For summer 2023, Air Canada will launch new service between Montreal and Fort McMurray, and will increase frequencies on the Toronto-Kelowna, Winnipeg-Toronto and Montreal-Vancouver routes.
On Tuesday (December 6, 2022), Air Canada announced that for summer 2023 they will offer new and restored services, and increased frequencies on select routes. The carrier is launching new nonstop service between Montreal and Fort McMurray, and will increase frequencies on their Toronto-Kelowna, Winnipeg-Toronto and Montreal-Vancouver routes. In total, Air Canada will offer over 600 daily flights on 97 routes to 51 destinations in Canada for summer 2023, more than any other airline.
In Tuesday’s announcement, Air Canada’s SVP – Network Planning and Revenue Management, Mark Galardo, said,
“As the country's flag carrier, Air Canada's increased Canadian summer schedule further reinforces our role in providing critical connectivity to Canadians coast-to-coast. Our new Montreal-Fort McMurray service brings easier access from eastern Canada to one of the critical economic hubs of Alberta. And with the prudent restoration of suspended routes and increased frequencies on others, we are improving our customers' options for domestic travel. We are looking forward to an exceptional summer, with service on 97 domestic routes to 51 Canadian airports, making us the largest Canadian carrier, with the most seats and capacity available for travellers.
“Furthermore, we've built our Canadian summer schedule to synchronize with our recently announced summer international schedule, facilitating connectivity through our hubs for our customers, whether they're traveling within Canada, across the border to the US, or to our many destinations worldwide.”
The new Montreal-Fort McMurray service will operate year-round three times weekly from June 20, 2023. The route will be operated by Air Canada Rouge with a 136-seat Airbus A319 in a Premium Rouge and Economy Class configuration. With the new Montreal and existing Toronto service, Air Canada will be the only airline offering direct connections between Fort McMurray and both Quebec and Ontario.
The carrier will also resume several seasonal routes and one previously suspended route, including daily Gander-Toronto service form June 1st, London Ontario-Montreal flights from June 17th, four weekly flights between Fort McMurray and Toronto from May 1st, and three weekly flights between Calgary and Quebec City starting June 19, 2023. Additionally, Air Canada will operate daily widebody service on their Ottawa-Vancouver route, while also offering multiple options to popular leisure destinations such as Kelowna and Victoria from their three main hubs.
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: Air Canada/CNW Telbec