YVR introduces new program for travellers to reserve their place in line at security screening

October 5, 2022 · Musqueam Territory / Richmond, B.C.

Today, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) introduced YVR EXPRESS, a new program that allows travellers to reserve a spot at the security checkpoint ahead of their flight. The express bookings will provide a more balanced flow of passengers through security screening at YVR, helping reduce wait times for security checkpoints and creating a more predictable experience for both passengers and staff.

“Innovation continues to be one of our greatest tools to deliver an exceptional experience for our passengers at YVR. We are thrilled to launch YVR EXPRESS, a free digital platform, to help passengers move through security screening more efficiently,” said Robyn McVicker, Vice President, Passenger Journey at Vancouver Airport Authority. “We continue to work with our airport partners to make improvements at YVR and are pleased with the level of collaboration to offer the option of advanced booking for security screening to our passengers.”

YVR partnered with Copenhagen Optimization and CLEAR to customize the program and worked with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to support implementation. CATSA is the federal crown corporation responsible for all passenger security screening and YVR is committed to supporting the flow of passengers through this critical process.

Through YVR EXPRESS, travellers add their flight information and the number of people in their party. The system automatically displays open booking times to choose from. Once a slot is selected, a QR code is sent via email for the travellers to present to airport staff at the security checkpoint within 15 minutes of their scheduled time.

YVR EXPRESS is free to use and currently available for travel to the U.S. with flights scheduled between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the airport’s E gates. Travellers can schedule their appointment to enter security screening up to 72 hours ahead of their flight’s scheduled departure time or when they arrive at the airport, until 90 minutes before flight’s scheduled departure time.

“Working with our partners, we aim to expand YVR EXPRESSS to our domestic and international security checkpoints at the airport over the coming months so that all travellers at YVR have more control over their travel journey,” said McVicker.

Over the past several months YVR navigated various operational challenges amid increased travel demand and post-pandemic labour shortages. From January compared to August, daily passenger volumes increased approximately 170 per cent at the airport.

While YVR has experienced some delays, congestion, and frustrated travellers, through the implementation of new technologies and continued collaboration with aviation and government partners, YVR has not experienced the level of operational disruption that has systemically impacted major airports worldwide through the summer.

To learn more about YVR EXPRESS and to book a spot for security screening for travel to the U.S., visit www.YVR.ca/express.

For additional efficiencies when travelling to the U.S. from YVR, US Customs and Border Protection (US CBP) has introduced Mobile Passport Control, an app that will speed up the journey to the U.S. from YVR.

Mobile Passport Control (MPC) is a new app from US CBP that allows travellers to submit information digitally prior to moving through the border process, helping speed up the departures experience from YVR for those travelling to the U.S. The MPC app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App store and Google Play.

Travellers returning to Canada from the U.S. or another international destination are reminded that while ArriveCAN is no longer mandatory, passengers can use the app to digitally submit their customs declaration in advance, helping save time through the border clearance process.

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 and 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.

Air Canada to Launch New, Non-stop Transborder Routes to the U.S. from Halifax and Vancouver

Halifax-Newark, Vancouver-Houston flights convenient for customers

MONTREAL, Oct. 3, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ –  Air Canada today announced new, daily transborder flights between Halifax-and-Newark and Vancouver-and-Houston. The year-round routes will start in December and conveniently link these major urban markets, as well as provide easy onward connections through Air Canada’s and its partner United Airlines’ global networks.

Air Canada to Launch New, Non-stop Transborder Routes to the U.S. from Halifax and Vancouver (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“With these new routes from Halifax and Vancouver, Air Canada is meeting demand in these important markets and building on our strengthened trans-border partnership with United Airlines to solidify our leadership in the Canada-U.S. market,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada. “These routes will give customers in Atlantic and Western Canada more convenient options for flying to the U.S. They will reinforce the already strong links between Atlantic Canada and New York, while for customers in Western Canada they will provide more options for reaching destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean through United Airlines’ Houston hub. They will also facilitate many new one-stop connections from the U.S. onto Air Canada’s extensive domestic and global network.”

Air Canada is the foreign carrier with the largest number of flights to the U.S. Including these new routes, Air Canada’s U.S. network will be 6 per cent above its 2019, pre-pandemic capacity for the summer season of 2023. It serves 51 U.S. airports.

Halifax-Newark

Air Canada’s new, year-round Halifax-Newark route will begin December 16, 2022. It will operate daily with an Air Canada Express Q-400 in an all-Economy cabin configuration. The non-stop service is timed to connect conveniently to and from regional centres in Atlantic Canada and, in the U.S., with a variety of destinations through United Airlines’ network.

