a Boeing 787-9 takes off from Vancouver airport (Photo: Air Canada)

Air Canada has announced that it is expanding its summer schedule for 2022 by restoring 34 international transatlantic and transpacific routes


Starting March 2, the airline will restore non-stop flights between Toronto and Tel Aviv, Paris, Tokyo and Amsterdam. This will be followed in May by seasonal summer services to Barcelona, Lisbon, Milan and Vienna. In all, 16 cities around the world are now linked to Toronto, Air Canada’s main hub.

At the same time, the carrier is restoring other flight services from Montreal

. These include Algiers and Casablanca in North Africa as well as Nice, Milan, Rome, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. The Quebec metropolis is now offering non-stop flights to 12 destinations. The Nice-Montreal route will resume on May 13. A three-class Airbus A330-300 will land three times a week in Nice until October 28 with a capacity of 297 seats.

From Vancouver, Air Canada will offer seasonal service to Frankfurt, Dublin and Zurich. Service to Frankfurt will open May 1, Dublin and Zurich in June. Halifax, in the east of the country, will have service to London Heathrow on April 30.

“Countries are reopening their borders and measures are being relaxed around the world for fully vaccinated travellers. So Air Canada is back on track and strong. We have designed our extensive and expanding network to facilitate more international connection options through our hubs in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver,” said Mark Galardo, Air Canada’s Senior Vice President – Network Planning and Revenue Management.

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Air Canada is also restoring 90% of its pre-pandemic North American capacity this summer. The routes will be phased in between late April and late June.

Air Canada’s summer schedule will include four new transborder routes and three new intra-Canada routes. In total, 41 North American routes are being re-established. The airline will introduce flights from Montreal to Atlanta and Detroit, from Toronto to Salt Lake City, and from Vancouver to Austin. Within Canada, three new routes will be introduced between Montreal and Gander, Calgary and Fort St. John, and Vancouver and Halifax.

Air Canada is restoring 41 routes in North America. In detail, this includes 13 routes from Toronto, 9 from Montreal and 5 from Vancouver. These are the three main hubs connected to an intercontinental network. Other routes are also returning from Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax and Ottawa. In total, Air Canada will serve 51 airports in Canada and 46 airports in the United States this summer