Air Canada has unveiled plans to increase
flights from Vancouver (YVR), with Delhi flights becoming a daily year-round service starting 2 June
Melbourne service will grow to four times per week year-round, and the summer
seasonal service to Zurich will increase to five flights per week.
YVR-Osaka (Kansai) flights will operate five times per week from
June to October next summer.
All flights will be operated with Air Canada's
flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
"We are pleased
to increase our capacity to these important markets as we continue
to strategically broaden our international network from our
Vancouver hub," said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at
Air Canada. "Customers have responded positively to our
increasing service to Delhi and this flight will now operate daily
on a year-round basis to meet demand. The addition of a fourth
weekly flight to Melbourne, Australia's second largest city,
year-round will provide further convenience to business and
leisure travellers between North America and Australia, offering
seamless connections thanks to the in-transit preclearance
facilities at YVR. With Dreamliner service to Osaka and increased
frequencies to Zurich, we are further strengthening our convenient
network to European and Asian markets from YVR, reflecting demand
between Canada and these destinations in the busy summer travel
All routes are timed to optimize
connectivity at Air Canada's Vancouver hub to and from the
airline's extensive network across North America. The Australia
flights are timed to connect to and from Adelaide, Canberra, Perth
and to Tasmania with codeshare partner Virgin Australia.
Additionally, Air Canada's Vancouver-Zurich flights will connect
to and from destinations in Europe and Africa.
"It's fantastic to see Air Canada continuing to
build out its hub and global network from YVRóespecially with the
incredible Dreamliner. Since the beginning of 2017 alone, Air
Canada has launched five international destinations and four new
U.S. destinations at YVR," said Craig Richmond, President and CEO,
Vancouver Airport Authority. "The increased flights to Delhi, Melbourne and Zurich speaks to the continued strength of YVR's
market and our goal to connect B.C. proudly to the world."
To date this year, Air
Canada has launched new services from its Vancouver hub to: Melbourne
(extended to year-round), Paris (summer seasonal), Zurich (summer
seasonal), Sacramento (year-round) and will launch new services to
Lihue, Hawaii (seasonal) beginning 15 December 2018.
This summer, Air
Canada operated an average of 185 daily flights representing up to
23,500 available seats departing YVR every day.