Air Canada Rouge commenced flights between Montreal and Bucharest on 7 June, with this becoming the only route between North America and the Romanian capital, while a second service from Toronto Pearson launched on 9 June. To toast the occasion, a cake was made to commemorate the historic route launch. Among those cutting the colourful route launch party piece were: Duncan Bureau, President, Air Canada Rouge; Adina Georgescu, President of the Romanian Chamber of Commerce of Quebec; Ioana Gabriela Costache, Consul General of Romania in Montreal; Stéphane Lapierre, VP Airport Operations and Air Services Development; and Adrian Ligor, Business Manager of the Romanian Embassy in Canada. The carrier will offer twice-weekly flights from both Montreal and Toronto Pearson to Bucharest.
Air Canada Rouge commenced operations between Toronto Pearson and Porto on 8 June, with the inaugural flight touching down in the Portugese city the following day. Among the celebrations in Porto was a cake and ribbon cutting ceremony. Air Canada Rouge will offer three weekly flights on the 5,641-kilometre transatlantic city pair.
- Air Canada Rouge launched three new transatlantic routes this week, with two of them linking to Bucharest (OTP), with these becoming the Romanian capital’s first North American connections in over 10 years. The Star Alliance member will now link Montreal (YUL) and Toronto Pearson (YYZ) to Bucharest, while the airline has also launched flights from its Toronto base to Porto (OPO). Flights between Montreal and Bucharest launched first, with the 7,277-kilometre route being inaugurated on 7 June. The 5,641-kilometre sector from Toronto to Porto commenced the following day, while the 7,759-kilometre city pair between the Canadian city and the Romanian capital launched on 9 June. Neither route to Bucharest will face direct competition, with both being served twice-weekly on the airline’s fleet of 767-300s. These are the first transatlantic services to Bucharest in over 10 years. While these city pairs are brand new routes, the connection between Toronto and Porto is already served by Air Transat three times weekly. See how Bucharest and Porto airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world.