Air Canada has inaugurated service between Toronto Pearson International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport, making the airline the only carrier serving all three major airports in the New York City region from Canada.
The new Toronto-New York JFK service is operated by Jazz Air LP as an Air Canada Express franchisee, using 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets. The first Air Canada Express service to land at New York JFK was flight AC8902, which arrived on the morning of May 3.
Air Canada’s New York JFK flights, operating to and from Terminal 7 at JFK, offer early morning, middle-of-the-day and evening arrivals and departures.
Along with the new route, Air Canada’s existing service to Newark Liberty International Airport and a new additional daily flight between Toronto and New York LaGuardia (which began on May 1, bringing that service to hourly frequency) means the carrier will operate up to 38 non-stop return flights a day between Canada and New York City this summer.
“New York is a popular destination and Air Canada is very pleased to offer our customers three-times daily service to John F. Kennedy International Airport and now hourly service to LaGuardia from Toronto Pearson in addition to our Newark service,” said Ben Smith, executive vice-president and chief commercial officer for Air Canada.
According to Smith, the added flights mean Air Canada is now providing customers with the most flights, widest choice of airports and greatest service convenience of all airlines flying between New York and Canada.
“The flights are timed to enable customers to easily connect at our Toronto hub to other destinations in our extensive domestic and international network, such as Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing,” adds Smith. “All eligible customers will also be able to collect and redeem Aeroplan miles.”
The new flights from Toronto mean Air Canada will operate a total of up to 38 return flights a day to the New York metropolitan area this summer from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver.
Air Canada customers to and from New York now have a choice of three airports across the New York City region, the option to purchase flight passes, and access to Maple Leaf or Star Alliance partner lounges at all airports with priority ground services where applicable.
In addition, Air Canada flights to New York LaGuardia and Newark feature Executive Class, Air Canada claiming it is the only Canadian airline offering business class service to New York.
Air Canada’s peak daily schedule to New York for summer 2012 will see 14 round-trips from Toronto to New York LaGuardia; six to Newark and three to New York JFK.
From Montreal, Air Canada is operating seven daily round-trips to LaGuardia and three to Newark. From Ottawa, the carrier is offering three round-trips a day to LaGuardia.
Air Canada is also operating one daily round-trip from Calgary to Newark and one daily round-trip from Vancouver to Newark.