Another route from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Europe will start in 2016 with the addition of Air Canada’s new direct, non-stop service from Vancouver to Dublin, the capital of Ireland.
The airline announced today that the new service to Dublin Airport will operate with the Air Canada rouge brand using a Boeing 767-300 ER. The season service flies three times weekly from June 10 to October 8, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Flights from Vancouver will leave at 3:05 p.m. and arrive at 8:35 a.m. the next day while flights from Dublin will leave at 11:35 a.m. and arrive at 1:35 p.m. the same day. Air Canada says the flights are timed to allow passengers to connect with Air Canada’s flights from Vancouver.
“Air Canada continues to strategically grow its international network at YVR with the only non-stop flights to Dublin during the peak summer period,” Benjamin Smith, Air Canada President of Passenger Airline, said in a statement. “This route is a great, convenient option for Western Canadians travelling to visit the vibrant Emerald Isle with its rich literary history, arts, world-class golf and dramatic landscapes.”
“It will also be equally appealing for our customers from Ireland flying non-stop to visit and experience the spectacular attractions Vancouver and British Columbia offer.”
As well, the new service provides travellers with another way to connect to mainland Europe destinations. Currently, YVR is connected directly to Europe by year-round regular routes that travel to Frankfurt, London, and Paris. Seasonal routes include services to Amsterdam, Glasgow, Manchester, Munich, Rome, and Zurich.
In May and June, Air Canada will introduce a total of five new direct flight routes from YVR, including frequent services to Brisbane, Chicago, San Diego, and San Jose.
“Air Canada’s strategic growth plans out of YVR continue to offer passengers exciting choices for travel, while creating new jobs, increasing access to global destinations and opening new markets for B.C. goods,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority.
Other new services coming to YVR in 2016 include direct WestJet and National Airlines flights to Orlando and six times weekly direct WestJet flights to London Gatwick. As well, British Airways will be switching its Vancouver service aircraft with an AirBus A380 superjumbo jet on a seasonal basis.
In 2014, YVR clocked a record 19.36 million passengers, an increase of 1.39 million passengers over the previous year. The airport is on target to reach a new record of 20 million passengers in 2015, growing to 25 million passengers by the end of the decade.