Thursday 8 December 2016

Air Canada announces direct flights from Dublin to Vancouver

Transatlantic travel

Published 25/11/2015 | 16:12

Vancouver Harbour. Photo: Deposit
Vancouver Harbour. Photo: Deposit

Dublin Airport's transatlantic network continues to expand, with a direct service to Vancouver announced today.

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The new flights, to be operated by Air Canada on a seasonal basis next summer, will be the only non-stop service from Dublin to Canada's west coast.

The flights will be operated three times weekly by Air Canada’s leisure airline, Air Canada rouge, with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft beginning June 10.

It comes as Air Canada expands its Vancouver (YVR) hub, following announcements of new routes to Brisbane and double daily flights to London Heathrow.

To promote the Dublin/Vancouver route, Air Canada is offering introductory fares from €490 round-trip, and €517.57 return fares to Calgary or Edmonton.

The sale fares are available now for bookings until November 30.

“More than 30,000 people currently travel between Dublin and Vancouver on indirect air services and we’re sure that number will increase significantly with the advent of this new direct route,” said Dublin Airport MD Vincent Harrison.   

Both premium and economy cabins will be available on the flights, which the airline says will be timed to optimise connectivity to/from its western hub.

Traffic numbers have grown "dramatically" between Ireland and Canada in recent years, Harrison added, with services to Toronto, St John’s in Newfoundland, Montreal, and Halifax, Nova Scotia already in operation.

So far this year, transatlantic traffic is up 17pc at Dublin Airport - with Aer Lingus adding direct flights to LA, Newark and Hartford, Connecticut in 2016.

“The new Dublin service will help fill the high demand for flights to Europe during the busy summer travel season and will also offer a new opportunity for British Columbia to showcase itself to arriving visitors from Ireland," said Craig Richmond, President and CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority.

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