Air Canada gears up for busy summer with vastly restored international, North American networks

Air Canada gears up for busy summer with vastly restored international, North American networks

MONTREAL — With travel poised for a strong resurgence, Air Canada is gearing up for busy months ahead with a vastly restored network for summer 2022, both internationally and in North America.

 “This is very exciting news for our customers especially now that omicron is behind us, countries are reopening and border measures are being eased around the world for fully vaccinated travellers,” said Mark Galardo, Air Canada’s Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management.

Air Canada’s refund policy is applicable to all tickets purchased, and offers passengers the option of a full refund to the original form of payment, an Air Canada Travel Voucher or the equivalent value in Aeroplan Points with a 65% bonus should the airline cancel or reschedule a flight by more than three hours.

For international travel, Air Canada’s Travel Ready Hub outlines all the latest government entry requirements. Passengers are responsible for ensuring they meet all government entry requirements, including holding the correct travel documents, visas, any required health certificates, and all other eligibility requirements for any flights they purchase. Air Canada also notes that government requirements may change with little notice.

Canada’s eased travel measures, effective Feb. 28, 2022, for fully vaccinated travellers, include: the option of antigen tests instead of PCR tests for the pre-arrival testing requirement; a return to randomized on-arrival PCR testing with no isolation while waiting for test results; no isolation requirement for unvaccinated kids under 12 travelling with fully vaccinated adults; and a downgraded travel advisory, to Level 2.

Here’s a look at Air Canada’s international and North American network news for summer 2022…

INTERNATIONAL

Air Canada’s expanded summer 2022 international schedule includes 34 routes relaunching across the Atlantic and Pacific.

The airline says it will offer the country’s most extensive schedule to global destinations this summer, with increased connectivity to Air Canada’s large North American network.

Among the highlights, Air Canada is restoring popular European destinations, including Barcelona, Budapest, Copenhagen, Madrid, Milan and Venice, which have been suspended since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.

Plus, starting in March 2022, nonstop service will begin resuming from Toronto to Tel Aviv, Paris, Tokyo and Amsterdam; from Montreal to Casablanca, Nice, Algiers, Rome, Tel Aviv and Tokyo; and from Vancouver to Frankfurt, Dublin and Zurich.

“Air Canada’s recovery is well underway and gaining strength, and we are pleased to expand our international network across four continents as we respond to pent-up demand. Our vast and growing network has been built to conveniently increase connectivity to and from global destinations through our Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver hubs Combined with the networks of our Joint Venture and Star Alliance partners, we can offer customers easy access to virtually any destination in the world,” said Galardo.

Summer 2022 International Route Resumptions

Toronto

To

Start Date

*Tel Aviv

March 1

*Paris

March 2

*Amsterdam

March 2

Lisbon

March 26

*Vienna

March 26

Athens

March 27

Rome

March 27

Venice

April 15

*Tokyo

April 27

*Copenhagen

May 2

Budapest

May 3

Barcelona

May 4

*Madrid

May 19

Edinburgh

May 30

Manchester

May 30

Reykjavik

June 1

Vancouver

To

Start Date

Frankfurt

May 1

Dublin

June 1

Zurich

June 17

Montreal

To

Start Date

Rome

March 26

Lisbon

March 27

Athens

March 28

Venice

April 16

Tel Aviv

May 1

Cairo

May 3

*Casablanca

May 4

Barcelona

May 6

Nice

May 12

*Milan

May 21

Reykjavik

June 2

Dublin

June 2

*Tokyo

June 4

Algiers

June 8

Halifax

To

Start Date

*London-Heathrow

April 30

Asterix * marks year-round service.

NORTH AMERICA

Air Canada’s relaunch of international routes builds on its major expansion in the North American market, where seven new routes are launching from three Canadian hubs in summer 2022, and 41 previously suspended routes are resuming.

Flights are timed to optimize connectivity to Air Canada’s extensive North American network, including 46 airports in the U.S. Air Canada also notes that it’s offering the most seats and frequencies of any Canadian carrier with 90% of its pre-pandemic North American capacity this summer.

