Air Canada will officially resume more international flights this summer, adding routes to the U.S., Caribbean, South America, Europe and Pacific.
The airline says that it will be offering 97 domestic and international destinations, which is down from 220 last year — but still offers “wide opportunities for travel and connectivity.”
Air Canada will begin by resuming flights to the United States as of May 22, with six destinations being served by May 25, including New York-LaGuardia, Washington-Dulles, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago.
The airline says that more U.S. destinations may be added in late June, pending regulatory changes and demand.
The airline will continue to offer flights from its major hubs to overseas destinations in June, including:
- Toronto — Frankfurt
- Toronto — London
- Toronto — Zurich
- Toronto — Tokyo
- Toronto — Tel Aviv
- Montreal — Frankfurt
- Montreal — London
- Montreal — Paris
- Montreal — Brussels
- Vancouver — London
- Vancouver — Hong Kong
- Vancouver — Tokyo
- Vancouver — Seoul
In June and early July, Air Canada will add:
- Montreal — Athens
- Montreal — Rome
- Montreal — Geneva
- Toronto — Munich
- Toronto — Lisbon
- Toronto — Amsterdam
- Toronto — Rome
- Toronto — Athens
- Calgary — Frankfurt
- Vancouver to Shanghai (subject to government approval)
However, Canadians might not want to pack their bags just yet; the government is still advising against all non-essential travel outside of Canada as of Friday.
The U.S.-Canada border similarly remains closed to all non-essential travel until June 21.
Similarly, some countries are still closed to international tourists; Italy, for example, is opening its borders to tourists on June 3 — no 14-day quarantine period required — but Spain has yet to announce a date when it will allow tourists to enter the country.
International travellers are also still expected to quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Canada.
“As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, during which as much as 95 per cent of our flights stopped operating and which has left us flying to less than half last year’s destinations, our customers are expressing their eagerness to travel, where it is safe to do so,” Air Canada Executive Vice-President Lucie Guillemette said.
“Air Canada is ready for take-off, and we look forward to welcoming our customers onboard.”