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Air Canada resumes flights to Australia; to resume flights to Auckland in November

Air Canada has announced the resumption of flights to Australia. The airline has resumed flights to Sydney and will resume flights to Brisbane in July 2022.

Air Canada has resumed flights between Vancouver International Airport and Sydney Airport. The airline currently operates 4-flights-a-week between the two cities which ramps up to daily from 1st May 2022.

As of 1st July 2022, the airline will operate 4-flights-a-week between Vancouver International Airport and Brisbane Airport.

From 10th November 2022, Air Canada will operate 3-weekly service between Vancouver International Airport and Auckland Airport.

The flights on Vancouver-Sydney-Vancouver route run with the following schedule:

  • Vancouver-Sydney
  • Departure time: 23:15
  • Arrival time: 07:45 (+2 days)
  • Flight time: 15 hours and 30 minutes
  • Flight number: AC33
  • Frequency: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays (increasing to 5-weekly from 1st April 2022 (additional flights on Saturdays); again increasing to daily from 1st May 2022)
  • Sydney-Vancouver
  • Departure time: 09:30
  • Arrival time: 07:10
  • Flight time: 14 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: AC34
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays (increasing to 5-weekly from 1st April 2022 (additional flights on Mondays); again increasing to daily from 1st May 2022)

The flights on Vancouver-Brisbane-Vancouver route will run with the following schedule:

  • Vancouver-Brisbane
  • Departure time: 22:55
  • Arrival time: 06:35 (+2 days)
  • Flight time: 14 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: AC35
  • Frequency: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Brisbane-Vancouver
  • Departure time: 10:15
  • Arrival time: 06:50
  • Flight time: 13 hours and 35 minutes
  • Flight number: AC36
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Note: This flight resumes on 3rd July 2022

The flights on Vancouver-Auckland-Vancouver route will run with the following schedule:

  • Vancouver-Auckland
  • Departure time: 22:45
  • Arrival time: 10:05 (+2 days)
  • Flight time: 14 hours and 20 minutes
  • Flight number: AC39
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Auckland-Vancouver
  • Departure time: 14:30
  • Arrival time: 06:30
  • Flight time: 13 hours
  • Flight number: AC39
  • Frequency: Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Note: This flight resumes on 12th November 2022

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Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management, Air Canada, said:

Air Canada is solidifying its market-leading position as the airline providing the most services between Canada and the South Pacific. We are accelerating the restoration of our Australian and New Zealandroutes to respond to pent-up travel between our countries as borders reopen. The seamless connections through in-transit pre-clearance facilities combined with our extensive North American network at our Vancouver hub positions YVR to be the preferred gateway for travel between North America and the South Pacific.

He added:

Our restored South Pacific flights and vast North American network will support local tourism and hospitality sectors as customers in all four countries visit and explore. Customers can start planning ahead and book with confidence. We look forward to welcoming you onboard our award-winning airline.

Related: Air Canada to relaunch 34 long-haul routes as per part of expanded summer schedule

Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, said:

We are thrilled with the expansion of the Air Canada network and to welcome our Aussie and Kiwi friends back to British Columbia to experience the incredible natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and hospitality we are known for. Our tourism operators have been excitedly preparing for the return of more flights from the South Pacific to once again share authentic Indigenous experiences, local and sustainable cuisine and beverages, and unique accommodations for all types of travelers to eat, play and stay in B.C.

Mike McNaney, Vice President & Chief External Affairs Officer, Vancouver Airport Authority, said:

Air Canada resuming service from Vancouver to Australia and New Zealand as part of its continued network expansion at YVR is incredibly exciting and marks another step forward as we move through the pandemic. We know Canadians are eager to travel to the South Pacific and reunite with family and friends after nearly two years of border restrictions. We’re looking forward to these flights to Brisbane and Auckland taking off from YVR in July and November, respectively.

Tony Crossman, President – Canada, Australia, New Zealand Business Association (Vancouver), said:

These flights will help support trade and business relationships between Canada, Australia and New Zealand. As an Association that strives to foster greater business relationships between these countries, these flights are welcome news

Flights to Sydney will be operated by Boeing B777-300ER while flights to Brisbane and Auckland will be operated by Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner. All the flights will feature Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class.

Passengers travelling to/from Australia and New Zealand on Air Canada will easily be able to connect to/from the airline’s destinations in North America, including New York-Newark, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Victoria, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles among other cities.

In Sydney and Brisbane, Air Canada’s flights will connect easily to and from Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Cairns and other destinations with code-share partner Virgin Australia.

Air Canada’s Signature Suite at YVR is planned to re-open by this summer. It is available to select Signature Service customers travelling to international destinations and is located on the second floor of the International Maple Leaf Lounge in YVR, and in Toronto Pearson’s Terminal 1.

Meanwhile, Air Canada recently announced that it will launch 7 new North American routes and resume flights on 41 routes.

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