Published on November 29th, 2015 | by Jim Lee0
Air Canada rouge to add Vancouver-Dublin flights from June 2016
On 25th November, Air Canada announced a further, strategic expansion of its Vancouver hub, with the addition of the only non-stop flights to Dublin, for next summer. The seasonal Vancouver-Dublin flights will be operated three times weekly by Air Canada’s leisure airline, Air Canada rouge. It will be operated with a 280-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, featuring premium and economy cabins. It will commence on 10th June 2016 and will operate until 9th October. To promote the new route, Air Canada is offering a special introductory fare starting as low as $839 (around €593) round-trip all-in from Vancouver, and $949 (around €670) round-trip all-in from Calgary or Edmonton, until 4th December for travel 10th – 30th June 2016.
Dublin Airport has been a very successful location for Air Canada rouge since it started its year-round Dublin-Toronto service in May 2014. Dublin was the first international destination announced by the new airline and the route was significantly expanded last year. Air Canada rouge’s Dublin-Toronto route launched in 2014, with four return flights per week, but services increased to up to 11 times per week, during the peak summer season this year. It is currently operating the route twice weekly, also using Boeing 767-300ERs, until 10th December. The AC1908 arrives in Dublin at 08:25 and departs as the AC1909 at 10:05 on Wednesday and Sundays. A third service operating to and from Dublin will then be added, the same as last year.
Traffic numbers have been growing dramatically between Ireland and Canada in recent years. Dublin Airport has been working hard to add further destinations in Canada to its route network and Vancouver will be Dublin Airport’s fifth destination in Canada. The airport already offers services to Toronto, St John’s Newfoundland, Montreal, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The new route will be one of the four new scheduled transatlantic services from Dublin Airport in 2016, as the airport will also welcome new services to Los Angeles, Hartford, Connecticut and Newark next summer.
As a result of its ongoing expansion, 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.
Commenting on the new service, Benjamin Smith, Air Canada President, Passenger Airlines said; “Air Canada continues to strategically grow its international network at Vancouver with the only non-stop flights to Dublin during the peak summer period. 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.”
He went on; “This new route is the latest of numerous improvements for customers coming in 2016 including double daily flights to London Heathrow, three new routes to the United States, new non-stop, year-round flights to Brisbane, Australia and increased capacity on our flights from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia with Boeing 777 aircraft featuring our new international product standard offering a choice of Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy cabins. With these initiatives, Air Canada is further strengthening Vancouver as a strategic and important international gateway, connecting our extensive B.C., Western Canada and growing U.S. network with our expanding South Pacific, Asian and European network.”
Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison added; “We’re sure that there will be strong demand for this new route both from Canada and Ireland. More than 30,000 people currently travel between Dublin and Vancouver on indirect air services and we’re sure that the number of people travelling between the two cities will increase significantly with the advent of this new direct route.”
Flights are timed to optimise connectivity to and from Air Canada’s extensive west coast network through the airline’s Vancouver hub. The flight, the AC1941, departs Dublin at 11.35 on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, arriving at 13.35 in Vancouver. The return service, the AC1940, departs Vancouver at 15.05 arriving in Dublin at 08.35 the next morning.
Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2014 served more than 38 million customers. It is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,321 airports in 193 countries.
Air Canada rouge is Air Canada’s leisure airline. Together with Air Canada Vacations, Air Canada rouge offers competitively-priced travel to 60 exciting leisure destinations on 85 routes in Europe, Mexico, the U.S., the Caribbean, Asia, South America, Africa and Canada. As a wholly-owned subsidiary, Air Canada rouge is backed by Air Canada’s 77-year reputation for safety and reliability and Air Canada Vacations’ 30-plus year history of vacation travel excellence. It has a fleet of 14 Boeing 767-300s, plus 20 Airbus A319s and a single Airbus A321.
All Air Canada flights, including those of Air Canada rouge provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.