On September 28, Air Canada announced a slew of new non-stop flights from Toronto and Montreal. Besides a new route between Montreal and Lisbon, Air Canada will add Bucharest, Zagreb, and Porto to its global network. The airline will also transfer the Montreal to Casablanca route from Air Canada Rouge, its low-cost subsidiary, to the main Air Canada brand. In addition, Air Canada will start flying between Buenos Aires and Toronto non-stop, cutting out the current stop in Santiago. Service from Toronto to Santiago will still be continued, however, and the Montreal-Lima route will be extended to year round service. These changes will be made in time for the 2018 summer season.

“Today’s announcement further solidifies Air Canada’s position as a leading global carrier. With these new services, Air Canada becomes the only North American airline flying to Romania and we are not offering the most weekly seats and frequencies from Canada to Portugal and Croatia. Moreover, with our modernized fleet we are able to enhance our existing services by deploying our Boeing 787 Dreamliner on a new non-stop route to Buenos Aires,” said Benjamin Smith, President of Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “Together, these new and enhanced services will provide customers greater comfort and choice, as well as the ability to conveniently connect onward through our extensive North American and international network on North America’s Best Airline as rated by Skytrax.”

A depiction of Air Canada’s 737MAX, which will operate certain new routes as part of their expansion. Credits: Boeing

Air Canada has already started planning for an ambitious summer in 2018. Routes already introduced for next year include Vancouver to Paris, Vancouver to Zurich, Toronto to Shannon, Montreal to Tokyo-Narita, and Montreal to Dublin. Routes from Vancouver to Delhi, London, Melbourne, Paris, and Zurich will be served using new Air Canada 737s once new planes are delivered.

Air Canada will launch Vancouver to Melbourne service in December 2017.

Tickets for the newest wave of services are now on sale. Many of the routes have special all-inclusive round-trip introductory prices. Some examples include: $622 for Montreal-Lima; $799 for Toronto-Porto and Montreal-Lisbon; $899 for Bucharest-Toronto/Montreal and Zagreb-Toronto; and $1228 for Toronto-Buenos Aires.

Flight Schedules

AC1968*
Departs Toronto 16:55
Arrives Zagreb 7:30 +1 day
Route served between June 2 and October 6, 2018 on Tues., Wed., Thurs., Sat.

AC1969*
Departs Zagreb 9:15
Arrives Toronto 12:40
Route served between June 3 and October 7, 2018 on Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sun.

AC1964*
Departs Toronto 16:50
Arrives Bucharest 9:15 + 1 day
Route served between June 9 and October 6, 2018 on Tue., Sat.

AC1965*
Departs Bucharest 11:30
Arrives Toronto 14:45
Route served between June 10 and October 7, 2018 on Wed., Sun.

AC1928*
Departs Montreal 17:20
Arrives Bucharest 9:15 +1 day
Route served between June 7 and October 4, 2018 on Mon., Thurs.

AC1929*
Departs Bucharest 11:30
Arrives Montreal 14:05
Route served between June 8 and October 5, 2018 on Tues., Fri.

AC1958
Departs Toronto 22:50
Arrives Porto 10:50 +1 day
Route served between June 8 and October 26, 2018 on Mon., Wed., Fri., Sun.

AC1959
Departs Porto 12:20
Arrives Toronto 15:20
Route served between June 9 and October 27, 2018 on Mon., Tues., Thurs., Sat.

AC1960
Departs Montreal 20:45
Arrives Lisbon 8:10 +1 day
Route served between June 15 and October 26, 2018 on Wed., Fri., Sun.

AC1961
Departs Lisbon 9:45
Arrives Montreal 12:10
Route served between June 16 and October 27, 2018 on Mon., Thurs., Sat.

*Zagreb and Bucharest flights are being sold subject to government approval

Featured image from Wikimedia Commons

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