Emirates to expand Canada network with Montréal services

An Emirates Airbus A380 in flight.
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Major UAE and Dubai-based carrier Emirates will expand its international network with a second Canadian gateway of Montréal. The move follows a recent bilateral travel agreement between the two nations which will allows increased two-way traffic between the UAE and Canada.

Emirates will launch services to Montréal on July 5 with daily services onboard their Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to compliment their daily Airbus A380 services into Toronto.

With the launch of this route, Emirates’ codeshare agreement with Candian flag carrier Air Canada will enhance the network coverage within the country itself, alongside Mexico, U.S., South America and the Carribean.

A second gateway

Dubai-based Emirates announced the company will launch a new daily service from Dubai to Montréal, Canada, complimenting their current Toronto services.

Starting July 5, Emirates will operate their Boeing 777-300ERs non-stop to the Montréal Pierre Elliot Trudeau Int’l Airport (YUL) from Dubai Int’l Airport (DXB).

The destination will be marked as a second gateway into Canada by the carrier, who has operated to Ontario’s capital city Toronto since 2007.

The launch of the service comes as the UAE and Canada aims to deepen economic cooperation between the nations and also to stimulate the aviation and tourism-sector’s benefits, all whilst enhancing the trade flows and commercial links.

The daily services to Montréal will assist in catering to the huge demand for direct flights between Dubai and Canada, with its to largest metropolitan hubs in particular.


Customers travelling from Montréal will have the opportunity to enjoy Emirates’ award-winning services both to and through Dubai. It also allows seamless onwards connection to Emirates’ global network consisting of over 130 destinations worldwide, across 70 countries and territories.


As mentioned, this will be a daily service and Emirates will operate the flights under the designated flight numbers EK243 and EK244. These will all be operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with a three-class configuration, offering Business, Premium and Economy Class.

With all times mentioned being local, the timetable goes as follows:

DatesFlightDeparture Arrival
From 5 July 2023EK243 (DXB/YUL)02:3008:00
EK244 (YUL/DXB)10:2006:30 (next day)
From 5 November 2023EK243 (DXB/YUL)02:3007:15
EK244 (YUL/DXB)09:3006:40 (next day)
From 10 March 2024EK243 (DXB/YUL)02:3008:00
EK244 (YUL/DXB)10:2006:30 (next day)
Source: Emirates


On the newest addition to Emirates’ global network, Emirates Chief Commercial Officer, Adnan Kazim said the following: “Emirates is excited to launch our second gateway into Canada as we expand our reach in the country with direct services from our hub in Dubai.”

“As a major metropolitan centre and as Canada’s second largest city, we are pleased to add Montréal to our growing global network of over 130 destinations and strengthening our coverage in the Americas to reach 18 points served by our services from Dubai.”

“We have been serving customers with passenger and cargo services to Toronto for over 15 years and when we begin services to Montréal in July, customers will have more choice when planning their travel whether for business, leisure, education or for visiting family and friends.”

“We would like to thank the UAE and Canadian authorities for the enhanced agreements which have made this new destination possible.”

“With our expanded reach into the country, we look forward to facilitating new trade lanes, which will bring a host of benefits to Canadian businesses and exporters in addition to promoting tourism into more cities and generating more jobs across all sectors, including those directly serving the aviation industry.”

Partnership benefits

Air Canada and Emirates’ customers will both have access to an expansive network thanks to a codeshare partnership between the two carriers.

Adding on the over 130 destinations Emirates serve, its customers currently also have the possibility to access 19 Canadian destinations and beyond through Air Canada’s route network, all because of the codeshare partnership both airlines currently have.

Emirates passengers able to access the Canadian and greater North American region, spread across 27 domestic routes and 94 routes between Canada, the US and South America.

Similarly, Air Canada’s customers have the opportunity to connect from Dubai to destinations like Sydney, Singapore, the Maldives, Auckland and a wide variety of destinations elsewhere in the world on Emirates’ route network.

All in all, endless opportunities for both parties.

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