Sunwing customers can discover the best of South America in San AndrĂ©s, now available to book in Canada

Vacationers can enjoy laidback Colombian getaways with Decameron this winter

TORONTO, Aug. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This winter, Sunwing is inviting Canadians to discover San AndrĂ©s, a brand-new destination for the tour operator offering vacationers the quintessential island paradise off the coast of Nicaragua in the Caribbean Sea. Available to book now, San AndrĂ©s is well-known to travellers in Colombia for its rich culture, white-sand beaches, coconut palms, year-round summer weather and some of the best diving conditions in the world, with easy access to restaurants and bars in town for local flavour.

Plus, Canadian customers can now enjoy the full all inclusive vacation experience in San AndrĂ©s with Decameron All Inclusive Hotels & Resorts, the only resort brand offered through Sunwing on the island with six properties within minutes of the Caribbean Sea, downtown San AndrĂ©s and the airport.

“To continue offering Canadians more opportunities to vacation to paradise under our wing, we’re thrilled to be adding more diverse destinations to our lineup that our customers can book this winter, including San AndrĂ©s in Colombia,” says Lyne Chayer, General Manager, Sunwing Vacations QuĂ©bec. “With beautiful beaches, natural cays that are great for diving and snorkelling, sunny skies and welcoming people, plus access to six Decameron properties offering an intimate resort getaway, we’re excited for our customers to experience the richness of Colombia in this beach destination this winter, and share in our love of San AndrĂ©s.”

With multiple cays, sandbanks and greenspace to explore, San AndrĂ©s is a hub for nature lovers. Sunseekers can discover the popular shores of Playa Spratt Bight, while ocean lovers will find a true paradise for underwater adventures in the “Sea of Seven Colours” with nearly 40 diving sites and well-preserved coral reefs. Plus, Botanic Gardens is a sprawling space in the island’s centre where the vegetation dates back to the dinosaur era.

San Andrés is also home to an incredible multicultural community blending Anglo-Caribbean Raizal and Colombian cultures with local restaurants, bars and boutique shops with authentic Colombian keepsakes.

As an untouched paradise and exciting new ground for Sunwing customers, travellers can book their getaways at six Decameron properties on the island, including Decameron MarazulDecameron MarylandDecameron AquariumDecameron San LuisDecameron Los Delfines and Decameron Isleno, ideal choices for the ultimate laidback escape.

Customers can expect the same variety of amenities and services with Decameron in San AndrĂ©s that the brand is known for in the other popular destinations it serves, including Mexico, Jamaica and Panama. Families can soak up the sun by the pool or the beach or adventure the seas together during resort-offered water sport activities like kayaking, windsurfing and snorkelling, plus mini scuba diving courses in the pool. Couples can find their zen with soothing face and body treatments at the spa on property or relax by the beach bar with a drink in hand, while groups will love the variety of dining options and ĂĄ la carte restaurants with international favourites, revel in day-to-night entertainment or take advantage of modern accommodations that suit their group’s needs.

Sunwing customers can book San Andrés today for travel starting December 14, 2022 with a direct flight from Montréal on Wednesdays, with the potential to add more for the winter season as customer demand evolves.

For even more peace of mind, customers can purchase one of Sunwing’s comprehensive travel coverage options ahead of their winter getaways.

About Sunwing

The largest integrated travel company in North America, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from airports across Canada to popular sun destinations across the U.S.A., Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. This scale enables Sunwing to offer customers exclusive deals at top-rated resorts in the most popular vacation destinations as well as cruise packages and seasonal domestic flight service. Sunwing customers benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey. The company supports the communities where it operates through the Sunwing Foundation, a charitable initiative focused on the support and development of youth and humanitarian aid.

Greater Toronto Airport Authority Reports 2022 Second Quarter Results

TORONTO, Aug. 10, 2022 /CNW/ – The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (“GTAA”) today reported its financial and operating results for the three- and six-months ended June 30, 2022.  Passenger activity increased by 8.3 million or 780.4 per cent and by 12.5 million or 584.1 per cent during the second quarter of 2022 and the first six months of 2022, respectively, when compared to the same periods of 2021.  Passenger activity increased given the easing of pandemic-related travel restrictions and pent-up travel demand compared to the same period of 2021.  Nevertheless, all measures of operating activity continue to be well below 2019 levels due to the impact of the pandemic on the GTAA and the global aviation industry in general.

