Today, Air Canada announced exciting new non-stop flights from Vancouver to Paris and Zurich, adding new bucket-list destinations for travellers. Air Canada also announced increased service to London-Heathrow with twice-daily flights for summer 2018, and increases to their non-stop Delhi flights from Vancouver that will resume in October with five times weekly service for the 2017-2018 season. To top it off, Air Canada’s new Melbourne service will increase from seasonal to year-round before the route even starts operating in December, proof of Air Canada’s growing success in their international expansion.
“Just one of these new non-stop flights would have been big news, but to be able to announce five major new services in one day is a real thrill, and a true testament to the work Air Canada is doing to grow their international product out of Vancouver,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “These new flights mean travellers can connect seamlessly to key markets in Europe, Asia and the South Pacific, while also creating lots of jobs here at home and injecting more capital in to the local economy.”
These new routes are in addition to a slew of expanded air services Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge have introduced at YVR since the beginning of 2017. This includes new flights to Denver, Dallas, Boston, Taipei, Nagoya and Frankfurt. The airline also expanded service to San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Jose.
“We continue to strategically broaden our international network from our Vancouver hub with the addition of two new, non-stop international services to Europe in 2018, more year-round flights to Australia, and additional flights to Delhi and London Heathrow. With the launch of flights to Paris and Zurich, Air Canada will fly non-stop from YVR to five European destinations next summer, offering excellent options for travellers from BC and the North American west coast to Europe, and as well as for European visitors and beyond to western Canada and the Pacific Northwest,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.
“Following our upcoming launch of seasonal service to Melbourne this winter, we are delighted to serve Australia’s second largest city year-round starting in June. Melbourne is our third Australian destination, and our flights provide convenience to both business and leisure travellers between North America and Australia with competitive elapsed travel times and seamless connections offered by the in-transit preclearance facilities at our YVR hub. All new flights from YVR to Paris, Zurich and Melbourne will be operated with our state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The operating economics of the Dreamliners together with the Vancouver Airport Authority’s efforts to maintain airport operating costs among the lowest in Canada have enabled us to expand our network here to connect our already extensive B.C., Western Canada and U.S. routes to even more international destinations, and position YVR as a preferred option to travel through,” concluded Mr. Smith.
Air Canada will operate a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on all of the five routes announced today. The combined total of these services will add $57.6 million in economic output, $29.9 million in Gross Domestic Product and 378 full time jobs to the B.C. economy. For further details and to book, please visit www.aircanada.com.