An Airbus A319 preparing to land at Vancouver International Airport. Air Canada has announced seasonal non-stop service from Nanaimo to Toronto that will be operated using an Airbus A319. (Nicholas Pescod/NEWS BULLETIN)

Air Canada announces non-stop seasonal service from Nanaimo to Toronto

Weekly service to Toronto begins in June

Residents of the Harbour City will soon be able to fly directly to Canada’s largest city.

Air Canada has announced seasonal four-times weekly, non-stop service from Nanaimo to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport beginning June 21 and ending Oct. 08, 2018. The airline also announced non-stop seasonal service from Victoria to Montreal and Kamloops to Toronto.

The new route will be operated by Air Canada Rouge, a low-cost subsidiary of Air Canada, and will be served by a 136-seat Airbus A319 configured with premium economy and economy seating.

Flights will occur on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The flight from Nanaimo will depart at 12:15 p.m. while the flight to Nanaimo departs Toronto at 9:30 a.m.

Mike Hooper, the Nanaimo Airport president and chief executive officer, said Air Canada’s announcement is delightful, adding that the airport has never had regularly scheduled jet aircraft service before.

“We’ve hosted [Boeing] 737’s on site before as charters but this is the first time we’re going to have scheduled jet service to anywhere in Canada,” he said.

Angela Mah, spokesperson for Air Canada, said tickets for flights on the new route are available for purchase. She said the decision to begin non-stop service to Toronto is due to increasing demand for flights to Nanaimo and Vancouver Island.

“It gives Canadians and everybody else the opportunity to get to Nanaimo with basically one flight less during the summer,” Mah said. “It’s great for tourism in the Nanaimo area and it’s something we believe there is good demand for.”

Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is Canada’s busiest airport and has non-stop flights to destinations around the world including Africa, South America and the Middle East.

Mah said the Nanaimo-Toronto route will benefit mid-Island travellers looking to connect onwards to cities in Atlantic Canada, eastern United States and beyond.

“It gives people a more convenient option to get there,” she said.

Air Canada’s announcement comes less than two months after WestJet announced year-round non-stop service from Nanaimo to Vancouver.


nicholas.pescod@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook or follow Nicholas Pescod on Twitter

Just Posted

Nanaimo man, allegedly drunk and high, arrested after climbing 100-foot tree

Man in sandals climbs fir tree, hurls obscenities at police below

Timeline pushed back for Tofino-Ucluelet highway construction project

Ucluelet mayor Mayco Noel said the ministry’s announcement came as “no surprise.”

Victoria Fire Department investigating explosion at supportive housing complex

The explosion blew out a window and caused damage to the frame of the building

Conservation: Two elk unlawfully shot in Northern Vancouver Island

‘The elk also did not have all of the edible portions of meat removed’

Greater Victoria survey shows third of respondents did not pay, or partially paid rent for April

Survey of 70 respondents says 40 per cent expect they will not be able to pay May rent

COVID-19: 4 new deaths, 25 new cases but only in Vancouver Coastal, Fraser Health

A total of 1,291 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

442 squadron to perform fly-by over Comox Valley hospital to salute COVID-19 workers

Cormorant helicopter will fly over the hospital at 7 p.m.

Escaped python found in Saanich building reunited with its owner

The little snake is at ‘home, safe and sound,’ CRD chief bylaw officer says

Police watchdog clears West Shore RCMP in altercation that led to man needing 82 staples

The man pretended he had a weapon he would use against the police

Victoria police seek public’s help finding man missing more than a week

Joel Diment 26 and has short brown hair and hazel eyes

Comox spring training cancelled for Snowbirds next month

The team announced that due to ongoing travel restrictions they will not be training in the Valley

Mid-Island Panago locations offer free pizza to first responders

First responder can get free pizza at Panago in Parksville, Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Duncan, and Mill Bay

COVID-19: Don’t get away for Easter weekend, Dr. Bonnie Henry warns

John Horgan, Adrian Dix call 130 faith leaders as holidays approach

COVID-19: Trudeau says 30K ventilators on the way; 3.6M Canadians claim benefits

Canada has seen more than 17,000 cases and at least 345 deaths due to COVID-19

Most Read