Air Canada boosts Ireland capacity with new Shannon, Dublin flights in 2018

Air Canada announces new Shannon to Toronto route

Ireland just got two new direct flights to Toronto and Montreal

Managing Director of Shannon Airport, Andrew Murphy has been speaking to Clare FM's Fiona Cahill and says that the future is looking bright for the airport.

"Beginning summer 2018, we will capitalize on the growing traffic between Canada and Ireland and launch two new routes to Ireland, Toronto to Shannon and Montreal to Dublin", said Benjamin Smith, President Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

Montreal is a fabulous mix of European charm and North American attitude, and is well-known as a beautifully designed city.

"We are delighted to announce our new Dublin to Montreal service for summer 2018", said Bláithín O'Donnell, Air Canada's sales manager for Ireland.

We're already dreaming of all that Poutine.

The flights will be operated using Air Canada's newest single-aisle aircraft, the B737 Max 8 with a business and economy cabin configuration.

As part of the expansion, Air Canada will also transfer its existing Dublin-Toronto service from Air Canada Rouge to Air Canada mainline from October 29 of this year.

Welcoming the announcement, the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers said: "It is wonderful to have more flights to strengthen the bonds between our two countries". Both the Shannon flights and Dublin flights operate four days a week.

Aer Lingus, WestJet, Air Transat and ASL Airlines France all fly to Canadian destinations from Dublin, and Air Canada will also be increasing its weekly flights between Vancouver and Dublin from three to five as of next summer.

"With 13pc of the Canadian population claiming Irish ancestry I have no doubt that Montreal will be a popular destination for both Irish and Canadian holidaymakers", he added.

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