The second quarter of 2022 saw the continued easing of the pandemic and associated travel restrictions, and the resultant increase in travel volume.  However, ongoing staffing challenges, health measures (vaccination mandates, airport testing, which were in place until mid-June 2022) and other changes to procedures had broad impacts on the whole aviation sector, including: the airlines and their service providers in the provision of timely departures and baggage return; the government agencies providing border security and customs services; and NavCanada, the country’s air navigation operator. Airports, the Government of Canada and the airline industry have been working to address these various transitory challenges collectively.

“Our second quarter results reflect a growing desire on the part of the public to travel by air and connect with the people and places they love after a very long two years,” said Deborah Flint, President and CEO, GTAA. “Wait times continue to improve, but we’re not where we need to be yet. It is imperative that industry and government continue to collaborate to solve the acute issues the aviation system is facing. We must also seize the opportunity in these challenges to make changes that will benefit our valued passengers in the longer term by continuing to digitize our border and the country’s airports for a smoother and more predictable travel experience.”

Passenger activity through Toronto Pearson and resultant revenues increased during the second quarter of 2022 and the first six months of 2022, when compared to the same periods of 2021, due to the easing of the pandemic and travel restrictions, and pent-up travel demand, although the number of passenger and flight activity remains significantly lower, when compared to the same periods in 2019. 

Earnings before interest and financing costs and amortization (“EBITDA”) increased significantly during the second quarter of 2022 and the first six months of 2022, when compared to the same periods of 2021, due to a large increase in operating activity and revenues and the prudent management of operating costs.  Net income during the second quarter of 2022 and the first six months of 2022 increased by $252.0 million to $51.5 million, as compared to the net losses of the same periods of 2021, due to the same reasons above. 

Free cash flow increased during the second quarter of 2022 and the first six months of 2022 by $188.5 million to $77.1 million and by $259.6 million to $110.6 million, respectively, when compared to the same periods of 2021, primarily driven by the significant increase in revenues over the increase in costs.

As a result of COVID-19, potential new variants and changing travel restrictions in place in Canada and around the world, together with the staffing and other challenges faced by the global aviation industry, there remains limited accurate visibility on the future of travel demand.  The GTAA cannot accurately predict the timing of a full recovery.  Management continues to analyze the extent of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has diminished. While the full duration and scope of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be known at this time, in the long-term the GTAA believes that full recovery will be achieved, and the pandemic will not have a material impact on the long-term financial sustainability of the Airport.

The GTAA’s June 30, 2022 financial results are discussed in more detail in the GTAA’s Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis, each for the three- and six-months ended June 30, 2022, which are available at www.torontopearson.com.

About the Greater Toronto Airports Authority

The GTAA is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport.

ADM AĂ©roports de MontrĂ©al Announces its Financial Results at June 30, 2022

MONTREAL, Aug. 9, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – ADM AĂ©roports de MontrĂ©al today announced its consolidated operating results for the six months ended June 30, 2022. These results are accompanied by passenger traffic data for YUL, MontrĂ©al-Trudeau International Airport.

Highlights

  • Passenger traffic at YUL totalled 4.0 million in the second quarter of 2022, up 739.8% from 2021, or 79.7% of the traffic in the corresponding period of 2019. Growth was sustained throughout the quarter, with 72.1% of 2019 traffic levels in April, 79.3% in May, and 86.4% in June. There was a marked recovery in the international sector with 84.0% of 2019 traffic levels in the second quarter. For the first six months of 2022, passenger traffic stood at 6.2 million, up 584.0% from 2021.
  • EBITDA (the excess of revenues over expenses before financial expenses, income taxes, depreciation and impairment and share in the results of a joint venture, see the “Non-GAAP Measures” section for more information) was $81.9 million for the second quarter under review, an increase of $82.6 million over negative EBITDA of $0.7 million for the same period in 2021. For the six months ended June 30, 2022, EBITDA was $116.9 million, an increase of $128.4 million over negative EBITDA of $11.5 million for the first six months of 2021.
  • Capital investments were $40.2 million in the second quarter of 2022, compared with $12.5 million in the corresponding period of 2021. During this period, the airport program, still being limited to essential projects, totalled $33.6 million ($6.6 million in 2021) while the amount invested, net of subsidy, in the airport’s REM station was $6.6 million ($5.9 million in 2021). Capital investments in the first half of 2022 amounted to $56.2 million ($30.3 million in 2021), including $44.5 million for the airport program ($22.9 million in 2021) and $11.7 million ($7.4 million in 2021), net of subsidy, for the airport’s REM station. Transport Canada’s contribution towards the airport’s REM station project totalled $6.1 million (nil in 2021) for the quarter under review and $16.2 million (nil in 2021) for the six-month period of 2022. Investments at YUL and YMX in 2022 were funded by cashflows from operations.

