Air Canada Announces Huge Expansion

Air Canada Airbus A330-300 wearing the new livery departing from Montreal

Air Canada is boosting its schedule in preparation for the summer 2024 schedule with a huge capacity increase.

North America will be the focus of Air Canada’s latest network capacity expansion for summer 2024.

Two new destinations will join the network alongside a further five new routes. Air Canada says it’ll also substantially increase frequencies on key routes.

The airline has said that the resumption of popular seasonal routes will also occur earlier than expected to address pressing demand levels.

120 destinations will be served in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean, equating to 520 daily flights. Air Canada says this equates to approximately 66,000 seats being dispatched and represents a 5% increase from the 2023 summer schedule.

Air Canada Announces New Destinations

The flag carrier of Canada has announced that it’ll begin service to Tulum, Mexico, from Toronto and Montreal with year-round service.

Toronto’s connection acting as AC1854 and AC1855 will operate on Fridays and Sundays from May 3, 2024. Meanwhile, AC1874 and AC1875 will depart from Montreal to Tulum on Saturdays, with service commencing on May 4, 2024.

I celebrate this great announcement from Air Canada. Without connectivity there is no tourism, and the two new routes to the new Tulum International Airport, which is ready to receive five million passengers, will boost the arrival of tourists from our second most important source market for international tourists.

Lic. Miguel Torruco Marqués, Secretario de Turismo, Mexico

Charleston will act as another new location from Toronto for Air Canada. Operating daily from March 28, 2024, the year-round service has been designated AC8629/AC8628 as its flight number.

Charleston International Airport is delighted to welcome the addition of Toronto as an international destination, made possible by the introduction of Air Canada’s daily flights providing a seamless link between Canada’s largest metropolitan area and the Charleston Lowcountry. Not only does the new service connect two of the top cosmopolitan destinations worldwide, renowned for their extraordinary landmarks, rich culture, entertainment and leisure adventures, this route offers customers unmatched travel options and conveniences, whether travelling for leisure, visiting friends and family, or for business.

Elliott Summey, Executive Director and CEO at Charleston International Airport.

Air Canada To Increase Flying Elsewhere

Alongside adding two new locations Air Canada will serve, the carrier has announced it’ll also add other flights to its network.

From May 2, 2024, Montreal to Austin will see the launch of a four-times-weekly service as AC1051/AC1050.

Montreal will see further connectivity on May 1, 2024, with a summer seasonal service to St Louis (STL). Air Canada adds this flight will operate daily and has been assigned AC8867/8688 as its flight number.

Significant Changes To The Summer 2024 Flying Schedule

Air Canada has further announced several adjustments to the peak summer 2024 service compared to the 2023 summer schedule. These decisions have been made in response to record levels of demand and projected forecasts.

Montreal Service Adjustments In 2024

Montreal will see Air Canada focus on enhancing several services towards critical destinations in the United States.

Montreal HubPeak summer 2024 service improvements
compared to summer 2023 and seasonal
resumptions
Montreal (YUL) – Boston (BOS)Increases to 4 daily flights from 3
Montreal (YUL) – Las Vegas (LAS)Increases to 2 daily flights from 1
Montreal (YUL) – Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP)Increases to 2 daily flights from 1
Montreal (YUL) – Phoenix (PHX)Increases to 5 weekly flights from 3
Montreal (YUL) – Pittsburgh (PIT)Resumes May 1, daily flights
Montreal (YUL) – Raleigh/Durham (RDU)Resumes May 1, daily flights
Montreal (YUL) – San Diego (SAN)Resumes May 1, daily flights
Montreal (YUL) – Edmonton (YEG)Increases to 3 daily flights from 2
Montreal (YUL) – Gander (YQX)Resumes June 14, daily flights
Montreal (YUL) – Iles de La Madeleine (YGR)Resumes May 17, daily flights
Montreal (YUL) – Victoria (YYJ)Increases to 5 weekly flights from 3

Toronto Service Adjustments In 2024

Toronto is also expected to see increases as the airline continues to optimise its schedule to meet demand.

Toronto HubPeak summer 2024 service improvements
compared to summer 2023 and seasonal
resumptions
Toronto (YYZ) – Kansas City (MCI)Resumes June 1, daily flights
Toronto (YYZ) – Nashville (BNA)Increases to 2 daily flights from 1
Toronto (YYZ) – Phoenix (PHX)Increases to 2 daily flights from 1
Toronto (YYZ) – Portland (PDX)Resumes May 1, daily flights
Toronto (YYZ) – Nassau (NAS)Increases to 6 weekly flights from 4
Toronto (YYZ) – Sacramento (SMF)Resumes May 1, 5 weekly flights
Toronto (YYZ) – Salt Lake City (SLC)Resumes May 1, 4 weekly flights
Toronto (YYZ) – Gander (YQX)Resumes June 1, daily flights
Toronto (YYZ) – Vancouver (YVR)Increases to 14 daily flights from 13
Toronto (YYZ) – Victoria (YYJ)Increases to 3 daily flights from 2

Vancouver Service Adjustments In 2024

Vancouver will see one of the most extensive schedule improvements, with several locations within Canada and the United States seeing service increases in preparation for the busy season.

Vancouver HubPeak summer 2024 service improvements
compared to summer 2023 and seasonal
resumptions
Vancouver (YVR) – Anchorage (ANC)Resumes May 14, daily flights
Vancouver (YVR) – Austin (AUS)Resumes May 1, increases 4 weekly flights from 2 weekly
Vancouver (YVR) – Portland (PDX)Increases to 4 daily flights from 3
Vancouver (YVR) – Washington Dulles (IAD)Increases to daily from 5 weekly
Vancouver (YVR) – San Diego (SAN)Increases to 3 daily flights from 2
Vancouver (YVR) – Sacramento (SMF)Increases to 2 daily flights from 1
Vancouver (YVR) – Cranbrook (YXC)Increases to 2 daily flights from 1
Vancouver (YVR) – Fort St. John (YXJ)Increases to 4 daily flights from 3
Vancouver (YVR) – Halifax (YHZ)Resumes May 1, 2 daily flights
Vancouver (YVR) – Prince George (YXS)Increases to 4 daily flights from 3
Vancouver (YVR) – Terrace (YXT)Increases to 5 daily flights from 4
Vancouver (YVR) – Toronto (YYZ)Increases to 14 daily flights from 13
Vancouver (YVR) – Smithers (YYD)Increases to 2 daily flights from 1

Away from these three significant locations, there’ll be service increases from Saskatchewan, Ottawa, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton and Victoria.

Daniel Fowkes
16 Dec 2023
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