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Air Canada Announces Summer 2020 Schedule With Nearly 100 Domestic, US and International Routes

Updated: May 25, 2020

ir Canada announced on Friday their new summer 2020 schedule which includes nearly 100 Canadian, U.S. and International destinations. The carrier is also offering fully-transferable vouchers and a 65% Aeroplan Miles bonus starting June 1st, 2020.

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner - Courtesy Air Canada

On Friday (May 22, 2020), Air Canada announced a new summer 2020 schedule that includes nearly 100 Canadian, U.S. and international destinations as well as a new biosecurity program called Air Canada CleanCare+. Additionally, guests will now be offered fully transferable vouchers or Aeroplan Miles with a 65% bonus from June 1st, 2020. Air Canada’s summer 2020 schedule includes 97 destinations (down from 220 in summer 2019) with service progressively increasing from 34 routes in May to 58 routes in June and additional destinations in August and September. The airline’s schedule has been updated through July and includes resumption of some services to the U.S., Caribbean, South America, Europe and Pacific markets. In Friday’s announcement, Air Canada’s EVP and Chief Commercial Officer, Lucie Guillemette said in part,

“Air Canada has put in place an abridged summer schedule offering a choice of nearly 100 destinations across Canada, in the U.S. and internationally. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, during which as much as 95 percent of our flights stopped operating and which has left us flying to less than half last year’s destinations, our customers are expressing their eagerness to travel, where it is safe to do so. We are accordingly gradually opening for sale flights for the summer and beyond as we rebuild our network, leveraging our strong position as a global airline. Air Canada is ready for take-off, and we look forward to welcoming our customers onboard.”

Air Canada will resume transborder service to the U.S. with the relaunch of six destinations between May 22-25, including New York (LGA), Washington-Dulles (IAD), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Boston (BOS) and Chicago (ORD). The carrier plans to add more U.S. gateways from June 22, 2020, pending regulatory changes and passenger demand. In June, Air Canada will operate international flights from its major hubs. From Toronto, the carrier will resume service to Frankfurt, London, Zurich, Tokyo and Tel Aviv. Air Canada will also resume frights from Montreal to Frankfurt, London, Paris and Brussels and from Vancouver to London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul.

Air Canada has refunded nearly $1 billion to customers for cancelled flights since January 1, 2020. For increased flexibility, new bookings made up to June 30, 2020, for travel until June 30, 2021, can be changed without fees. Additionally, the carrier announced a new policy which provides two new options for Air Canada guests who have booked either refundable or non-refundable tickets. For the first option, guests will receive an Air Canada Travel Voucher for the remaining value of their ticket that never expires, is fully transferable and retains any residual value. The second option allows guests to convert the remaining value of their ticket into Aeroplan Miles, with a 65% bonus over the normal miles purchase rate.

Source: Air Canada

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