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“We are very pleased to once again be welcoming a large number of passengers to YUL and to be part of the very strong recovery in aviation activity that is taking place around the world as traffic results bring us closer and closer to the data recorded in 2019. However, this dramatic increase, combined with a well-known labour shortage, created its own set of challenges during the month of June. ADM AĂ©roports de MontrĂ©al remains optimistic that the measures put forward in the industry will allow airports nationally and internationally to return to some balance in the coming weeks. We would like to thank our passengers for their great patience in the face of these exceptional circumstances. I would also like to recognize the resilience and efforts of the airport community’s employees in this difficult environment,” said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of ADM.

Financial results

Consolidated revenues were $158.1 million for the second quarter of 2022, up $113.9 million, or 257.4%, from the same period in 2021. For the first six months of 2022, revenues were $260.9 million, an increase of $177.6 million, or 213.1%, compared to the same period in 2021. These positive results are directly related to the significant recovery in passenger traffic that began in earnest at the end of the first quarter of 2022.

Operating expenses for the quarter under review were $48.9 million, an increase of $16.8 million, or 52.4%, over the same quarter a year ago. For the six months ended June 30, 2022, operating expenses increased by $27.0 million, or 39.2%, climbing from $68.9 million to $95.9 million. This variance in operating expenses is primarily related to the increase in operational expenses for passenger due to the sustained recovery of operations since the spring of 2022, and to the decrease in wage subsidies. ADM met the eligibility criteria of the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program until March 2022, while it took qualified for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program for the entire year 2021.

Transfers to governments (payments in lieu of taxes to municipalities (“PILT”) and rent to Transport Canada) were $27.3 million for the quarter under review, an increase of $14.5 million compared to the previous year, and represent 17.3% of ADM’s revenues (28.9% in 2021).  For the first six months of 2022, transfers totalled $48.1 million, an increase of $22.2 million compared with the same period in 2021, and represented 18.4% of ADM’s total revenues (31.1% in 2021).

Depreciation and impairment of property and equipment and right-of-use assets decreased slightly to $38.8 million in the second quarter of 2022, down $2.5 million, or 5.8%, compared from the same period in 2021. As of June 30, 2022, these expenses decreased by $3.7 million, or 4.5%, totalling
$78.0 million.

Net financial expenses totalled $31.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, down by $1.2 million, or 4.0%, compared with the same period in 2021. Cumulative net financial expenses as at June 30, 2022 totalled $63.3 million compared to $65.3 million for 2021, down $2.0 million, or 3.2%, from the same period in 2021. This variance is primarily due to consent fees incurred in the first quarter of 2021 as well as higher interest income on surplus cash, partially offset by interest expense related to the Series S Bonds issued in April 2021.

For the three months ended June 30, 2022, the excess of revenues over expenses was $11.3 million compared to a deficiency of revenues over expenses of $74.5 million for the same period in 2021, an increase of $85.8 million, or 115.2%. As at June 30, 2022, the deficiency of revenues over expenses was $24.3 million, an improvement of $133.7 million, or 84.6%, over the same period in 2021.

Financial situation

ADM’s net debt at June 30, 2022 remained stable at $2.45 billion compared to December 31, 2021; see the “Non-GAAP Measures” section for more information.

