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Mon, 15 Oct 2018

Air Canada to Increase International Flights from Vancouver

Air Canada has unveiled plans to increase flights from Vancouver (YVR), with Delhi flights becoming a daily year-round service starting 2 June 2019.

The non-stop 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.

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 reg: CFNOG. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

"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 season."

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 YVR—especially 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.

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