21% rise in tourists from In­dia to Canada

Air Canada, Canada’s largest full- ser­vice air­line, plans to launch a non-stop ser­vice from Toronto to Delhi. The new route is the first to be ded­i­cated for Air Canada's Boe­ing 787-9 se­ries air­craft which will be­gin to fly in 2015.

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Canada and In­dia are com­mit­ted in strength­en­ing ties with a non-stop air link­age that will play a vi­tal role in achiev­ing such goals. The new ser­vice will gal­vanise tourism, business re­la­tion­ships and pro­mote trade. This is also another means for In­di­ans and Cana­di­ans to ex­plore each other’s coun­tries and cul­tures, to build last­ing com­mer­cial re­la­tion­ships and to ex­pand the peo­ple to peo­ple ties that form such a strong ba­sis for co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

San­Jeet, In­dia Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Cana­dian Tourism Com­mis­sion said, “We are en­cour­ag­ing di­rect con­nec­tiv­ity to Canada. This is an en­cour­ag­ing and a pos­i­tive ini­tia­tive which will surely boost ar­rivals to Canada from In­dia, im­prov­ing the tourism and eco­nomic sec­tor.”

Tick­ets go on sale with ef­fect from Dec. 9, 2014 and the ser­vice will op­er­ate four-timesa-week, be­gin­ning Nov. 1, 2015, us­ing a Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner fea­tur­ing Air Canada’s award­win­ning, three-cabin ser­vice, in­clud­ing the next gen­er­a­tion lieflat seat in In­ter­na­tional Business Class, and a Pre­mium Econ­omy cabin. Flights are timed for con­ve­nient con­nec­tions both within Air Canada's North Amer­i­can net­work and in In­dia on Air In­dia or other in­ter­line part­ners to ci­ties such as Mumbai, Chen­nai, Hy­der­abad, and to other des­ti­na­tions through­out South­east Asia.

With the growth of traf­fic from In­dia, which was also af­firmed by CTC re­cently, there is im­mense po­ten­tial. In­dia is a growth-ori­ented mar­ket and Air Canada sees this as the right time to en­ter In­dia, says Gary Cross.

Gary Cross Se­nior Di­rec­tor In­ter­na­tional Sales, Air Canada

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