FlightRouteDepartsArrivesFrequency
AC8670Halifax-Newark11:4513:04Daily
AC8669Newark-Halifax13:4516:35Daily

Vancouver-Houston

Air Canada’s new, year-round Vancouver-Houston route will begin December 16, 2022. It will be operated daily with an Air Canada Airbus A220, offering Business and Economy cabins. The non-stop service provides increased options from Western Canada to Texas and connections onward through United Airlines to Latin America and the Caribbean, while providing new convenient one-stop connections from the U.S. to Air Canada’s Asia-Pacific network from the airline’s Vancouver hub.

FlightRouteDepartsArrivesFrequency
AC1300Vancouver-Houston08:4515:08Daily
AC1301Houston-Vancouver16:3019:15Daily

All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, where available, for eligible customers and Aeroplan members, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 50 airports in Canada, 47 in the United States and 69 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. 

YVR hosts multi-agency training exercise

September 29, 2022 · Richmond, B.C.

Emergency simulation included more than 200 participants from 20 different agencies.

Today, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) hosted a multi-agency training exercise simulating an aircraft crash. The event included more than 200 participants from 20 different agencies across Sea Island and the Lower Mainland. This training provides crucial opportunities to practice emergency response plans with business partners and the airport community. Airport operations were not affected by this exercise.

“At YVR, safety is our number one priority. We view exercises and training as an essential part of this commitment to safety by remaining prepared in the unlikely event of an incident,” said Robyn McVicker, Vice President, Passenger Journey at Vancouver Airport Authority. “I was pleased to see the level of coordination between all our partners and volunteers to effectively manage the simulated emergency. Hosting multi-agency training allows us to test our Emergency Management Plan in realistic conditions and helps refine our plans to incorporate the knowledge gained. I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work and dedication in planning and participating in this full-scale exercise.”

Today’s training exercise simulated a mock aircraft crash. The scenario provided the opportunity for YVR and its multi-agency partners to respond to a fictional scenario in which an aircraft lost control during an emergency landing and crashed on the YVR runway. The simulated aircraft wreckage was attended to by emergency responders with a team of volunteers who played injured victims providing a realistic experience for players.

Emergency exercises are a key part of YVR’s Emergency Management Plan and the airport facilities a full-scale training exercise once every two years, per Transport Canada regulation. YVR’s Emergency Management Plan deals with all emergency situations including aircraft incidents, natural disasters, medical emergencies, security threats and biological hazards. It is refined on a regular basis to incorporate knowledge learned through exercises and the latest developments in airport safety and emergency management.

Due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, today’s exercise was the airport’s first since 2019 and the largest non-military full-scale exercise to be conducted in British Columbia.

YVR employs a number of additional exercises on a regular basis to test protocols, procedures, communications and planning for emergency and/or security related incidents, and continued these through the pandemic under its standard course of operations. This includes live scenario training, table-top exercises, and emergency simulation drills.

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 and 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.

Sunwing announces its initial winter schedule for four airports from coast to coast amid strong surge in customer demand for sun travel

The tour operator expects demand will continue growing in response to lifting of border measures

TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Following the positive news that the Canadian government will lift all border and travel measures effective October 1, 2022, and amid a strong surge in customer demand for winter travel, Sunwing is pleased to announce its initial winter flight schedules for four large airports from coast to coast, with the winter lineup for various regional markets where Sunwing maintains a strong presence – from Atlantic Canada to the Prairies and Northern Ontario – to be announced over the coming weeks.

The tour operator’s winter schedule announcement for Toronto, Montréal, Calgary and Vancouver airports comes on the heels of customer capacity returning to 2019 levels, with winter capacity already growing by more than 140% over the previous year and expected to climb even further once border measures are removed on October 1st. What’s more, Sunwing has been increasing its hiring and recruitment efforts to meet the growing demand for winter travel, with 172 employees recalled and more than 200 new employees hired across Sunwing’s Canadian divisions so far this year. On the airline side, Sunwing has hired over 120 pilots and is actively recruiting for 380 cabin crew positions from coast to coast.

“The increasing demand for travel is incredibly welcome news for our company and the entire Canadian travel industry, and we are delighted that the government is lifting travel measures starting in October, which will undoubtedly drive more bookings for travel to sun destinations this winter,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “We are thrilled to see capacity returning to pre-2020 levels and to bring more Canadians back to the tropics this winter season, from tried and true favourites such as Cancun, Punta Cana and Varadero to new and expanding destinations such as Cayo Largo in Cuba and Melbourne in Florida. We look forward to adding even more routes and destinations to support evolving demand in the months ahead, and encourage Canadians to book their holiday and winter vacations quickly to unlock the best vacation at the best price!”

