Air Canada has announced that its current seasonal service between Dublin and Toronto will be converted to year-round service operated by its new leisure carrier, Air Canada rouge, beginning in 2014.
The carrier will operate the route this year from May 17 through to September 30 and Air Canada rouge will commence the year-round service from May 1, 2014, with bookings on the new service available from next month.
The airline's executive vice president and chief commercial officer Ben Smith said
“Air Canada has been serving Ireland since its predecessor, Trans-Canada Air Lines, first flew to Shannon in 1947. Today, there is a very strong market for both leisure customers and visiting friends and relatives, so this is an ideal market for our new leisure carrier, Air Canada rouge, to operate more cost effectively on a year-round basis.
“This is the fourth European destination announced for Air Canada rouge, which will begin flying this July to Edinburgh, Venice and Athens in addition to a number of Caribbean destinations. We intend to grow Air Canada rouge quickly from four aircraft to 32 aircraft by the end of 2014 and 42 aircraft by the end of 2015.”
Air Canada rouge’s July 1 launch network also includes 11 destinations in the Caribbean. Its startup fleet consists of two Airbus A319 aircraft and two Boeing 767-300ER aircraft that will grow to ten aircraft by the end of this year, 32 aircraft by the end of 2014 and 42 aircraft by the end of 2015.
For more information and bookings visit www.aircanada.com/en