Air Canada boosts international flights from Vancouver; applauds BC's move to eliminate provincial fuel tax
September 20, 2010
Air Canada today announced that it is boosting international flights from Vancouver to Asia beginning this coming winter season. The airline also welcomed Premier Campbell's announcement of his government's commitment in proposing legislation to eliminate the provincial aviation fuel tax for international flights from British Columbia.
'Air Canada is significantly increasing international flights from Vancouver, our second largest hub. We will be flying daily non-stop to Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, representing an increase in capacity of 17 per cent compared to last winter. With our recently announced new daily non-stop flights to Mexico City and to Tokyo Haneda, plus boosting all international flights to daily non-stop service, Air Canada is increasing its international capacity from Vancouver by 15 per cent this coming winter from a year ago,' said Ben Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.
'We applaud the BC government for their action towards eliminating the provincial aviation fuel tax on international flights. In addition, we thank the Vancouver Airport Authority for their initiative to hold in line landing and terminal fees for a five-year period as we introduce these new services. Following the example set by BC and in 2004 by Alberta, we urge all governments and authorities to work with the industry as partners in the development of sustainable air services with the economic spin-offs that result.'
This winter from Vancouver, AirCanada will offer daily non-stop flights to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda (beginning January 29, 2011), Seoul, Sydney Australia, London Heathrow, and Mexico City (weekend service begins November 1, with daily flights effective December 1, 2010). Daily non-stop flights to Frankfurt and three times weekly non-stop flights to Auckland are offered on a code-share basis with Star Alliance partners Lufthansa and Air New Zealand, respectively.
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