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Air Canada to offer ‘COVID-tested flights’ to Italy

Air Canada has announced that it will offer ‘COVID-tested flights’ to Italy, giving Canadians a chance to escape to Europe this summer. The carrier also mentions that it is the only Canadian airline to offer such flights.

Air Canada to Italy

Starting 2nd July 2021, Air Canada will operate twice-weekly flights between Toronto Pearson International Airport and Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport. The flight schedule is:

  • Toronto-Rome
  • Departure time: 19:35
  • Arrival time: 08:45 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 8 hours and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: AC890
  • Frequency: Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Rome-Toronto
  • Departure time: 12:50
  • Arrival time: 16:10
  • Flight time: 9 hours and 20 minutes
  • Flight number: AC891
  • Frequency: Thursdays and Saturdays

And from 3rd July 2021, the flag carrier of Canada will operate once-weekly flights between Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport. The flight schedule is:

  • Montreal-Rome
  • Departure time: 19:05
  • Arrival time: 08:45 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 7 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: AC892
  • Frequency: Only Saturdays
  • Rome-Montreal
  • Departure time: 13:40
  • Arrival time: 16:20
  • Flight time: 8 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: AC893
  • Frequency: Only Sundays

Both the routes will be operated by Air Canada’s Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner featuring 30 lie-flat business class seats, 21 premium economy seats and 247 standard economy class seats.

Passengers travelling on these ‘COVID-tested flights’ will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 antigenic or RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours of their departure from Canada. They’ll also have to take another test upon landing in Italy, but will not be required to isolate or participate in health monitoring programs if they test negative.

Passengers who test positive prior to departure will not be allowed to board the aircraft. However, they will be entitled to a refund – within 2 weeks – or will be provided with a voucher for future travel.

Americans are already able to travel to Italy on COVID-tested flights from various airlines, including Delta Airlines and American Airlines. This week, Emirates too launched COVID-tested flights between Milan and New York JFK while the Middle Eastern carrier also announced COVID-tested flights to Italy from its hub in Dubai.

Travelers from the United States will also be able to take benefit of Air Canada’s flights to Italy. Canadian officials continue to recommend that people avoid nonessential travel. Inbound travel for tourism is also not yet permitted in Canada.

Italy has reopened for tourism once again along with Spain, Greece and some other European nations. Meanwhile, Air Canada recently resumed flights to Dubai and has also announced new routes to Hawaii for Winter 2022.

Featured image by Air Canada

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