Sunwing’s airline division has extended two aircraft leases to further support operations for the upcoming season, which includes providing flights over 30 destinations for the winter and servicing customers with more than 700 hotels, offering the largest assortment available through any tour operator in Canada.

Toronto flight schedule

DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Acapulco1x weekly04-Jan-202315-Mar-2023
Antigua1x weekly05-Nov-202229-Apr-2023
Aruba3x weekly07-Nov-202224-Apr-2023
Cayo CocoDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
CancunDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Cayo Largo1x weekly04-Nov-202207-Apr-2023
Freeport1x weekly17-Dec-202222-Apr-2023
Grenada1x weekly06-Nov-202223-Apr-2023
Holguin4x weekly01-Nov-202228-Apr-2023
Liberia4x weekly07-Nov-202224-Apr-2023
Montego BayDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
OrlandoDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Miami1x weekly18-Dec-202230-Apr-2023
Melbourne2x weekly10-Dec-202219-Apr-2023
Manzanillo de Cuba1x weekly02-Nov-202226-Apr-2023
Mazatlán1x weekly01-Nov-202218-Apr-2023
Puerto Plata3x weekly01-Nov-202225-Apr-2023
Punta CanaDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Puerto Vallarta2x weekly07-Nov-202224-Apr-2023
Rio Hato2x weekly04-Nov-202217-Apr-2023
Roatan1x weekly12-Dec-202203-Apr-2023
Los Cabos3x weekly03-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Santa ClaraDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
St. Maarten1x weekly03-Nov-202227-Apr-2023
St. Lucia1x weekly05-Nov-202222-Apr-2023
VaraderoDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
    

Montréal flight schedule

DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Acapulco1x weekly21-Dec-202215-Mar-2023
Cayo CocoDaily01-Nov-202229-Apr-2023
CancunDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Cayo Largo1x weekly04-Nov-202207-Apr-2023
Freeport1x weekly17-Dec-202222-Apr-2023
HolguinDaily01-Nov-202228-Apr-2023
Liberia1x weekly07-Nov-202217-Apr-2023
Montego Bay2x weekly05-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Miami1x weekly18-Dec-202230-Apr-2023
Manzanillo de Cuba1x weekly02-Nov-202226-Apr-2023
Mazatlán1x weekly13-Dec-202211-Apr-2023
Puerto Plata4x weekly01-Nov-202225-Apr-2023
Punta CanaDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Puerto Vallarta1x weekly18-Dec-202209-Apr-2023
Rio Hato1x weekly04-Nov-202231-Mar-2023
Roatan1x weekly12-Dec-202203-Apr-2023
Los Cabos1x weekly10-Nov-202206-Apr-2023
San Andres1x weekly14-Dec-202229-Mar-2023
Santa ClaraDaily03-Nov-202229-Apr-2023
St. Maarten1x weekly03-Nov-202227-Apr-2023
VaraderoDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
    

Calgary flight schedule

DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Cancun5x weekly01-Nov-202229-Apr-2023
Liberia1x weekly18-Dec-202216-Apr-2023
Montego Bay1x weekly07-Nov-202210-Apr-2023
Mazatlán1x weekly04-Nov-202214-Apr-2023
Punta Cana1x weekly07-Nov-202224-Apr-2023
Puerto Vallarta2x weekly06-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Los Cabos2x weekly03-Nov-202229-Apr-2023
Varadero2x weekly01-Nov-202225-Apr-2023
    

Vancouver flight schedule

DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Cancun6x weekly1-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Mazatlán1x weekly04-Nov-202214-Apr-2023
Punta Cana1x weekly12-Dec-202224-Apr-2023
Puerto Vallarta3x weekly06-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Los Cabos1x weekly05-Nov-202229-Apr-2023
Varadero2x weekly08-Nov-202225-Apr-2023
    

In addition to the example flight schedules from the four airports listed above, Sunwing will be releasing winter schedules for various regions across the country from which it operates in the weeks ahead.

Sunwing customers eager to book their winter escapes to paradise can take advantage of great savings available on Sunwing.ca or by contacting their local travel agent. Plus, customers looking for even more value out of their upcoming getaways can add one of Sunwing’s Worry Free insurance offerings so they can vacation in the tropics with confidence this winter season.

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.

YVR and Iskwew Air partner to enhance connectivity across British Columbia

September 26, 2022 · Musqueam Territory / Richmond, B.C.

