Air Canada Adds Seasonal Dublin Flights from Vancouver
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Air Canada, which continues to expand operations out of Vancouver International Airport (YVR), has announced it will launch new, seasonal non-stop service to Ireland this summer.
The new route, the only non-stop service connecting Canada’s west coast to Ireland, will commence June 10, 2016 on Air Canada rouge, Air Canada’s leisure airline. The flights will depart three times a week on a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.
"This route is a great, convenient option for Western Canadians travelling to visit the vibrant Emerald Isle with its rich literary history, arts, world-class golf and dramatic landscapes. It will also be equally appealing for our customers from Ireland flying non-stop to visit and experience the spectacular attractions Vancouver and British Columbia offer," said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada president, passenger airlines.
The new flight is launching just as Tourism Ireland reports an increased interested in Ireland by Canadian travelers. In 2014, Northern Ireland experienced more than 30 per cent growth from inbound Canadians. To further increase Canadian awareness of Ireland, Tourism Ireland recently hosted 12 top-producing Canadian travel agents on a visit to Northern Ireland and the Causeway Coastal Route.
“Working with influential travel professionals is a key element of our annual programme of activity in Canada,” said Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s manager in Canada.
With the increase in service, Air Canada intends to grow its presence at YVR as a “strategic and important international gateway,” connecting B.C. and Western Canada with United States and South Pacific, Asia and Europe.
"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.
The Ireland flight is just the latest in a series of new flights out of YVR by Air Canada, which also plans new double daily flights to London Heathrow, three new routes to the United States (Chicago, San Jose and San Diego), new non-stop flights to Brisbane, Australia and increased capacity on flights to/from Sydney, Australia.
Air Canada has also announced an extensive rollout of new international service at all of its other Canadian airports.
Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 63 airports in Canada, 52 in the United States and 86 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America.
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