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Sunday 20 March 2022

Why Air Canada's return is good news for travellers

There is a huge advantage in choosing an airline that flies direct between Australia and Canada.

It means you do not have to land in the US. 

Travelers must apply for and receive an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) even when transiting through the US to a third country. 

Which is an unnecessary hassle. 

Good news, then, that Air Canada is ramping up its transpacific services, adding a choice of carriers for flyers.

Air Canada will have a daily service between Vancouver and Sydney from May 1. 

The airline will also reinstate Brisbane flights four times a week starting on July 1.

Later in the year it will re-starts flying to Auckland with three flights a week.

“We are accelerating the restoration of our Australian and New Zealand routes to respond to pent-up travel as borders reopen,” said Mark Galardo, senior vice president, network planning and revenue management (hell of a job title that!) at Air Canada.

Air Canada’s flights connect to and from Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Cairns and other cities via code-share agreement with Virgin Australia.

Air Canada’s Signature Suite lounge in Vancouver is expected to reopen this summer.

“We are thrilled with the expansion of the Air Canada network and to welcome our Aussie and Kiwi friends back to British Columbia to experience the hospitality we are known for,” said Melanie Mark, minister of tourism, arts, culture and sport for the province.

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