Air Canada welcomes Canada's new status as Approved Destination for Chinese travellers
Airline doubles Toronto-China flights
June 25, 2010
Air Canada today welcomed the signing of an agreement between China and Canada by which the Government of China has granted Canada Approved Destination Status, making it easier for Chinese nationals to visit Canada. The agreement comes as Air Canada doubles its capacity between Toronto and China beginning this fall with the introduction of daily flights year-round to Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, in addition to its year-round flights between Vancouver and all three cities.
'Canada's new status as Approved Destination by the Chinese government opens significant opportunities for Air Canada to further build on our already extensive service to China and Asia. It makes Canada an even more attractive destination for business and leisure travel, resulting in significant economic spin-offs for the Canadian economy and for the Canadian tourism sector in particular,' said Duncan Dee, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at AirCanada. 'After many years of negotiations between Canada and China, today's signing of Approved Destination Status for Canada marks an important milestone in strengthening our longstanding ties and facilitating trade and tourism between our two countries. I wish to express our thanks to the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada for making ADS a reality.'
Air Canada is a leading North American carrier for service to China with year-round daily flights from both its Toronto and Vancouver hubs to and from Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, offering a total of up to 1,639 seats per day in each direction. This summer, Air Canada operates daily, non-stop service to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong from both Toronto and Vancouver.
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