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May 16, 2008 | General

EDMONTON — Effective May 27, 1997, Martinair Holland will be returning to Edmonton with summer charter service to Europe’s gateway airport – Amsterdam Schiphol.

Martinair Holland – “the other Dutch airline” – will offer weekly service on Tuesdays from May 27 to September 2 on an Edmonton-Amsterdam-Calgary-Edmonton circle route. Starting June 20, Martinair will also offer weekly service on Fridays on an Edmonton-Calgary-Amsterdam-Edmonton circle route. Thus, throughout the peak season, Edmontonians will be able to travel non-stop to and from Amsterdam, with the alternative of a one-stop direct flight on another day of the week.

Martinair Holland will fly 767-300 extended range, wide-body jets. The aircraft feature 24 Star Class (business class) seats, in addition to 248 economy class seats. The aircraft can also take cargo directly to Europe, accommodating 4 palettes of cargo, or up to 13 tonnes of freight.

Martinair Holland previously served Edmonton in the summers of 1994 and 1995, but did not operate here in 1996.

“We are absolutely delighted to have Martinair back serving Edmonton,” said Garry King, Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development for Edmonton Airports. “The two flights per week, using the reverse circle routing, is exactly the kind of win-win situation we have been working toward with Calgary. Both cities benefit from the option of non-stop flights in both directions, with an alternative direct flight on another day. We are also able to demonstrate the geographic advantage of starting a flight to Europe in Calgary, stopping in Edmonton en route.”

“The Canadian market has been important to Martinair’s North American operations over an extended period of time,” said Martin van Brugge, General Manager Canada for Martinair. “This expansion in services enhances the scope and convenience of Martinair’s Canadian schedule and signals the airline’s commitment to meet the ever-increasing travel demands — in both directions — in growing markets.

“We see great opportunity from Edmonton International Airport to not only transport Canadians to Europe’s hub airport, but to bring Europeans here to experience the attractions of northern Alberta,” continued van Brugge. “We are particularly encouraged to hear of the formalization of the Edmonton-Jasper corridor as a designated marketing region. Plus, consolidation of air traffic at Edmonton International has given us a solid opportunity to serve not only the Edmonton market, but the connecting passengers to and from the north-west part of Canada.”

Martinair will also be introducing three weekly flights from Toronto starting May 1. Round trip fares from Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto will range from $529 to $928 during the peak season. Star Class, Martinair’s upgraded, business-class type service, is available for an additional $320 to $480. Seniors over age 60 are eligible for special fare reductions. In accordance with Canadian charter flight regulations, bookings must be made exclusively through retail travel agents.

The tour operators marketing the new flight series are Sunquest West (formerly Silverwing), and Martinair Services, Inc., the airline’s Canadian tour company.

This schedule is subject to approval by Canadian Transport Authority.