Air Canada prepares for a busy summer 2023 schedule
Air Canada shared details of its busy summer 2023 schedule this week. Canada’s flag carrier will ramp up services in the Atlantic and Pacific next year.
In addition to frequency increases across the network, there are some notable highlights when it comes to new services.
- Starting June 1, the carrier will fly its Boeing 787 Dreamliners year-round, five times a week, between Toronto and Brussels.
- As of June 1, the carrier will deploy its Airbus A330-300s year-round, 5 times a week, from Montreal to Toulouse.
- As of June 1, the operator will send its 787s five times a week between Montreal and Copenhagen for the summer season.
- Starting May 1, Air Canada’s 787s will operate daily flights year-round from Toronto to Tokyo Haneda.
- Beginning June 2, Dreamliners will begin flying between Vancouver and Osaka four times a week for the summer.
Photo: Vincenzo Pace | single flight
Mark Galardo, Air Canada’s senior vice president of network planning and revenue management, said his carrier is always committed to expanding sustainability around the world to meet passenger needs. In total, the airline is pleased to add three carefully considered European routes while restarting crucial inks to Japan and beyond. He also took the time to break down some of the frequency increases on the roadmap.
He shared the following in a company statement:
“Toronto-Brussels will complement our current services from Montreal, while expanding Air Canada’s reach to Europe and beyond through our Star Alliance partner, Brussels Airlines, which offers easy connections across the Europe and Africa. Meanwhile, our Montreal-Toulouse route not only connects two global aerospace centers, it is the only year-round service between North America and southwestern France. Scandinavia with the addition of a summer service from Montreal to Copenhagen, a Star Alliance hub that offers connections throughout Northern Europe, while allowing customers on both sides of the Atlantic to visit and explore each other’s countries conveniently. Our additional flights to major destinations in Europe, the Middle East, South America, the South Pacific and Asia, including London Heathrow, Frankfurt and Tokyo/Haneda, will support local tourism and hospitality sectors…”
The right track
Overall, it’s a much busier time for Air Canada after two years of a downturn due to the pandemic. The recovery season continues, particularly with key markets such as Japan easing entry requirements. The airline is joined by ITA Airways in announcing the addition of Tokyo Haneda to its network this week.
While the U.S. aviation market saw signs of recovery in early 2021, it took longer for the Canadian industry to regroup. Strict restrictions remained in place. Yet, in the current climate of easing conditions, Canada’s airports are experiencing a lot of activity.
In addition, Transport Canada has worked to reduce wait times and delays at Canadian airports. He announced this week that 99% of flights scheduled for Canada’s four major airports had not been canceled last week, up from 95% for the first week of July. In addition, 91% of flights departed on time or within the time of their scheduled departure, compared to 75% previously. Air Canada will be delighted with this model as it expects a lot of passengers in this next chapter.
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- Full service carrier
- Calgary International Airport, Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport
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- star alliance
- Michael Rousseau