In March 2021, ADM obtained the consent of the bondholders to amend the Master Trust Indenture, thereby allowing ADM to be temporarily released from its obligations to comply with or satisfy the requirements of certain covenants in the Master Trust Indenture for the years 2021 and 2022. This waiver was requested due to the uncertainty surrounding the duration of the significant decline in passenger traffic and air movements resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Passenger traffic

For the second quarter of 2022, traffic at YUL totalled 4.0 million passengers, an increase of 739.8% over the same period in 2021. International traffic increased by 1,050.0%, transborder (U.S.) grew by 1,394.8%, while domestic traffic recorded an increase of 433.5% over the second quarter of 2021.

For the quarter under review, passenger traffic at YUL reached 79.7% of the 2019 traffic level: 84.0% international, 75.8% transborder and 77.3% domestic.

Passenger traffic in the first six months of 2022 represented 64.3% of the traffic in the corresponding period of 2019: 66.0% international, 59.6% transborder and 65.5% domestic.

Sustainability at ADM

During this quarter, ADM implemented the following initiatives in its continued commitment to sustainability:

  • An audit of the environmental management system (EMS) for YUL and YMX operations by an independent firm, during which zero non-conformities were identified, will have resulted in ADM’s ISO 14001 recertification. This recertification is valid for a period of three years and a maintenance audit is planned for 2023 and 2024.
  • A call for tenders for taxi licenses led to a greening of the fleet serving YUL. It is currently composed of 97 100% electric vehicles, 153 plug-in hybrids or non plug-in hybrids, and 125 minivans, 10 of which are green vehicles and 25 of which are taxis adapted for customers with reduced mobility.
  • Two major awards were won in the BOMA QuĂ©bec Building Energy Challenge (BEC). ADM won the Platinum category in the GHG Target Achievement Award, where building GHG emissions in 2021 were compared to those in 2018. For YUL, a 34% reduction was achieved. It also won the award in the Improved Energy Performance – Consumer Services Category, thanks to efforts that resulted in a 23% improvement over 2018.

More details in ADM’s Press Release.

To learn more about ADM’s actions, visit its Sustainability Indicators platform or consult its 2021 Annual Report, which presents its first-ever Sustainability Report based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards.

About Aéroports de Montréal

ADM AĂ©roports de MontrĂ©al is the airport authority for the Greater MontrĂ©al area responsible for the management, operation and development of YUL MontrĂ©al-Trudeau International Airport, certified 4 stars under the Skytrax World Airport Star Rating, and of YMX International Aerocity if Mirabel.

YVR path to recovery continues as airport reaches 10 million passenger mark

  • On Aug 5, YVR welcomed its 10 millionth passenger through the terminal in 2022
  • Sunday, August 21 is set to be the airport’s busiest day since March 2020

MUSQUEAM TERRITORY, RICHMOND, BC, Aug. 8, 2022 /CNW/ – As the global aviation community re-builds from the impact of the pandemic, YVR reached an important milestone on August 5 as the airport hit the 10 million passenger mark year-to-date. And later this month YVR will also see its busiest single day of operations since the pandemic began, when over 70,130 passengers are expected to travel through the airport on Sunday, August 21.

“This is an important moment in our recovery. Our ability to welcome over 10 million passengers so far this year is due to the hard work of our staff, airlines, government, partners and the airport community at large. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 20,000 people who work at our airport for their dedication to serving our passengers over the past several months. Their efforts have been an essential element of our recovery,” said Tamara Vrooman, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “However, there is still considerable work to be done to ensure the stability of the overall aviation sector. But after only seeing approximately 2 million passengers at this same point last year, it is very encouraging that we are able to continue to build back while avoiding many of the security and major operational delays impacting passengers around the world.”

Over the past few months airlines have made important decisions to continue to invest in service restoration and expansion at YVR, including Air Canada launching Austin and announcing new service to Bangkok and Miami commencing this winter.

Going forward the operational impact of the pandemic on aviation is akin to the virus itself – it is still very unpredictable. YVR will continue to work closely with all industry stakeholders as passenger numbers continue to increase, and we remind travellers to please remain current on government travel policy requirements.

More information to help travellers prepare for their next trip through YVR, including travel measures and top tips, is available at yvr.ca/travelplanning.

Key Airport Statistics

For the week of Aug 8-14, YVR is expected to welcome an average of 67,000 passengers per day for a total of 473,036, connecting these travellers to 95 destinations across Canada and the world.

