Air Canada Resumes 17 International Routes A Pandemic Recovery Continues

Today, July 6th, Air Canada revealed its Summer 2021 international schedule. With the government of Canada relaxing arrival procedures for vaccinated Canadians, anticipation is building that borders will open further for non-citizens and nationals in the weeks to come. With this in mind, Air Canada is setting up some long-haul routes – mainly from Toronto and Montreal.

Air Canada’s flagship long-haul aircraft is the Boeing 787. It operates both the shorter -8 and longer -9 variants. Photo: Air Canada

Capitalizing on easing restrictions

Now that Canada is opening up a little bit more, Air Canada is releasing an international schedule for Summer 2021. Included in this news is the resumption of 17 routes to 11 destinations across the world.

“As travel restrictions ease across the globe, we are committed to rebuild our international network and continue as a global carrier to connect Canada to the world, while also developing additional markets and targeting new opportunities. Canadians are eager to travel again, and we are ready to reunite customers with their families and friends.” -Mark Galardo, SVP, Network Planning and Revenue Management, Air Canada.

17 routes and 11 destinations

As mentioned, Air Canada is announcing 17 long-haul international routes. This includes its year-round service between Calgary and Frankfurt, as of August 1st, up to four times weekly.

Galardo commented on this particular route, calling it a “key European market for our customers in Western Canada.” With Frankfurt being a major hub for fellow Star Alliance member Lufthansa, Canadians (mainly Calgarians) should have an easy time accessing Europe and the Eastern hemisphere with just one stop. “We are also considering additional routes as restrictions continue to loosen,” Mr. Galardo added.

Below are the routes, their frequencies, and their start dates. The right-side table lists routes already resumed at the time of this article’s publication:

Routes Air Canada
In addition to these routes, Air Canada continues to operate to several other destinations, including Brussels, Bogotá, Doha, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Photo: Air Canada

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The new route on the block

On top of the long list of route resumptions, there is one new offering: the service from Montreal to Cairo, Egypt, three times weekly.

For Air Canada, this route has been established to “serve the large Egyptian community established in Montreal and throughout North America.” But it’s not just Egyptian migrants in Canada that will benefit from the service. The new route also provides a direct gateway to Africa- mainly with fellow alliance member EgyptAir.

AC International Routes summer 2021
A visualization of the routes Air Canada has yet to resume. These will launch in the coming weeks. Photo:

Booking with confidence

While there is a great deal of anticipation and expectation that the Canadian government will soon open its borders up to vaccinated non-citizens and non-residents, there might still be some hesitation from travelers. Indeed, the delta variant has become a cause for concern in many parts of the world- with some countries experiencing significant waves at the moment.

With this in mind, Air Canada is reminding travelers of its refund policy, which offers customers the option of a full refund to the original form of payment. Alternatively, customers can request an Air Canada Travel Voucher or the equivalent value in Aeroplan Points with a 65% bonus, should the airline cancel or reschedule a flight by more than three hours.

Do you think you will find yourself on any of these routes in the coming months? Let us know by leaving a comment.