These are the flights you can take from airlines in Canada this summer
International travel hasn’t been a luxury in Canada for some time now due to travel advisories and quarantine regulations here, and around the world brought on by the global pandemic.
The steep drop in air travel will likely take years to fully recover, with domestic travel suspected to be on the rise this summer, as other parts of the world open up.
Canadian airlines that have been fully grounded for the last three months are setting dates to resume flights in the coming weeks and others continue to add new flights to their summer travel schedules to encourage vacationers.
Just remember that if you do take a trip, make sure to adhere to the rules.
Here are what the summer flight schedules look like for Canada’s major airlines.
Emerging from the pandemic, during which as much as 95 per cent of their flights were grounded, Air Canada has now announced that nearly 100 destinations in Canada, the U.S., Asia, South America, Europe and the Caribbean will be added to its schedule this summer. More routes will be added in August and September.
Service to the U.S. resumed in May, with six destinations being served (down from 53 last year), including New York-LaGuardia, Washington-Dulles, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago. There were plans to add more on June 22, but nothing has been announced.
Air Canada has also continued to operate to global destinations, including service from Toronto to Frankfurt, London, Zurich, Tokyo and Tel Aviv; from Montreal to Frankfurt, London, Paris and Brussels; and from Vancouver to London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Seoul.
International services will expand even further in July, including Montreal to Athens, Rome, Geneva; Toronto to Munich, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Rome and Athens; Calgary to Frankfurt; and, subject to government approval, Vancouver to Shanghai.
By adding 45 destinations in July, WestJet will be doubling the flights it offered last month. From July 5 through Aug. 4, the airline will be adding 39 Canadian destinations, as well as five in the U.S. (Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Atlanta, LaGuardia, and Orlando) and one in Mexico (Cancun).
After gradually suspending all flights at the onset of the pandemic, Air Transat announced the resumption of flights and tour operator activities as of July 23, provided that travel restrictions allow it.
At that time, the airline will be offering a new flight schedule to more than 20 destinations in Canada, the U.S. (Fort Lauderdale) and the Caribbean (Cancun, Cayo Coco, Port-au-Prince and Punta Cana).
International services to Europe will also resume in July and August, including Montreal to Athens, Bordeaux, Lisbon, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Paris, Toulouse; and Toronto to Athens, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Porto and Rome.
Sunwing has suspended all southbound flights until July 31. However, the airline will be making it a little easier for Canadians to do a bit of domestic travel this summer, with flights from Toronto to Deer Lake, Gander and St. John's, starting on June 26. As well as weekly flights between Toronto and Vancouver starting on June 28.
As of April, Flair has been expanding its current route schedule with service to Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver (with a return to Kelowna and Winnipeg). The airline will delay the launch of other locations as a result of the pandemic, including Ottawa, Halifax, Saint John and Charlottetown.
Another airline that’s looking to bolster domestic tourism is Swoop. The summer schedule will begin July 1 until September 13 and includes services between Hamilton, Edmonton, Abbotsford and Halifax.
Seasonal service to Victoria, Kelowna, Charlottetown, Moncton and St. John's has been postponed, however, and flights to London and Winnipeg will continue to be suspended until October 24. Swoop is also extending its temporary trans-border and international route suspensions through to Sept. 13.
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