New Transborder and Domestic Routes

Flight 

From 

To 

Frequency 

Start Date 

AC 799 

Toronto 

Salt Lake City 

Thu, Sat, Sun 

02 JUN 

AC 8567 

AC 8569 

Montreal 

Atlanta 

 Double Daily 

01 JUN 

AC 8581 

AC 8583 

Montreal 

Detroit 

Double Daily 

01 JUN 

AC 1062 

Vancouver 

Austin 

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 

01 JUN 

AC 7900 

Montreal

Gander 

Daily 

25 JUN 

AC 362 

Vancouver 

Halifax 

Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 

01 MAY 

AC 8453 

Calgary 

Fort St. John 

Daily 

01 MAY 

Returning and Previously Announced New Routes

Flight 

From 

To 

Frequency 

Start Date 

AC 8680 

AC 8682 

Toronto 

Baltimore 

Double Daily 

15 MAY 

AC 8745 

AC 8747 

Toronto 

Charlotte 

Double Daily 

01 MAY 

AC 8705

AC 8707

Toronto 

Cincinnati 

Double Daily 

01 MAY 

AC 8895

AC 8897 

Toronto 

Indianapolis 

Double Daily 

15 MAY 

AC 513 

Toronto 

Portland 

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 

27 JUN 

AC 8795 

AC 8797 

Toronto 

St. Louis 

Double Daily 

07 MAY 

AC 8590 

Toronto 

Hartford 

Daily 

01 JUN 

AC 8917 

Toronto 

Milwaukee 

Daily 

01 JUL 

AC 8677 

Toronto 

New Orleans 

Daily 

01 JUL 

AC 8865 

Toronto 

Kansas City 

Daily 

01 JUL 

AC 1941 

Toronto

Fort McMurray

Tues, Thu, Sat

03 MAY

AC 1975

Toronto 

Nanaimo

Mon, Wed, Fri

29 JUN 

AC 8410

Toronto

Gander

Daily

01 JUN 

AC 8791 

Montreal 

Pittsburgh 

Daily 

01 JUN 

AC 8735 

Montreal 

Raleigh 

Daily 

01 JUN 

AC 8759 

Montreal 

Baltimore 

Daily 

01 JUN 

AC 8771 

Montreal 

Nashville 

Thu, Fri, Sat 

02 JUN 

AC 1285 

Montreal 

Phoenix 

Tue, Sat 

03 MAY 

AC 527 

Montreal 

San Diego 

Wed, Fri, Sun 

20 MAY 

AC 515 

Montreal 

Seattle 

Daily 

31 MAY 

AC 1685 

Montreal 

Victoria 

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 

03 JUN 

AC 8543 

Montreal 

Regina

Daily 

01 MAY 

AC 8545 

Montreal 

Saskatoon 

Daily 

01 MAY 

AC 532 

Vancouver 

Boston 

Daily 

04 JUN 

AC 8596

Vancouver

Sacramento

Daily

01 JUN

AC 539 

Vancouver 

Anchorage 

Daily 

07 MAY 

AC 8482 

Vancouver 

Yellowknife 

Daily 

01 JUN 

AC 1870 

Vancouver 

Quebec 

Mon, Wed, Fri 

02 MAY 

AC 8869 

Ottawa 

Washington-Reagan 

Daily 

01 MAY 

AC 8109 

Ottawa 

Winnipeg 

Daily 

01 JUN 

AC 8182 

Ottawa 

Charlottetown 

Daily 

01 JUN 

AC 8098 

Ottawa 

Quebec City 

Daily 

01 JUN 

AC 7701 

AC 7705 

AC 7709 

AC 7711 

Ottawa 

Toronto Island 

Up to 4 times Daily

01 MAY 

AC 8661 

Halifax 

Boston 

Daily 

24 JUN 

AC 8549 

Halifax 

Goose Bay 

Daily 

30 APR 

AC 584 

Calgary 

New York-Newark 

Daily 

01 MAY 

AC 392 

Calgary 

Halifax 

Daily 

30 APR 

AC 1872 

Calgary 

Quebec 

Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun 

01 MAY 

AC 8289 

Calgary 

Castlegar 

Daily 

01 MAY 

AC 8563 

Edmonton 

San Francisco 

Daily 

01 MAY 

AC 8113 

Edmonton 

Yellowknife 

Daily 

01 JUN