TORONTO — Air Canada has announced 10 new nonstop services including new year-round Toronto – Amsterdam service starting June 4.
Flights to most of the destinations begin in May and include:
- Calgary-Nanaimo: New daily year-round Air Canada Express service starts May 1
- Calgary-Halifax: New summer seasonal six times weekly service starts May 1 on Air Canada rouge
- Vancouver-Osaka: Starts May 1
- Vancouver-Comox: New twice daily year-round Air Canada Express service starts May 1
- Montreal-Venice: New seasonal service starts May 14
- Toronto-Austin: New daily, year round Air Canada Express starts May 18
- Toronto-Atlantic City: four times weekly service starts May 22
- Calgary-Terrace: New daily year-round Air Canada Express starts June 1
- Montreal-Mexico City: Starts June 5
Referring to the new nonstop service to Amsterdam as the “belle of the ball”, Air Canada’s Senior Director of Sales – Canada, Virgilio Russi, speaking at Toronto’s Casa Loma last night, told an audience of about 50 travel and business industry representatives that the Netherlands is one of Canada’s most significant trade, investment and innovation partners. “In fact the Netherlands ranks as the second largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Canada. In 2011 Dutch FDI in Canada totaled $56.3 billion. Two-way trade was valued at $8.1 billion in 2012, so a great partner and we look forward to the business connection we can support with our new flights,” he said.
Russi said Air Canada’s service to Amsterdam will increase the airline’s reach into the Benelux, complementing existing service between Montreal and Brussels and leveraging what is a strategic cargo hub.
Deputy Consul General at Netherlands Consulate Toronto, Emmy Scholten, said the additional airline seats will be needed for all the events taking place this year in Holland and in Canada. The 70th anniversary of Dutch liberation will be marked in Toronto on May 2 at Nathan Phillips Square, while the Dutch King and Queen will pay an official visit to Canada on May 27.