Flights and Points | Air Canada set to expand aggressively from its Vancouver hub in 2018
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Air Canada set to expand aggressively from its Vancouver hub in 2018

Air Canada set to expand aggressively from its Vancouver hub in 2018

As Canada’s flag carrier, Air Canada has long had lofty expectations placed on its shoulders. As the first exposure foreigners have with the Great White North, customer service has long been a central focus for this airline.

The end result: their international product (especially in business/first class) has been ranked highly by frequent fliers for many years, and business has continued to grow over that time.

This success has fueled recent expansions of Air Canada routes, as a recent announcement this past week demonstrated.

On Thursday, August 31st, Air Canada revealed plans to greatly expand their operations out of Vancouver International Airport, which serves as their Pacific hub.

Let’s get into the details below.

Twice daily flights to London Heathrow starting summer 2018

Air Canada will move from 1 to 2 flights per day from YVR to LHR starting next summer

The Lower Mainland of British Columbia has become home for many expat Brits, and many born and raised Canadians consider a trip to the United Kingdom to be bucket list worthy.

Of all the changes announced by Air Canada on Thursday, the news that Air Canada is moving to twice daily flights to London Heathrow has generated the most excitement, as this doubling of service will make it easier and potentially cheaper to travel between YVR and LHR.

This is also great news for Britons looking to go on holiday in BC, as many are avid hikers and skiers who long to visit Western Canada on a once in a lifetime trip. With greater capacity being made available, this should make it simpler than ever before.

New non-stop flights from YVR to Paris and Zurich take off June 2018

Air Canada wasn’t done expanding their footprint into Europe with the UK announcement. In addition to doubling down on their daily flight schedule to LHR, they also announced debut routes to Paris and Zurich.

Not only will this open up new vacation possibilities for Canadians and Europeans alike, but the flights were timed to coincide with connections on partner airlines such as Swiss International.

This will allow passengers unprecedented access to countless destinations throughout Europe, India, and Africa, opening up a slew of travel possibilities.

Flights to New Delhi expanding to five times per week in October

By adding a fifth flight per week in 2018, Air Canada is increasing its presence in India

Metro Vancouver is home to one of the greatest concentrations of Indians in Canada, but when it comes to visiting home, the quantity of direct flights has been sorely lacking.

This week, Air Canada took a step towards redressing this deficit by expanding their Vancouver to New Delhi route to five times per week.

With an increasing amount of immigrants from the Subcontinent making a home in one of the most culturally rich corners of Canada and with India’s tech and manufacturing sectors ramping up, increased access between these two destinations can only be a good thing.

Melbourne route to be promoted to year-round service in June 2018

Air Canada has also been looking to improve access to Oceania – Thursday’s flurry of announcements confirmed this intention, as the airline announced they were promoting their seasonal route to Melbourne to a year round flight, effective June 2018.

This move won’t just improve access to the cultural hub of Oz, as the flight has also been timed to allow for smooth domestic connections with Virgin Australia.

As a result, residents of the Vancouver metro area will be just one connection away from Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, and Tasmania, making holiday planning Down Under much easier than before.

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