Today, Iskwew Air and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that strengthens the working relationship between the Indigenous, woman-owned airline and the airport.

The MOU between Iskwew Air and YVR is based on collaboration to enhance connectivity across communities in B.C. and will see the two organizations share best practices and knowledge in the areas of marketing and communications, operational innovations, and sustainability. The journey to a more sustainable industry ecosystem will begin with joint efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance both organizations’ climate and sustainability goals, such as YVR’s Net Zero by 2030 objective.

“This historic agreement is about so much more than an agreement between an airline and an airport, this is a demonstration of what is possible for a collective future,” said Teara Fraser, Founder of Iskwew Air. “We look forward to continuing to connect people with each other and the land alongside our friends at YVR. We know, together we can transform the aviation industry into one that is based on reciprocity, relationships and sustainability. This is the future taking flight.”

This agreement also signals a stronger partnership, one that acknowledges the power of unique perspectives, accountability, and a shared vision to support the development of Indigenous businesses and a sustainable Indigenous tourism economy, thus supporting the economic recovery of our province.

“As we have learned in working with Musqueam and Indigenous partners, reconciliation includes pursuing work that supports and creates opportunity for Indigenous business and tourism. Together with Iskwew Air, we will continue to maintain and grow vital air services to communities across B.C. while generating economic value for Indigenous people and businesses in these areas,” said Tamara Vrooman, President and CEO at Vancouver Airport Authority. “We are honoured to partner with Iskwew Air and look forward to combining our efforts and impact to advance tourism and travel as well as sharing knowledge that will contribute to our shared success.”

Iskwew Air received the blessing from Musqueam to operate on their traditional unceded territory on September 21, 2018 and began chartered operations in October 2019. In 2021, Iskwew Air marked its inaugural commercial flight from YVR. Iskwew Air operates from the airport’s South Terminal, offering daily scheduled service between Vancouver and Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island.

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 and 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.

YVR welcomes removal of COVID-19 measures for air travel

Federal government announces end to all requirements including testing, masks, quarantine  

MUSQUEAM TERRITORY, BC and RICHMOND, BC, Sept. 26, 2022 /CNW/ – Vancouver International Airport (YVR) welcomed today’s announcement by the federal government that it is lifting all remaining air travel pandemic measures as of October 1.   

“After more than two years operating under a very complex series of changing regulations, today’s announcement is very welcome news for the travelling public, our community, and workers across the aviation sector,” said Tamara Vrooman, President & CEO at Vancouver Airport Authority. “The removal of COVID-19 travel measures will improve passengers’ overall travel experience, assist our frontline employees, and allow more people to reconnect with loved ones and tourism experiences across the province and country.”  

In addition to ending testing and quarantine measures, the government will remove mandatory mask mandates at airports and during flights, and requirements for submitting vaccination data. Use of ArriveCAN will also no longer be mandatory, but remains recommended for submission of customs and immigration information.

Over the past several months YVR has navigated various operational challenges amid a surge in travel demand and post-pandemic labour shortages. From January compared to August, daily passenger volumes increased approximately 170 per cent, with domestic travel now surpassing pre-covid passenger numbers. 

While YVR has experienced some delays, congestion, and frustrated travellers, through the implementation of new technologies and continued collaboration with aviation and government partners, YVR has not experienced the level of operational disruption that has systemically impacted major airports worldwide through the summer.  

Leveraging its long history of innovation, during the pandemic YVR accelerated digital applications to improve the traveller experience, including implementing a new digital twin platform to monitor operations and deploy resources and support in real time. The organization’s focus on climate change and its drive to become carbon zero by 2030 also continued unabated, with YVR in September becoming the first airport in Canada to successfully achieve Level 4+ Airport Carbon Accreditation. With staffing shortages affecting all sectors but in particular aviation, YVR re-doubled efforts to attract workers to the aviation sector, becoming a Living Wage Employer earlier this year.  

“As pandemic policies are removed, demand for aviation will continue to strengthen. As will the role of YVR within B.C.’s critical supply chain infrastructure. It is imperative going forward that government and industry work collaboratively to drive further policy development and innovation to meet the needs of travellers, and that we support sustainable growth and aviation sector employees,” concluded Vrooman.  

More information about the changes to travel measures can be found here.

YVR becomes first airport in Canada to achieve Level 4+ Airport Carbon Accreditation by Airports Council International

MUSQUEAM TERRITORY, BC and RICHMOND, BC, Sept. 23, 2022 /CNW/ – Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has received Level 4+ Airport Carbon Accreditation by Airports Council International, making it the first airport in Canada and only one of three in North America to achieve this status.

