Air Canada announced on Tuesday that it will soon resume operation on 17 routes to 11 destinations that it stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while offering direct service from Montreal to Cairo for the first time. Meanwhile, the resumption of flights between Calgary, Alberta and Frankfurt, Germany, highlights the list of resume routes.
Flights to Cairo will not only connect the Egyptian community in Montreal with Egypt, but will also make it easier for travelers to get from Montreal to other areas of Africa with just one stop in between, thanks to Canada Air’s partnerships with EgyptAir and other African airlines.
Calgary-Frankfurt flights were heralded as a way to take travelers from Alberta to the heart of Europe, as well as a way for Air Canada to provide flight options from Alberta destinations to the other world, with the stop in Frankfurt the only one. thanks to Air Canada’s partnership with Lufthansa.
The other 16 routes that Air Canada will now operate this summer, including flights from Toronto to Vienna, Austria; Dublin, Ireland; Paris; Zurich, Switzerland; Athens, Greece; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Rome and Lisbon, Portugal; from Montreal to Geneva, Switzerland; Tel Aviv, Israel; London; Athens, Greece; Casablanca, Morocco; Rome and Lisbon, Portugal; and from Vancouver, British Columbia; to London.
In a press release, Air Canada added that these plans could change if the status of COVID-19 in Canada and around the world or the resulting entry requirements in those countries changes significantly. Regardless, travelers should note that their refund policy allows them to request and receive a full refund if the airline cancels the flight or changes the departure time by more than three hours.
Meanwhile, Canadian citizens and permanent residents looking to use some of these Air Canada routes will now be able to re-enter Canada more easily. At a press conference on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it fully vaccinated Canadians will no longer need quarantine for 14 days upon returning to the country.
However, there is no change for who is eligible to travel to Canada with non-essential travel to the country by those who are not Canadian or permanent residents there not yet allowed. Canadian officials are hopeful that this will change sometime this summer, however.
On Tuesday, more than 40 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Canada, resulting in 37% of people fully vaccinated and 68% at least partially vaccinated.