“Beginning summer 2018, we will capitalize on the growing traffic between Canada and Ireland and launch two new routes to Ireland, Toronto to Shannon and Montreal to Dublin”, said Benjamin Smith, President Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.
Outlining the potential for the service, which will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Andrew Murphy, managing director of Shannon Airport said: “Canadian tourists are high spenders and businesses along the Wild Atlantic Way in particular will benefit as the route will deliver significant Canadian visitors directly to their doorstep”.
The airline also flights a daily service between Dublin and Toronto and this is set to switch to a larger aircraft from the end of next month.
As part of the expansion, Air Canada will also transfer its existing Dublin-Toronto service from Air Canada Rouge to Air Canada mainline from October 29 of this year.
“Beginning summer 2018, we will capitalise on the growing traffic between Ireland and Canada and launch two new routes from Ireland, Shannon to Toronto and Dublin to Montreal”.
The flights will be operated on Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft – the airline’s newest single-aisle aircraft, with a Business and Economy cabin configuration.
“It will offer customers amenities such as fully lie flat suites in International Business Class, a Premium Economy cabin and seatback in-flight entertainment”.
The announcements come as travel between Ireland and Canada, and indeed North America as a whole, continues to boom. Air connectivity is the lifeblood of tourism and trade between our two countries. “We look forward to working with Air Canada and our tourism trade partners to ensure the success of the new service”, he said. The increase provides a major boost for both leisure and business tourism from Canada to the island of Ireland.
Tourism Ireland has also welcomed the announcement that direct flights are to resume between Shannon and Toronto.
And if you’re looking for some holiday inspo, you’ll be pleased to know that Dublin Airport has announced a new direct service to the very pretty city of Montreal.