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Kamloops airport to get non-stop flights to Toronto

Air Canada will be offering direct flights from Kamloops to Toronto starting Spring 2018

Passengers flying out of Kamloops will soon be able to fly direct to Canada’s largest city.
Starting in the spring of 2018, Air Canada Rouge will be offering non-stop flights from Kamloops to Toronto.    The initial schedule has the two daily flights running three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
“It’s an opportunity for us to roll out our welcome mat and showcase Kamloops as an exciting destination,” said Heather McCarley, managing director of Kamloops Airport.   “It opens up our region to travellers who are coming from all corners of Canada and around the world.”
McCarley says getting the flights has taken months of planning for the airport and for Tourism Kamloops and Tourism Sun Peaks.   “We’re already getting a fair number of visitors from Ontario so this represents an opportunity to make it a more convenient way to get here,” said Sun Peak Tourism president and CEO Arlene Schieven.
Both Kamloops and Sun Peaks tourism associations see these flights as a chance to grow the number of visitors coming from not only Ontario, but around the world.
Air Canada also announced expanded service between Montreal and Victoria as well as between Toronto and Nanaimo.
It will pilot the new flights from June 2018 through October 2018.


YVR Celebrates First Non-Stop Service to Melbourne in Canada


Air Canada launches new direct flights to MelbourneOrlando and Yellowknife

RICHMOND, BCDec. 1, 2017 /CNW/ – Today, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) celebrated the inaugural flight of Air Canada’s new route between YVR and Melbourne Airport (MEL), marking the first ever direct, non-stop flight from Canada to this Australian city.   The new route offers a seasonal four-time weekly service until February 4, 2018 and then will begin year-round service in June 2018.    In addition to the new Melbourne service, Air Canada will also be launching new routes to Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Yellowknife Airport (YZF) in the month of December.    All flights are strategically timed to connect with Air Canada’s domestic and international schedule at YVR.
“We have a lot to celebrate at YVR this month.    With the new Air Canada services to MelbourneOrlando and Yellowknife in December, passengers have even more travel options this winter season,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority.    “We are also thrilled that Air Canada has announced year-round service to Melbourne, prior to the start of the seasonal service.    This is an incredible achievement for our airline partner and showcases Air Canada’s commitment to growing their transpacific hub at YVR.”
With existing services to Sydney and Brisbane, this new Melbourne service is Air Canada’s third route to Australia from YVR.    The YVR-MEL route operates on an Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with seat capacity for 298 passengers.    The new service creates 60 new jobs at the airport and contributes $4.7 million to B.C.’s GDP.
“We are delighted to welcome customers onboard our flights to Melbourne, our newest destination in Australia.  Our seasonal service will be of particular interest to Australians travelling for a Canadian winter vacation and North Americans travelling to enjoy Australia’s summer season.    The launch of year-round service next June will provide additional options for business and leisure travellers between our two continents,” said Benjamin Smith, President – Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.    “Our Melbourne flights complement our daily flights from Canada to Sydney and to Brisbane, solidifying our market-leading position as the airline providing the most service between Canada and Australia.    The seamless connections through in-transit pre-clearance facilities, combined with our extensive domestic Canada and U.S. network at our Vancouver hub, positions YVR to be the preferred transpacific gateway for business and leisure travellers travelling between North America and Australia.”
Operated by Air Canada Rouge on a Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft, the YVR-MCO route can accommodate 279 passengers and will create almost 40 new jobs as well as contribute $2.7 million in GDP.    The YVR-YZF route will use a Bombardier CRJ 705-900 aircraft, with seat capacity for 75 passengers.
In addition to these three new services, Air Canada introduced service to Dallas in February, Denver in May and increased service to Los Angeles and San Jose to six and three times daily respectively.    In the summer, Air Canada also launched the following international routes out of YVR: TaipeiNagoyaFrankfurt and London Gatwick.
Air Canada’s significant growth at YVR is made possible thanks to YVR’s five-year rates and charges program, ConnectYVR.   The program provides a highly competitive rate structure and includes airline rates lower than any other major airport in Canada and competing U.S. airports.

Air Canada to Launch New Domestic Routes for Summer 2018

Non-stop Air Canada Rouge seasonal services start in June from MontrealVictoriaTorontoNanaimo and TorontoKamloops


MONTREALDec. 1, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced new non-stop, seasonal services will begin next June from Toronto to Nanaimo and to Kamloops, and Montreal to Victoria, British Columbia.     All new flights are now available for purchase at and through Travel Agents.
“We are strategically expanding our domestic network with our flexible fleet, products and services to capitalize on the growing seasonal demand to and from Vancouver Island and the Thompson Okanagan areas during the peak summer travel period,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.    “We are pleased to offer vacation travellers to and from VictoriaNanaimo and Kamloops the convenience of non-stop Toronto and Montreal flights, where customers also have unparalleled access to our far-reaching North American and global network.”
The Hon. Lisa Beare, BC Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture stated, “Air Canada’s additional flights to VictoriaNanaimo and Kamloops reflect the rising popularity of Vancouver Island and the Thompson-Okanagan as tourism destinations.    I’m excited by Air Canada’s extension of service to our province.    This investment will make it easier for Canadians to visit these beautiful regions of BC, and further enhance connections between British Columbia and Central Canada.”
Today’s new routes complement Air Canada’s North American transborder expansion announcement of six new routes earlier this week, and its previously announced new non-stop international services beginning 2018: VancouverParisVancouverZurichVancouverMelbourne, originally planned as winter seasonal now operating year-round starting June; Toronto-Shannon, TorontoZagrebTorontoPortoTorontoBucharestTorontoBuenos AiresMontrealTokyoNaritaMontrealDublinMontrealBucharest; and MontrealLisbon.
All flights are timed to connect conveniently with Air Canada’s global schedule, and provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at mainline airports, priority boarding and other benefits.

Begins June 21 until Oct. 8


AC1975 departs
Toronto at 9:30 a.m.

AC1974 departs
Nanaimo at 12:15 p.m.

Air Canada Rouge 136-seat A319, Premium and Economy class

Begins June 22 until Oct. 9


AC1977 departs
Toronto at 9:45 a.m.

AC1976 departs
Kamloops at 12:15 p.m.

Air Canada Rouge 136-seat A319, Premium and Economy class

Begins June 22 until Oct. 9


AC1685 departs
Montreal at 7:45 a.m.

AC1684 departs
Victoria at 11:05 a.m.

Air Canada Rouge 136-seat A319, Premium and Economy class