Air Canada reveals new transborder routes

The flag carrier will boost its services to the United States thanks to new connections planned from December.

Air Canada is earmarked to launch two, year-round transborder routes from December 16.

Halifax in Nova Scotia will be linked with New York/Newark on a daily frequency. Operated by Air Canada Express De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400s, the outbound rotation – Flight AC 8670 – departs Halifax at 1145hrs with a scheduled arrival into Newark at 1304hrs local time. The return leg, AC 8669, then takes-off at 1345hrs before landing back into Canada at 1635hrs local.

Elsewhere, Air Canada is to connect Vancouver and Houston/Intercontinental daily using Airbus A220-300s. Flight AC 1300 departs British Columbia at 0845hrs, which lands into Houston at 1508hrs local time. The return – AC 1301 – leaves Texas at 1630hrs and arrives back in Vancouver at 1915hrs local.

According to the airline, its US network in summer 2023 is set to be 6% above 2019 (pre-pandemic) capacity.

Air Canada's maiden Airbus A220, a -300 example C-GROV (c/n 55067), entered service on January 16, 2020. Today, it fields a 31-strong fleet of the type
Air Canada's maiden Airbus A220, a -300 example C-GROV (c/n 55067), entered service on January 16, 2020. Today, it fields a 31-strong fleet of the type Olivier Cote/Airbus

Mark Galardo, senior vice president, network planning and revenue management at Air Canada, said: "With these new routes from Halifax and Vancouver, Air Canada is meeting demand in these important markets and building on our strengthened transborder partnership with United Airlines to solidify our leadership in the Canada-US market.”

He added: "These routes will give customers in Atlantic and Western Canada more convenient options for flying to the US. They will reinforce the already strong links between Atlantic Canada and New York, while for customers in Western Canada they will provide more options for reaching destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean through United Airlines' Houston hub. They will also facilitate many new one-stop connections from the US onto Air Canada's extensive domestic and global network."

Air Canada, which serves 51 airports across the US, is the largest foreign carrier to the country in terms of the number of flights.