Air Canada Lyon Air Canada, inaugural return to Lyon on Saturday December 11 (Photo: Air Canada)

Saturday December 11 marked the return of Air Canada

to Lyon, after an absence of exactly 634 days. This absence was obviously due to the Covid pandemic. An Airbus A330-300 landed at 8:14 am exactly in Lyon Saint-Exupéry after a flight of 6 hours and 21 minutes.

This return was eagerly awaited at Lyon airport. The Air Canada flight remains the only permanent service to North America.

The Canadian national carrier is resuming its service to Lyon with three to four flights per week. Air Canada plans to increase the number of weekly flights to five as of May 3. The aircraft assigned to the route is an Airbus A330-300 in a three-class configuration with 297 seats in Signature, Economy and Premium classes.

Air Canada indicates that passengers from Lyon have connections in Montreal to 51 cities in Canada, as well as to more than twenty cities in the United States and Mexico.

Toulouse still in the line of fire

Outside the context of the health crisis, Air Canada serves seven French cities: Paris-CDG, Bordeaux, Fort-de-France, Lyon, Marseille, Nice and Pointe-à-Pitre. However, many routes are operated on a seasonal basis only. The carrier operates up to 40 weekly flights to its three hubs in Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto and Vancouver.

The company says it is still preparing to launch a year-round flight between Toulouse

and Montreal. The launch was originally scheduled for June 5, 2020. No date for this opening is however advanced.

Luc Citrinot