"We are turning a corner": Air Canada anticipating recovery in demand

Air Canada ramps up transborder service with up to 220 daily flights

MONTREAL — Air Canada’s updated summer transborder schedule includes 55 routes and 34 destinations in the U.S., with up to 220 daily flights between the U.S. and Canada. 

Air Canada says the new schedule coincides with yesterday’s announcement from the federal government that effective Aug. 9, 2021, fully vaccinated American travellers can enter Canada for non-essential travel. 

There’s no word yet on if and when the U.S. will reciprocate Canada’s new measures, however throughout the pandemic the two countries have aligned on the border closure.

Says Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada: “The easing of travel restrictions announced today by the federal government is an important step based on science, and we are very pleased to rebuild our Canada-U.S. network.

Galardo notes that Air Canada’s schedule enables convenient onward travel through its Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal hubs to and from the airline’s global destinations.

“We are planning to restore services to all 57 U.S. destinations previously served as conditions allow. We sincerely look forward to welcoming our customers onboard,” he said.

 AIR CANADA APP AND COVID TEST RESULTS 

Meanwhile the Air Canada App, with updates announced last month, allows customers flying from the U.S. to Canada and between Canada and select European destinations to easily and securely scan and upload COVID-19 test results to validate compliance with government travel requirements prior to arriving at the airport. 

More information is at: https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/book/travel-news-and-updates/2020/covid-19/document-validation.html.

Air Canada’s commercial schedule may be adjusted as required based on the COVID-19 trajectory and government restrictions:

Montreal – USA routes Frequencies per week
Montreal-Boston 14
Montreal-Chicago 21
Montreal-Denver 7
Montreal-Newark 14
Montreal-Fort Lauderdale 7
Montreal-Houston 7
Montreal-LaGuardia 21
Montreal-Las Vegas 3 restarts Sept. 9
Montreal-Los Angeles 7
Montreal-Orlando 3
Montreal-San Francisco 7
Montreal-Washington Dulles 7
Montreal-Washington National 14 restarts Sept. 7

 

Toronto – USA routes Frequencies per week
Toronto-Atlanta 14
Toronto-Austin 5 restarts Sept. 9
Toronto-Boston 21
Toronto-Charlotte 7 restarts Sept. 7
Toronto-Chicago 28
Toronto-Cincinnati 7 restarts Sept. 7
Toronto-Cleveland 7 restarts Aug. 1
Toronto-Columbus 7
Toronto-Dallas 14 restarts Sept. 7
Toronto-Denver 14
Toronto-Detroit 7
Toronto-Fort Lauderdale 8
Toronto-Fort Myers 2 restarts Aug. 1
Toronto-Houston 21
Toronto-Las Vegas 4 restarts Aug. 1
Toronto-Los Angeles 21
Toronto-LaGuardia 35
Toronto-Minneapolis-Saint Paul 7 restarts Sept. 7
Toronto-Nashville 4 restarts Aug. 30
Toronto-Newark 28
Toronto-Orlando 5
Toronto-Philadelphia 7
Toronto-Phoenix 3 restarts Aug. 2
Toronto-Pittsburgh 7 restarts Aug. 1
Toronto-Raleigh Durham 14 restarts Sept. 7
Toronto-Seattle 4 restarts Aug. 1
Toronto-San Francisco 14
Toronto-Tampa 5
Toronto-Washington Dulles 21
Toronto-Washington National 14 restarts Sept. 7

 

Vancouver – USA routes Frequencies per week
Vancouver-Chicago 7 restarts Sept. 7
Vancouver-Denver 14
Vancouver-Honolulu 3 restarts Aug. 2
Vancouver-Las Vegas 4 restarts Sept. 7
Vancouver-Los Angeles 21
Vancouver-Maui 3 restarts Aug. 3
Vancouver-Newark 7 restarts Sept. 7
Vancouver-Portland 14
Vancouver-Phoenix 5
Vancouver-San Diego 7 restarts Aug. 1
Vancouver-San Francisco 21
Vancouver-Seattle 14

 

Calgary – USA routes Frequency per week
Calgary-Phoenix 3 restarts Aug. 1

ONBOARD SERVICES & REFUND POLICY

In early August 2021 Air Canada’s onboard services will resume on transborder flights longer than two hours, with new Economy Class Bistro selections being gradually introduced, including products by Canadian brands and partners such as Nomz vegan energy balls, celebrated Montreal Chef Jérôme Ferrer-inspired meals and more.  

Air Canada is also reminding agents and customers about its new refund policy. The policy offers options of refunds, an Air Canada Travel Voucher or equivalent value in Aeroplan Points with a 65% bonus should the airline cancel or reschedule a flight by more than three hours, and is applicable to all tickets purchased.