Two airlines are scheduled to offer direct propeller plane service from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to Toronto beginning in July.
RTC No direct service is available between the two cities now.
USAir Express will inaugurate non-stop service from BWI to Toronto July 1, pending approval by the Canadian government.
The service will start with two daily round-trip flights, then expand to four round-trip flights Aug. 1. The flights will be operated by Henson Aviation, a USAir subsidiary, and will use 37-passenger deHavilland Dash 8 planes.
USAir offers jet flights from BWI to Montreal and Ottawa.
Air Ontario will offer direct service beginning July 6 with three round-trip flights during the week and two round-trip flights a day on weekends. The carrier also will use Dash 8s.
Adrienne Walker-Pittman, a BWI spokeswoman, said the airport has been trying to get a direct Toronto-BWI link for 10 years.
"The air service link between between the Baltimore-Washington region and Canada is important because Canada is the largest trading partner for the United States," she said.
USAir spokesman David Shipley said most of the travelers between BWI and Toronto are expected to be business people. "We fly from [the] U.S. to Toronto from several cities, and it's an excellent market for us," he said.
The service will use propeller planes because an agreement between Canada and the United States requires the service to use planes with 60 or fewer seats. USAir's smallest jet has 70 seats, Mr. Shipley said.