Air Canada's big surprise for Manchester

The world-famous Maple Leaf is about to go mainline at Manchester! Key Aero has all the details you need to know to catch a glimpse (or even a seat) on the new service...


Air Canada will resume its non-stop seasonal service between Toronto/Pearson and Manchester (MAN) from June 1. However, the five-times weekly operation – scheduled to run until September 30 – will look and feel a little different to its pre-pandemic structure.

The flag carrier has confirmed to Key Aero that its flights to and from the northwest gateway will be served by its mainline operation, instead of its leisure-focused Rouge subsidiary.


As a result, Manchester will receive Airbus A330-300 aircraft, accommodating up to 297 passengers, with a three-cabin configuration. This comprises ‘Signature Class’ (which features lie-flat seats, pictured), premium economy and economy. Flight numbers AC808 and AC809 have been assigned for the refreshed route.

Ian Costigan, interim managing director at MAN said: “We are thrilled to see Air Canada return to Manchester Airport as we play our part in reconnecting our region with the world. The service to Toronto is fantastic news for companies large and small across the North who do business with Canada, and also for tourism and those visiting friends and family.

"It is also great to see the carrier return with its mainline service, offering a high-quality product with both business and premium economy classes.”


In addition to the upcoming service between Manchester and Toronto, Air Canada currently offers nonstop services from London/Heathrow to Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal and Calgary as well as between Dublin and Toronto. Seasonal Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner services from Edinburgh are also poised to take flight this summer.


Flight information:


Flight AC 808

Dep: Toronto at 21:00

Arr: Manchester at 09:00 (+1)

Operates: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat

From: 30 May – 29 September 2022



Flight AC 809

Dep: Manchester at 12:15

Arr: Toronto at 14:55

Operates: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun

From: June 1 – September 30, 2022