Top of the morning to you to Vancouver. The Canadian gateway celebrated with this fantastic cake the start of Air Canada Rouge’s service to Dublin on 10 June. The 7,162-kilometre sector will be served by the airline thrice-weekly on its 767-300 fleet.
Celebrations were also held in Ireland for the new service, with the inaugural crew posing with the IATA codes for the two airports to showcase the new Irish-Canadian connection. The route faces no direct competition.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Budapest to herald the start of Air Canada Rouge’s inaugural service to Toronto Pearson. Seen conducting the cutting are: VP Commercial, Air Canada Leisure Group, Vijay Bathija; Ambassador Helfand of Canada to Hungary, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina; Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó; and Budapest Airport CEO Jost Lammers.
Glasgow celebrated with a CN Tower themed cake the start of Air Canada Rouge’s new service to Toronto Pearson on 13 June. Seen conducting the cutting of the culinary delight are: Councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council; Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for International Development and Europe; Amanda McMillan, CEO AGS (Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton) Airports and MD Glasgow Airport; Margaret Skinner, Air Canada’s Director Sales Europe; Liz Buchanan of VisitScotland; and Stephen Gerrard of Air Canada.
- Air Canada Rouge commenced service on three transatlantic routes this week, starting on 10 June with a connection between Vancouver (YVR) and Dublin (DUB). The 7,162-kilometre sector will be served by the carrier thrice-weekly (Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) facing no direct competition. “Air Canada Rouge’s new non-stop service to Dublin is a great step towards further connecting Vancouver with Europe,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “By establishing the only non-stop flight between these two cities, Air Canada Rouge is offering our customers another great destination while also contributing to Vancouver’s growth plans.” A second route was launched by the carrier on the same day, with the Star Alliance member linking Toronto Pearson (YYZ) to Budapest (BUD), a route already served by Air Transat with a weekly service. Air Canada Rouge will operate the 7,150-kilometre city pair thrice-weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). Jost Lammers, the CEO of Budapest Airport, commented on the launch by saying: “We are pleased to welcome this Air Canada Rouge service from Budapest to Toronto, as this will provide a further boost to the development of tourism and Hungarian-Canadian economic relations. We have no doubt this new service answers a strong market demand, as it offers a broad choice of connections in Air Canada’s extensive network for Hungarian passengers.” On 13 June, a third thrice-weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays) service was launched between North America and Europe by the carrier, this time between Pearson and Glasgow (GLA), a 5,280-kilometre route already served by Air Transat five times weekly according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Amanda McMillan, MD of Glasgow Airport, said of the airline’s arrival: “Canada has always been a hugely important market for Scotland and the introduction of this new service will provide passengers with access to Air Canada’s extensive route network throughout the Americas. The service will also enhance our links with what is the world’s largest group of airlines, Star Alliance, and we’re delighted to welcome on board such a major player in global aviation during what is the airport’s 50th anniversary year.” All three routes launched this week will be served by the carrier’s 282-seater 767-300s. Although Budapest and Glasgow are new airport’s for Air Canada Rouge, Dublin is already served by the airline from Pearson. See how Budapest’s and Glasgow’s FTWAs compete against others sent in for this week’s Arch of Triumph.