Canada's Condominium Magazine
Air Canada continues to add new destinations to its routes into and out of Toronto. These include Marseille, Zagreb, Brisbane, Mumbai, Casablanca, Prague, Bucharest, Berlin, and Algiers. Continuing to branch out, the airline has recently announced plans to add a second daily nonstop between Memphis and Toronto one year after the launch of the first.
In May, the airline will have a morning departure as well as the already-established afternoon departure due to strengthening demand among its customer base. The airline will fly a 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 along the new route. The current flight arrives in Memphis at 3:22 p.m. and departs for a return trip at 3:55 p.m. The new flight will leave Memphis at 6 a.m. and arrive in Toronto at 9:25 a.m. An evening flight will leave Toronto at 8:25 p.m. and arrive in Memphis at 9:51 p.m.
The current daily flight typically remains 90 per cent full during busy seasons. Air Canada’s Senior Director Lisa Pierce stated, “There has been a strong response from Memphis and the surrounding community to Air Canada’s service and consequently we are pleased to expand it by adding a second flight.”
“Apart from visiting Canada,” said Pierce, “many customers are connecting onward through our Toronto global hub and the timing of this second flight starting this spring will make it even more convenient for people flying from Memphis to connect onward to our extensive Asian network.”
The new Air Canada route will also give Memphis flyers a connection to more than 160 international destinations. Some of these include Budapest, Copenhagen, Dubai, Vienna, Warsaw, and various Canadian cities.
Pace Cooper, chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board of commissioners, said, “We are thrilled to welcome back Air Canada, and are excited to return daily international service to our passengers. This route is more than a connection between Memphis and Toronto – it opens up many, many international connections for Memphis travelers as well.”
Furthermore, he stated that the “second frequency boldly shows that Air Canada is responding to the strong demand of the Memphis market, and more importantly, it opens up Toronto as a gateway city through which Memphis passengers will be able to achieve very convenient one-stop service to Asia, Europe and the Middle East.”
The airline is also adding new routes to other locations around North America and the rest of the world. On May 1st, when it launches the new routes between Toronto and Memphis, it will also begin non-stop flights between Toronto and US cities such as Omaha and Providence, while Sacramento flights will use the Vancouver hub. Air Canada President for Passenger Airlines stated, “We continue to strategically expand our already extensive North American trans-border network to offer the only services from Canada to Sacramento, Omaha, Providence, and flights from additional Canadian airports to Baltimore, Pittsburgh and San Francisco.”
Smith also expressed stated that the move to branch out into the United States puts the airline “in a very privileged position to offer connections.”