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Air Canada Resumes Service Between Miami and Vancouver for the First Time in 18 Years

On Saturday, December 17, 2022, Air Canada restarted the route between Miami and Vancouver for the first time in 18 years. The service will operate three times weekly with a Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft.

The inaugural cake and traditional Nanaimo bars from the Vancouver area – Courtesy Miami International Airport

On Monday (December 19, 2022), Miami International Airport (MIA) announced the relaunch of Air Canada’s service between Miami and Vancouver for the first time in 18 years, with the inaugural flight departing on Saturday, December 17, 2022. Prior to departure, officials from Miami-Dade County and Air Canada held a route launch celebration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and refreshments for the inaugural passengers. Air Canada last operated the Miami-Vancouver route in 2004, which will once again be MIA’s longest North American route and nonstop flight to its largest unserved market in North America.

The route will be operated three times weekly with a 169-passenger Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft. Vancouver will become MIA’s third Canadian destination, complementing existing service to Montreal and Toronto. Guests traveling with Air Canada to Vancouver will also enjoy convenient one-stop connections to long-haul destinations such as Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. During 2019, Vancouver generated approximately 132,000 connecting passengers to the South Florida area. Prior to the pandemic, Canada was also MIA’s eighth busiest international market with over 860,000 passengers annually.

Cutting the ribbon before Air Canada’s inaugural Miami-Vancouver departure, from left: David Whitaker, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO; Vincent Gauthier-Doré, Sr. Director of Sales, Air Canada; Ivan Barrios, World Trade Center Miami CEO; Tomas Alcala, Governmental & Community Manager, Office of Mayor Daniella Levine Cava; Ralph Cutié, MIA Director and CEO; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Kevin Marino Cabrera; and Jean-Pierre Hamel, Senior Trade Commissioner, Consul General of Canada in Miami – Courtesy Miami International Airport

With the addition of Vancouver, MIA now offers nonstop service to 176 destinations, nine more than the pre-pandemic period in December 2019. Having already matched 2019 passenger levels, with 46 million passengers, MIA is on target to reach a new record for 2022 with 50 million passengers.

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline. The Canadian flag carrier is a founding member of the Star Alliance and the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service to 50 airports in Canada, 47 in the U.S. and 69 internationally. Through the carrier’s Aeroplan loyalty program, customers can earn and redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines. Air Canada Cargo offers air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents with a dedicated fleet of 767-300 Freighters and passenger aircraft belly hold capacity. Additionally, the airline has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.

Source(s): Miami International Airport, Air Canada


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