As Canadians become more confident about traveling internationally again, airlines are resuming international flight routes to keep up with demand.
Air Transat has announced that it will be resuming its service to the United Kingdom and Portugal, while Air Canada has announced flights to Australia starting in December.
Air Transat Resuming Flights To Portugal and United Kingdom
After months of suspension due to Covid-19, Air Transat has announced that it’s resuming flights from Canada to Portugal.
The company is now running two direct flights per week from Montreal to Lisbon and Toronto to Porto. They will also start direct flights from Toronto to Faro on January 18.
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 UK, with a three-time weekly flight from Toronto to London Gatwick.
In response to demand, the airline also plans to resume its flights from Toronto to Manchester on October 19th, earlier than originally planned.
Air Transat chief executive Annick Guerard said that over 90 percent of Transat’s destinations have reopened. While overall capacity is expected to be 35 percent lower this winter than before the pandemic, load factors (a measure of an airline’s ability to fill its planes) and pricing have been better than anticipated.
“We currently see good trends in the bookings, even if they tend to come in closer to the departure date than they used to,” Guerard said. “People are still cautious, and they decide at the last minute.”
Air Canada Resuming Flights to Australia
While Australia extended its travel ban until December 17th, there are hopeful signs for the rebound by the new year as the country trials a vaccine passport and Qantas announces plans to restart international flights.
Air Canada also seems confident that 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.
“As travel restrictions ease across the globe, we are committed to rebuild our international network and continue as a global carrier connecting the world with Canada. With Australians eager to travel again to Canada, we are ready to reunite customers with their families and friends,” said Vic Naughton, general manager, Australia and New Zealand at Air Canada.
Canadians Are Becoming More Confident About Traveling Again
As vaccination rates increase and more border restrictions ease, Canadians are growing more confident about traveling.
“The rise in vaccinations across the country and easing border measures have without a doubt contributed to Canadians’ increasing interest in travel to sun destinations,” said Sunwing Travel Group spokesperson Melanie Anne Filipp.
Passenger traffic has reached its highest levels since the pandemic began this summer, causing Air Canada and WestJet to ask volunteers to help at airports. While levels are still down significantly from 2019, demand is only expected to increase this winter.
Both Air Transat and Air Canada have seen a high demand for bookings to sun destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean this winter.
“When looking to the sun market, we are very optimistic about our recovery,” airline spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick told CBC News adding that “we are currently observing demand growth that is above 2019 levels.”
“We confirm that demand is doing well, and we clearly feel that the urge to travel is back,” said Air Transat spokesperson Debbie Cabana.
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