Within the week, Sunday, August 14 and Thursday, August 11 will be the busiest travel days with 69,273 and 68, 819 passengers expected, respectively. To put this in perspective, YVR welcomed an average of 31,538 passengers daily this time last year (2021) and 82,297 pre-pandemic (2019).

Daily passenger numbers through the week, including by segment, are outlined in “The week ahead at YVR” section below. 

Latest highlights at YVR include:

  • Skip the wait and pre-order food and beverage online with the recently launched YVR Order Now program
  • Driving to the airport? Passengers can reserve their spot online and save on the price by booking on yvr.ca/parking.
  • Airline updates :
    • Cathay Pacific increases service to Hong Kong from 2x to 4x/week
    • Japan Airlines increasing service to Narita from 4x to 5x/week
    • China Airlines increasing service to Taipei from 2x to 3x/week

The week ahead at YVR
Travel forecasts for the week of Aug 8-14, 2022*

473,036 Total Passengers

  • 237,139 Arrivals
    • 123,180 Domestic
    • 61,765 U.S.
    • 52,194 International
  • 235,897 Departures
    • 126,365 Domestic
    • 59,685 U.S.
    • 49,847 International

Daily

  • Monday : 67,527
  • Tuesday : 66,965
  • Wednesday : 68,040
  • Thursday : 68,819
  • Friday : 66,538
  • Saturday : 65,874
  • Sunday : 69,273

6-7 a.m. / 10-12 p.m. / 3-4p.m.
Peak times for check-in and security screening.

95 destinations served
Across Canada and worldwide

Current travel reminders include:

  • Please arrive at the airport early—two hours ahead of scheduled domestic flights and three hours ahead for U.S. and international flights. Masks remain mandatory in the terminal and onboard your flight.
  • All travellers arriving to Canada from abroad are required to complete ArriveCAN. At YVR, travellers can save time with Customs and Immigration by using the Advance Declaration option in ArriveCAN to electronically submit their declaration information before arriving in Vancouver, reducing processing time spent in the Customs Hall.
  • The Government of Canada has resumed mandatory random testing for travellers who qualify as fully vaccinated and are arriving in Canada from an international destination, including the U.S. Travellers who have been selected for testing will receive an email with information to arrange their test as physical testing is no longer conducted at the airport.

*Data is estimated and compiled by Vancouver Airport Authority. Passenger and operational data is updated regularly and posted to our Facts & Stats page on YVR.ca.

About YVR

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a diverse global hub that connects people, cargo, data, and ideas and serves as a platform for our community to come together thrive. We are motivated by supporting regional economic development and making a positive difference in the lives of British Columbians. We do this with a focus on serving our passengers, partners, workers, and community through digital modernization, climate leadership, reconciliation, and financial sustainability.

WestJet enhances intra-B.C. connectivity with new service between Penticton and Vancouver

CALGARY, AB, Aug. 8, 2022 /CNW/ – WestJet today is welcoming the airline’s newest regional route with the announcement of service between Penticton, B.C., and Vancouver beginning in February of 2023. The route will strengthen critical intra-provincial connectivity for British Columbians and local businesses and is scheduled to operate six-times weekly on WestJet Link.

“The addition of new intra-provincial routes is critical as we invest in our presence in the West and look to strengthen our offerings to ensure British Columbians have more access to convenient and affordable air travel,” said Jared Mikoch-Gerke, WestJet Director of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs. “This new route marks the initial steps in our renewed committment to B.C., and will open up connections and opportunities for local businesses and residents as they recover from the difficult past few years.”

“This new service will not only connect British Columbians and all Canadians who will use this route, but will also create good local jobs and help grow our economy,” said The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport. “Our government operates the Penticton Airport to provide safe and reliable service for the Okanagan communities and today’s announcement will do just that.”

The new service will stimulate business and leisure travel between the cities with flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and makes WestJet the only airline serving both Calgary and Vancouver direct from Penticton.  Through the airline’s capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airline, all flights will be operated by WestJet Link, using a fleet of WestJet-branded 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft. 

“The expansion of WestJet service is another example of the growth that Penticton is experiencing,” said Mayor John Vassilaki. “As more and more people recognize the advantages of living and working here, the addition of more direct flights to Vancouver will benefit everyone – from tourists to businesspeople. I’m pleased WestJet sees the potential for growth and look forward to the partnership between the airline and the airport being a strong factor in our economic development.”

