In a significant move to enhance its global connectivity, Air Canada made a notable announcement today regarding its upcoming summer 2024 flight schedule. The airline revealed plans to introduce a brand-new, year-round route linking Montreal and Madrid, set to start in May. This strategic addition underscores Air Canada’s plans to extend its network and cater to the evolving travel needs of passengers.
Furthermore, Air Canada is seizing the opportunity to fully leverage its trans-Atlantic capacity, planning to operate at 100 percent capacity equivalent to its peak summer levels in 2019. The airline has confidence in the robust recovery of its largest international market, and wants to ensure that passengers have access to a comprehensive array of travel options, especially during the peak summer season.
With this exciting development, Air Canada continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing seamless global connectivity and a wide range of travel choices for passengers. Travelers can look forward to enjoying new horizons on this upcoming Montreal-Madrid route and throughout the airline’s extensive network.
“Air Canada saw a tremendous rebound in international flying this past summer, particularly on the trans-Atlantic, and we expect Europe will remain popular next year. In anticipation of this, we are expanding our flying schedule to offer customers more choice and flexibility as they begin to plan their 2024 holidays,” said Mark Galardo, Executive Vice President of Revenue and Network Planning at Air Canada. “The centrepiece of today’s announcement is our new Montreal-Madrid flight. This will be the only year-round service between Montreal and the Spanish capital, complementing our long-standing Toronto-Madrid flights, and offering compelling options for leisure customers and also returning business travellers.
Air Canada’s Montreal-Madrid service will be operated with a 255-seat Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft with three cabins of service, including Signature Class with lie-flat seats, Premium Economy and Economy Class. All customers have the opportunity to collect and redeem points with Aeroplan, Canada’s leading loyalty program, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits where available.
Air Canada Atlantic Services
With 51 routes to 30 cities in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India, Air Canada will be the leading Canadian carrier across the Atlantic in summer 2024. Air Canada’s Toronto and Montreal hubs will respectively rank third and fifth largest in North America, in terms of average daily trans-Atlantic seats; the airline is committed to further developing both hubs’ trans-Atlantic footprint in the coming years.
“We are excited to announce a significant expansion of our service offering to Italy, with a combined three daily flights from Toronto and Montreal to Rome, as well as daily services to Milan and Venice. This underpins the importance of Italy in Air Canada’s global network, as we are the largest carrier between Canada and Italy, and the only one connecting the two countries on a year-round basis,” said Mr. Galardo.
In response to projected strength in leisure demand, Air Canada will expand frequencies to other popular Mediterranean destinations and bring forward the start-up of several seasonal European services next summer. Key increases in Air Canada’s trans-Atlantic services for summer 2024 include:
Air Canada is recognized as Canada’s largest airline, serving as a prominent player in the country’s aviation industry. With its extensive network and comprehensive flight offerings, it has become a staple for domestic and international travelers.