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Air Canada Ramps Up International Service

Carrier will restart 17 routes to 11 destinations and add Cairo service

Air Canada has announced it will resume international flights on 17 routes to 11 destinations across the world from its hubs beginning later this month. The airline is restarting its service between Calgary and Frankfurt, up to four times weekly, and is also offering, for the first time, nonstop service from Montreal to Cairo three times weekly.

Other services that are restarting include Toronto-Vienna starting July 21, Toronto-Dublin beginning August 1, Toronto-Paris from August 2, Toronto-Zurich launching August 3. In addition, the airline is resuming Montreal-Geneva on July 22, and Montreal-Tel Aviv on August 1.

Along with the upcoming service resumptions, Air Canada has already resumed flights to Greece, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, UK and Morocco, and will increase frequencies to some of these destinations as of August. Flights from the Quebec city to London Heathrow will restart on August 3, with up to four services per week.

Mark Galardo, senior vice president, network planning and revenue management, said that as travel restrictions ease across the globe, the airline is committed to rebuilding its international network and continuing as a global carrier “to connect Canada to the world, while also developing additional markets and targeting new opportunities.” 

Galardo added, “We are pleased to restart our non-stop service between Calgary and Frankfurt, a key European market for our customers in Western Canada. This route will operate all year long, connecting Calgary to the world via the global hub of our transatlantic joint venture partner, Lufthansa, in Frankfurt. We are also considering additional routes as restrictions continue to loosen.”

In June, Air Canada announced an extension of its current COVID-19 refund policy which is set to expire soon. The policy allows eligible customers who purchased a non-refundable ticket before April 13, 2021 for travel on or after February 1, 2020, but who did not fly for any reason, to submit their request for a refund online or with their travel agent.

Eligible customers now have until July 12, 2021 to submit a refund request.