry and consumers as the best airline in the world.”

Qatar Airways flies to more than 150 destinations worldwide via its hub at Hamad International Airport, which was named Best Airport in the World for the second year in a row at the 2022 Skytrax World Airport Awards.

The new Canadian leisure carrier also began service to Vancouver in December and Las Vegas in February as it continues to grow. And it added a second Airbus A320 aircraft to its fleet on Nov. 30, with a third on the way early this year.

It took almost 10 years, but Canada Jetlines finally got its inaugural flight off the ground at Pearson last Sept. 22. The carrier initially formed in 2013, but it had trouble getting planes into the air until 2022.

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