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Published on : Monday, June 29, 2015
Air Canada rouge flight AC1979 touched down at the Abbotsford International Airport this morning, marking the start of new non-stop seasonal service from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Returning home as the captain for this inaugural flight was Captain James Jeffrey Martin, who grew up in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland and completed his aviation education and training in Abbotsford. Celebrations were held at both airports and in the community to inaugurate the daily service.
“Air Canada now offers the only non-stop flights between eastern Canada and Abbotsford, the largest municipality in BC’s Fraser Valley Regional District. Our Abbotsford flights seamlessly connect at our largest hub at Toronto Pearson to and from Air Canada’s extensive network of non-stop flights to Canadian, US and international destinations,” saidBenjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.
“Customers also have the opportunity to accumulate and redeem Aeroplan miles on all Air Canada rouge flights. Air Canada is selectively deploying Air Canada rouge on a limited number of predominantly leisure markets in Canada as part of our strategy for sustainable, profitable growth and to complement our successful mainline domestic network,” concluded Mr. Smith.
Service between Toronto and Abbotsford will be operated daily by Air Canada rouge toOctober 12, 2015 with 136-seat Airbus A319 aircraft offering a choice of premium and economy cabins.
“Air Canada rouge is a welcome addition to our airport community. The new service will definitely enhance the ease and convenience for our guests. We are looking forward to working with Air Canada to establish a long-term partnership,” said Dave Holmberg, Abbotsford Airport Authority Chair.
Air Canada rouge’s Toronto-Abbotsford service:
|Flight number||Departs||Arrives||Day of the week|
|AC 1979||Toronto at 07:55||Abbotsford at 09:55||Daily|
|AC 1980||Abbotsford at 10:35||Toronto at 18:05||Daily|
New routes launched by Air Canada this year, in addition to today’s Toronto-Abbotsfordinclude: Toronto-Amsterdam, Montreal-Mexico City, Montreal-Venice, Vancouver-Osaka,Vancouver-Comox, Calgary-Halifax, Calgary-Nanaimo, Toronto-Austin, Toronto-Atlantic City and Calgary-Terrace. Announced new routes still to launch this year include:Toronto-Dubai and Toronto-Delhi.