As part of Air Canada’s 2016 summer schedule, lower-cost unit Air Canada rouge will launch the Air Canada group’s first route to Africa and will add four European cities to its global network.
The new routes will link Toronto Pearson International Airport with Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, and Glasgow; and Montreal-Trudeau International Airport with Casablanca on Morocco’s west coast.
In 2016 Air Canada rouge will operate all five new long-haul routes on a summer-season basis but Air Canada plans eventually to make one of them, the Montreal-Casablanca route, a year-round service.
Air Canada rouge’s new service linking Montreal with Casablanca will make Air Canada one of only a dozen airlines in the world to serve six continents.
The route will also be the only scheduled non-stop service to North Africa by a North American carrier, according to Air Canada.
“Our aim is to transform this new route into a year-round operation,” said Benjamin Smith, president, passenger airlines at Air Canada.
“Our new, non-stop Air Canada rouge routes to Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, and Glasgow from Toronto Pearson are equally important as we continue to build out our network from our global gateway hub with more international destinations,” added Smith.
Air Canada rouge will operate all five new long-haul routes with 280-seat Boeing 767-300ERs offering a choice of premium and economy cabins.
Its three-times-weekly Toronto-Prague service begins on May 29. Flight AC1922 will leave Toronto Pearson International Airport (IATA code YYZ) at 4:55 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving at Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) at 7:20 a.m. the next morning, local time.
The return flight, AC1923 will depart PRG at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from May 30 and will reach YYZ at 12:40 p.m. local time. The seasonal service will end on September 29, 2016.
Air Canada rouge will launch its four-times-weekly Montreal-Casablanca service on June 3, assuming it receives the necessary government approvals.
Flight AC1936 will push back from the gate at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) at 9:40 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from June 3, landing at Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) at 10:00 a.m. the next morning, local time.
The return flight, AC1937, will push back from the gate at CMN at 11:55 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from June 4 and touch down at YUL at 2:45 p.m. local time. Service ends for the season on October 17, 2016.
Air Canada rouge will start operating its Toronto-Budapest service on June 10 and it will operate three round-trips a week on the route.
Flight AC1910 will vacate its gate at YYZ at 10:35 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 10, getting to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) at 1:35 p.m. the following afternoon, local time.
The return flight, AC1911, will begin taxiing at BUD at 3:05 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from June 11 and will reach YYZ at 6:45 p.m. local time. Service ends for the season on October 15, 2016.
Air Canada rouge’s three-times-weekly Toronto-Glasgow service begins on June 13. Flight AC1938 will depart YYZ at 6:55 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from June 13, touching down at Glasgow Airport (GLA) at 6:40 a.m. the following morning, local time.
The return flight, AC1939, will leave GLA at 8:25 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from June 14, arriving at YYZ at 10:50 a.m. local time. The service will end for the season on September 25, 2016.
Air Canada rouge’s three-times-weekly Toronto-Warsaw service will start on June 16. Flight AC1926 will vacate the gate at YYZ at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from June 16, reaching Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport (WAW) at 9:30 a.m. the following morning, local time.
The return flight, AC1927, will push back from the gate at WAW at 11:00 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 17 and get to YYZ at 2:50 p.m. local time. The service will end for the season on September 30, 2016.
This year, Air Canada and Air Canada rouge have launched new long-haul services from Montreal to Venice and Mexico, from Vancouver to Osaka, and from Toronto to Amsterdam.
In November, Air Canada will launch non-stop service to Dubai and Delhi from Toronto and the group has also announced new services in 2016 to Brisbane from Vancouver, to Lyon from Montreal, and to London Gatwick Airport from Toronto.