A Canadian comeback? RDU could see 5 international routes by fall (Gallery)


Raleigh-Durham International Airport is gaining back two international flights to its route lineup, but not in time for the summer travel season.

Air Canada (TSX: AC) has confirmed its comeback plans for RDU. The airline says it will bring back its flights to Toronto and Montreal in early September. The plan is to launch three daily flights between Raleigh and Toronto and a fourth daily flight between Raleigh and Montreal, said Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick.

The news comes shortly after JetBlue (Nasdaq: JBLU) announced plans to end its nonstop service between RDU and Jamaica's Montego Bay – which, along with Cancun, Mexico, is one of just two international routes currently serving RDU.

But add in the planned return of the American Airlines (Nasdaq: AAL) London flight, currently selling tickets for August, and the Delta (NYSE: DAL) Paris flight, on the schedule for September, and RDU could once again be a true international airport with five destinations. That’s on par with the five international offerings RDU served pre-pandemic.