Air Canada Significantly Increases Service to Ottawa
  • Up to 30 additional weekly flights for winter season compared to last year
  • Non-stop flights to Calgary and Winnipeg extended to year-round
  • Additional capacity added to Quebec, Halifax and Vancouver
  • More flights to Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, Cancun and Punta Cana for winter 2024

MONTREAL, May 17, 2024 /CNW/ - Air Canada today announced it is boosting its schedule serving Canada's capital, Ottawa, by almost 60 per cent with flights to Calgary and Winnipeg now operating year-round, increased flights providing additional capacity to Halifax and Quebec City, and the addition of widebody service to Vancouver. Additional schedule improvements include more flights to popular leisure destinations Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, Cancun and Punta Cana this winter.

"Ottawa is an important part of Air Canada's network and in response to demand, we are growing our capacity to our nation's capital city by almost 60 per cent compared to 2023. We are very excited to add more flights to the rest of the country with the extension of key non-stop routes to year-round and additional capacity to other cities. We are also adding capacity to popular sun destinations and in conjunction with our joint venture partner United Airlines, increasing options for travel to and from the U.S.," said Mark Galardo, Executive Vice President, Revenue and Network Planning, at Air Canada.

"I'm delighted to see Air Canada significantly increase air service in and out of Ottawa. This is great news for Ottawa's economy and recognizes the importance and vibrancy of the Ottawa market on the world stage. It's particularly welcome news for the tourism industry, for business owners, and for Ottawa residents travelling to destinations throughout North America," said Mark Sutcliffe, Mayor of Ottawa.

"Air Canada, a long-standing provider of frequent and reliable service to YOW, reinforces its presence with this notable capacity increase for the winter season. Timely and strategic, these flights cater to the needs of Ottawa-Gatineau residents as they jet off to their favourite destinations or welcome visitors from afar," said Joel Tkach, Vice President, Business Development & Marketing, Ottawa International Airport Authority.

"Air Canada's decision to increase flight capacity to Ottawa International Airport is a significant development for our city," said Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. "This enhancement will make it easier for Canadian and American visitors to access Ottawa, supporting growth for business events, sport hosting, tour operators, and leisure visitation. It is incredibly encouraging to see the confidence that Air Canada has in our destination, and we look forward to welcoming even more travelers to experience all that Ottawa has to offer."

Increased domestic schedule:

From Ottawa

Schedule resumptions and service improvements

Ottawa (YOW) – Calgary (YYC)

Daily service resumed May 1 now extended to year-round

Ottawa (YOW) – Winnipeg (YWG)

Daily service resumed April 30 now extended to year-

Ottawa (YOW) – Halifax (YHZ)

Increases to three times daily from once daily as of July 1

Ottawa (YOW) – Quebec (YQB)

Increased to daily service as of May 1

Ottawa (YOW) – Vancouver (YVR)

Two times daily, with one flight on a Boeing 787-9

Transborder schedule improvements:

From Ottawa

Winter 2024 service improvements

Ottawa (YOW) – Fort Lauderdale (FLL)

Increases from four to six times weekly – seasonal

Ottawa (YOW) – Orlando (MCO)

Increases from two to four times weekly – seasonal

Ottawa (YOW) – Tampa (TPA)

Increases from one to two times weekly – seasonal

Air Canada's joint venture partner United Airlines is increasing Ottawa capacity this winter season with an additional frequency each day to Chicago and to Washington-Dulles. In total, the combined Air Canada and United Airlines U.S. schedule from Ottawa will offer (excluding services to Florida):

  • Ottawa to Chicago (three times daily)
  • Ottawa to New York-Newark (three times daily)
  • Ottawa to Washington-Dulles (three times daily)
  • Ottawa to Washington-Reagan (once daily)
Sun Destinations:

From Ottawa

Winter 2024 service improvements

Ottawa (YOW) – Cancun (CUN)

Increase from three to four times weekly – seasonal

Ottawa (YOW) – Punta Cana (PUJ)

Increase from three to four times weekly – seasonal

About Air Canada 

Air Canada is Canada's largest airline, the country's flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled service directly to more than 180 airports in Canada, the United States and Internationally on six continents. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada's Aeroplan program is Canada's premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world's largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental partners. Through Air Canada Vacations, it offers more travel choices than any other Canadian tour operator to hundreds of destinations worldwide, with a wide selection of hotels, flights, cruises, day tours, and car rentals. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada's passenger and freighter aircraft.  Air Canada aims to achieve an ambitious net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. Air Canada shares are publicly traded on the TSX in Canada and the OTCQX in the US.


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