The number of Canadians travelling to the U.S. is up 5%, dodging the Trump Slump and keeping tour operators here upbeat about their sales volumes to U.S. destinations.
MONTREAL — Just days after Air Canada announced a slew of new routes, the carrier has now added three more: Toronto-Nanaimo, Toronto-Kamloops and Montreal-Victoria.
The new nonstop, seasonal flights will start in June 2018. All of the flights are now available for purchase.
“We are strategically expanding our domestic network with our flexible fleet, products and services to capitalize on the growing seasonal demand to and from Vancouver Island and the Thompson Okanagan areas during the peak summer travel period,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.
The Hon. Lisa Beare, BC Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture said the new flights reflect the rising popularity of Vancouver Island and the Thompson-Okanagan as tourism destinations.
Service between Toronto and Nanaimo is set to run June 21 – Oct. 8 Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Flight AC1975 departs Toronto at 9:30 a.m. On the return leg, flight AC1974 departs Nanaimo at 12:15 p.m.
Toronto-Kamloops starts June 22 and runs until Oct. 9 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Flight AC1977 departs Toronto at 9:45 a.m. AC1976 departs Kamloops at 12:15 p.m.
Out of Montreal, flight AC1685 departs at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Leaving Victoria, flight AC1684 leaves at 11:05 a.m. Flights start June 22 and run until Oct. 9.
All three of the new routes are operated on Air Canada Rouge 136-seat A319s with Premium and Economy class.
Today’s announcement comes on the heels of Air Canada’s North American transborder expansion news earlier this week. On Nov. 29 Air Canada revealed that it plans to add six new North American routes in 2018: Vancouver-Sacramento (May 17); Edmonton-San Francisco (May 1); Toronto-Omaha (May 1); Toronto-Providence (May 17); Montreal-Baltimore (May 17) and Montreal-Pittsburgh (May 17).