Air Canada restoring Brisbane, Auckland routes; boosts Sydney

Renwed capacity to cater for pent-up demand for South Pacific inbound travel

Air Canada is bulking up its South Pacific network to near pre-COVID levels, announcing the return of daily flights between Vancouver and Sydney, coupled with a resumption of services to Brisbane and Auckland.

The adjustment will see Air Canada’s current four-times-per-week Boeing 777 operation to Sydney up-gauged to a daily offering from 1 May. The carrier’s Brisbane service will recommence 1 July ex Vancouver (3 July from BNE) with four weekly Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flights, and three-weekly Auckland flights will restart on 10 November from Vancouver (12 November ex AKL), also operated by 787s.

At this stage Air Canada hasn’t flagged a potential return date for its Melbourne-Vancouver route.

Air Canada's Signature Class service, offered on both Boeing 777s and 787s to the South Pacific

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Vancouver International Airport is Air Canada’s key West Coast hub, providing travellers with convenient connections across its vast North American network.

Vic Naughton, General Manager Australia and New Zealand for Air Canada said the new services will further establish Vancouver as the “most friendly and convenient year-round gateway to North America for business and leisure travellers”.

“Our new services not only provide more direct links to Canada, they also open up one of the fastest ways for Australians and Kiwis to reach New York and other key US cities,” said Naughton.

“That’s because Air Canada passengers continuing on to cities across the United States quickly pass through YVR’s convenient US immigration and customs clearance facilities, which means they arrive at their final US destination as a domestic passenger.

Air Canada's premium product, Signature Class cabin

“In addition, passengers travelling beyond Vancouver to other points in Canada don’t need to recheck their baggage in transit or pass through extra security checks.

“For Australian and New Zealand travellers, it adds up to an unrivaled customer journey experience,” Naughton said.

Naughton’s counterpart in North America, Mark Galardo, SVP, Network Planning and Revenue Management, added that the accelerated restoration of flights to Australia and New Zealand comes in response to pent-up travel demand.

“Our restored South Pacific flights and vast North American network will support local tourism and hospitality sectors as customers in all four countries visit and explore. Customers can start planning ahead and book with confidence,” Galardo said.

Air Canada will deploy 787 Dreamliners on both the Brisbane and Auckland routes

British Columbia’s Minister for Tourism, Melania Mark said the government was “thrilled with the expansion” of Air Canada’s network and the tourism boon it will present.

“Our tourism operators have been excitedly preparing for the return of more flights from the South Pacific to once again share authentic Indigenous experiences, local and sustainable cuisine and beverages, and unique accommodations for all types of travelers to eat, play and stay in BC,” Mark said.

Mike McNaney, Vice President & Chief External Affairs Officer at Vancouver Airport Authority added: “Air Canada resuming service from Vancouver to Australia and New Zealand as part of its continued network expansion at YVR is incredibly exciting and marks another step forward as we move through the pandemic.

“We know Canadians are eager to travel to the South Pacific and reunite with family and friends after nearly two years of border restrictions.”

Air Canada’s flight schedule for the South Pacific is currently as follows:

Air Canada’s South Pacific flights connect seamlessly and conveniently to and from its extensive North American network in YVR including: New York-Newark, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Victoria, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles among other cities.

In Sydney and Brisbane, Air Canada’s flights will connect easily to and from Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Cairns and other destinations with new North American codeshare partner, Virgin Australia.

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