The expansion of service is the 11th destination within the WestJet Link network and will connect more guests in smaller communities to WestJet’s global network.

RouteStart DateFrequencyOperated byDepartureArrival
Vancouver – Penticton*Beginning February 17, 20236x Weekly (excluding Saturday)WestJet Link12:45 p.m.1:35 p.m.
Penticton – Vancouver*Beginning February 17, 20236x Weekly (excluding Saturday)WestJet Link2:05 p.m.2:55 p.m.

*new route

Additional Quotes

“We are excited to see WestJet Link’s service continue to grow throughout the province and provide service to the southern Okanagan Valley. As the proud operators of WestJet Link, the expansion of this service is essential in providing additional connections for local businesses and British Columbians.”

–      Quentin Smith, Pacific Coastal Airlines President.

“This is great news for the entire Southern Okanagan region.  Not only does this open up easier access to people traveling from the lower mainland to enjoy the bounty of the Southern Okanagan, but it also adds greater flexibility for those who travel to Vancouver for business and pleasure.”

–      Jonathan McGraw, President of the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce.

“We are thrilled that WestJet is providing new opportunities for British Columbians to explore our beautiful province with the addition of this new exciting route,” said Walt Judas, CEO of TIABC. “The addition of YVR to YYF is a further enhancement to both leisure and business travel across our province and brings an exciting avenue for tourists from WestJet’s global network to connect to the beautiful Okanagan region from Vancouver.”

–      Walt Judas, CEO, TIABC

“We are very pleased for Penticton and area residents with this new service announcement from WestJet and partner, Pacific Coastal Airlines. Their new service announcement regarding Penticton to Vancouver, six-times weekly starting February 2023 continues to strengthen the relationship between WestJet and Penticton Airport along with the residents of the South Okanagan/Similkameen and its business community. We welcome the expanded service and look forward to the convenience this service brings.”

–     MLA Dan Ashton, Penticton 

“Connecting more people with more regions of BC through convenient and affordable air travel options is critical. This new service between Vancouver International Airport and Penticton will connect more British Columbians and visitors with the tremendous offerings of BC’s Southern Interior region. We applaud WestJet for strengthening their commitment to British Columbia—expanding air travel options in the province, in partnership with WestJet Link service operator Pacific Coastal Airlines” 

–    Mike McNaney, Vice President and Chief External Relations Officer, Vancouver International Airport

About WestJet  

In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic. 

Since the start of the pandemic the WestJet Group of Companies has built a layered framework of safety measures to ensure Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline’s Safety Above All hygiene program. During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium. 

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.  

Air India Increases Delhi to Vancouver Flights to Daily from August 31

First step in planned scale up of international flight operations

VANCOUVER, BC, Aug. 8, 2022 /CNW/ — Air India today announced the increase in frequencies between Delhi and Vancouver, Canada, from 3x weekly to daily service with effect from August 31.

This enhancement in frequency caters to growing traffic between India and Canada, and has been enabled by the return to service of the widebody Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft with three class configuration of first, business and economy.   

Manufacturer Boeing has been working closely with Air India following its acquisition by Tata Group to restore aircraft that had been grounded for prolonged periods due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other reasons. The progressive restoration of these aircraft has already allowed Air India to increase schedule resilience and will allow further frequency and network increases over the coming months.

“This increase in our frequency between Delhi and Vancouver is very welcome for many reasons. It is another sign of recovery from the pandemic and caters to strong customer demand. More importantly, it marks the first step in restoring Air India’s fleet and international network,” said Mr. Campbell Wilson, MD and CEO, Air India.

“We are pleased to mark this significant milestone, and the team at Air India is hard at work to enable more expansion in the near future,” he added.

Air India’s widebody fleet currently stands at 43 aircraft, of which 33 are operational. This is a significant improvement from 28 aircraft that the airline was operating till recently. The remaining aircraft will be progressively returned to service by early 2023.

DELHI â€“ VANCOUVER SCHEDULE FROM 31 AUGUST 2022

RouteFlight No.Days of operation DailyDepartureArrival
Delhi-VancouverAI 185Daily05:15hrs07:15hrs
Vancouver-DelhiAI 186Daily10:15hrs   13:15hrs+1