Air Canada will operate daily flights between two of its hubs and two United hubs to link the two companies further.
- IATA / ICAO Code:
- AC / ACA
- Airline Type:
- Full Service Carrier
- Hub (s):
- Calgary International Airport, Montreal – Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport
- Year Founded:
- Star Alliance
- Michael Rousseau
On Monday, October 5th, Air Canada announced it would open two new routes connecting Canadians to two major United Airlines hubs in the US. The daily year-round flights will first be offered this December. They will connect Vancouver International Airport (YVR) with Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) with New York’s Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
These new routes will serve as a vital link between Air Canada’s network and that of its partner United Airlines. There are already existing routes that connect these two networks, but this will give both western and eastern Canadian customers more convenient access to United’s massive route network. It will also provide American customers access to Air Canada’s vast route network.
The new routes will allow many passengers to make longer trips with fewer connections. Photo: Air Canada
These additional routes will help to solidify Air Canada as the foreign carrier with the largest number of flights to and from the US. The northern air carrier services 51 airports across the US. The Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Revenue Management for Air Canada, Mark Galardo, shared the company’s excitement about the new routes. Galardo stated,
“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-US market,
“These routes will give customers in Atlantic and Western Canada more convenient options for flying to the US 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 US onto Air Canada’s extensive domestic and global network. “
The Halifax to Newark route will be flown year-round once daily on a Bombardier Dash 8-Q400. The regional turboprop operated by Air Canada Express chosen to fly this route consists of a single class cabin fitted to hold maximum passengers. The short flight is expected to see high levels of demand as EWR is one of United’s largest hubs and offers the most connections on United flights from any airport in New York. The inaugural flight is set to take place on December 16th.
On the Pacific Coast, Air Canada Customers from British Columbia will be able to board a flight from Vancouver to Houston starting December 16th. IAH is also one of United’s hubs offering passengers connections to all four corners of the earth. The IAH hub provides direct connections for its passengers to the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The flight to IAH will also be operated once daily but will be on the larger Airbus A220. This young aircraft sports two cabin classes, a standard Economy cabin and a Business cabin. For passengers traveling from Texas to British Columbia, Air Canada’s well-established Asia-Pacific network awaits them.
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