Air Canada is preparing to reinstate 34 international routes from March 2022 across the Atlantic and Pacific, concurrently restoring dozens of transborder point-to-points over the US border.
On varying dates between 1 March and 19 June 2022, non-stop services will begin resuming from Toronto to Tel Aviv, Paris, Tokyo and Amsterdam. Service from Montreal to Casablanca, Nice, Algiers, Rome, Tel Aviv and Tokyo will also be resuming. From Vancouver, Air Canada will be offering service to Frankfurt, Dublin, and Zurich.
Air Canada is also relaunching service to tourist destinations such as Barcelona, Budapest, Copenhagen, Madrid, Milan, and Venice, which have been suspended since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.
“This is very exciting news for our customers especially now that Omicron is behind us, countries are reopening and border measures are being eased around the world for fully vaccinated travellers,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.
“Air Canada’s recovery is well underway and gaining strength, and we are pleased to expand our international network across four continents as we respond to pent-up demand.
“Our vast and growing network has been built to conveniently increase connectivity to and from global destinations through our Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver hubs Combined with the networks of our Joint Venture and Star Alliance partners, we can offer customers easy access to virtually any destination in the world,” Galardo said.
The relaunch of international routes builds on Air Canada’s major expansion in the North American market, where 7 new routes are scheduled for Summer 2022 and 41 previously suspended routes are resuming. Flights are timed to optimise connectivity to Air Canada’s extensive North American network, including 46 airports in the US.
New services will be launching to the US from Montreal to Atlanta and Detroit, Toronto to Salt Lake City, and Vancouver to Austin.
Within Canada, three new routes will begin between Montreal and Gander, Calgary and Fort St John, and Vancouver and Halifax.
Additionally, service will be restored on 41 North American routes, including: 13 routes from Toronto, nine from Montreal, five from Ottawa, five from Vancouver, four from Calgary, three from Halifax, and two from Edmonton.
Galardo continued, saying: “Canadians are ready to travel, and we’re excited to be offering a very significant growth in our schedule this summer.
“With our recovery accelerating and North American flying reaching 90% of pre-pandemic levels this summer, we are offering more options across the continent, including seven new city pairs from our Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver hubs, and the resumption of 41 suspended or previously announced new routes.
“These changes will also grow and cement our position as the leading carrier of choice in the transborder market, with the most non-stop flying between Canada and the US and as the foreign carrier with the most service to the US.”
Air Canada has also reopened all 23 of its Maple Leaf Lounges, which now feature options such as ordering from your seat for safety and greater convenience.