MIAMI— Air Canada announced this week that it plans to serve the African continent as part of its international expansion. The airline will fly from Montreal to Casablanca, Morocco starting in the summer of 2016. The flag carrier is also adding four new destinations departing from its largest hub in Toronto: Budapest, Glasgow, Prague, and Warsaw.
The table below shows the schedule of the summer seasonal flights based on local times.
All the flights will be operated by Air Canada rouge’s B767-300ER which can carry 280 passengers (256 seats in rouge and 24 seats in Premium rouge).
Air Canada will have competition on all of the five routes. The airline will be competing with Royal Air Maroc, which offers a daily flight on the route Montreal to Casablanca. Montreal-based airline, Air Transat, also operates summer seasonal flights from Toronto to Budapest and Prague. Lastly, Poland’s capital and largest city is also served by LOT Polish Airlines, a Star Alliance member and Air Canada’s partner. The airline assures that the European service will be complemented by its Star Alliance partners, thus giving customers a wider choice of travel options and connectivity.
“Air Canada is solidifying its position among leading global carriers by becoming one of only a dozen airlines flying to six continents with today’s announcement of non-stop service to Casablanca, our first destination in Africa” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “Our Montreal–Casablanca flight will also be the only service to North Africa by a North American carrier and our aim is to transform this new route into a year-round operation.”
“Aéroports de Montréal welcomes Air Canada’s decision to launch a new direct service to Morocco because it confirms Montréal-Trudeau’s role as a hub between North America and the french speaking countries of Europe and Africa,” said James Cherry, President and CEO of ADM.
According to Air Canada’s press release, the carrier has increased its international seat capacity by about 50% since 2009. Earlier this summer, Air Canada rouge started new service from Montreal to Mexico City and Venice. In November, the company is launching non-stop flights to Delhi and Dubai from Toronto, thanks to the deliveries of new Boeing 787.