Air Canada Bets Big On Summer: Will Serve 50 Canadian Airports

Air Canada is getting behind the country’s hospitality, tourism, and the broader economy as it restores and launches multiple new routes over the northern summer. In total, Canada’s flag carrier will fly to 50 airports across the country this summer.

Air Canada will fly to 50 destinations across Canada this summer. Photo: Denver International Airport

Air Canada announces three new routes this summer

On Tuesday, Air Canada announced it would launch three new domestic routes, restore flights to around three dozen airports in Canada, and boost the product offering on some transcontinental flights.

“Air Canada is taking a leadership position to support our partners in Canada’s tourism and hospitality sector with service to 50 destinations from coast to coast, the re-start of regional services, and new, non-stop flights,” said Network Planning and Revenue Management executive at Air Canada, Mark Galardo.

The three new routes launch across different dates over the summer. Air Canada will start flying between Montreal (YUL) and Deer Lake (YDF) daily from July 1 using a CRJ900. Flights between Montreal and Kelowna (YLW) will begin June 26. These flights will operate three times a week until August using an Airbus A220 before ramping up to four times weekly in August.

Air Canada will also start flying between Montreal and Saskatoon-Regina (YQR) on August 1. The flights will run daily using CRJ900 aircraft.

Air Canada will send the Airbus A220 to Kelowna this summer. Photo: Air Canada

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Air Canada is restoring dozens of domestic routes

Air Canada is also resuming flights across dozens of former domestic routes over the summer. Flights between Gander (YQX) and Halifax (YHZ) will resume on June 29 and operate thrice weekly. Flights between Gander and Toronto (YYZ) will restart on July 2 and run five times a week. Daily services between St John’s (YYT) and Toronto are resuming on June 19.  Flights between St John’s and Goose Bay (YYR) are restored on June 29, thereafter running five times a week.

Deer Lake will see five flights a week to Halifax restart on August 1. Air Canada will connect Halifax to Calgary (YYC) five times a week from August 1. The airline will resume thrice-weekly services between Sydney (YQY) and Toronto, as well as daily flights between Sydney and Montreal. Flights between Toronto and Charlottetown (YYG) will restart on Saturday, operating four times a week after that date.

Saint John (YSJ) will see three times weekly Air Canada flights to Montreal from June 30. Four times a week flights to Toronto will resume on July 2. Fredericton (YFC) will also see re-established connections with Canada’s biggest cities. Air Canada will restart daily flights to Montreal from June 29 and five times weekly flights to Toronto from July 1.

Air Canada is ramping up its domestic flying this summer. Photo: Air Canada

Flights resume to Canadian cities big and small

Thrice-weekly flights between Bathurst (ZBF) and Montreal will re-commence on June 27. Air Canada will resume daily services between Toronto and Quebec City (YQB) this Saturday. Ottawa (YOW) is being reconnected with Calgary and Edmonton (YEG). Daily flights to Calgary will restart on July 2. Twice-weekly flights to Edmonton will resume on August 1.

Toronto will see Air Canada flights resuming to North Bay (YYB) three times a week from June 28 and twice-weekly flights to Fort McMurray (YMM) from July 1. The airline will restore daily flights between Montreal and Winnipeg (YWG) from August 1 and six times a week flights to Calgary on June 20.

Calgary is seeing flights resume to Regina (YQR) five times a week from July and five times weekly flights to Saskatoon (YXE) recommencing on July 2. Four times weekly Air Canada flights between Calgary and Kamloops (YKA) will restart on June 28. Kamloops will also see flights to Vancouver (YVR) restored from June 29, operating four times a week.

Air Canada has high hopes for its domestic operations this summer. Photo: Air Canada

Vancouver gets some attention from Air Canada

Air Canada’s Vancouver hub will reconnect to Prince Rupert (YPR) thrice weekly from June 25, Penticton (YYF) four times a week from June 29, Sandspit (YZP) three times weekly from June 23, and Castlegar (YCG) thrice weekly from June 28.

Elsewhere on the network, Nanaimo (YCD) will reconnect to Calgary five times weekly on July 2 and Toronto once a week from July. Flights between Toronto and Kelowna will restart this Saturday and then run four times a week.

Air Canada flights between Calgary and Yellowknife will begin again on June 30, operating three times a week. Flights between Calgary and Victoria (YYJ) are set to restart on June 21 and run four times a week. Victoria is getting a lot of summer love from Air Canada. Thrice-weekly flights to Montreal and four times weekly flights to Toronto are recommencing this Saturday.

“With Canada’s ongoing vaccine roll-out acceleration together with various provincial governments’ reopening plans that include travel, this summer is looking brighter,” says Mark Galardo.

Air Canada says seats across all new and resuming domestic routes are now available for purchase. While the airline is upbeat and optimistic about the summer, Air Canada warns if circumstances or travel restrictions change, they may need to adjust their schedules.