LONDON – Air Canada has announced international expansion plans for its route network, due to commence summer 2023. As the carrier continues to work alongside the the Canadian government and other partners to ensure the ongoing recovery from the pandemic is sustained, it has today announced a mix of brand new destinations alongside the reopening of paused routes.
Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President for Network Planning and Revenue Management said: “We continue to pursue our disciplined approach of expanding our global network in response to anticipated demand.”
“We are especially pleased to be adding three new strategic routes to Europe, resuming important services to Japan, and increasing frequencies to key international destinations for summer 2023”
New European services
Three brand new European services to Brussels, Toulouse and Copenhagen have been scheduled, whilst restarting some key Asian routes from Vancouver – Osaka and Toronto – Tokyo/Haneda. Other routes due to be restored but not yet announced include destinations in the Atlantic, Pacific and South American regions.
“Toronto-Brussels will complement our current services from Montreal, while further expanding Air Canada’s reach to Europe and beyond through our Star Alliance partner Brussels Airlines, which offers easy connections throughout Europe and Africa.”
“Meanwhile, our Montreal-Toulouse route not only links two global aerospace centres, it is the only year-round service between North America and southwestern France.”
“We are also increasing our presence in Scandinavia with the addition of summer service from Montreal to Copenhagen, a Star Alliance hub that offers connections throughout Northern Europe, while enabling customers on both sides of the Atlantic to visit and explore each other’s countries conveniently,” continued Mr. Galardo.
“Our additional flights to major destinations in Europe, Middle East, South America, South Pacific and Asia, including London Heathrow, Frankfurt and Tokyo/Haneda, will support local tourism and hospitality sectors as customers in all six continents reconnect, visit and explore. Customers can start planning ahead and book with confidence. We look forward to welcoming you onboard”
Boost to work and leisure travel
Roll out of these routes should boost both work and leisure travel, whilst enabling people around the world to connect with families, friends and business associates as flying has had to take a Covid-19 driven back seat over the last two years.
If opting to travel with the Canadian national flag carrier on one of its international offerings, you will have the option to select one of three cabins. Ranging between economy, premium economy and signature class.
All cabins classes have in flight entertainment and a selection of complimentary chef designed meals, wines and beverages. Onboard Wi-Fi connectivity is a paid optional extra.
In a bid to provide a five star experience, Air Canada are showcasing some of the best culinary talents with a panel of celebrity chefs contributing to an onboard food menu. Chefs on hand to contribute to this include: David Hawksworth, Vikram Vij, Antonio Park and Jerome Ferrer. Sommellier Veronique Rivest will be choosing the wines.
Customers hoping to maximise their travel experience are also able to collect and redeem points using Aeroplan, a leading loyalty programme that works in partnership with Air Canada. Priority check in, lounge access and priority boarding are all perks that are accessible to eligible customers.