Air Canada will re-establish 55 routes to 34 US destinations, as well as a handful of other international routes, as the country reopens to Americans fully vaccinated on August 9, and EU countries on September 7th.
Reservations are still sluggish, but they began to increase soon after the government lifted the hotel quarantine restriction for fully vaccinated passengers. The airline believes this reopening will offer hopes of rebirth for the travel industry.
“The indications are that the worst effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may be behind us. Based on what we are seeing in other markets that are further along with reopening in Canada, we anticipate that travel will resume at an accelerated pace,” Air Canada CEO Michael Rousseau said during a conference call on Friday.
Toronto – Vienna (July 22)
Canada resumed operations with Vienna Airport, operating three weekly flights connecting Toronto with Vienna and Austria. In turn, European visitors will be able to return to Canada from September 7th.
Julian Jäger, Member of the Board of Directors of Flughafen Wien AG, considers that the lifting of restrictions from September is an important step in the recovery of long-haul intercontinental travel.
Vancouver – San Diego (July 31, 2021)
After a 16-month suspension, Air Canada will restart flights between Vancouver International Airport and San Diego International Airport.
This route is considered an important link between Canada and California, as travelers can “connect to many destinations along the Great White North from Vancouver,” said Kimberly Becker, President and CEO of the County Regional Airport Authority of San Diego.
Quebec – Orlando and Fort Lauderdale (November 19, 2021)
Starting on November 19, Quebecers will be able to enjoy two new “winter routes” departing from Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) to sunny Orlando (December 17) and Fort Lauderdale (November 19).
“We are excited to launch these two new routes from Quebec City to Florida, a first for Air Canada. We know that, for many Quebecers, Florida is a popular winter vacation spot,” said Mark Galardo, Air Canada’s senior vice president of network planning and revenue management.
Galardo also announced that “most frequent flights”For Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) and Cancun (Mexico) will be exhibited.