The Level 4+ accreditation recognizes YVR’s role in setting a course for its own carbon reduction while actively working with aviation partners to drive broader emissions reductions.   

“At YVR, we have a long history of innovation and sustainability and are proud to be at the forefront of creating a greener, more resilient future for our airport and aviation as well as our community and the economy that supports it,” said Tamara Vrooman, President & CEO at Vancouver Airport Authority. “Achieving this new level of certification is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and innovative mindset of our YVR team and business partners. I look forward to continued progress toward our ambitious climate goals as we collaborate with industry and government to decarbonize our sector.”

YVR is advancing work under its Roadmap to Net Zero Carbon and remains on track to become net zero by 2030 and one of the greenest airports in the world. Work includes following four decarbonization pathways that outline actions necessary for the airport to reduce emissions from its direct operations, referred to as Scope 1 and 2 emissions. The pathways are green fleets, energy conservation and electrification, replacing fossil fuels with renewable alternatives, and strategically purchasing carbon removals to close the gap.

YVR is also focused on supporting the decarbonization of aviation overall in conjunction with the ongoing efforts of the federal government’s Aviation Climate Action Plan and is working with partners to support them in reducing their emissions. This includes providing ground power units for airlines to plug into electric power at the gate and shut off engines, and using technology through YVR’s digital twin to monitor aircraft movements and map more efficient routing on its airfield to reduce carbon emissions.

In addition, the airport recently aligned with the two largest commercial airports in the Cascadia Corridor: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Portland International Airport (PDX), to leverage resources that will lead to tangible results in four categories, including the development and use of sustainable aviation fuels.

YVR’s leadership in carbon reduction was given further recognition by Airports Council International through an Honourable Mention at the 2022 Environmental Achievement Awards for the airport’s Roadmap to Net Zero Carbon.

The Airport Carbon Accreditation provides a common framework and tool for active carbon management at airports with measurable results. YVR has been recognized by Airports Council International for its efforts in sustainability with progressive levels of accreditation since 2016.

Aeroplan Offers Exciting Member-only Deals to Celebrate Air Canada’s New Non-stop Service to Southeast Asia

  • Extra daily deals on direct flights available to Aeroplan members until September 6
  • Deals start at 45,000 points from Vancouver and 50,000 from the rest of Canada
  • All flights January 9 – April 17, 2023, on North America’s only non-stop route to Thailand

MONTREAL, September 1, 2022 – Aeroplan, Canada’s leading travel loyalty program, is celebrating Air Canada’s first-ever non-stop service to Southeast Asia with a week of extra, exclusive, member-only deals on direct flights to Bangkok, Thailand.

On now and until September 6, Aeroplan members can redeem special offers on all Air Canada flights to Bangkok, departing between January 9 and April 17, 2023. The deals start at 45,000* Aeroplan points one-way from Vancouver, with flights from the rest of Canada available starting at 50,000 Aeroplan points one-way.

“This unprecedented offer means more Aeroplan members can experience Thailand,” said Mark Nasr, Senior Vice President, Products, Marketing and eCommerce at Air Canada. “This week of special deals is another way Aeroplan continues to deliver value for member loyalty with premium, exclusive experiences, which our members can expect to see more of later this year.”

Air Canada announced this summer it would begin offering direct flights to Bangkok as of December 1, 2022. Operating from Air Canada’s trans-Pacific hub at Vancouver International Airport, the new, seasonal route marks the carrier’s first non-stop service to Southeast Asia, and is currently the only direct route available from North America to Thailand.  

Aeroplan points are redeemable for every available seat on Air Canada flights to more than 1,300 destinations across the globe, and for travel with upwards of 40 airline partners – more than any other travel rewards program in the world.

Aeroplan members can use their points to enhance their entire travel experience, including onboard Wi-Fi, hotels and car rentals, with even more exciting benefits to come later this year. And with Aeroplan Family Sharing, families can easily combine points at no cost to get where they want to go, sooner. 

The base redemption for a flight to Thailand can be as little as 45,000 points but it’s not available on every flight. This promotion makes it much more broadly available. Daily deals are limited and will go fast. Aeroplan members can book now at aircanada.com.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network celebrating its 25thanniversary in 2022. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 51 airports in Canada, 51 in the United States and 86 internationally. It is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax, which in 2021 gave Air Canada awards for the Best Airline Staff in North America, Best Airline Staff in Canada, Best Business Class Lounge in North America, and an excellence award for managing COVID-19. Through its leading travel loyalty Aeroplan program, Air Canada offers the ability to earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.