International flight routes resume from Canada amid strong demand

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As Canadians regain confidence in their international travel, airlines are resuming international flights to meet demand.

Air Transat has announced the resumption of its service to the United Kingdom and Portugal, while Air Canada has announced flights to Australia from December.

International flight routes resume from Canada as demand increases

Air Transat resumes flights to Portugal and the United Kingdom

After months of suspension due to Covid-19, Air Transat has announced the resumption of flights from Canada to Portugal.

The company now offers two direct flights per week from Montreal to Lisbon and from Toronto to Porto. They will also begin direct flights from Toronto to Faro on January 18.

train in portugal

Canadians can currently enter Portugal with a vaccination certificate or a negative Covid-19 test.

Air Transat has also resumed its international flights from Canada to the United Kingdom, with a weekly flight three times from Toronto to London Gatwick.

In response to demand, the airline is also planning to resume flights from Toronto to Manchester on October 19, earlier than originally planned.

Canada is currently on the green list for entry into the UK. Travel will become even easier there as the country prepares to abandon its pre-arrival test in October for vaccinated travelers.

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Air Transat CEO Annick Guerard said more than 90 percent of Transat destinations have reopened. While overall capacity is expected to be 35% lower this winter than before the pandemic, load factors (a measure of an airline’s ability to fill its planes) and prices have been better than expected.

“We are currently seeing good trends in bookings, although they tend to move closer to the departure date than before,” said Guerard. “People are always careful, and they decide at the last minute. “

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Air Canada resumes flights to Australia

As Australia extended its travel ban until December 17, there are signs of hope for the rebound into the new year as the country tests a vaccine passport and Qantas announces plans to restart international flights.

Air Canada also seems confident Australia will reopen by December. They announced the resumption of their Sydney-Vancouver route four times a week, with the first flight taking off on December 17.

Cityscape image of Sydney, Australia with Harbor Bridge and Sydney skyline during sunset.

“As travel restrictions ease around the world, we are committed to rebuilding our international network and continuing as a global carrier connecting the world to Canada. With Australians keen to travel to Canada again, we are ready to reunite customers with their families and friends, ”said Vic Naughton, General Manager, Australia and New Zealand at Air Canada.

Canadians become more confident about traveling again

As vaccination rates rise and border restrictions ease, Canadians are increasingly confident in traveling.

“The increase in vaccinations across the country and the relaxation of border measures have undoubtedly contributed to the growing interest of Canadians in travel to sun destinations,” said the spokesperson for Sunwing Travel Group, Melanie Anne Filipp.

Pearson International Airport Toronto Canada

Passenger traffic hit its highest levels since the pandemic began this summer, forcing Air Canada and WestJet to call on volunteers to help at airports. While levels are still significantly lower from 2019, demand is only expected to increase this winter.

Both Air Transat and Air Canada experienced strong demand for reservations to sunny destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean this winter.

Philipsburg, St. Martin, the cruise port.

“With regard to the sun market, we are very optimistic about our recovery,” airline spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick told CBC News, adding that “we are currently seeing growth in demand above the levels. of 2019 “.

“We confirm that demand is doing well and we clearly feel that the desire to travel is back,” said Air Transat spokesperson Debbie Cabana.

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