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Air Canada rouge to launch non-stop service from Glasgow to Toronto for Summer 2016

Air Canada rouge aeroplane in flight
Air Canada has announced new seasonal non-stop flights from Glasgow Airport to its Toronto hub, Toronto Pearson, beginning in summer 2016. The route will be operated by Air Canada rouge, its leisure carrier, and provide Scottish customers with convenient options when travelling to Canada for leisure or business.

The new service between the two cities will operate three times per week from 14 June to 25 September 2016. The flights are conveniently timed to connect with Air Canada’s extensive network across the Americas. Fares start from £400.60 roundtrip, including taxes and are now available for purchase via the air Canada website and also through travel agents.  

Air Canada rouge is designed to offer exceptional customer service, a relaxed in-flight environment and a host of Air Canada benefits. The Glasgow-Toronto route will be operated by 280-seat wide-body Boeing 767-300ER aircraft offering a choice of premium and economy cabins. Premium rouge customers can benefit from an enhanced meal service with carefully selected wines and beverages on fine dish- and glassware as well as a hot towel and snack service. Customers seated in rouge and rouge Plus will be served a complimentary hot meal with a selection of non-alcoholic beverages. Air Canada rouge flights offer customers streamed wireless inflight entertainment to their own personal electronic devices, stylish and modern cabin interiors with innovative new seats, and the ability to earn and redeem Aeroplan miles.  

“We are pleased to offer our Scottish customers even greater access to Toronto and beyond with direct flights from Glasgow next summer,” said Margaret Skinner, Air Canada’s Director, Sales - Europe. “These additional flights complement our existing summer service from Edinburgh, offering convenient connections to destinations across North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean through our Toronto hub.”  

Francois Bourienne, Commercial Director at Glasgow Airport, said: “The decision by Air Canada rouge to introduce a direct service between Glasgow and its hub in Toronto is fantastic news for the airport and for Scotland. Not only will its arrival further strengthen our long haul connectivity, it will enhance our links with what is the world’s largest group of airlines, Star Alliance. Canada has always been a hugely important market for Scotland and passengers will be able to take advantage of Air Canada’s extensive route network throughout the Americas. The new Toronto service will also help generate significant inbound tourism for Glasgow and we look forward to welcoming the airline on board next year.”

Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay said: “I congratulate both Glasgow Airport and Air Canada on the announcement of this new route, which will no doubt prove popular with both business travellers and tourists. Direct services like this provide Scottish companies with improved access to international markets and make Scotland even more attractive as a tourist destination, helping to build on the historic and cultural bonds between our two countries. I look forward to welcoming the first visitors from Toronto when the new service takes off next summer.”

VisitScotland Chairman Mike Cantlay said: “Today’s announcement of another exciting new air route into Scotland is brilliant news – not least given Air Canada’s membership of Star Alliance, one of the world’s greatest airline networks. Glasgow will now enjoy enhanced links across the Atlantic, and Scotland will be able to welcome even greater numbers of visitors from across Canada and beyond.

“Strong ancestral and family bonds mean that Canada is a major inbound tourism market for Scotland, and new reasons to visit like the interest stimulated by the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the avidly-watched “Outlander” TV series, mean that we are in a good place to generate more visitors to Scotland. Air Canada rouge has been an important partner for us and we are working to ensure that partnership continues to drive additional benefit for the Scottish economy.”

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