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.
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