Air Canada announces Abbotsford-Toronto route

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Abbotsford International Airport Photo: Ray Hudson
Abbotsford International Airport         Photo: Ray Hudson
Abbotsford International Airport  Photo: Ray Hudson

Abbotsford: A new service will expand the flight offerings at Abbotsford International Airport (YXX). Beginning on June 27, Air Canada Rouge will offer a summer seasonal non-stop service between Toronto’s Pearson Airport and Abbotsford International.

“Air Canada is very pleased to offer its customers additional options at compelling fares for travel in Canada. This makes it a market ideally-suited for Air Canada rouge with its competitive cost structure,” said Benjamin Smith, President of Passenger Airlines, Air Canada. “Since it was launched a year-and-a-half ago, Air Canada rouge has proven popular with leisure travelers in the transborder and international markets. We are now selectively deploying it on a limited number of new domestic routes, such as Toronto-Abbotsford, as part of our strategy for sustainable, profitable growth and to complement our successful mainline domestic network.”

“Air Canada rouge is a welcome addition to our airport community,” said David Holmberg, Abbotsford Airport Authority Chair. “ 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.”

Abbotsford Mayor, Henry Braun Mayor Henry Braun, said, “This is great news for the City. The airport is one of our main economic drivers and is a key factor in making us a regional hub for transportation and investment. This enhanced service opens up many opportunities for increased business and tourism and I am pleased to see Air Canada’s confidence in our community. I offer them a warm welcome to Abbotsford International!”

The new daily services will operate with Airbus A319 aircraft with 136 seats offering two comfort choices: 12 Premium rouge seats in the front cabin with enhanced service and personal space; and 124 rouge seats in the second cabin. To mark the launch, Air Canada rouge is offering introductory fares of $198 each way (taxes are extra). The flight departs daily at 10:35, arriving in Toronto at 6:05 pm

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