MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Air Canada will return to Memphis for Memphis International Airport's first daily international flight since 2012. This is all part of the years the airport has spent trying to create a new identity since Delta de-hubbed it back in 2013.
The new flight will head to Toronto, Ontario.
Memphis now has 10 airlines that fly to 34 destinations.
In addition to bringing the new flight to Memphis, the Toronto destination opens up a gateway to more than 160 international destinations including Budapest, Copenhagen, Dubai, Vienna, Warsaw, and multiple Canadian cities.
The flight will leave from Memphis every day at 3:50 p.m. CST and arrive in Toronto at 7:04 p.m. EST. The return flight will leave at 2:05 p.m. EST every day and arrive at 3:20 p.m. CST.
The flights will begin May 1, 2017.
This is Air Canada's second time flying out of Memphis International Airport. The airline previously operated from 2010 to 2012 but later discontinued the flight.
"We are seeing more people going from Memphis to Toronto now than when we had the direct flights previously," said Glen Thomas with Memphis International Airport.
Thomas said the daily flight to Toronto opens up more than 160 international destinations for passengers to fly on Air Canada. It's yet another new option for passengers following the Delta de-hub three years ago.
Thomas said it's another option after the much-publicized de-hub of Memphis by Delta Air Lines three years ago.
"We have a lot more airlines serving Memphis now, and the average ticket prices have gone down," Thomas said.
Thomas said fares on average are $150 cheaper now than they were when Memphis was a Delta hub.
The airport is also planning an overhaul of Concourse B. Initial renderings released two years ago have changed though, as the airport now intends to rebuild the concourse and add amenities instead of simply remodeling it.
New renderings and cost estimates should be released in the coming months.
"Within the next couple of months, we will release some images and some updated information about that project, and it will certainly keep us busy for years to come," Thomas said.
Memphis travelers are giving a thumbs up to the airport's future plans and its future Toronto flight.
"It's great for the economy, great for the travelers, an all around good thing," Kenneth Miller of Dallas said.
"I actually want to take my son and go next year," April Carter of Memphis said.
Thomas said the airport is always looking to expand its offerings. At the top of the list are more direct flights to destinations on the west coast.