Air Canada

02/27/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/27/2019 06:28

Bienvenido! Air Canada to Launch Service to Quito from Toronto

  • First non-stop flight between Canadaand Ecuador

MONTREAL, Feb. 27, 2019/CNW/ - Air Canada announced today it will launch new, non-stop service between Torontoand Quito. The new route, to be operated three-times weekly on a seasonal basis by Air Canada Rouge, will be the first non-stop service to Ecuadorfrom Canadawhen it begins December 8, 2019, subject to obtaining the necessary government approvals.

'Air Canadais expanding its footprint in South Americaas part of its ongoing international growth strategy from our Torontoglobal hub. As the capital of Ecuador, Quitois both an important tourism and cargo market, and Ecuadorhas a growing number of Canadians living in the country who will also benefit from this convenient non-stop service. As well, our expansion in South Americagives us an opportunity to efficiently deploy our aircraft during the winter months when southern destinations are more popular,' said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning, at Air Canada.

The Minister of Tourism of Ecuador, Rosi Prado de Holguín, remarked that the Ministry welcomes connectivity as fundamental to promoting the arrival of visitors to the country: 'Connectivity allows tourists to fall in love of the 'country of the four worlds'. Also, our goal is to ensure tourism remains the third largest source of income for Ecuador, that's why we keep working every day to promote Ecuadorin the world.'

'Having Air Canada introducing a direct service between Torontoand Quitorepresents a major announcement. This new non-stop flight will act as a catalyst to strengthen existing ties between Ecuadorand Canadaby facilitating mobility for tourists and students; encouraging commercial exchange and opening new doors to further expand the breadth of our relations. Congratulations to Air Canada and to the Airport of Quitofor this important success!' said Sylvie Bédard, Designated Ambassador of Canadato Ecuador.

'Air Canada'sdecision to start operations between Torontoand Quitois very important as we are opening not only a new route, but a new market with a lot of potential. The Ecuadorian community in Torontois significant and with the new flight we open the door so they are better connected to their home country. Quitois a tourist destination with great potential for Canadian travelers who are eager to explore different places and customs. In that sense, Ecuadorhas much to offer in cultural, historical, adventure and nature tourism, without forgetting of course its wonderful beaches and landscapes. The route to Torontowill also offer tourists from Ecuadorthe opportunity to get closer to Canada, a very welcoming country with unique attractions for Ecuadorians, thanks to the geographic and cultural contrast between both countries that, nonetheless, share a common characteristic: warmth towards visitors,' said Andrew O'Brian, President and CEO, Corporación Quiport (QuitoInternational Airport).

'In recent years, Quitohas substantially improved its air connectivity with new routes and more frequencies to important destinations in the world. Having a direct flight between Quitoand Torontoopens the doors to new opportunities with Canada, which is one of the most important and potential markets in the world. More tourism, more business, more connectivity and greater competitiveness. This is a great example of an excellent coordination and teamwork between the public and private sectors,' said Álvaro Maldonado, Productive Development and Competiveness Secretary for Quito.

The new route will commence on December 8, 2019and operate three return-trips weekly between Torontoand Quitountil May 11, 2020. Flights will be operated by Air Canada Rouge using a 282-seat, Boeing 767-300ER aircraft offering two cabins and inflight entertainment streamed to personal devices. The flights will connect conveniently across Air Canada's network in North Americaand Europe. Customers can also collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada's leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits.

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Week

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Toronto 23:45

Quito 06:30 + 1 day

Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

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Quito 08:30

Toronto 15:05

Monday, Thursday, Saturday

Special introductory fares start as low as $631round-trip, all in, and tickets are now available for purchase at aircanada.com or through travel agents.

The new Toronto-Quitoroute is one of three new routes announced today by Air Canada. In addition, new seasonal services were also announced between Vancouver-Aucklandand Montréal-São Paulo. For more details please see www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/about/media.html

About Air Canada

Air Canadais Canada'slargest domestic and international airline serving nearly 220 airports on six continents. Canada'sflag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2018 served nearly 51 million customers. Air Canadaprovides scheduled passenger service directly to 63 airports in Canada, 56 in the United Statesand 100 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central Americaand South America. Air Canadais a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,317 airports in 193 countries. Air Canadais the only international network carrier in North Americato receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2018 Best Airline in North America. For more information, please visit: aircanada.com/media, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.

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For further information: Isabelle Arthur (Montréal), [email protected], 514 422-5788; Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto), [email protected], 416 263-5576; Angela Mah (Vancouver), [email protected], 604 270-5741