On 27 June, Air Canada rouge arrived in Abbotsford with its inaugural service from Toronto Pearson. Flights on the airport pair will operate daily using the carrier’s A319s. Abbotsford held a special ceremony in welcoming the first flight which included a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The first flight to Abbotsford with Air Canada rouge gets ready to depart from Toronto Pearson. Cutting the ribbon before boarding are the inaugural crew and Steve Goodfellow, Air Canada Director of Sales for Eastern Canada.
- Air Canada rouge launched its first services to Abbotsford (YXX) in British Columbia on 27 June, with a new daily service from Toronto Pearson (YYZ). Flights on the 3,286-kilometre sector will be flown using the airline’s A319s and will be operated until 12 October. Dave Holmberg, Abbotsford Airport Authority Chair, commented at the launch by saying: “Air Canada rouge is a welcome addition to our airport community. The new service will definitely enhance the ease and convenience for our passengers. We are looking forward to working with Air Canada to establish a long-term partnership.” The airport pair faces no direct competition according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Last year Abbotsford International Airport, which holds a major air show every August, handled almost 480,000 passengers with WestJet the dominant carrier at the airport.