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Air Canada is planning on operating 100 percent of its summer 2019 transatlantic capacity next summer. This includes a new year-round route between Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) and Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) beginning 5x weekly in May on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with Signature Class, Premium Economy, and Economy Class cabins.
The Canadian carrier will operate 51 routes to 30 cities in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India in 2024. These include:
Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) to:
- Schiphol Amsterdam Airport (AMS) (daily service starts on March 30th)
- Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (ATH) (3x weekly in April; daily May to October)
- Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) (4x weekly in April; 5x weekly in May; 6x weekly June to October)
- Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) (6x weekly June to September)
- Copenhagen Airport (5x weekly starting in May)
- Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) (4x weekly in April; 5x weekly May to October)
- Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) (5x weekly beginning in May)
- Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) (daily from June to September)
- Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) (5x weekly from June to September)
- Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) (9x weekly from June to September)
- Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) (3x weekly from June to October)
Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to:
- Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (ATH) (4x weekly in April; daily May to October)
- Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) (5x weekly in April; daily May to October)
- Brussels Airport (BRU) (5x weekly starts on May 1st)
- Copenhagen Airport (daily May to September)
- Edinburgh Airport (EDI) (seasonal service operates March to January)
- Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) (daily April to October)
- London Heathrow Airport (4x weekly April to October)
- Manchester Airport (6x weekly June to September)
- Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) (12x weekly from May to September)
- Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) (4x weekly from June to October)
Mark Galardo, Executive Vice President of Revenue and Network Planning at Air Canada, said:
Air Canada saw a tremendous rebound in international flying this past summer, particularly on the trans-Atlantic, and we expect Europe will remain popular next year. In anticipation of this, we are expanding our flying schedule to offer customers more choice and flexibility as they begin to plan their 2024 holidays. The centrepiece of today’s announcement is our new Montreal–Madrid flight. This will be the only year-round service between Montreal and the Spanish capital, complementing our long-standing Toronto–Madrid flights, and offering compelling options for leisure customers and also returning business travellers.”
Anthony’s Take: This is an impressive list of destinations and frequencies from Canada. Air Canada is usually fairly easy to find award space through United and other Star Alliance carriers as well.
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