The FINANCIAL — Air Canada on June 25 further expanded its extensive global network with the announcement of new non-stop services to Lyon, France and London’s Gatwick airport beginning in summer 2016.
The two new routes will provide customers even more convenient options when travelling to Europe for business or leisure, according to Air Canada.
“Pursuing our ongoing strategy to expand internationally, Air Canada is pleased to offer customers non-stop, year-round service between Montreal and Lyon, heart of the second largest metropolitan area in France. Air Canadacontinues to serve Paris Charles de Gaulle and this new Air Canada mainline route will further increase convenience for customers travelling to France as well as provide the only year-round service between North America and Lyon. It also complements our Air Canada rouge Nice-Côte d’Azur service,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines, at Air Canada.
“Our new seasonal Air Canada rouge service between Toronto and London’s Gatwick airport will complement our extensive operation at London Heathrow, our largest gateway outside Canada with non-stop service from eight Canadian cities. Air Canada rouge is ideally-suited to serve London-Gatwick, with its focus on leisure travel and provide easy access to southern London. This new service will also make us the only Canadian carrier serving multiple airports in the London region and complements our Air Canada rouge service to Manchester and Edinburgh. Both new routes offer customers convenient connection times with our extensive domestic, U.S. transborder and international network.”
James Cherry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montréal said: “This new scheduled service between Montreal and Lyon, France’s second-largest urban area, is excellent news that further supports Montreal–Trudeau’s positioning as a hub between North America and Europe, particularly French-speaking Europe.”
Howard Eng, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority said: “As Canada’s largest gateway hub airport, we welcome Air Canada’s announcement of a new rouge service from Toronto Pearson to London’s Gatwick airport starting next summer. This new service will offer our passengers even more choice and convenience when it comes to planning their travel schedule – and that’s an important part of how we’re working to put our passengers first.”
Tickets for both routes will be available for purchase starting July 2, 2015 and service between Montreal and Lyon will begin June 16, 2016 and operate up to five-times weekly with an Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 37 International Business Class lie-flat suites and 228 Economy class seats. Air Canada rouge’s summer seasonal service betweenToronto and London-Gatwick will begin May 19, 2016 and operate up to seven-times weekly with a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with 24 Premium rouge seats and 256 rouge seats. All flights are timed to optimize connectivity through Air Canada’s Montreal and Toronto hubs respectively.