Three new non-stop, direct flight routes to major American cities will be added to Air Canada’s itinerary for Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in late-spring 2016.
The airline announced today it will add 12 new flight routes across four Canadian airport hubs, including three routes from YVR: Chicago, Illinois and San Diego and San Jose in California.
“We are pleased to strengthen our market presence, particularly as the U.S. is the top destination for Canadian travelers and Canada is one of the most popular destinations for Americans,” said Benjamin Smith, the President of Passenger Airlines at Air Canada, in a statement.
“For those traveling onward in the U.S. these new routes strengthen Air Canada’s connections with major hubs of its partner United Airlines, including Houston, Denver, San Francisco and Washington-Dulles, giving customers more travel options and convenient connections throughout the U.S. and Latin America.”
The routes to Chicago O’Hare International Airport and San Diego International Airport will be daily services beginning on June 4 and 6, respectively. The route to Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport will operate twice daily beginning May 9, providing Vancouver with a frequent link to the Silicon Valley.
In the summer of 2016, Air Canada will also be increasing its YVR to San Francisco International Airport flights from four to five daily. As well, the airline previously announced its plans to operate a new three times weekly service from Vancouver to Brisbane beginning June 16.
Other new and improved services coming to YVR in 2016 include the introduction of the Airbus A380 superjumbo jet for British Airways’ route to London Heathrow, a new WestJet route to London Gatwick with six weekly flights, and new services to Orlando by WestJet and National Airlines.
In 2014, YVR clocked a record 19.36 million passengers, an increase of 1.39 million passengers over the previous year. Another record breaking year is anticipated for 2015, with a total possibly reaching 20 million.
YVR has a stated goal of reaching 25 million passengers by the end of the decade.
New and improved major YVR routes 2015/2016
- March 15, 2015: Manila, Philippines and New York City, U.S.A. – Philippine Airlines adds four weekly flights to its route from Manila to NYC, with a stop in Vancouver.
- March 29, 2015: Paris, France – Air France begins three times weekly non-stop flight service, with five times weekly schedules during the summer months.
- May 1, 2015: Osaka, Japan – Air Canada Rouge begins five times weekly service to Kansai International Airport.
- June 26, 2015: Kungming, China – China Eastern Airlines begins three times weekly non-stop flight service.
- December 9, 2015: Mexico City, Mexico – Aeromexico to begin daily non-stop flight service.
- January 1, 2016: Orlando International Airport – WestJet to begin weekly non-stop flight service.
- January 20, 2016: Orlando-Sanford International Airport – National Airlines to begin two times weekly flight service.
- May 1, 2016: London Heathrow Airport – British Airways to use an AirBus A380 superjumbo jet for its existing daily non-stop London Heathrow Airport service. The A380 will only be used during the summer months.
- May 6, 2016: London Gatwick Airport – WestJet to begin six times weekly non-stop flight service.
- May 9, 2016: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport – Air Canada to begin twice daily, non-stop service to San Jose.
- June 4, 2016: Chicago O’Hare International Airport – Air Canada to begin daily, non-stop service.
- June 6, 2016: San Diego International Airport – Air Canada to begin daily, non-stop service.
- June 17, 2016: Brisbane, Australia – Air Canada to begin three times weekly non-stop flight service.