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This year, Air Canada is introducing a number of new routes and destinations worldwide, including various cities throughout Europe. For example, travellers can now connect to London and Dublin from Vancouver, and Lyon from Montreal.
The airline is encouraging travel advisors to take advantage of its expanding network – now servicing more than 200 airports worldwide from nine Canadian airports – as an opportunity to provide clients with a seamless travel experience thanks to a variety of non-stop routes.
According to Air Canada, the airline has always been committed to delivering a superior service in order to meet the needs of frequent flyers, be it for leisure or business, and the acquisition of a developing fleet of 787 Dreamliners plus the refurbishment of the 777 has allowed the airline to grow at an impressive rate.
New non-stop services between Canada to Europe with Air Canada and Air Canada rouge are as follows:
With Air Canada:
Vancouver – London: June 1, 2016 (seasonal)
Montreal – Lyon: June 16, 2016 (year-round)
With Air Canada rouge:
Toronto – London (Gatwick): May 19, 2016 (seasonal)
Toronto – Prague: May 29, 2016 (seasonal)
Toronto – Budapest: June 10, 2016 (seasonal)
Toronto – Glasgow: June 13, 2016 (seasonal)
Toronto – Warsaw: June 14, 2016 (seasonal)
Vancouver – Dublin: June 10, 2016 (seasonal)
As an additional resource for travel advisors to use as a selling tool for these destinations, here is a round-up of top experiences to be had for your clients this summer.
Whether theatre, film, shopping or history are primary interests of your clients, London is a mecca of opportunity. By the numbers, there are: four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, eight Royal Parks and more than 230 professional theatres. Beyond that, travellers can take advantage of a vast selection of free museums and galleries, embark on tours inspired by films such as James Bond, or invest their spending money at flea markets and vintage shops or luxury department stores like Selfridges and Harrods. Noteable events coming up this summer include: the Queen’s official birthday, June 11; Royal Ascot, June 14-18; and Wimbledon June 27 – July 10. (via visitbritain.com).
Air Canada rouge is introducing summer seasonal service between Toronto and London Gatwick starting May 19. This will complement Air Canada’s existing service between Canada and London Heathrow with 77 flights weekly this summer from seven Canadian gateways. For more information, visit aircanada.com/agents.
Situated at the heart of France between Paris and the French Riviera, Lyon represents more than 2,000 years of history (with numerous UNESCO-recognized sites), and home to one-of-a-kind museums such as the Lumière Institute (on the invention of cinematography) and the Fabric Museum (tracing 2,000 years of the history of textile and silk weaving). But travellers can also discover a modern Lyon, as the city is recognized by some as the new capital for electronic music. Gastronomy is another major attraction to the destination, reputed around the world thanks to Chef Paul Bocuse. (via http://destinationfrance.ca/en/exhibitor/lyon-tourism/)
Lyon is a new destination for Air Canada this year. Starting June 16, Air Canada will launch year-round service, five times weekly between Montreal-Lyon, becoming the only airline to connect North America to France’s second-largest metropolitan area. For more information, visit aircanada.com/agents.
An ever-emerging choice for Canadian travellers, Prague appeals to everyone from the architecture enthusiast to the food & drink connoisseur. Sites such as Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, the Jewish Museum, the Strahav Library and Old Town Hall should not be missed, nor should areas such as Dlouhá, which is known as the city’s gourmet street. Prague also claims to be the “best city in Europe for beer lovers,” home to 17 brewpubs. Various parks and garden areas appeal to the outdoor enthusiast, and the city can be explored through walking, cycling or on the water. Upcoming events this summer include: Žižkov Beer Festival, June 3 & 4; Prague Proms 2016 (music festival), June 20 – July 20; and Prague Pride, Aug. 8-14. (via prague.eu)
Prague is yours to discover because starting May 29, 2016, Air Canada rouge will launch seasonal non-stop service, three times weekly between Toronto –Prague. For more information, visit aircanada.com/agents.
A collection of World Heritage Sties, folklore programmes and a legendary nightlife are only a small selection of reasons Canadians might be interested in visiting Budapest this summer. Visitors may consider taking in the Buda Castle District, known as one of the most beautiful and romantic parts of the city, though stunning views are easy to come by, particularly at Fishermen’s Bastion (from where you can enjoy the beautiful panorama) and Gellért Hill (Citadel). Adventurers may opt to explore unique sites such as the Castle Cave, Pálvölgyi cave and Szemlőhegyi cave, perhaps to be followed-up by some relaxation time at locations such as the Gellért Baths and Széchenyi Baths. (via budapest.com)
Starting June 10, 2016, Air Canada rouge will introduce non-stop seasonal service with three weekly flights between Toronto and Budapest. For more information, visit aircanada.com/agents.
St Aloysius Church / Photo © Charles Garnett / VisitScotland
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its striking architecture and diversity in experiences, from museums and art galleries to nightlife and shows. Among “must sees” are Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the Riverside Museum & Tall Ship, though Ashton Lane, The Mitchell Library, Tchai-Ovna and The Necropolis are on a long list of hidden gems also to be discovered. Outdoor enthusiasts might opt for Glasgow’s “natural playground,” where there are plenty of opportunities on land or by water, such as canyoning in Perthshire, cycling in the Scottish Borders or golfing on any of the 550 courses. (via visitscotland.com)
On June 13, 2016, Air Canada rouge will launch seasonal summer service between Toronto and Glasgow with three weekly non-stop flights. For more information, visit aircanada.com/agents.
Jewish History Museum, Warsaw
Steeped in history and culture while also an established metropolis, Warsaw boasts more than 400 years as the capital of Poland. During summer months, the Old and New Town Squares become stages for musical and theatrical performances, and open-air galleries. The Palace of Culture and Science, The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Warsaw Rising Museum are among top sites, in addition to various castles, palaces and churches such as the Ujazdowski Castle, Staszic Palace and the Church of St. Anne. Chopin concerts, Mozart concerts and numerous other events are scheduled to take place this summer and beyond. (via warsawtour.pl)
On June 14, Air Canada rouge will launch seasonal summer service with four weekly flights between Toronto and Warsaw. Daily codeshare flights are also offered by Air Canada's Star Alliance partner, LOT Polish Airlines. For more information, visit aircanada.com/agents.
The vibrant city of Dublin is perfect for the wanderer, where you’re bound to come across numerous pubs, cafés and historical landmarks. Traveller favourites include the Guiness Storehouse, the Old Jameson Distillery, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Malahide Castle & Gardens, and the Book of Kells. Minutes from the city centre, you can be on Ireland’s coast, ideal for active clients thanks to hiking hotspots such as the Bog of Frogs Loop, Lambay Island and the Baily Lighthouse. Just south of Dublin, clients can visit Dalkey, which has a rich history and home to famous names such as Bono, Enya and Van Morrison. Here, you’ll also find two Norman castles and a 10th century church on main street. Upcoming events include A Taste of Dublin, June 16-19; Dublin Horse Show, July 20-24; and Cricket Ireland, Aug. 18-20.
Air Canada rouge offers year round service between Toronto and Dublin. On June 10, Air Canada rouge will introduce non-stop seasonal service Vancouver – Dublin. During the busy summer months, Air Canada rouge will operate up to 10 weekly flights between Canada and Dublin. For more information, visit aircanada.com/agents.
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