Air Canada’s rebuild strategy will see the resumption of service between Calgary and Frankfurt and the launch of a new non-stop service from Montreal to Cairo, Egypt, this summer.
“As travel restrictions ease across the globe, we are committed to rebuild our international network and continue as a global carrier to connect Canada to the world, while also developing additional markets and targeting new opportunities,” said Mark Galardo, senior vice-president, Network Planning and Revenue Management, Air Canada. “Canadians are eager to travel again, and we are ready to reunite customers with their families and friends. With vaccination rates globally increasing and our industry-leading CleanCare+ bio-safety protocols, Air Canada has your health and safety as its top priority.”
Starting August 1st, the carrier will resume service between Calgary and Frankfurt, Germany, up to four times weekly. “This route will operate all year long, connecting Calgary to the world via the global hub of our trans- Atlantic joint venture partner, Lufthansa, in Frankfurt,” explained Galardo. “We are also considering additional routes as restrictions continue to loosen.”
The airline’s Summer 2021 international flight schedule also includes:
- Toronto-Vienna | 3x weekly beginning July 21
- Toronto-Dublin | 3x weekly beginning August 1
- Toronto-Paris | Up to 5x weekly beginning August 2
- Toronto-Zurich | 4x weekly beginning August 3
- Montreal-Geneva | 3x weekly beginning July 22
- Montreal-Tel Aviv | 2x weekly beginning August 1
- Montreal-London | Up to 4x weekly beginning August 3, 2021
Air Canada has already resumed flights to Greece, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and Morocco, and will increase frequencies in some of these destinations as of August.
The carrier’s new non-stop service to Cairo from its Montreal hub will operate three times weekly. This new route provides a direct gateway to Africa as well as offering connectivity throughout Canada and the United States.
However, Air Canada notes that its schedule may be adjusted as required based on the COVID-19 trajectory and government restrictions. Passengers, it states, are responsible for ensuring they meet all government entry requirements, including holding the correct travel documents, visas, any required health certificates, and all other eligibility requirements for any flights they purchase. Current information is available on the carrier’s Information Hub.
New travel policy
Air Canada’s rebuild strategy also includes a new refund policy that is applicable to all tickets purchased. It offers customers the option of a full refund to the original form of payment, an Air Canada Travel Voucher or the equivalent value in Aeroplan Points with a 65 percent bonus should the airline cancel or reschedule a flight by more than three hours.