Air Canada is broadening its network into Paris for summer 2020. The Canadian air carrier will be offering additional flights from two locations in Canada. Its aim is to foster growth in the tourism sector.
The new services
Air Canada says it will offer 31 direct weekly flights between Canada and Paris for the 2020 summer season. The airline will be increasing route frequency out of Montreal and Toronto with a total of seven extra weekly flights.
Between 2nd July and 27th August 2020, Air Canada will have two flights operating seven days a week from Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). There will be an additional daily service operating three days a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
For the return journey, there will be two flights operating seven days a week from CDG to YUL and another daily service on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Toronto to Paris
In addition, Air Canada will be offering four extra weekly flights from Toronto which will operate between 3rd July and 28th August 2020. There is already one daily return flight from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Paris CDG. But Air Canada will offer an extra one on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays between the two airports.
All of the additional services from Toronto and Montreal will be operated by Air Canada’s Airbus A330-300 aircraft of which it has 10. Air Canada offers the flight with a three-class configuration. This is composed of economy, premium economy, and Signature Class – Air Canada’s business class. Signature Class will include fully lie-flat beds arranged in a 1-1-1 herringbone formation unlike the 1-2-1 reverse herringbone formation on the airline’s Boeing 777s and 787s.
Expansion only in Paris
In summer 2020, Air Canada will be flying 53 direct flights between its three main hubs in Canada and six destinations in France. However, the airline has only decided to increase its services in Paris. The Vice President of Network Planning at Air Canada has indicted tourism for the expansion in Paris. In a press release, Mark Galardo said:
“With Eastern Canada an increasingly popular destination for tourists, these additional Paris flights will provide more growth opportunities for Canada’s dynamic tourism sector. These added flights will also allow customers additional flexibility of choosing their preferred departure time from the city of lights, as Air Canada will introduce an early evening departure from Paris to both Montreal and Toronto.”
Air Canada hopes that more flights will allow it to meet customer demand on this route.
The additional flights to Paris on both routes will provide more late-night options for travelers. From Paris to Toronto, Air Canada will offer flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 17:00. And it will return from Toronto to Paris at 21:30 on the extra route on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
From Paris to Montreal, Air Canada will add a later flight departing at 17:00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. And on the return from Montreal to Paris, the latest scheduled flight will be at 21:55.
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