The CBC is reporting that “Northwest Airlines will be offering a new nonstop service between Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Charlottetown this summer.”
On first blush, you might think “who the heck wants to go to Detroit?”
But remember that Detroit Metro Airport is also served by the low-fare Southwest Airlines. Direct service to Detroit means direct service to connecting Southwest flights, which might turn out to be an excellent thing both for Islanders leaving and visitors coming.
For example, an early-June flight from Detroit to Chicago is $39 each way; Burbank, California is $99 each way; New Orleans is $104 each way. Depending on where Northwest sets the Charlottetown to Detroit fares, this could make for very economical travel within North America.
Besides the Southwest possibilities, travel on Northwest itself might prove to be interesting: Detroit is a major hub for Northwest, and they offer direct flights to Tokyo.
Here’s the Detroit Free Press coverage of the story.