Ireland just got two new direct flights to Toronto and Montreal
Air Canada has announced new direct services from Shannon Airport to Toronto, and from Dublin Airport to Montreal, starting next year.
The routes are part of a major expansion of the airline's Irish services.
Non-stop, seasonal flights between Shannon and Toronto, and Dublin and Montreal, will commence in June of 2018, Air Canada says.
The flights will be operated on Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft - the airline's newest single-aisle aircraft, with a Business and Economy cabin configuration.
As part of the expansion, Air Canada will also transfer its existing Dublin-Toronto service from Air Canada Rouge to Air Canada mainline from October 29 of this year.
The route will operate with increased frequencies this winter, with daily flights from Dublin to Toronto scheduled to start next summer.
The announcements come as travel between Ireland and Canada, and indeed North America as a whole, continues to boom.
"Last year, Canada delivered a record 203,000 visitors to the island of Ireland, an increase of 11pc on the 2015," said Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland.
There is also a strong corporate connection between the two countries.
Aer Lingus, WestJet, Air Transat and ASL Airlines France all fly to Canadian destinations from Dublin, and Air Canada will also be increasing its weekly flights between Vancouver and Dublin from three to five as of next summer.
Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said he was “delighted to see Air Canada go from strength to strength” at the airport.
“With 13pc of the Canadian population claiming Irish ancestry I have no doubt that Montreal will be a popular destination for both Irish and Canadian holidaymakers,” he added.
“Securing this direct Canadian service for Shannon has been one of our top priorities for some time now," said Matthew Thomas CEO of the Shannon Group.
“Today’s announcement is crucial in continuing and growing our political and economic partnership with Ireland," added François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Federal Minister of International Trade.
Both the Shannon-Toronto and Dublin-Montreal services will operate four-times weekly next summer. They go on sale from September 19.