Air Canada’s top-20 connecting markets; Ottawa – Victoria #1

Air Canada’s top-20 connecting markets; Ottawa – Victoria #1

Air Canada has twice as much capacity to Europe as it does to Asia, yet Asia features heavily in the carrier’s top-20 connecting markets.  Here, Air Canada celebrates the launch of its four-weekly, summer-seasonal service from Montréal to Dublin in 2018.  It was initially operated by the Boeing 737 MAX 8, but, following the grounding of the aircraft and the growth of the airport-pair, it is now served by the B787-8 and -9.

Air Canada carried almost 53 million in the November 2018 – November 2019 period.  Of these, OAG Traffic Analyser estimates that 24 million – or 45% – connected, especially at Toronto (11.2 million), Vancouver (five million), and Montréal (four million). 

Strong country growth aiding connectivity

Air Canada added 14 new countries to its network since 2015, for a total of 64 in 2019.  Austria, Ecuador, and New Zealand were added last year: Toronto – Vienna in April, and Toronto – Quito and Vancouver – Auckland in December.  These nicely illustrate its widespread network.  No new countries have yet been announced for 2020, but meaningful year-on-year capacity growth was seen domestically (+483,000 seats) and to/from the USA (+187,200), France (+86,800), the UK (+70,400), India (+55,900), and Belgium (+50,300).

Air Canada’s top-20 connecting markets; Montreal – Bogota becomes non-stop

International markets dominate Air Canada’s top-20 connecting markets, featuring 15 times. Montréal – Bogota stands out. Across all operators, this market had around 38,000 passengers in this period, with Air Canada possessing a 57% share, followed by COPA with 10%. Air Canada will begin a three-weekly non-stop Montréal – Bogota service from 2 June using the B767-300ER. Montréal has added 30 new destinations since 2015.

Air Canada’s top-20 connecting markets; Ottawa – Victoria #1

Source:: OAG Traffic Analyser.

Asia key in top-20, but Europe not

Asia is key in Air Canada’s top-20.  Interestingly, both Vancouver and Toronto to Asia are now very similar as a proportion of the carrier’s total Asia capacity, at 46% and 42% respectively.  Montréal (10%) and Calgary (2%) make up the rest. Delhi appears three times in the top-20: to/from Calgary, Edmonton, and, perhaps surprisingly, Winnipeg.  

In contrast to Asia, not one of the top-20 features a European airport. Perhaps this is from Air Canada’s European operation being twice the size as to Asia, with service (normally) from seven Canadian airports to Europe.  This is now temporarily down to five, with Halifax and St John’s to London Heathrow cut in March 2019 as a result of the grounding of the B737 MAX 8.


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