Air Canada has announced a strategic expansion of its India services, with additional flights from Toronto, and a new year-round, non-stop route between Montreal and Delhi.
Starting Oct. 31, just in time for Diwali celebrations, Air Canada will offer three flights per week to the growing Indian community in Montreal.
Additionally, the airline is increasing frequency to Delhi from Toronto to ten flights per week beginning Oct. 15.
All flights will be operated with Air Canada's 298-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
"The Canada-India market is an important and strategic one for Air Canada. These additional flights and new route demonstrate Air Canada's anticipation about the promise and growth of the Indian subcontinent– and we also look forward to further strengthening the cultural and business ties between our two countries," said Mark Galardo, senior vice-president, network planning and revenue management at Air Canada. "Today's announcement also confirms Air Canada's commitment to growing its main hubs of Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, with convenient non-stop service to India from each hub."
Air Canada is the only carrier offering a direct service to Delhi out of Montreal, Galardo pointed out, while allowing for easy connections through the network.
"We continue to focus on the growing visiting friends and relatives market and this capacity expansion is a response to increasing demand," he said.
The update comes after the Government of Canada, last month, allowed its India flight ban to expire, allowing travellers eligible to enter Canada to board direct flights from India to Canada with enhanced measures.
Ottawa's restrictions on flights from India was first introduced on April 22 due to rising cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant in the country.
Air Canada offers daily flights from Vancouver, up to ten flights a week from Toronto and three flights a week from Montreal.
The airline's service to Mumbai will resume when conditions permit.
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For details on the full schedule please visit aircanada.com
Passengers are advised to visit Air Canada's Travel Ready Hub for the latest government entry requirements.
Specific requirements apply to passengers arriving on direct flights from India. Click here for details.