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Inaugural Hamilton/Montreal flight.


Hamilton International Airport Limited (HIAL) is the fully owned subsidiary of TradePort International Corporation. HIAL manages the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport under the terms of a 40-year lease with the City of Hamilton. The Hamilton International Airport is the tenth largest passenger airport in Canada and is the largest cargo-courier airport in the country. On July 21st, 2003, WestJet's inaugural flight between the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, and Dorval Airport in Montreal took off at 7:00 a.m. The flight included a delegation of city leaders who met with their Montreal counterparts to explore joint opportunities between the cities, synergized by the commencement of regularly scheduled flights by WestJet Airlines.

"We are thrilled with this new service as Montreal is the catchment area's number one city-pair for air travelers," said John Gibson, Vice-President Marketing, for Hamilton International Airport Limited. " We believe that we can build upon that base by promoting tourism and economic development opportunities between the two cities."

Hamilton representatives included the Mayor or his representative; David Adames, Executive Director of Tourism Hamilton; Neil Everson, Executive Director of Economic Development for the City of Hamilton; and Mr. Gibson, who also serves as President of Tourism Hamilton. Montreal airport officials and representatives of the City of Montreal will greet the Hamilton delegation at Dorval Airport. The day's agenda will include a tour of Dorval Airport, meetings between the Hamilton and Montreal delegations, and a working lunch. The Hamilton contingent returned on the 2:35 p.m. flight, arriving at the Hamilton Airport at 3:50 p.m.

As Hamilton/Montreal officials are meeting in Montreal, the Hamilton Airport has arranged a special greeting for Montrealers visiting Hamilton on WestJet's first Montreal/Hamilton flight, scheduled to arrive at 8:55 a.m. on the same day.

Media are invited to attend for the following media and photo opportunities at the Hamilton International Airport:

* 6:30 a.m. Departure of the inaugural flight with the Hamilton delegation

* 8:30 a.m. Arrival of WestJet's first flight from Montreal at the Hamilton airport, and gift presentations

* 3:30 p.m. Return of the Hamilton delegation from Montreal



Ken Mitchell, M.B.A

Director, Public and Government Relations

Hamilton International Airport Limited

905-679-1999 ext. 234


Christiane Beaulieu

V.P. Public Affairs

Aéroports de Montréal