AIR CANADA BACK AT BILLY BISHOP: Rouge also returns to skies
Starting today, Air Canada is back at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ). The resumption of service at the island airport features five daily return flights to Montreal. Service to Toronto Island will be operated by Air Canada Jazz with a De Havilland Dash 8-400 featuring a complimentary snack and drink.
“We are pleased to restart our operations at Billy Bishop airport and offer our customers the choice to fly in and out of Toronto Island, which is popular among business travellers for its proximity to the city centre and its ability to connect travellers to our global network through Montreal,” said Mark Galardo, Sr. VP, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.
Galardo added that the airline will expand daily service as more traffic returns.
Air Canada’s schedule is also subject to the COVID-19 trajectory and government restrictions.
Air Canada offers its customers complimentary shuttle bus service between downtown and Toronto City Airport. The shuttle brings travellers to and from the west entrance of The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, located at the corner of Front and York streets, directly across from Union Station.
Meanwhile, Air Canada Rouge also resumed service yesterday with flights operating between Toronto and Las Vegas, Orlando, and Regina, with other destinations being introduced in September to include including Cancun and Tampa.
“Air Canada Rouge remains integral to Air Canada’s overall strategy. As we emerge from the pandemic, we anticipate increased demand for vacation travel and from customers flying to enjoy overdue visits with family and friends,” said Jon Turner, VP Inflight Services and President, Rouge Operations, at Air Canada.
Air Canada Rouge also provided a sneak peek of the cabin interior that will be available on nine Airbus A321 aircraft of the 39-aircraft Rouge Fleet, with the first entering service later this fall.
The nine aircraft feature a new contemporary interior design with Rouge brand accents and will be configured with leather seats, with 30-inch seat pitch in the Economy cabin. The A321 Rouge aircraft also offer upgraded personal power options, including USB-C ports, and a convenient personal electronic device holder integrated into the seatback.
With the resumption of Air Canada Rouge service, which had been suspended since spring 2021, customers will also find product and design enhancements onboard all aircraft, including:
• Upgraded streaming entertainment – customers no longer need to use an app to stream content; customers can now stream hours of television and movies available on a complimentary basis directly to their own device via their web browser, or their complimentary, sanitized iPad in Premium Rouge.
• Refreshed uniforms – Rouge flight attendants will be sporting a new uniform featuring many pieces of the award-winning Air Canada mainline uniform, accented with new neckwear and brevets to represent the Rouge brand.
All Air Canada Rouge flights are operated with narrow-body Airbus aircraft offering high-speed Wi-Fi (available for purchase) and a choice of Premium Rouge and Economy services. Customers travelling in the Premium Rouge cabin will be offered a complimentary bar and beverage service, and a complimentary meal on flights over two hours, or a snack on flights of shorter duration.
All flights are operated using the Air Canada CleanCare+ suite of biosafety measures.
First published at Travel Industry Today