Not a long time ago, Air Canada expressed interest in offering directs flights between Montreal and Beirut. Actually, the Canadian carrier wished to add this flight in 2003. It received permission but the flight got banned for security reasons. The Minister of Transport in Canada Marc Garneau commented on this ban and said that the priority of the government is to provide security to the country and the citizens.
Also, the Vice President of the Canadian-Lebanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CLCCI) Mohamed Badreddine expressed his disappointment towards the decision that has been taken by the Canadian government. In fact, the Lebanese community in Canada has been asking for this flight a long time ago. Lebanese-Canadian Christian Ziade filed a
asking the Minister of Transport to remove the ban from the flight. The petition collected over 4,000 signatures. The VP of Global Sales at Air Canada Duncan Bureau recently tweeted that the request for a flight between Montreal and Canada got refused by the Federal Government of Canada. Again, the route got banned for security reasons. Which doesn’t make sense since there are many international carriers that provide direct flights to Beirut such as Air France, British Airways, and Lufthansa. To note, the government has yet to give an official response to petition e721 (which demanded this route) since they are legally obliged to give an answer because it reached minimum signatures. We urge the Canadian government to reconsider.