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.
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-Las Vegas||3||restarts Sept. 9|
|Montreal-Washington National||14||restarts Sept. 7|
|Toronto – USA routes||Frequencies per week|
|Toronto-Austin||5||restarts Sept. 9|
|Toronto-Charlotte||7||restarts Sept. 7|
|Toronto-Cincinnati||7||restarts Sept. 7|
|Toronto-Cleveland||7||restarts Aug. 1|
|Toronto-Dallas||14||restarts Sept. 7|
|Toronto-Fort Myers||2||restarts Aug. 1|
|Toronto-Las Vegas||4||restarts Aug. 1|
|Toronto-Minneapolis-Saint Paul||7||restarts Sept. 7|
|Toronto-Nashville||4||restarts Aug. 30|
|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-Washington National||14||restarts Sept. 7|
|Vancouver – USA routes||Frequencies per week|
|Vancouver-Chicago||7||restarts Sept. 7|
|Vancouver-Honolulu||3||restarts Aug. 2|
|Vancouver-Las Vegas||4||restarts Sept. 7|
|Vancouver-Maui||3||restarts Aug. 3|
|Vancouver-Newark||7||restarts Sept. 7|
|Vancouver-San Diego||7||restarts Aug. 1|
|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.